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Boyd Raises $1.25 Million for Campaign
AP Friday April 28, 2017
Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd's campaign says it has raised $1.25 million for the Republican's gubernatorial bid.
The contributions were made during Boyd's first major fundraiser in Knoxville earlier this week. Spokesman John Crisp says about 500 people attended the event, though many more who couldn't attend gave contributions.
Crisp said none of the money came from Boyd, who has not ruled out spending some of his own fortune on the race.
Boyd is the founder of Radio Systems Corp, a privately held company that makes invisible fences and other pet products and has annual revenues of about $400 million.
Boyd raised eyebrows in political circles when he donated $5 million to the Knoxville zoo at the same time he was ramping up his campaign.
Drug Take-Back Event
Jay Walker Friday April 28, 2017
McMinnville Police will be taking part in the National Drug Take-Back Day event on Saturday, April 29th.
The public may take their unused or expired medications to police headquarters on Red Road. This will enable police to dispose of the drugs safely. It will also keep the medications out of the wrong hands.
The event will go from 10am-2pm.
Lady Pioneers Win
Jay Walker Thursday April 27, 2017
The Warren County Lady Pioneers picked up another district win Wednesday night as they routed Stone Memorial 16-1. The Lady Pioneers are unbeaten and are in first place in District 6aaa. They will face Cookeville Thursday night at Cookeville starting at 5pm.
The Pioneer baseball team will also be at Cookeville for a crucial district game starting at 6pm. That game will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.
Haslam Signs Roads Bill
AP Thursday April 27, 2017
Gov. Bill Haslam has signed his wide-ranging proposal that increases Tennessee's gas tax to fund roadwork and cuts other taxes.
On Wednesday, the governor signed the bill that includes Tennessee's first gas tax increase since 1989. The changes take effect July 1.
Both chambers passed the bill last week. In a final vote Monday, the House agreed to include disabled veterans property tax relief and sent the bill to Haslam's desk.
The bill also cuts sales tax on groceries, corporate taxes on manufacturers and tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.
The gas and diesel tax increases are phased in over three years.
The bill aims to start addressing a $10 billion backlog in Tennessee road and bridge projects.
School Bus Seat Belt Bill in Limbo
AP Thursday April 27, 2017
A Tennessee bill to require seat belts in new school buses bought after July 2019 is in budget limbo while lawmakers examine the cost and whether the state will cover it.
The House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee put the legislation on hold Wednesday because it's currently unfunded in the governor's budget plans.
Fiscal estimates say the bill would add $12.9 million in annual costs to school districts and $2.2 million in yearly state costs. The bill was changed to make the state pay the whole cost.
Rep. JoAnne Favors, the Chattanooga Democratic bill sponsor, believes the costs were overstated because the seating capacity would likely drop by at most two seats per bus, not 12.
The bill responds to a November crash that killed six Chattanooga elementary school children.