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AP Tuesday April 1, 2014
Gov. Haslam says he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year, mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections.
The governor discussed his budget proposal with reporters Monday. State finance officials are scheduled to present the measure to legislative finance committees on Tuesday.
Haslam said poor revenue collections are forcing him to make $150 million in reductions for the remainder of this budget year, and $160 million for next year.
Haslam said state officials are investigating why business taxes, in particular, continue to fall short of projections.
Policy and Personnel
Jay Walker Tuesday April 1, 2014
The Warren County Commission's Policy and Personnel Committee will meet Tuesday night to interview applicants for the Veterans Service Officer position.
The meeting begins at 5pm at the Administrative Building.
Home Escape Plan Urged
AP Monday March 31, 2014
The state fire marshal's office is urging Tennessee residents to create an escape plan in case there's a fire in your home.
Commissioner Julie McPeak says creating and practicing an escape plan can help get individuals out of the home quickly and safely during an emergency.
In creating the plan, suggestions include drawing a floor plan of the home and marking two ways out of every room if possible.
Officials also suggest installing smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home.
Tennessee Minimum Wage Jobs
Monday March 31, 2014
A new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study reveals that Tennessee leads the nation in the share of workers being paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
The study estimates that 7.4 percent of Tennessee's workforce-or 117,000 workers-was paid minimum wage or less last year. That's well above the national average of about 4.3 percent of the workforce.
Tennessee is one of only five states without its own minimum wage law, which means the state defaults to the federal minimum standard.
In Tennessee, a legislative committee earlier this year rejected an attempt to create a state minimum wage. It would match the federal minimum but add $1 per hour for workers who have not been offered health insurance.
Monday March 31, 2014
If you plan to vote in the May 6th Primaries but have not yet registered to vote, your time is running out. The deadline to register is next Monday, April 7th.
Registration forms are available at every Post Office in Warren County as well as the Election Commission. Forms are also available at Eastside Market, Rock Island Market, Greenhill Market, Country Club Market, Prater's BBQ, Crisp Springs Market, Kat's Diner and Market and Billy's Restaurant.