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Gas Tax Off the Table for 2016 Session
AP Friday January 15, 2016
Gov. Bill Haslam has decided not to pursue a gas tax hike during this year's legislative session.
The Memphis Daily News reports that Haslam confirmed he is "not going to propose a bill this year to raise taxes."
The governor's comments were made on a WKNO-TV program hosted by Daily News publisher Eric Barnes that airs Friday evening.
Haslam had traveled the state to draw attention to what he has described as a $6.1 billion backlog of projects already approved - but not funded - by the Legislature. But lawmakers are wary about approving a tax hike in an election year.
The state's gas tax of 21.4 cents per gallon was last raised in 1989.
Jay Walker Friday January 15, 2016
The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers travel to Rhea County Friday for a district doubleheader with the Rhea County Eagles and Lady Eagles. The girls' game tips off at 5pm CST. The games will be broadcast live on SPORTSRADIO 1230 WAKI and online at www.1230waki.com .
Jay Walker Thursday January 14, 2016
Two committees of the Warren County Commission have scheduled meetings for Thursday.
The Financial Management Committee will meet at 3:30 to award bids and discuss grant applications.
The Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 4:45 to discuss applications for the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and a Community Development Block Grant.
Both meetings will be held at the Administrative Building.
Fewer Fatalities in 2015
THP Thursday January 14, 2016
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the number of traffic fatalities in 2015 is the third lowest annual figure in Tennessee since 1963. The 2015 traffic fatality numbers are reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP).
Preliminary figures indicate there were 965 vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways in 2015. In 1963, there were 941 deaths. The 2015 fatality number includes 112 pedestrians and 10 pedal cyclists.
From 1964 to 2010, Tennessee averaged 1,234 deaths on roadways. Over the 46 year period, 1973 was the most tragic year, totaling 1,444 traffic deaths.
Nationwide preliminary figures indicate an increase of about 15 percent in 2015 compared to 2014.
TBI Thursday January 14, 2016
Special Agents with the TBI have charged two men in an ongoing homicide investigation in McMinnville.
Wednesday morning, authorities arrested 19 year old Tyler Jones of Manchester and 20 year old Nicholas McGee of Tullahoma in connection with the death of 43 year old Osbaldo Luna, whose body was found Tuesday morning outside a residence on Beersheba Street.
Both men have been charged with criminal homicide and were booked into the Warren County Jail on a $1-million bond each.
The investigation is continuing with the possibility of additional suspects and charges. Tuesday night authorities said as many as six people were picked up and questioned about the murder.