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Candidates Not Happy With Gas Tax
AP Thursday September 14, 2017

The ink may be dry on a new state law that boosts funding for road projects through Tennessee's first gas tax hike in 28 years, but that doesn't mean Republicans running for governor are happy with it.
The 4-cent hike on the tax on each gallon of gas went into effect in July, and the law calls for further 1-cent increases in each of the next two years.
Franklin businessman Bill Lee told Nashville business leaders Tuesday that the hike disproportionally hurts rural Tennesseans who often have to travel farther to go to work. House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville says she wants to explore new road funding mechanisms.
Former state Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet has made repealing the tax increase a major part of her campaign platform.


People Displaced By Hurricane Eligible for Unemployment Benefits
AP Thursday September 14, 2017

Officials say people from out of state who expect to be in Tennessee for an extended period because of damage to their homes or workplaces by Hurricane Irma can file for unemployment insurance.
Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burn Phillips said in a news release that the state wants to make sure people staying in Tennessee have information they need to receive unemployment benefits they're entitled to.
The state says workers displaced by the hurricane should start the unemployment benefits filing process with the state where they work while temporarily residing in Tennessee.
Because the affected areas could be declared a federal disaster area, unemployment insurance may be available to people who typically wouldn't be entitled to benefits.


Little Fairest Pageant
Jay Walker Wednesday September 13, 2017

The 2017 Little Fairest of the Fair was crowned Tuesday night during activities at the Warren County Fair. She is Presley Winfree.
Chosen as first runner up was Harper Fuston. Second runner up was Allison Hamby. And third runner up was Willow Durant.
Wednesday's fair activities include the Baby Show at the grandstand stage and gospel music by the Wilburn and Wilburn Gospel Duo at 7pm.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Wednesday September 13, 2017

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved first reading of a measure to appropriate funds to certain nonprofits in the total amount of $421,025.
The board also approved an ordinance to create the McMinnville Tourism Development Authority.
An ordinance to amend the municipal code to adopt a section that levies a hotel tax drew considerable discussion. Alderman Steve Harvey said he opposed the tax because he feels it places a burden on motels, businesses and churches that sometimes house needy families in motels. Other aldermen wondered why state lawmakers recommended the City charge 2.5 percent when the state average hotel tax is 4.5 percent. The ordinance passed first reading, but city officials plan to try to get the percentage raised.
In other business, Codes official Nolan Ming proposed that the Planning and Zoning Department name be changed to Community Development.


Gas Prices
Wednesday September 13, 2017

Gas prices have begun to plateau for the first time in more than 15 days despite Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma making landfall in the southeast. Holding steady for five days at $2.67, the national gas price average is just three cents more expensive compared to last week. Tennessee's average increased to $2.59 - 4 cents higher than this time last week.
AAA spokesperson Stephanie Milani said Tennessee drivers should see gas prices begin to plateau soon. However, wholesale prices were volatile last week reacting to the predictions of Hurricane Irma, so drivers may not see prices fall as quickly as they rose.
Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.59 on Monday, an increase of 4 cents compared to last week.


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