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SSG David Colson serving United States in Iraq
County receives TVA payments in lieu of tax
State receives $1 million grant for energy aid



SSG David Colson serving United States in Iraq

photo courtesy of Colson family
SSG Colson and his squad take a moment from their responsibilities to pose for a photo. Colson is the son of Raymond Colson of Allons and Ruby Harvey of Monroe. He is the father of Brandon Colson and Brianna Colson.

photo courtesy of Colson family
SSG David A. Colson, of Livingston, is serving the United States in Iraq. While his days are filled with military-related activities, he still finds time to interact with Iraqi children who reside near where he is serving and are eager to visit with American soldiers.

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County receives TVA payments in lieu of tax

Overton County received a total of $323,126 from TVA in tax equivalent payments for 2004.

The state of Tennessee received a record $203.3 million in 2004 TVA payments made in lieu of taxes.

On behalf of the TVA Board, TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. said, "These record payments made by TVA in Tennessee will benefit people in local communities by helping fund schools and many other needed programs and services.

"The tax equivalent payments, along with reliable, affordable power, help enhance economic growth for the people we serve through local distributors of TVA power."

TVA makes tax equivalent payments to Tennessee and six other states and to counties within those states. The tax equivalent payments are based on TVA power sales revenue in 2003 and TVA-owned power property in each state. During the fiscal year, TVA makes monthly payments based on preliminary forecasts.

TVA has been making tax-equivalent payments since 1933. Most of the money is paid directly to state governments; however, all or part of the amount paid by TVA is redistributed to local governments according to formulas in each state.

TVA is the nation's largest public power provider and is completely self-financed. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 8.5 million consumers in 7 southeastern states.

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State receives $1 million grant for energy aide

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has announced that an additional $1,027,828 in emergency funds will be provided to Tennessee from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The funds will provide Tennessee with extra assistance to help low-income families pay their heating bills.

"The Bush Administration is making sure low-income families in Tennessee have the assistance they need to stay warm this winter," Secretary Leavitt said. "These funds will help those citizens in Tennessee with their heating bills."

Today's $100 million announcement uses contingency funds made available by the FY 2005 omnibus appropriations bill.

Dr. Wade F. Horn, Health and Human Services assistant secretary for children and families, said, "Enduring cold spells across the nation this winter make this continued assistance a top priority of President Bush. This much-needed aid will come as a relief to many low-income families in Tennessee."

Each year, LIHEAP helps more than 4.5 million low-income families pay the costs of heating their homes in the winter and cooling their homes in the summer.

Individuals interested in applying for LIHEAP assistance should contact the local/state LIHEAP agency or click on the agency directory online at www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/liheap/directry.htm.

The directory can help people locate the state or tribal office that administers LIHEAP in communities across the country.

To view the amount of funding provided to each state visit www.acf.hhs.gov/liheap_ emergency_fy2005.html.

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