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Archives 4-20-2005



Theft investigation leads to arrests
State analyzes tax revenues for March
Kindergarten screenings scheduled



Theft investigation leads to arrests

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These items that can be used in a meth lab were found by Livingston Police after a theft investigation Sunday.

Two Cumberland County residents were taken into custody after a theft investigation at the Fred's Department Store parking lot on Sunday, April 17 led to the discovery of a rolling meth lab.

According to Livingston Police Department, Anthony S. Woody, 34, of Rogers Road, Crossville, and Vernetta A. Lewis, 38, of Deck Road, Crossville, were charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and the illegal possession of over one-half ounce of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver to others, along with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lewis was also charged with theft of property under $500 in connection with the theft of items that can be used in the illegal production of methamphetamine.

When LPD units arrived at the parking lot, Woody fled on foot from a vehicle and was caught and taken into custody by LPD officers Jonathan Swift and John Mackie.

Livingston Police later found out that Woody had been listening to a police scanner and was armed with a loaded pistol.

Woody is also wanted in Cumberland County on nine felony warrants for violating probation and fleeing from police.

Woody and Lewis were both jailed awaiting a hearing in General Sessions Court.

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State analyzes tax revenues for March

On an accrual basis, March is the eighth month in the 2004-2005 Fiscal Year. Department of Revenue tax collections were $720.5 million.

March revenues were $14.8 million less than the budgeted estimate, according to Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz. The general fund had a $7.9 million undercollection and the four other funds undercollected by $6.9 million.

Sales tax collections were $14.8 million more than the estimate in March. For eight months, revenues are undercollected by $72.4 million.

The March growth rate was 6.94%. Year-to-date growth was 4.36% or 0.56% less than the budgeted estimate for the year.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $24.7 million less than the estimate of $128.9 million.

For eight months, revenues are $103.4 million overcollected, which is $9 million more than an alternative estimating model indicates.

April collections, which typically are 25% or more of total annual collections, reflect the annual tax returns from calendar year filers. April collections will be a more accurate indicator of overcollections for the fiscal year.

Gasoline taxes and motor vehicle registrations were $8.3 million less than the budgeted estimate of $87.8 million.

Year-to-date collections for eight months are $32.7 million more than the budgeted estimate. The general fund, because of franchise and excise tax collections, is overcollected by $41.7 million, and the four other funds are undercollected by $9.1 million.

The budgeted revenue estimates and the revised estimates presented in the new budget document are the same in total revenue and general fund revenue. The individual estimates are different. The revised estimates assume a $65 million shortfall in sales tax collections, a surplus of $60.4 million in franchise and excise taxes, and a surplus of $4.6 million in all other taxes when compared with budgeted estimates for the full fiscal year.

The budgeted revenue estimates are based upon the State Funding Board's consensus recommendation adopted by the second session of the 103rd General Assembly in May of last year.

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Kindergarten screenings scheduled

Students entering kindergarten in the Overton County School System this fall are required to be preregistered and complete specific screening activities.

Parents should call their child's school and schedule a screening time as soon as possible.

Upon the registration and screening process, parents will need to provide their child's birth certificate and immunization record. If other information will be needed, the school will advise parents during the scheduling call.

Children will be screened in speech, language, hearing, and vision.

For any child who does not pass the screenings, the parents will be asked to have him or her examined by a professional where any problems can be pinpointed.

According to Sheila Pemberton, of Overton County School System, the screenings are required by the State Department of Education.

"This is an activity that will help parents and teachers become aware of any problems that a child may have in the area of speech, language, vision, and/or hearing. Children who start school with a problem in any of these areas will not be able to maintain academic progress.

"Interventions at this level can be very successful if the problem is identified early."

For more information call Pemberton at (931) 823-1287.

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