workers respond to gas spill
Citizens' tips lead to recovery of property
Revenues announced for December
Emergency workers respond to gas spill
Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Livingston firefighters clean up after an undetermined amount of
gasoline spilled onto the parking lot at Express Way on Tuesday,
Jan. 16. The spill occurred when a pump nozzle failed to shut off
during a fill-up. The gas pump showed that 35 gallons had been pumped
out, but the exact amount of gas that spilled onto the ground could
not be determined. Immediately after the incident occurred, members
of Overton County Homeland Security, Livingston Fire Department,
Livingston Police Department and Overton County EMS responded to
the call. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency was notified as
well, although it was determined they were not needed on the scene.
The store's owner, Jack Patel, poured water onto the gas spill prior
to the arrival of emergency responders, and the product made entry
into the storm drain. But the LEL reading was negative. Responders,
who arrived on-scene about 12:45 p.m., worked for more than 2 hours
to clean up the spill, pouring oil dry over the areas to soak up
the gas before sweeping it up.
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tips lead to recovery of property
Approximately $3,000 in stolen tools were recovered
Thursday, Jan. 18 through the combined efforts of Overton County
Sheriff's Department and Livingston Police Department. According
to reports, the joint investigation into burglaries in the city
and county led to a series of suspects. After interviews were conducted,
the tools were recovered. In addition, a case was solved in which
copper had been stolen from the "Old Shirt Factory" building
on four separate occasions. The Sheriff's Dept. report credited
the recovery of the property to local citizens, "without whose
information and assistance these cases would not have been broken."
Cases against several individuals will be taken to the grand jury.
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announced for December
A one-time increase in franchise and excise tax collections
helped put state revenues above the budgeted estimate for December
and year-to-date for five months.
Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz
reported that overall December revenues were $919.7 million or $113.8
million more than the state budgeted.
"While we are pleased with December collections,
and where we are year-to-date, we must continue to be cautiously
optimistic," Goetz said. "Typically about a fourth of
total franchise and excise tax collections come in April of each
"The state's conservative approach to revenue
estimation serves to keep spending in check and help us avoid end-of-year
December's increase in franchise and excise collections
includes the result of a federal audit of three companies which
caused a substantial revision of federally-recognized income, on
which F&E taxes are largely based.
On an accrual basis, December is the fifth month in
the 2006-2007 fiscal year.
December collections were $113.8 million more than
the budgeted estimate. The general fund was overcollected by $114.1
million, and the four other funds were undercollected by $344,000.
Sales tax collections were $8.6 million less than
the estimate for December.
The December growth rate was 2.69%. Accounting for
$9.9 million in non-recurring audit assessments received in December
2005, the underlying growth rate for December 2006 is 4.67%. For
five months revenues are undercollected by $70.4 million.
Franchise and excise taxes combined were $118.2 million
above the budgeted estimate of $102.2 million. For five months revenues
are overcollected by $87.3 million.
Gasoline and motor fuel collections for December increased
by 1.81%, but were $591,000 below the budgeted estimate of $71.2
million. For five months revenues are undercollected by $3.7 million.
Year-to date collections for five months were $50.2
million more than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was overcollected
by $50.2 million and the four other funds were even with the estimates.
The budgeted revenue estimates are based on the State
Funding Board's consensus recommendation adopted by the second session
of the 104th General Assembly in May of 2006.
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