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Paddle printing session held on frozen pond
Jackson County man charged in toddler death
Arrest made in lettuce plant burglary and vandalism
Governor appoints Hayes to advisory committee
State revenue $83.7M less than budgeted

Paddle printing session held on frozen pond


Darren Oliver photo
Paddle prints in the snow follow the ducks at Willard Winningham Memorial Park after snow covered the frozen pond last week. The winter weather caused school closings, and more snow is predicted for Wednesday.


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Jackson County man charged in toddler death


Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a Jackson County man with the murder of a 17 month-old toddler, who was killed in the suspect’s home early Friday morning, January 16.

Ronald Christopher Hayes, 25, of Blackburn Fork Road, Cookeville, is charged with one count of First Degree Murder for the death of his girlfriend’s son, Ethan Castle, who was found dead in Hayes’ home. An autopsy revealed the toddler died from blunt force trauma.

Hayes was booked into Jackson County Jail without bond and was scheduled for an appearance in General Sessions Court on January 22. TBI agents worked the case along with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.



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Governor appoints Hayes to advisory committee
Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes has been selected by Governor Phil Bredesen to serve on the Governor’s Citizen Corps Advisory Committee.

Gov. Bredesen recently announced his list of appointments of men and women to serve on 21 different state boards and commissions.

“The state of Tennessee is very fortunate to have citizens like these 45 men and women who are willing to serve the state through its boards and commissions,” Gov. Bredesen said. “They will be valuable additions to the respective boards they have been appointed to represent, and I appreciate their commitment and willingness to serve.”

Hayes will be joined by two individuals named by the Governor to the same committee. The other two men who will serve with Hayes are both from the Knoxville area, Patrick O’Brien and Larry L. Triplett.

The duties of the Citizen Corps Advisory Committee as outlined in Executive Order #8 are as follows:

•Promote Citizen Corps activities across the state (where and when possible).

•Foster a culture of citizenship and social responsibility by encouraging public service and by building patriotism and pride.

•Assist with the development of marketing strategies.

•Align Citizen Corps training needs with other state training initiatives.

•Encourage Citizen Corps to educate and train the public to help citizens take an active role in protecting themselves from harm and to inform citizens what to do in a particular crisis.

•Develop partnerships with volunteer organizations and businesses statewide.

•Ensure “Citizen Corps Communities” receive consideration for relevant grant funding administered by the state.



State revenue $83.7M less than budgeted

Overall December revenues were $811 million, or $83.7 million less than the state budgeted, with sales tax collections for December, reflecting November spending, coming in at a record low rate of negative 10.28%.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz said, “December is the fifth consecutive month this fiscal year in which sales taxes and corporate income taxes have recorded negative growth rates.

“December also made history with the largest single negative growth month for sales tax collections on record.”

December is the 10th month in the past year that sales taxes had negative growth rates. Sales taxes comprise more than 60% of the state’s revenue collections.

“In spite of this year’s unprecedented shortfall in tax revenues we will meet our constitutional mandate and end this fiscal year with a balanced budget,” Goetz said.

On an accrual basis, December is the fifth month in the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

The general fund was under collected by $73.8 million, and the four other funds were under collected by $9.9 million.

Sales tax collections were $67.6 million less than the estimate for
December. The December growth rate was negative 10.28%. For five months revenues are under collected by $212.5 million.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $1.4 million below the budgeted estimate of $143.9 million. For five months revenues are under collected by $135.7 million.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections for December decreased by 6.81%, and they were $6.2 million below the budgeted estimate of $70.4 million. For five months revenues are under collected by $24.7 million.

Tobacco tax collections were $1.9 million above the budgeted estimate of $25 million, and for five months they are $2.4 million below the budgeted estimate.

Year-to-date collections for five months were $407.8 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was under collected by $379.4 million, and the four other funds were under collected by $28.4 million.
Budgeted revenue estimates for 2008-2009 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation adopted by the second session of the 105th General Assembly in May 2008.

 



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