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Archives 12-23-2009


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Breech baby born in bathtub
Santa Claus is coming to town
November revenue $13.5 million less than state budget estimate
Legislative Body meeting held Dec. 14

Unemployment falls to 10.3% in Tennessee

Breech baby born in bathtub


photo courtesy of Jason Cooper
Jason Bud Cooper II was born Sunday, Dec. 20 weighing 5 lbs. 7 oz., 18-1/2 inches long, having been delivered in a bathtub by his 24 year-old father.

While the focus of the Christmas season is a child born in a manger, now days most babies enter the world in a hospital.

Not so for the firstborn of Jason Cooper, 24, and Deida Vanderhoof, 19, of the West Fentress Community. Jason Bud Cooper II made his surprise appearance in a bathtub.

Although not due until January 25, Vanderhoof awoke Saturday, Dec. 19, complaining of a backache. They made the trip to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, and an examination showed the baby was breech.

Vanderhoof was given fluids and they were sent home around midnight Saturday night with the understanding that the baby would have to be delivered by caesarean section.

About 2 a.m., while Cooper slept, Vanderhoof decided a hot bath would help her backache. While she was struggling to get out of the tub, her water broke. Cooper called the EMTs and the next door neighbor, a CNA, for assistance.

Baby, however, couldn’t wait. Before assistance arrived, Cooper delivered the baby, still breech, in the bathtub.

EMTs arrived about 20 minutes later, while the neighbor and Cooper were caring for the newborn. Baby Cooper and Vanderhoof were transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where both are doing well and were released Tuesday, Dec. 22.


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Santa Claus is coming to town


Darren Oliver photo
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus recently visited Livingston before his round of delivering gifts this Friday, December 25, 2010. Letters to Santa Claus Sections C & D


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November revenue $13.5 million less than state budget estimate
State tax collections fell below budgeted estimates in November, for the fourth consecutive month of the fiscal year that began on Thursday, July 1, 2009.

Finance & Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz announced Monday, Dec. 14 that state revenue collections for November were $708.2 million, which is 0.52% below November 2008 collections. November collections reflect consumer spending in October.

“November is the 18th consecutive month in which sales tax collections have experienced negative growth,” Goetz said. “If there’s a bright spot, it’s worth noting that the growth rate for sales tax collections in November, while still negative, fared slightly better than the month before, when it was negative 7.8%.

“It’s important to remember we won’t see how after-Thanksgiving retail sales performed until this time next month, when we’ve collected revenues for November spending.”

On an accrual basis, November is the fourth month in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

November collections were $13.5 million less than the budgeted estimate.

The general fund was undercollected by $8.1 million and the four other funds were undercollected by $5.4 million.

Sales tax collections were $21.2 million less than the estimate for November. The November growth rate was negative 4.45%. Year-to-date the growth rate is negative 7.52%.

Franchise and excise combined collections for November were $42.3 million, which is $11.6 million above the budgeted estimate of $30.7 million.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections were $5.3 million less than the budgeted estimate of $72.5 million.

Tobacco tax collections for the month were overcollected by $4.3, with November collections at $27.8 million.

Inheritance and Estate taxes were undercollected by $3.7 million for the month.

All other taxes were overcollected by a net of $600,000.

Year-to date collections for four months were $114.8 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $96.3 million and the four other funds were undercollected by $18.5 million.

The budgeted revenue estimates for 2009-2010 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation adopted by the first session of the 106th General Assembly in May of 2009, and are available on the state’s website at http//www.tn.gov/finance/bud/budget.html.

 



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Legislative Body meeting held Dec. 14
Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 14.

A budget amendment for the Sheriff’s Department was approved in the amount of $11,217.75 in grant funds and insurance recovery money.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Lindy Simmons, Debra Louise Allred, Karrie Reeder Spears, Larry Fleming, Jim Evans, Scott Hammock, and Jammie R. Gibbons.

Al Doeve of Highlands of Tennessee gave an overview of the project’s achievements and future plans.

The meeting adjourned.



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Unemployment falls to 10.3% in Tennessee
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 10.3%, down 0.2 percentage point from the October rate of 10.5%.

Labor Commissioner James Neeley said, “As the year ends, we’re seeing evidence the economy is bottoming out and beginning to show some modest employment growth, which is encouraging news.”

The November rate a year ago was 7.2%. The national unemployment rate for November 2009 was 10%, down from the October rate of 10.2%.

According to the Business Survey, 7,300 job gains occurred in retail trade, 1,800 in professional and business services, and 1,300 in health care and social assistance.

Major employment decreases occurred in durable goods manufacturing, down by 1,800. Arts, entertainment, and recreation declined by 1,300 and mining and construction declined by 1,000 jobs.

Year-over-year increases occurred in health care and social assistance, up by 7,500. Federal government increased 1,500 and local government educational services gained 1,100.

Manufacturing decreased by 29,800 jobs. Mining and construction lost 28,200 and trade, transportation, and utilities declined by 23,300.

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