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Apartment raided on Bussell Street
Livingston man killed in Cookeville car crash
State revenues $11.7M under budget in March
Unemployment lowers to 10.6% in state

Apartment raided on Bussell Street


Two men are detained during a raid conducted by Livingston Police Department and Overton County Sheriff’s Dept.

Livingston Police Department and Overton County Sheriff’s Department conducted a joint raid Wednesday, April 14 at an apartment in a complex at the corner of East Main Street and Bussell Street.

The raid was made after a lengthy investigation into allegations that the two residents of the apartment were engaged in the illegal sale of narcotics, including marijuana.

During execution of the search warrants, law enforcement allegedly recovered marijuana, prescription narcotics, and several hypodermic needles.

The cases related to the search warrant and alleged undercover narcotics purchases will be presented to Overton County Grand Jury at a later date, according to Livingston Police Department.

Police Chief Greg Etheredge stated, “This joint operation came as a result of cooperation between the two agencies and citizens to combat the illegal sale and delivery of narcotics in our community.”

Citizens are urged to report suspicious activity to Livingston Police at (931) 823-6496 or the Sheriff’s Dept. at (931) 823-5635.

“In addition, citizens can make use of our new anonymous tip line at 931-783-3743,” Chief Etheredge stated. “When using the tip line, you can leave a voice message or a text message.

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Livingston man killed in Cookeville car crash
By Mary Jo Denton,
Herald-Citizen staff

A young Livingston man was killed in a traffic crash on Hudgens Street in Cookeville late Tuesday night, April 20, police said.

Jakob Edwin Gunnels, 21, of Livingston, was apparently killed instantly in the accident, which happened around 11 p.m. just east of Old Walton Road, according to Cookeville Police Capt. Mark Maxwell.

Gunnels was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo east on Hudgens and had just rounded a curve when the vehicle ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree, Capt. Maxwell said.

“We are still investigating and don’t know exactly what happened, but we think speed was a factor in the crash,” Capt. Maxwell said.

No one witnessed the crash, but two passersby came upon the wreck about 11 p.m. and stopped and called 911, he said. Gunnels was using a seatbelt, and the vehicle’s airbag deployed during the crash, but the impact of the crash was to the driver’s side of the vehicle, Capt. Maxwell said. Upon hitting the tree, the vehicle spun around, he said.

“This is the first traffic fatality we’ve had in the city this year,” said Maxwell, who heads the Traffic Division of the police force.

Putnam Ambulance Service medics rushed to the scene from their nearby substation, and they were there when Cookeville firefighters arrived, Cookeville Fire Department Capt. Matt White said.

“We provided lighting and helped clean up the debris,” Capt. White said.
The eight firefighters on the scene also used their equipment to extricate Gunnels from the wreckage, he said.

Capt. Maxwell said he and Traffic Division officers – Lt. Randy Brown, Sgt. James Harris, Greg Young, Anthony Leonard, Glen Ramsey, and Calvin Anderson – worked at the scene for over three hours, measuring and investigating.



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State revenues $11.7M under budget in March
Tennessee revenue collections continued to fall short of budgeted estimates in March. Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz reported Tuesday, April 13 that overall March revenues were $776.5 million, which is $11.7 million less than the state budgeted.

“This marks the 22nd consecutive negative growth month for sales tax collections out of the last 27 months, starting with January 2008,” Goetz said. “Sales tax collections seem to reflect a degree of renewed consumer confidence, but revenues continue to lag below projections.

“Until we see clear signs that the economy is recovering we will continue to make budget decisions based on what we’re experiencing in Tennessee.”

On an accrual basis, March is the eighth month in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The general fund was undercollected by $8.7 million, and the four other funds were undercollected by $3 million.

Sales tax collections were $14 million less than the estimate for March. The March growth rate was negative 0.87%. For eight months, revenues are undercollected by $211.4 million. The year-to-date growth rate for eight months was negative 5.29%.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $8.4 million above the budgeted estimate of $122.6 million. For eight months, revenues are overcollected by $15.7 million. The year-to-date growth rate for eight months was 6.64%.
Gasoline and motor fuel collections for March decreased by 1.7%. For eight
months, revenues are undercollected by $16.9 million.

Tobacco taxes collections were $1.3 million over the budgeted estimate of $24.4 million. For eight months, revenues are overcollected in the amount of $1.6 million.

Year-to-date collections for eight months were $244.1 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $205 million, and the four other funds were undercollected by $39.1 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 2009, and are available on the state’s website at http//www.tn.gov/finance/bud/budget.html.

The State Funding Board met on December 18, 2009 and adopted mid-year revised revenue ranges for 2009-2010. The revised ranges reflect growth rates ranging from negative 1.5% to negative 0.25% in total taxes, and negative 2.35% to negative 0.85% in general fund taxes. Based on the consensus recommendation, the official budgeted estimates for 2009-2010 were revised in late December.

The revised estimates are reflected on pages A-70 and A-72 in the 2010-2011 Budget Document, and assumed an undercollection in total taxes in the amount of $161.3 million, and an undercollection of $153.2 million in the general fund.

The funding board met again in March of this year and adopted final revenue ranges for 2009-2010. The board’s consensus recommendation was to recognize lower growth rates than those adopted on December 18, 2009. The revised ranges reflect growth rates ranging from negative 1.77% to negative 1.29% for total taxes, and negative 2.31% to negative 1.78% in general fund taxes.

Based upon the funding board’s March recommendation, the revised estimates for 2009-2010 now assume an undercollection in total taxes in the amount of $258.9 million, and an undercollection of $231 million in general fund taxes.



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Unemployment rate lowers to 12.6%
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 10.6%, down from the February rate of 10.7%. The United States unemployment rate for the month of March was 9.7%.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for March, released April 22, show that the rate decreased in 85 counties, increased in 7 counties, and remained the same in 3 counties.

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 12.6% for March, down from 13.2% in February. Overton had 1,250 unemployed of a workforce of 9,970.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA went down from 11.2% to 10.9% in March, with 5,520 unemployed of a workforce of 50,490.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate went down from 13.8% in February to 13.2% in March. Jackson had 650 unemployed of a workforce of 4,960.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate remained at 10.2% in March, the same as in February. Putnam had 3,620 unemployed of a workforce of 35,560.

Clay County’s unemployment rate went up from 14.1% in February to 14.2% in March. Clay had 470 unemployed of a labor force of 3,320.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went down from 13.5% to 12.9% in March. Fentress had 1,020 unemployed of a workforce of 7,940.

Pickett County had the state’s 3rd highest unemployment rate at 18.2%, down from 18.9 in February. Pickett County had 330 unemployed of a workforce of 1,810.

Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 7.4%, down from 8% percent in February. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.8%, up from 18.4 in February.

Unemployment information is available online at http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/march2010county.pdf.




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