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Traffic jammed during Main Street resurfacing
Legislative Body passes 2010-2011 county budget
Dale Hollow Dam road to be closed
State tax collections $22.5M more than budget

 

Traffic jammed during Main Street resurfacing

Lyndon Johnson photo
Traffic snakes slowly down West Main Street through road construction last Thursday, Aug. 26. Tennessee Department of Transportation is resurfacing West Main Street from Highway 85 to the Main Street/Broad Street merge at Dairy Queen and the entirety of the Highway 111 Bypass.

By Lyndon Johnson,
OCN Staff

Tennessee Department of Transportation began a resurfacing project last week that has seen traffic backed up in Livingston at times.

According to Seth Clinard with TDOT, the purpose of the construction is to resurface parts of West Main Street and the entire Highway 111 Bypass. But as anyone who has driven through town might notice, it isn’t just a matter of laying down another layer of asphalt.

“It’s a resurfacing project, but we’ve got to mill off the top before resurfacing so that it will drain properly,” Clinard said. “We’re done with
the milling, but we’ve got to come in and put the new mix on top of it now.”

Clinard said the Bypass was in particular need of milling because its original layers of pavement were not designed to cope with the current three-lane structure.

“A lot of the roadway around the bypass has been widened through
maintenance processes into a three-lane road, when it wasn’t designed to do that originally,” he said. “The gradework was designed to be three-lane, but the original layers of mix were only designed to be two lanes plus shoulders. There’s actually not enough mix on it. What we’re doing will actually smooth out the road and reinforce it some.”

Clinard said crews knew the road work had the potential to cause traffic tie-ups, so TDOT will be trying to work outside of peak traffic hours.

“We’re going to try to sequence work on Main Street from 85 to the Dairy Queen so we can stay out of school traffic in the morning,” Clinard said.

“We’re going to be working, but we’re going to be working in a way that will be opposite of the main flow of traffic. I know it’s a big inconvenience, but its in bad need of repair.”

Clinard said most other state routes through Livingston had been resurfaced within the last three years, and noted the stretches undergoing resurfacing are some of the heaviest-traveled in the city.

According to Clinard, the project should be completed in “about another
two weeks, depending on the weather.”

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Legislative Body passes 2010-2011 county budget
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 26. The meeting had been postponed from the usual second Monday of the month.

The 2010-2011 Budget for all departments, the appropriating resolution, the tax levy resolution, and budget statements of individual funds were approved, with County Commissioners Cindy Robbins, Jean Moore, Stanley Carter Jr., Darwin Clark, Billy J. Parrott, Randall Boswell, Bruce Ledford, Jeff Staggs, Chris Speck, Billie G. Phipps, Rick Moles, Ben Danner, Gregg Nivens, and Johnie Webb all voting yes. Commissioner Alan Atnip was absent.

The tax levy calls for lowering the tax rate from 1.88 to 1.80.Budgets are funded as follows: County General .98; Solid Waste .10; Highways and Public Works .05; General Purpose School .56; General Debt Service .11.
First reading of a resolution for giving to non-profits was approved.

A new travel and reimbursement policy was approved.

A resolution was adopted to allow land owners to protect their land and crops from feral hogs.

Overton County Schools quarterly report was approved.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Arlene Chen-Dyce, Teresa Kay Barlow, Bruce Harris, Melissa Ellen Ball, Kelly R. Williams, Wesley Burnett, Anita R. Ledbetter, and Catherine M. Gunter.

Fidelity bonds were approved for Connie Hadynski, Debra Maberry, Ron Cyrus, Hugh L. Ogletree, Barbara Matthews, and Peggy Clark Smith.

The meeting adjourned.




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Dale Hollow Dam road to be closed

The road crossing Dale Hollow Dam will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13 and ending 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.

The purpose of the road closure is to provide safety for the employees performing maintenance and general equipment upgrades.

The road will be barricaded at the intersection of Walker Ridge Road and Wil Terry Road near the south end of the dam, and barricaded at the Dale Hollow Dam Road/Cut Through Road intersection at the north end of the dam.



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State tax collections $22.5M more than budget
State sales tax revenues for July jumped with the largest monthly growth in over three years. Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz reported that July’s total revenue collections were up from July of last year.
The last month in which sales tax collections exceeded this month’s growth rate was April 2007.

“We believe the growth in both sales and corporate tax collections point to an economic recovery in Tennessee; however, we will continue to be cautious, keeping our budget in balance as we move forward,” Goetz said.

“Franchise and Excise tax collections showed negative growth for the month, but this can be attributed to significant one-time payments received in July of 2009.

“The year-to-date growth in our corporate tax collections have shown considerable improvement over last year, posting a gain of over 4%.”
Overall, July revenues were $833.6 million or $22.5 million more than the state budgeted.

On an accrual basis, July is the 12th month in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
The general fund was overcollected by $28 million, and the four other funds were undercollected by $5.5 million.

Sales tax collections were $1 million less than the estimate for July. The July growth rate was 5.94%. For 12 months, revenues are undercollected by $225.7 million. The year-to-date growth rate for 12 months was negative 2.25%.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $7.5 million over the budgeted
estimate of $44 million. The growth rate for July was negative 36.40%. For 12 months, revenues are overcollected by $83.3 million and the year-to-date growth rate was positive 4.01%.

Inheritance and estate tax collections were $1.8 million above the July estimate. For 12 months, collections are $10.4 million below the budgeted estimate.

Privilege tax collections were $1.1 million below the July budgeted estimate. For 12 months, collections are $24.8 million less than the budgeted estimate, and the year-to date growth rate was negative 3.15%.
Tobacco tax collections were $1.2 million above the budgeted estimate of $25.3 million. For 12 months, revenues are overcollected by $1.2 million.

Gasoline and motor fuel tax collections for July decreased by 0.36 %. For 12 months, revenues are undercollected by $8.2 million.

Year-to-date collections for 12 months were $203 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $151.3 million, and the four other funds were undercollected by $51.7 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 mid-year estimates assume an undercollection in total taxes in the amount of $161.3 million, and an under collection of $153.2 million in the general fund.

The funding board met again in March and adopted final revenue ranges for 2009-2010.

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

Year-to-date collections are subject to final adjustments.


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