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Lee budget amendment includes sales tax holiday on groceries, restaurant purchases

By Editor | April 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jon Styf The Center Square Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee introduced a budget amendment Tuesday that included a two-week sales tax holiday on food purchases. The two-week sales tax holiday, which includes all grocery sales, purchases at restaurants and all prepared food, is estimated to cost the state $100 million, accounting for $25 million in grocery…

Lee signs legislation allowing qualified residents to carry a handgun without a permit in Tennessee

By Editor | April 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jason Schaumburg The Center Square Carrying a handgun without a permit in Tennessee is now law after Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation Thursday to allow it. Lee announced on social media he had signed Senate Bill 765. “I signed constitutional carry today because it shouldn’t be hard for law-abiding Tennesseans to exercise their (Second Amendment)…

Tennessee lawmakers considering government ban on COVID-19 vaccine passports

By Editor | April 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jason Schaumburg The Center Square A measure to prevent any government in Tennessee from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine passport is making its way through the General Assembly. Amended House Bill 575 is supported by Gov. Bill Lee, who worked on the language with House sponsor Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, and Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville.…

MTSU survey: Consumers more optimistic as spring arrives

By Editor | March 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Outlook among Tennessee consumers has improved noticeably heading into the spring and summer months, according to the latest statewide survey by Middle Tennessee State University. The Tennessee Overall Outlook Index crept back into positive territory in March to 1, but that’s up considerably from -58 score in December, reports the Office of Consumer Research in the Jennings…

Senate subcommittee gives thumbs down to Tennessee grocery sales tax holiday

By Editor | March 24, 2021 | 1 Comment

Jon Styf The Center Square A bill that would eliminate Tennessee sales tax on grocery store food purchases for six months received a negative recommendation Tuesday by the Senate Finance, Ways & Means Revenue Subcommittee. The items included in Senate Bill 1107 are defined as retail food and food ingredient purchases, generally described as many…

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding to age 16-plus in Tennessee by April 5

By Editor | March 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced all residents age 16-plus will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination no later than April 5. Tennesseans aged 55 and older and those in Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. According to the state Health Department, eligibility for those in Phase…

Van, body recovered from Tennessee River in Shiloh

By Editor | March 20, 2021 | 3 Comments

Members of the Hardin County Fire Department’s dive team recovered a body in a van Saturday afternoon that drove into the Tennessee River last night. Witnesses told authorities it appears the driver may have intentionally gone into the river, and that he waved to people in the parking lot at Hagy’s Catfish Hotel in Shiloh…

Sheriff: Witnesses say driver of vehicle which plunged into Tennessee River in Shiloh waved to them

By Editor | March 19, 2021 | 5 Comments

    Hardin County law enforcement and fire department personnel are on the bank of the Tennessee River in Shiloh tonight after a vehicle plunged into the water near a popular restaurant shortly before 7. “I was just at Hagy’s for dinner and a man in a silver minivan purposely drove into the river at…

Wednesday’s storm does little damage in Hardin County, but river flood warning now in effect

By Editor | March 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hardin County weathered Wednesday’s storms without major problems, but the rain the system dropped has now prompted a flood warning for the Tennessee River at Savannah. Local firefighters did respond yesterday morning to three calls about lightning strikes in Hardin County all within an hour. Fire Chief Melvin Martin said lightning ignited the corner of…

Carrying handgun without permit approved by Tennessee Senate

By Editor | March 18, 2021 | 1 Comment

Jason Schaumburg The Center Square By a vote of 23-9, the Tennessee Senate passed legislation Thursday that would allow for the carrying of handguns in the state without a permit. Senate Bill 765 would let a gun owner carry an open or concealed handgun without a permit if a gun owner met the qualifications for…