News from Tennessee
Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:01 pm
sales tax growth
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee revenue collections have fallen short of expectations, but the state’s sales tax rate has shown a third consecutive month of growth.
General fund collections, which reflect economic activity in the previous month, missed projections by $9.3 million in June.
Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz noted in a release Tuesday that sales taxes — which account for two out of every three tax dollars collected by the state — grew by 0.7 percent, despite the record flooding that occurred in May.
Corporate franchise and excise taxes, meanwhile, came in at $21 million more than projected.
For the first eleven months of the budget year, the general fund fell $225 million short of original estimates. The new budget year began July 1.
dies in Afghanistan
NASHVILLE (AP) — The military said a Marine from Tennessee was killed in Helmand province in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Daniel G. Raney of Pleasant View died Friday while supporting combat operations.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Couple pleads guilty
in military theft case
GREENEVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Bluff City couple pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice during an investigation into stolen military equipment that was sold overseas.
A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Eastern Tennessee says Ronald W. Abram and Carol Hurst Abram entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Greeneville.
According to prosecutors, the couple’s son, Ronald William Abram III, is a former Marine who recently pleaded guilty in federal court in Hawaii to conspiring to sell military technology and unlawful disposition of a firearm stolen from the U.S. Marine Corps.
Investigators say Ronald and Carol Abram directed others to destroy and conceal the equipment, provided false and misleading information and concealed the location of the stolen equipment.
The couple face a sentencing range of six to 12 months in prison.
‘Desperate Housewives’ actress wins award
MEMPHIS (AP) — Actress Eva Longoria Parker of “Desperate Housewives” fame has been named a recipient of this year’s Freedom Awards, along with a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya and an American civil rights activist.
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis announced the winners Tuesday and said the awards will be bestowed in a ceremony Oct. 6. It’s the first year women will receive all three awards since the museum began honoring leaders in civil and human rights in 1991.
Published in The Messenger 7.14.10