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Elvis Week Aug. 11 - 19 in Memphis
AP Wednesday May 24, 2017

Elvis week, the annual celebration honoring the rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley, will include musical performances, a memorabilia auction and a candlelight vigil among other events. Every year around the anniversary of the crooner's death, Presley's fans flock to Graceland, the Memphis tourist attraction dedicated to his music, movies and life. This year's commemoration takes place Aug. 11-19, marking the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death in 1977.

 


Chattanooga Taking Survey On Next Police Chief
AP Wednesday May 24, 2017

The city of Chattanooga is asking citizens to fill out an online survey with their thoughts about who should become the next police chief. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the survey by the Citizen Safety Coalition asks participants to rank the priorities that a new chief should focus on and what kind of personal qualities they seek in the new top police official. Police Chief Fred Fletcher's contract ends July 6. He cited personal reasons on April 7 for his retirement.

 


April Revenues
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 24, 2017

Tennessee tax revenue exceeded budgeted estimates in April. Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin announced on Tuesday that overall April revenues were $1.9 billion, which is $148.9 million more than the state budgeted.

?Total reported revenues in April reflect significant improvement over this time last year and were driven primarily by franchise and excise payments, sales tax receipts and business tax revenues,? Martin said. ?The Hall income tax posted a significant reduction from receipts received in April 2016 and was much less than budgeted expectations. All other tax revenues, taken as a group, were more than the April estimates.

?While revenue growth recovered from a sluggish March, we will continue to watch the performance of our two larges sources of revenue: sales taxes and franchise and excise taxes.?

 


Governor to Sign Tennessee Reconnect Act Wednesday in Morristown, Smyrna and Memphis
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 24, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will make history on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 as he signs the Tennessee Reconnect Act, making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all citizens ? both high school graduates and adults ? the chance to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees and at no cost to taxpayers. Haslam will hold bill signing ceremonies in Morristown, Smyrna and Memphis.

In 2013, Haslam launched the Drive to 55 to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025. Currently, Tennessee needs 871,000 postsecondary degrees or certificates to reach 55 percent, but mathematically there?s no way to reach that goal by only serving high school students. There are over 900,000 adults in Tennessee who have some college but no degree.

Tennessee adults without a certificate can already attend Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) tuition-free under the current Reconnect program. The Tennessee Reconnect Act adds community colleges to the program, funded through the lottery for education account.

 


Numerous ATV Accidents Victims
AP Wednesday May 24, 2017

Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials are warning that doctors are already treating numerous people injured in accidents involving all-terrain vehicles and it's not even the peak trauma season of summer yet.
VUMC officials say staff has treated nearly 50 ATV accident victims since the beginning of the year, including 34 adults and an additional 14 children.
Officials, in their press release, say two common problems doctor see with the injuries are the result of not wearing helmets and from having more than one rider on a vehicle equipped for only one person.
Hospital officials say children under 16 should not ride ATVs due to the risk of serious injuries, especially head trauma. They also recommend wearing a helmet certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation or the Snell Memorial Foundation.

 

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