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Haslam Signs Improve Act
WKRN Tuesday June 6, 2017

Governor Bill Haslam said thanks to Tennessee lawmakers Monday as he went around the state signing his IMPROVE Act.
The bill sets up a new way to fund Tennessee roads while cutting some business taxes and reducing the state sales tax on food from 5 percent to 4 percent.
On July 1, the state's gas tax goes from 20 cents per gallon to 24 cents. It will go up by next year and, in 2019, by a penny before capping at a 6-cent a gallon increase.
Truckers see a 4-cent a gallon diesel increase this coming July 1 followed by a three cent increase in 2018 and 2019 before it is capped.
The governor's tour included the House and Senate Transportation Committee Chairs.


Bonnaroo At a Crossroads
AP Tuesday June 6, 2017

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee is at a crossroads as organizers deal with last year's plummeting ticket sales while engaging in talks to extend their agreement with Coffee County.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the festival's current deal to pay Coffee County $30,000 plus $3 per ticket sold is set to expire after this year's festival. Ticket sales at the festival fell by 28,000 in 2016, reaching an all-time low of 45,553.
Ashley Capps, whose company AC Entertainment co-founded the festival, contends the festival landscape has become more competitive, but says ticket sales are up this year.
Paul Fischer, a music business professor at Middle Tennessee State University, says Bonnaroo has booked a good lineup this year with bands appealing to younger fans.
The festival will begin this Thursday in Manchester.


Haslam to Sign IMPROVE Act
WKRN Monday June 5, 2017

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam will hold ceremonies in three different areas of the state on Monday.
He is visiting Union City, Chattanooga and Nashville to sign the IMPROVE Act.
The IMPROVE Act (Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy), is slated to cut nearly $300 million in taxes next year and more than $500 million in taxes annually at full implementation, including a 20 percent decrease in the sales tax on groceries and a $113 million reduction in business taxes on manufacturers.
Nearly 1,000 road and bridge projects across all 95 counties will be delivered through a conservative, responsible and user-based approach of raising the gas tax by six cents and diesel tax by 10 cents ? each over the next three years.


Green Drops Gubernatorial Bid
AP Monday June 5, 2017

Republican state Sen. Mark Green says he will not resume his bid for Tennessee governor after withdrawing from consideration as President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary.
The Ashland City physician in a statement Friday acknowledged the difficult prospect of winning in what is expected to be a crowded Republican field to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam.
Green said he will remain in the state Senate while turning his attention to serving in what he called a "higher capacity" in Washington.
He did not elaborate on whether that could including challenging Republican incumbents in Congress, like Sen. Bob Corker or Rep. Marsha Blackburn.


New WCHS Baseball Coach
Jay Walker Monday June 5, 2017

Warren County High School has a new head baseball coach. He is Trice Powers. Powers was hired on Friday, less than two weeks after the firing of former coach Adam Childs.
He has coached at Shelbyville and Stewarts Creek. He played his high school baseball under his father, former coach Buddy Powers, and played college ball at Tennessee Tech.
Powers met with the Pioneer team Friday afternoon.


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