NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers have approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.
The House approved the measure 68-27 yesterday and the Senate voted 28-3 a few hours later in favor the plan, which removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.
Both Democrats and Republicans presented proposals to give teachers and state employees one-time bonuses, but all those amendments failed.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A thirteen year-old boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver Monday afternoon on westbound I-24 in Smyrna near the Sam Ridley Parkway exit.
WSMV-TV says 13 year-old Clifton Braunwaler was rushed to nearby StoneCrest Medical Center where he died. His mother, 47 year-old Sondra Braunwalder was also taken to StoneCrest with non-life threatening injuries.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT) -- Finding affordable housing is a struggle for a lot of Tennesseans, but for individuals with disabilities the barriers are even higher.
A mid-state forum scheduled for Friday will take a look at the issue. Emily Hoskins with the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee says the biggest problem is a severe lack of housing that’s accessible.