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12:26pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Comment Gets National Attention

State Rep. Says Expel Muslims from U.S. Military

Comments by a Tennessee State Representative are getting Rutherford County still more national attention for anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Over the weekend local and national Muslim groups called on Tennessee officials to rebuke Rockvale Republican Rick Womick for comments he made Friday.

At a gathering of conservatives in Gallatin, where the subject was Sharia law, Womick was captured on video saying he thinks Muslims should not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

Womick reiterated those comments Saturday in an interview with the Daily News Journal.

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12:13pm

Mon November 14, 2011
State Rep. to Push Measure in Legislature

Bill Would Ban Minors From Liquor Stores

A new liquor store ordinance in Memphis and one in the works for Jackson could serve as models for a state statute.

State Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, a Jackson Republican, is drafting a similar bill to present to the upcoming General Assembly.

The measures ban anyone under 21 from entering liquor stores without a parent, legal guardian or spouse.

Jackson liquor store owner Bob Lindsey tells The Commercial Appeal that store owners frequently see teenagers in their stores, pointing out to older friends what to buy for them.

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12:12pm

Thu November 10, 2011
Bill Allows States to Collect Online Sales Taxes

Tennessee Senator Endorses Internet Tax Plan

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is part of a bi-partisan push to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes.

The group of ten senators announced yesterday that they will introduce a bill that would let states that adopt the same administrative procedure for collecting taxes to be able to require online sellers to collect those taxes

Online auction company eBay opposes the bill, saying that requiring small vendors to collect sales tax for states around the country would be an unfair burden.

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11:49am

Thu November 10, 2011
Finance Commissioner Emkes Guardedly Optimistic

State Sales Tax Collections Up for the Quarter

Tennessee's sales tax revenues grew 6.5 percent in the first quarter of the budget year, and general fund collections are $57 million above projections.

Sales taxes account for nearly two out of every three dollars collected for the state's general fund. October sales tax collections, which reflect economic activity in the previous month, came in at nearly $16 million above projections.

State Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes says that the growth of sales tax collections is the "best indicator of economic recovery."  

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11:58am

Wed November 9, 2011
Rural Tennesseans Most Likely to Benefit

MTSU Prof. Says Fed Internet Plan Akin to TVA Effort

A MTSU Professor says that a federal internet plan could have a profound impact on Tennessee.

Federal regulators are announcing today that they've cobbled together a consortium of businesses and non-profit organizations to cut the number of U.S. homes that don't have broadband internet service, now at one third, or about 35 million homes.

As part of a federal project cable companies will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to poor homes with children eligible for the school lunch program.   The plan will be available starting next summer.

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