Monday, June 18, 2012

Joint Meeting With Washington County Educators This Week
Another joint city county Board of Education meeting is planned this week in Washington County. Voters will decide on a sales tax referendum August second and city and county boards of education are hoping for local rates to go up. An increase from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent would be the maximum allowed by state law to fund local schools. The last sales tax hike in Washington County was approved back in May of 1994. The Sales tax revenue will go to replace lost federal grant money. 5-million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and another 600-thousand dollars in other grants will end on June 30th. This weeks meeting will allow discussion on non mandated positions and programs that could be cut to reduce the schools budget deficit. Health insurance increases and more fuel and utility costs are other funding matters to be considered. Transportation, equipment and technology are all under the microscope. The estimated cost for regular instruction including teacher salaries, retirement, health insurance, substitutes, text books and everyday maintenance adds up to about 36-million dollars or over 52 percent of the entire budget which has increased by 1.3-million this year. (bg)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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  • Police Take Custody of Puppy from Hot Car in Kingsport
  • Sheriff: Insurance Agent Cashed Out Client's Policy
  • Man Arrested for Rape in Elizabethton
  • Kingsport Police Look for Phone Store Thieves
  • Mayor Budget Veto Overridden by Carter County Commission
  • BVU Board Sets Special Meet on CEO Hiring
  • Accused Bristol Robbers Make First Court Appearances
  • Grand Jury: Insufficient Evidence for Criminal Charges against Bluff City Denture Clinic Doctor
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  • Woman Already Banned From Store Caught Stealing Again
  • Washington County, VA Leaders Revisit Fracking Issue
  • Carter County Leaders Call for Special Budget Session
  • Virginia Tuition Goes Up for Upcoming School Year
  • Johnson City Woman Accused of Stealing Doctor's Pad to get Prescriptions
  • Wellmont Narrows Potential Merger Partners to Three
  • Court Records Reveal Criminal Past of Man Wanted for Kingsport Shootings
  • New Charge Delays Preliminary Hearing for Woman Charged with Stabbing Husband for "Worshipping" NASCAR
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade Campaigns in Sullivan County
  • Smyth County Drug Bust
  • Second Country Boy Robber Arrested



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