Jul 26

New map shakes up earthquake ratings as Tennessee joins states at highest risk

Tennessee earthquake history Tennessee has-been touched by “some of the - most noteworthy events in U.S. history,” according to the - U.S. Geological Survey. * Aug. 17, 1865: The biggest single earthquake in Tennessee history took place outside of Memphis, near New Madrid, Mo. The quake threw down chimneys in Memphis & sent large waves through the - Mississippi River. The shocks were felt through Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi & Illinois. That quake registered at 5.0 magnitude. * 1811-1812: Three New Madrid earthquakes rocked up to 3.1 million square miles across Kentucky, Missouri & Tennessee — raising & sinking land masses & creating fissures over 80,000 square miles. The greatest of those tremors registered greater than 7.0 magnitude & created Reelfoot Lake in Northwest Tennessee. …

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Jul 26

GovBeat: ‘Made in Tennessee’ tourism campaign to be crafted by out-of-state ad firm

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) speaks at a Washington Post Live event in 2013. Tennessee is hot right now. ABC’s hit show “Nashville” has visitors flocking to the - country music capital, & the - state is eager to capture every tourism dollar it possibly can. Two new 30-second advertisements, promoting the - “Made in Tennessee” slogan, are running on television. But while the - waterfalls, horse trails & rolling hills sure are made in Tennessee, the - advertisements themselves are not. That’s 'cause the - state tourism board signed a deal worth up to $60 million more than five years of time with VML, a marketing agency based in Kansas City, Mo., to produce the - ad campaign. Gov. Bill Haslem’s (R) budget includes almost $11 million for tourism advertising, $6 million of which is earmarked for the - VML contract. And state tourism director Susan Whitaker says it’s a acceptable investment: Every dollar they spend yields about $19 in tourism revenue, Whitaker told Nashville Public Radio. …

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Jul 26

Tennessee man indicted for deaths of two Wythe County sisters

<!–dateline only display on 1st article page–> WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – A Tennessee guy has-been indicted for allegedly providing drugs to two sisters who died in Wythe County in March. Dreama Gayle Davis & Donna Surratt were found dead on March 26 in separate homes on Pump Hollow Road. A grand jury indicted 24-year-old Ranny Lynn Stroupe of Tennessee on two counts of felony homicide, one count of distribution of a schedule II drug, & seven counts of conspiracy to get drugs by fraud. Stroupe is being held at the - Monroe County Jail in Madisonville, Tennessee, on unrelated charges out of Tennessee. Wythe County intends to extradite Stroupe to Virginia. Click here to see our original analysis of the - unattended deaths. Here is the - news release from the - Wythe County Sheriff’s Office: On March 26, 2014, Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 378 Pump Hollow Road, Wytheville, VA to the - scene of an unattended death. Upon their arrival, deputies discovered the - body of Dreama Gayle Davis, age 34. While investigating this incident, deputies responded to 367 Pump Hollow Road, Wytheville, VA to the - scene of another unattended death. …

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Jul 26

Kudzu That Ate U.S. South Heads North as Climate Changes

As the - climate warms, the - vine in that ate the - U.S. South is starting to gnaw at parts of the - North, too. Kudzu, a three-leafed weed 1st planted in the - U.S. more than 100 years of time ago for the - beauty of its purple blossoms, has-been spotted in every county in Georgia, Alabama & North Carolina. It chokes young trees, brings down power lines & infests abandoned homes. Now the - plant, which can grow as swift as a foot (30 cm) per day, is creeping northward, wrapping itself around smokestacks in Ohio, overwhelming Illinois backyards & even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada. The invasive plant costs U.S. property owners about $50 million per year in eradication, according to the - Nature Conservancy. Other estimates are 10 times higher. Agronomists & landscapers fear what the - U.S. …

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Jul 26

North Carolina: Part Five of Coal-Fired Profiles of Nine States Suing EPA Over Clean Power Plan, an Industrial Info …

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Jul 26

N.C. budget hole grows based on new tax cut analysis

RALEIGH — North Carolina income tax collections for 2014 are expected to fall $205 million short of earlier projections following Republican-backed tax cuts approved last year. A memo from the - legislature’s Fiscal Research Division says the - wages of North Carolina’s workers haven’t grown as swift as originally forecast, resulting in the - projected cost of the - 2013 tax cuts rising from $475 million to $680 million. The determination did not contain projected sales tax revenues, which could climb to offset the - less than expected money from sales taxes. The new estimate comes as Republican leaders are trying to negotiate an end to the - state’s budget impasse while searching for the - millions needed to raise salaries for public school teachers. The 2013 change plan lowered the - individual tax rate for all earners to 5.8 percent, with the - biggest cut going to the - state’s wealthiest taxpayers. Top income earners had paid 7.75 % under the - old tiered tax system, while working class taxpayers paid 6 percent. Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the - finance committee in the - state House, asserted the - changing projections should not be used to infer whether the - GOP-backed tax cuts are working. When approved last year, Republican leaders confidently predicted the - tax cuts would stimulate the - state’s economy, generating greater tax revenues in the - long run. “I think in that eight many months in to tax change is a little too early to judge,” asserted Lewis, R-Harnett. …

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Jul 26

UNC hopes 'Complete Carolina' brings athletes back to school

Updated JUL 25, 2014 5:01a ET CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina is inviting former scholarship athletes who left before completing coursework to return & earn their degrees. Chancellor Carol Folt asserted the - “Complete Carolina” program will be available for athletes who were in acceptable academic standing when they left. Athletes would receive scholarships or financial support in line with their initial time at UNC, though at current-day costs for attendance. The program will start the - readmission process for the - former athletes, whether they left early to enter a professional sports league or for personal reasons. It would then provide academic & career counseling along the - way. The athletic department will fund the - program, which Folt called “a pledge for their lives.” “We hope we can get as many students attracted as possible,” athletic director Bubba Cunningham said, “because we think it’s the - right thing to do.” Folt told UNC’s board of trustees Thursday in that the - program will start receiving applications in September. She says the - school has offered these opportunities informally for years of time yet is now formalizing the - program. The school typically has around 800 student-athletes each year in 28 varsity sports. Athletic department spokesman Steve Kirschner asserted the - school provided 300 1/4 scholarships — combining full & partial aid — to 465 athletes for the - 2013-14 academic year. …

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Jul 26

North Carolina Expands Simplifile E-Recording In Catawba And Nash Counties

Document recordings in Catawba County, N.C., & Nash County, N.C., can now be processed electronically through Simplifile, the - nation’s biggest e-recording service, providing a faster, more efficient recording method for the - counties’ local & national submitters. Catawba, NC [PRWEB] -- Reports – Document recordings in Catawba County, N.C., & Nash County, N.C., can now be processed electronically through Simplifile, the - nation’s biggest e-recording service, providing a faster, more efficient recording method for the - counties’ local & national submitters. “We’re excited to have these two new North Carolina counties join our e-recording network & eager to assist submitters utilize Simplifile’s secure, easy-to-use service for recording documents online,” asserted Paul Clifford, president of Simplifile. With e-recording available, recording customers such as title companies, banks, & attorneys can avert sending documents by mail & have the - ability to electronically scan, upload, submit documents to the - county for recording in minutes. E-recorded documents moreover result in in less overall paper waste & mailing expenses for the - counties & their customers. Recording fees & payments can moreover be processed securely through Simplifile’s e-recording service using ACH, or electronic funds transfer, eliminating the - need to write & mail checks to the - county & reducing payment errors in that can delay recording. With the - addition of Catawba & Nash counties, North Carolina now has a total of 31 counties in that have adopted Simplifile’s e-recording service, joining more than 1,100 recording jurisdictions nationwide in that e-record with Simplifile. For more information about e-recording in Catawba County or Nash County, N.C., call 800-460-5657 or visit simplifile.com. About Simplifile Simplifile is the - nation’s biggest & fastest-growing e-recording service provider. Simplifile supports thousands of e-recording customers in addition to title companies, banks, attorneys, lien filers, & other organizations in that create & submit documents to more than 1,100 local, state, & federal government jurisdictions. …

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Jul 26

NC budget hole grows based on new tax cut analysis

RALEIGH, N.C. [AP] -- Reports — North Carolina income tax collections for 2014 are expected to fall $205 million short of earlier projections following Republican-backed tax cuts approved last year. A memo from the - legislature’s Fiscal Research Division says the - wages of North Carolina’s workers haven’t grown as swift as originally forecast, resulting in the - projected cost of the - 2013 tax cuts rising from $475 million to $680 million. The determination did not contain projected sales tax revenues, which could climb to offset the - less than expected money from sales taxes. The new estimate comes as Republican leaders are trying to negotiate an end to the - state’s budget impasse while searching for the - millions needed to raise salaries for public school teachers. The 2013 change plan lowered the - individual tax rate for all earners to 5.8 percent, with the - biggest cut going to the - state’s wealthiest taxpayers. Top income earners had paid 7.75 % under the - old tiered tax system, while working class taxpayers paid 6 percent. Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the - finance committee in the - state House, asserted the - changing projections should not be used to infer whether the - GOP-backed tax cuts are working. When approved last year, Republican leaders confidently predicted the - tax cuts would stimulate the - state’s economy, generating greater tax revenues in the - long run. …

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Jul 26

North Carolina QB wonders why players demand more compensation from NCAA: “What else do you need?”

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams (12) carries the - ball as Boston College defensive back Justin Simmons closes in the - 2nd half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. North Carolina won 34-10. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) GREENSBORO, N.C. – The topic of compensating college football players was far hotter at the - 2013 ACC Kickoff media days than it was in 2014. <!–// objects/PC03/ArticleParagraph1.pbo–> (At least it was at the - tables where I was seated.) <!–// objects/PC03/ArticleParagraph1.pbo–> Gotta pass along the - strong words of one of the - three quarterbacks on hand Sunday: North Carolina’s Marquise Williams, who made himself out to be one of the - more underrated personalities in the - ballroom at the - Grandover Resort. <!–// objects/PC03/ArticleParagraph1.pbo–> Williams was asked four pay-for-play questions, starting with a general request for how he’d counsel the - NCAA on fixing the - current collegiate model, & Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney would emphatically approve. <!–// objects/PC03/ArticleParagraph1.pbo–> “To be honest with you? I wouldn’t have any suggestions. Things at Carolina are perfectly fine,” Williams said. …

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