Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a reduction in the state's sales tax on groceries.
Starting July 1, Tennessee shoppers will pay a 5% sales tax on retail food items. That's a reduction from the current 5.25% tax and down from 5.5% in the previous budget year. The regular sales tax is 7%, while local governments can add an additional tax of up to 2.75%.
he reduction in the sales tax on groceries was part of Haslam's legislative agenda and was approved in tandem with cuts to the state's taxes on inheritance, gifts and income from interest and dividends.
The new president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland is F. Lynn Moore, currently the vice-president of student development and administrative services at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
Moore's appointment was announced Thursday by Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall.
Before going to Umpqua, Moore was dean of students and an adjunct instructor at Hill Community College District in Texas and supplemental education services director at Texas State Technical College.
Moore said in a statement from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System that she is "honored and proud" to be selected for the post. She'll begin her duties July 8th after the retirement of President Bruce Ayers, who's led the college for 26 years.
Army officials say the manager of the sexual assault response program at Ft. Campbell has been arrested in a domestic dispute and relieved of his post.
Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police on charges of violating an order of protection and stalking. A spokesman for the post said Haas was immediately removed as manager of a program meant to prevent sexual harassment and assault and encourage equal opportunity.
MSGT Pete Mayes said Haas and his ex-wife have orders of protection against each other. Sgt. Chuck Gill of the Clarksville police department said Hass's ex-wife said he repeatedly contacted her Wednesday night despite the order.
Allegations of sexual assault in the military have triggered outrage from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the White House.
Ibrahim Jadoon will graduate with honors this weekend from Centre College in Danville. His family left Pakistan and moved to the U.S. when he was three. When Osama bin Laden was captured two years ago just blocks from Jadoon's former home, he did a lot of reflecting.
"It was disappointing because, if people don't know, Pakistan is a relatively new nation," explained Jadoon. "I realize it was the Pakastani government's poor border security, it's inability to remove extremist militant groups like the Taliban, and it's general dysfunction that enabled bin Laden to stay hidden for so long."
Jadoon often thinks about how his life would have been different had his family stayed in Pakistan.
"The United States, for all of its faults we sometime talk about in the news, unequivocally houses the best institutes of higher education in the world," said Jadoon. "I feel lucky just to be in the U.S., but in about four days when I graduate, I will join the surprisingly seven percent of the world that actually has a college degree."
The Pakistani-American spoke to Lisa Autry about how his life may have turned out had his family had not left Pakistan, and what he thinks are the prospects for a democracy in his home country.