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Tax-free weekend coming soon in Tennessee, here’s what to expect

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday weekend is on the horizon.

Summer is underway and that means that the state’s sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers is near.

As the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 26, Tennesseans can get some shopping relief until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.

During the holiday weekend, clothing, school supplies and computers will be available for purchase free of tax. Certain restrictions do apply. Don’t forget that items sold online are also eligible.

“Items must be purchased for personal use, not for business or trade,” the state Department of Revenue said.

Here’s a look at what’s considered tax-free during the holiday:

Clothing:

  • Exempt:
    • General apparel that costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.
  • Not exempt:
    • Apparel items priced at more than $100
    • Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum
    • Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment

      School Supplies:

      • Exempt:
        • School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paintbrushes
      • Not exempt:
        • School and art supplies individually priced at more than $100
        • Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum

      Computers:

      • Exempt:
        • Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less
        • Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify as well as tablet computers
      • Not exempt:
        • Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs
        • Individually purchased software
        • Printer supplies
        • Household appliances
Operation Southern Slow Down' launches to curb summer speeding

The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office (PBSO) has teamed up with law enforcement agencies across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee for an initiative called "Operation Southern Slow Down."

The operation is scheduled from July 15 to July 20, PBSO stated.

A news release from PBSO claimed that "Operation Southern Slow Down" is designed to address the surge in traffic accidents and fatalities that typically occur during the busy summer travel season.

Officials stated that the week-long campaign aims to increase visibility and awareness to ensure drivers adhere to speed limits on all types of roads, from local streets to major highways.

Enforcements will be concentrated on various roads, including:

  • State Road 80
  • State Road 7
  • State Road 710
  • Okeechobee Boulevard
  • Northlake Boulevard
  • Lake Worth Road
  • Jog Road

Officers stated that they would conduct operations at different times of the day, both during the daytime and the evening.

New laws surrounding public safety now in effect in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A multitude of new laws are now in effect in Tennessee following the 2024 legislative session.

Several new laws will impact public safety in the state. Before July 1, some bills went into immediate effect upon Lee’s signature; for example, the bill allowing armed teachers in the state is already effective.

Below is a look at some of the laws going into effect that will impact public safety in some way:

  • Every single school, public or private, will not be required to update their fire alarm protocols to determine the cause of the fire alarm and not just assume it is a fire. Substitute teachers will also be trained on these protocols like regular staff.
  • If a person violates bond release conditions, they will now be committing a Class A misdemeanor. This change allows law enforcement to arrest a person suspected of violating the conditions of their release instead of waiting for a district attorney’s office to file a motion and schedule a court hearing.
  • A Tennessee inmate’s actual sentence cannot be reduced with good-time credits. These credits issued to inmates by the Tennessee Department of Corrections can now only be used toward release eligibility, not reduction of sentence.
  • The Back the Blue Act increases the penalty for assaulting a police officer to a Class E felony. The law also increases the mandatory minimum sentence from 30 to 60 days along with the fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
  • Property owners will be protected from squatters as a clear and expedited removal process has been established. The new law removes the burden from property owners by establishing a clear process for law enforcement to restore possession, which can expedite the removal of illegal occupants to as little as 72 hours. The law also clarifies that the sheriff may arrest the trespassers.
  • Jillian’s Law requires criminal defendants deemed incompetent to stand trial to be committed to an appropriate treatment facility and requires these individuals to be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which serves as a database of people prohibited from buying or owning firearms.
  • Tennessee’s bail laws are enhanced and require defendants charged with a Class A, B, C or D felony to submit to pretrial monitoring if the magistrate issues conditions of release.
  • The punishment for threatening to commit mass violence on school property or at a school-related activity is enhanced. The law increases the crime from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony. This law does not pertain to individuals with an intellectual disability.
  • Jail time increased for drunk drivers from two to seven days if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is equal to or higher than .15.
  • Law enforcement agencies are allowed to continue using drones for searches and evidence collection in cases of natural disasters, criminal investigations and for certain security purposes without needing court approval. In 2021, lawmakers passed legislation that expanded warrantless use of drones by law enforcement until July 1, 2024. This new law makes that expansion permanent.
    Multiple hate groups have demonstrated in Nashville this year, extremism expert examines why

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — For the second time in July and the third time in 2024, a white supremacy group came to Nashville on Sunday to spread their message.

    On Sunday, a group of apparent neo-Nazi protesters carried flags bearing swastikas at Broadway and 3rd Avenue.

    The people involved in the Sunday demonstration were wearing shirts reading “whites against replacement” and could be heard spreading anti-semitic rhetoric.

    According to the Anti-Defamation League, the ‘Great Replacement’ theory blames the Jewish people for non-white immigration into the United States.

    This came eight days after more than 100 people, believed to be part of Patriot Front, marched through the streets of downtown Nashville and a few months after another group carrying Nazi flags marched through downtown.

    “It seems likely that we are unfortunately creating some kind of public image of Nashville as potentially welcoming to these ideologies,” said Nashville-based extremism expert, Amy Cooter. “It is perhaps also true that we will continue to see activity like this moving forward.”

    Black Women Are More Likely To Die From Cancer. A New First Of It’s Kind Study Aims To Find Out Why
    The American Cancer Society launched VOICES of Black Women, which is the largest study ever to focus on cancer risk and outcomes for Black women in America.

    Why are so many Black women dying from cancer? A groundbreaking new study from the American Cancer Society (ACS), VOICES of Black Women, aims to figure out the underlying causes.

    The numbers don’t lie. Per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, “Black/African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers.” But unfortunately, the disparity doesn’t end there—when breaking this down along gender lines, “Black women have the highest death rate for most cancers.”

    For added perspective, Black women are diagnosed at a 4% lower rate than white women with breast cancer. Yet, Black women are dying from this disease “at a 40% higher rate than white women.”  

    Until this study, Black women have been woefully underrepresented when it comes to medical research. In fact, “the vast majority of biomedical research was conducted exclusively on white men until laws and regulations were passed requiring the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical studies funded by public money–like those from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).” Essentially, until the 1990s, most approved devices, medications, and vaccines “were exclusively [being] tested on heterosexual, non-disabled, seemingly healthy white men.” 

    This is why the ACS study is so trailblazing. According to their press release, this first-of-its-kind study is “designed to better understand the multi-level drivers of cancer incidence, mortality and resilience within this demographic. The long-term study will gather valuable data from Black women between the ages of 25 and 55 from diverse backgrounds and income levels who have not been diagnosed with cancer.”

    Day 1 of the 2024 Republican National Convention

    Donald Trump stole the show at the Republican National Convention on Monday night in his first public appearance since surviving an assassination attempt two days ago.

    A bandaged Trump, now the official Republican nominee for president, appeared alongside his running mate, Ohio Sen. JD Vance.

    Here are the top takeaways from the RNC’s first night:

    Trump picks Vance Trump called Vance just 20 minutes before publicly announcing his VP pick on Truth Social, a source told CNN.

    The choice reflects Trump’s belief that Vance is an effective communicator who can sell Trump’s populist agenda.

    Vance now vs. then Vance is something of a double-edged sword for Republicans, who are betting on his ability to communicate Trump’s message but will have to contend with the senator’s own history.

    Prior to running for his Senate seat in 2022, Vance was a strident critic of Trump — material Democrats are certain to replay for the duration of the campaign.

    VP also-rans get their moments Delegates and convention-watchers heard from several other Republicans who Trump considered for the vice presidential nod, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Florida Rep. Byron Donalds and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

    Ron Johnson’s Ron Burgundy moment Two days after the shooting, many Republican speakers delivered cooler-than-usual rhetoric — except Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who called Democratic policies a “clear and present danger to the country.”

    Johnson’s spokesperson said it was a mistake, and that the senator delivered an old version of his remarks that had been erroneously loaded into the teleprompter instead of a new version calling for unity.

    'Baby in the Back' car hangtag can help save children in the heat

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee has a program to help parents and caregivers keep their children safe from heat-related death or illness — and it's a car hangtag.

    “Unfortunately, we’ve heard the tragic stories where a child is accidentally left inside a hot car,” Secretary Hargett added. “Using the Baby in the Back hangtag program will hopefully help remind parents or caregivers to check the back seat one final time to ensure their child is safe during significant weather events.”

    The Baby in the Back program offers a free hangtag to anyone and everyone who needs it. The release said that on days when it reaches 100 degrees outside, cars can get up to 140 degrees. Baby in the back is a helpful reminder to take your child with you when you leave the car!

    You can request a free tag online, or call (615)-253-2668.

    Richard Simmons Declined Medical Attention When He Felt Dizzy and Fell in His Bathroom the Night Before His Death

    Richard Simmons declined medical attention just one day before his death.

    According to a new report, the beloved fitness coach felt dizzy and fell while in his bathroom on Friday, July 12.

    He was helped up by his housekeeper, who insisted she should take him to a medical facility, but he shot down the idea since he wanted to be in his own home while celebrating his 76th birthday that same day.

    The next morning, the housekeeper found Simmons next to his bed unresponsive at around 10 a.m., and he was declared dead

    Prior to the bathroom incident, the star was doing well enough that he took to social media to thank fans for their birthday wishes.

    "Thank you…I never got so many messages about my birthday in my life! I am sitting here writing emails," he tweeted. "Have a most beautiful rest of your Friday. Love, Richard."

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