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Outgoing Tennessee economic development commissioner and Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd says he is considering a run for governor.
Boyd told a Knoxville TV reporter Monday he is still focused on the economic development position for the next two weeks, but will begin giving thought to a run for governor and his next step in public service in February.
Boyd announced earlier this month he is stepping down from Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet and returning to the private sector. Boyd also chairs Boyd Sports, owner of the Tennessee Smokies and Johnson City Cardinals, and tnAchieves, the non-profit program helping Tennessee Promise students with volunteer mentor support.
Gov. Haslam is term-limited and will not be eligible to run again when his term ends in 2018.
Tennessee revenues for December exceeded the same month one year ago. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reported that state revenues for December were $1.2 billion, which is a growth of 11.33% and $125.5 million more than December 2015.
Martin said total revenues in December were higher than expected due to collections in the sales and corporate tax categories. Recorded revenues in the corporate category for December include a substantial one-time payment.
December sales tax revenues reflect retail activity that occurred in November including ‘Black Friday’ and after-Thanksgiving sales. January’s report will capture consumer spending for the Christmas holiday season.
Year-to-date revenues for five months were $355.5 million more than the budgeted estimate. The general fund recorded $324.0 in revenues more than estimates, and the four other funds $31.5 million over estimates.
The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will host Rhea County Tuesday night in a District 6aaa doubleheader at Charlie Dalton Gym.
Both Warren County teams are still looking for their first district win after two tries.
The girls' game tips off at 6pm. The games will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.
McMinnville Police and other agencies will be conducting a disaster preparedness drill Wednesday morning at Jarden Consumer Solutions on Cadillac Lane. The drill will begin at 9am.
Police will be simulating an active-shooter situation and testing the department's readiness in responding to such a situation.
The response will include firefighters and EMS personnel. Police Chief Bryan Denton said calls will go out over the scanner and there will be numerous emergency vehicles in the area on Cadillac Lane. The chief wants everyone to know it is a drill and you should not be alarmed. The drill is expected to last about two hours.
The full Warren County Commission will meet on Tuesday for its regular monthly meeting.
The commission will consider a resolution to reaffirm compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolution to apply for a Community Development Block Grant, and a resolution authorizing the Animal Control and Adoption Center to permit volunteers aged 16 and 17.
Commissioners will also appoint a District 6 commissioner to replace Linda Jones, who recently resigned.
Tuesday night's meeting will begin at 6:30pm at the Administrative Building.