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Get Ready to Save: Three Sales Tax Holidays in 2022

July 8, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Mark your calendars! It’s time to get ready to save, with three sales tax holidays in 2022.

The Tennessee General Assembly approved two additional one-time holidays this year, in addition to the traditional sales tax holiday that takes place each year at the end of July. During these holiday periods, Tennesseans do not have to pay state or local sales tax on certain items, saving up to 10 percent on some purchases.

“During this time of record inflation and high prices, we’re proud to be able to put money back in the pockets of Tennesseans,” Gov. Bill Lee said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of these savings opportunities.”

“We want Tennesseans to know about these holidays so they can take advantage of this tax relief,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said.

The details of the three sales tax holidays are:

Clothing, School Supplies, and Computers (July 29- July 31): During this holiday weekend, clothing prices under $100, school supplies priced under $100, and computers priced under $1500 are exempt from sales tax. Online purchases are included. Read more about the traditional sales tax holiday here.

Food and Food Ingredients (August 1- August 31): During this month-long holiday, food and food ingredients may be purchased tax free. Food and food ingredients purchased from a micro market or vending machine remain subject to sales tax. Food ingredients do not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements, and prepared food. For more information, read important notice #22-10.

Gun Safes and Safety Equipment (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023): The legislature extended this holiday an additional fiscal year. During this period, retail sales of gun safes and certain gun safety devices are exempt from sales and use tax. For more information, read important notice #22-06.

Learn more information about all the sales tax holidays by visiting www.tntaxholiday.com . You can also email revenue.support@tn.gov or call 615-253-0600 with questions.




Prater gets four-year sentence for auto burglary and theft

July 7, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A McMinnville man who broke into a car two years ago was sentenced for the crime last month in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

37-year-old Danny Ray Prater entered a plea to auto burglary and theft over $1,000 and received a sentence of two years all suspended to probation. The sentences are to run consecutive for a total of four years. Prater was given jail credit from November 4, 2021 to June 21,2022.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on May 31, 2020 Prater broke into a 1970 Chevy Impala at property on East Broad Street, Smithville tampering with the ignition and causing other damage totaling $700 (damage).

Meanwhile 45-year-old Flesha Gale Smith entered a plea to possession of a schedule II drug and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation. She was fined $750.

32-year-old James Arnold John McKeown, Jr. entered a plea to sale of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) over 0.5 grams and received an 8-year TDOC sentence suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $2,000.

27-year-old James Dillan Matthews entered a plea to theft under $1,000 and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to supervised probation with credit for 118 days served.

52-year-old Robert Roy Atnip, Jr. entered a plea by criminal information to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to serve to run concurrently with another sentence. He was given jail credit from July 27, 2022 to June 21, 2022.

29-year-old Christopher Michael Rhoads entered a plea by criminal information to reckless driving facing a six-month sentence but he has applied for pretrial diversion.




Tip leads to arrest and recovery of stolen truck and farm equipment

July 6, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A tip has led to an arrest and the recovery of a stolen truck and farm equipment

34-year-old Zackery Wade Lay of Antioch Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $60,000. His bond is $25,000 and he will make a court appearance July 21.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on July 1 a deputy received a tip of the theft and where the stolen property could be found at a residence on Ferrell Road. He went there and found a 2017 Ford F-250, a 2017 Diamond gooseneck trailer, a New Holland tractor, and a Woods brand batwing bush hog all reported stolen earlier in the day by the property owner. Lay was in possession of the property.

A Murfreesboro woman trying to evade arrest is in even more trouble with the law after a high-speed pursuit resulting in a crash.

29-year-old Brandi Nicole Warren of Murfreesboro is charged with evading arrest and reckless endangerment. Her bond is $40,000 and she will be in court July 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on June 28 a deputy spotted a silver Honda Civic, driven by Warren, swerving into oncoming traffic. He initiated a pursuit to get the car stopped but the driver, Warren continued for another four miles traveling at speeds of 100 plus miles per hour before crashing. During the pursuit Warren crossed into the path of oncoming traffic nearly hitting two other automobiles. After being taken into custody Warren said she made it appear she was going to hit another car hoping the deputy would terminate the pursuit because she had warrants against her from Rutherford County and didn’t want to get arrested.

48-year-old Ginger Elaine Moore of Cookeville Highway Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $3,500 and she will be in court July 21. She was also cited for simple possession of a schedule II & III drug.

Sheriff Ray said that on July 1 a deputy was summoned to investigate an assault in which the victim reported that her daughter, Moore had twice slapped her across the face leaving a red mark on her left cheek which was bleeding. A bottle containing 2.2 grams of methamphetamine and half a buprenorphine pill was also found in Moore’s purse.

65-year-old Fred Thomas Dowell of Sliger Road, Smithville is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver and fabricating or tampering with evidence. His bond is $60,000 and he will make a court appearance August 4. He was further cited for driving on a revoked license and for running a stop sign at Tiger Drive and Allen Ferry Road

Sheriff Ray said that on July 3 a deputy pulled over a silver Mercedes SUV and during the investigation central dispatch advised the officer that the driver, Dowell had a warrant against him. After the deputy asked him to step out of the vehicle, Dowell tried to hide a folded-up piece of paper which held a clear crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

33-year-old Colver Cruz Fuentes of Portland is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on July 21. He was further cited for no driver’s license, violation of the open container law, driving on roadways laned for travel, and violation of implied consent

Sheriff Ray said that on July 2 a deputy pulled over the driver of a black Nissan Altima on Nashville Highway for swerving outside his travel lane several times. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and on the driver, Fuentes. He also spotted an open container of Modelo in the cup holder. Fuentes admitted to having been drinking prior to driving. Fuentes was asked to step out of the vehicle and found to be unsteady on his feet. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks but refused to give a blood sample.




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