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From the Chattanoogan…

The Rhea County School Board is currently holding up the budget process of the county. At Tuesday night’s budget meeting before the regular monthly meeting, commissioners were informed by Kelley Morgan, finance director, that the school board has not finished its budget.

She stated that the school board can’t agree on some of the details.

The School Board was supposed to have met with the County Commission budget committee in the first part of June but both meetings were canceled.

Budget Committee Chairman Rusty Rogers said he has been in contact with the School Board and they are set to meet this week, but he didn’t know when they were going to. The next regular scheduled meeting is July 14.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday took issue with characterizations of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol as an “insurrection” while also calling the U.S. House’s ongoing Jan. 6 hearings into Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure officials to overturn the 2020 election results a “big distraction.”

He stated in his view it was breaking the law, it should be treated as such, and people should recognize it as such.

His comments came as the House Jan. 6 committee held another of its continuing hearings on Trump and his allies’ efforts to block certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election.

From the Chattanoogan…

Despite a drop in patient volumes associated with lingering concerns over COVID-19, Erlanger Health System officials are projecting $24.1 million income from operations over expenses for the upcoming budget.

The projected operating margin is 2.1 percent.

However, the hospital is seeing rising debt associated with a planned $75 million loan from First Horizon Bank for certain capital expenditures.

The debt will increase up to $75 million from $173,810,602 to $248,810,602. 

The capital budget request listed in the budget is for $41 million.

Projected excess revenue over expenses is $16.4 million.