NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee has passed the House.
The measure was approved 73-17 Thursday. The companion legislation passed the Senate last year. The measure must now be approved by a two-thirds vote of both chambers in the next General Assembly before it's placed on the ballot in 2014.
Opponents of the legislation say it's unnecessary because the state constitution already bans an income tax and that the measure is politically motivated.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Knoxville has ordered a man suspected in a $6.5 million prescription painkiller operation jailed until his trial in March.
The ruling came at a Tuesday detention hearing for Eric Christopher Hefner.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Drug Enforcement Administration agent Bethel Poston testified during the hearing that -by conservative estimate - Hefner brought 260,000 pills into East Tennessee in a single year.