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B2 THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2001 Regional 1 nr- USUI K uiMl a m mm $ u m eel Fifty-six homes effected by severe weather PARIS (AP) Authorities say the tornado that hit Henry County earlier this week, killing one person and injuring several others, may have caused as much as $1.5 million in damage. "Fifty-six homes were affected by the storm," said Ronald Watkins, the county's director of emergency management and safety. "Thirty-six had minor damage, ten had major, and another ten were destroyed." The tornado touched down about 80 miles west of Nashville just before 11:30 p.m. Monday, with winds reaching speeds of at least 160 Governor: 'to exceed Sundquist discouraged with legislators9 actions on budget shortfall COLUMBIA (AP) After seeing legislators use up four years worth of tobacco settlement money to avoid raising taxes, Gov. Don Sundquist said there is no telling what they will do in an election year. Officials in his administration say the current year's budget shortfall and projected needs for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, could force legislators to come up with an additional $1 billion. ' "They continue to exceed my worst fears," Sundquist said Tuesday. "Every time I think there is no place else they can pillage,-they find some new source. Last year it was tobacco funds. This year it may be state-shared taxes or the road fund." The legislative session starts Jan. 8. A supporter of the governor's proposed income tax, Sen. Gene Llsea, R-Spring City, said the governor is probably right. "We haven't had the nerve to raise taxes "during an off-year, .so I don't think we're likely to do it during an election year," Li sea said. Lawmakers have refused to First Tennessee call-up of Army Guard msmSsps NASHVILLE (AP) A Tennessee National Guard military police unit from West Tennessee has been called up for deployment, Maj, Gen. Jackie D. Wood said Wednesday. Wood said members of 268th Military Police Company in Ripley and Dyersburg will be the first Tennessee Army National Guard personnel called up for deployment outside of the state since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Wood said the military police Briefly Senator scheduled for trial on child abuse charges CI 1 ARLOTTE (AP) A trial over allegations that state Sen. Doug Jackson abused his 16-ycar-old daughter is scheduled to begin today. The charges apparently involve an altercation or altercations between Jackson and his daughter Elizabeth over a boy she had been seeing, but prosecutors wouldn't comment Wednesday. Jackson's attorney, Ed Jarbrough of Nashville, declined to give details about the allegations but said "the fact she was dating someone is perhaps related. . 44It led her into misbehavior. But the discipline issue was for her behavior, not because of who she was dating." Jackson "has done nothing wrong" and expects to be exon m AP photo A group of people survey the damage to the home, pool and yard of Barry Farmer, Tuesday following storms in Paris. Farmer, his wife and two children were uninjured. mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Frazier said. The damage path was estimated at five miles long and Lawmaliepe continue my worst fears' support Sundquist's proposed income tax or any other plan to revise the state's tax structure and reduce its reliance on the sales tax. Instead, they have cut programs, raided funds and made accounting changes, at one point simply increasing budget revenue estimates to offset a projected deficit. Sundquist said he will ask lawmakers to approve a budget funded in part through new money from another tax proposal, although he declined to say if it will include an income tax. Sundquist, speaking after a luncheon held to honor Annette Clayton, the new president of Saturn Corp.'s automotive plant in Spring Hill, also said Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe should stop "stirring up trouble" over state road funds. Ashe has sent a letter asking legislators to consider transferring road funds to help programs such as education, early childhood development and mental health. With a $1.4 billion budget, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is brimming would assist security forces at federal facilities as part of homeland defense operations. Wood said the unit will deploy today to Fort Knox, Ky., for 10 to 14 days of training. Their final destination has not been released, but Wood said the 268th would be deployed for up to one year. Members of the state's Air National Guard were deployed in early October. The 118th Airlift Wing deployed from Nashville's Berry Field on C-130 transport planes on Oct. 9. A portion of the 228th Combat Communica erated, Yarbrough said. Jackson, who did not return a phone call, had previously called the case a "private, family situation" that resulted in false rumors and misinformation. In May, Elizabeth Jackson and the 17-year-old boy, Roncey Decoy Edmondson, were involved in a car wreck. The girl said she was driving, but a state trooper later determined the boy had been behind the wheel and had left the scene. Both were charged with filing false police reports. In August, Jackson was indicted on seven counts of abusing or neglecting Elizabeth Jackson, Yarbrough said Elizabeth Jackson had wanted to appear before the Dickson County Grand Jury but was not allowed to do so. about 200 yards wide. Watkins said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to assess the damage in Henry County today to see if with money while other programs try to stay afloat. But the governor said industries such as Saturn and Dell Computer Corp. were attracted to Tennessee by a "great" transportation system, with interstate highways passing east to west and north to south. "Why would anyone want to endanger all that?" Sundquist said. The mayor's response: "I think every Tennessean has the right to suggest constructive ways in which the state could be made better." Sen. Steve Cohen, D-Metn-phis, who supports a transfer of road fund money, said it is unlikely because road builders have a lot of political clout. Ashe said he is concerned that cities, and counties will lose softie of the $700 million-plus that the state now shares with them. That includes taxes on banks, fuel, alcohol, dividend income and in-lieu-of-tax payments from the Tennessee Valley Authority. The loss of some of that money would force local governments to raise taxes, most likely resulting in dramatic property tax increases. The Legislature already has included in this year's budget a provision to freeze state-shared tion Squadron left Knoxville's McGee Tyson Air National Guard Base two days later. The destinations and details of the missions were not released. Also that week about 100 members of the 164th Airlift Wing in Memphis left Tennessee for Germany on a volunteer mission to replace U.S. troops sent to the Persian Gulf. SB ISallery Custom Framing Limited Edition Prints 107 West Lytle Street Murfreesboro, TN 37130 (615) 893-0576 r r .... i r . I 100 Lifetime Service Warranty Monitor and Service Existing Systems Serving Murfreesboro Since 1982 OF it's eligible for federal disaster aid. Fireman Barry Farmer said he was watching Monday Night Football when a tornado warning flashed across the screen and he went outside to check the weather. After noticing the "weird green color" of the sky and sensing a tornado was upon them, Farmer hurried his family into to the basement where the children, ages 4 and 6, hid under a table for added protection. They then heard the roar of the wind and the crack of breaking wood. "It lasted about five seconds, then it was gone and so was the house," Farmer said. He said when his family . climbed over the debris to get outside, he heard his neighbor Jerome Goforth, 37, screaming. The Goforth's double-wide 66 'Every time I think there is no place . else they (lawmakers) can pillage, they find some new source.9 Gov. Don Sundquist taxes at current year levels in the next budget year, with any growth kept for the state's general fund. The current $19.6 billion budget, which includes about $8 billion in state tax dollars, was balanced in part with $560 million of payments from the national tobacco lawsuit settlement. ' V In August, Sundquist - cut $110 million in expenditures, including $15 million from K-12, to help balance the books. The results were layoffs of employees and the elimination of various programs among them the Governor's Schools for high-performing students, summer training for arts teachers and new school board members, and a $5.6 million reduction in funding for rapidly growinschool districts. Lagging tax collections and the economic impact from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are contributing to the state's fiscal problem. National Guard members have been assisting with security at sites throughout Tennessee since shortly after Sept. 11. Guard members have been providing security at airports, Guard property and the State Capitol. There are 10,600 Army and 3,600 Air Guard members in Tennessee. 6AflmtAYOiaY 6HRIMP RIVER Chfl n x - v -y. i 24 Hour U.L. Monitoring in Middle Tennessee I FREE Equipment and Installation t I SECURITYl SERVICESI MURFREESBDRD ft f trailer sat about 250 yards way, and the tornado sucked Go-forth, his wife and their 3-year-old son, Seth, out of their home and tossed them into Fanner's backyard. Ten-year-old Hunter was lying next to the trailer. Elizabeth Valentine Goforth, 32, was dead. Seth Goforth had no pulse and Farmer's wife, a nurse, resuscitated him before emergency workers arrived. The brothers and their father were taken by helicopter to Vander-bilt Medical Center in Nashville. The boys remained in critical condition Wednesday and the father in stable condition, a hospital spokesman said, Chris Puckett, 21, and her 7-year-old daughter, Courtney, also were taken to Vanderbilt and were listed in stable condition Wednesday. Oen. JoSm Fond'8 wife arPGGtGil after clPiuEiio Jso into house MEMPHIS (AP) The wife of state Sen. John Ford' was arrested on charges she rammed her Jaguar repeatedly into a suburban house he owns and then assaulted the woman inside. Tamara Mitchell-Ford, 37, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, vandalism and reckless endanger-ment Tuesday. Mitchell-Ford drove the car into the garage door of the Col-lierville house, backed out and drove through a fence into the backyard before crashing through a set of French doors into the back of the home, according to police reports. She is accused of walking into the house, screaming and throwing things at Connie Mathews, 40, who was staying there. Authorities said Mathews was struck by a piece of a broken lamp and scratched by Mitchell-Ford. Mathews was treated at a local hospital and released. Mitchell-Ford told The Commercial Appeal she drove the car into the house but said she had been provoked by broken promises from her husband and taunts from Mathews, who is the mother of two of the senator's children. Mitchell-Ford said she was under the impression "from what John had told me" that she and her children would be moving into the Collierville home by Christmas. Mitchell-Ford, who lives with the senator in East Memphis, filed for divorce last July after nine years of marriage. She says 1 TT If.. S "I mm Pam Larimer 238 W. Northfield Blvd. 867-0120 LIFE HOME CAR j FARM BUSINESS " j www.shelterinsurance.com oeiEBBBao PROPERTIES FOR LEASE I 320 West Main St. Suites Ranging From 1S3 SF - 4450 SF 1231 NW Broad St. Suites 1159 NW Broad St. I 1034 -1033 IV. CcJIa 1118 W. College St. r 1332 W. Co!!;s St. 1360 W. College St. - '1,! "1 yf f r n FARRER BROS. e,j.'.4,n' "There's no way a picture in the newspaper or on television can bring this home," Gov. Don Sundquist said Tuesday after surveying the scene. "Until you walk out here and step on glass and clothes and see possessions of a lifetime spread all over the place, you can't know what it's like." The tornado was part of a line of storms that caused damage elsewhere in West Tennessee. One minor injury was reported in Haywood County near Memphis. There was wind damage and two minor injuries in neighboring Fayette County while 10 homes were damaged in Henderson County. About seven homes were damaged in Stewart County, where some 30 miles of roads were closed because of debris or flooding. There were no damage estimates for those counties. she told him Tuesday morning that she was going by the Collierville house, which he bought in July for $385,000. "He didn't say anything. I get over to the house and Connie Mathews is living in it. Then everything hit the fan. ... She laughed in my face, and told me there was nothing I could do to her. ... She said she was living in the house and had been living in the house. And she and John planned to live there together." Mitchell-Ford denied attacking Mathews, saying the woman came at her when she stepped out of the car. 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