Briyana Dunn would be the kid who picks you up and dusts you off after the school bully pushes you down - even though she might laugh at you a little first. She’s a no-nonsense, nonstop talker who makes up in sass what she lacks in stature.
It’s hard to reconcile the sunny person Briyana is today with the girl she was: An angry runaway cops hauled into juvenile custody at 16; the girl who, a year later, landed in a psychiatric care facility for youth. She’s just so … upbeat.
Sevierville city leaders have approved taxes that will make restaurants and attractions a little more expensive. The Mountain Press reports the two-percent increase is estimated to bring in about $2.3 million. Much of that money will be used to promote Sevierville in tourism ad campaigns.
Some local residents voiced opposition to the tax hikes, but Sevierville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of the increase. The board also approved a cut in the city’s lodging tax. It will decrease from three to two percent.
Job growth in the manufacturing sector and an improving housing market are two key signs that Tennessee's economy is picking up steam, according to a report issued by the Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.
The report finds the state's economy resilient in the face of lower government and consumer spending.
"By and large, it’s a good news report," the study's lead author, economist Matt Murray, said. "It’s very welcome after many, many years of painful economic outcomes for our state economy.”