EPB distributes LED light bulbs to 1,000 households as part of United Way Impact Days

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EPB gives LED lights to 1,000 households

EPB and TVA volunteers Friday distributed LED light bulb kits to 1,000 local families in need as part of United Way of Greater Chattanooga's Impact Days.

With eight energy-efficient bulbs in each kit, the new lights are projected to save the typical household up to $255 a year in electricity consumption and up to $1,275 over the life of the bulbs.

EPB Energy Pros and other volunteers from EPB and the Tennessee Valley Authority handed out the LED bulbs to those who had signed up for the free lighting. including many on the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEP). The cumulative savings of all bulbs distributed during Impact Days will be more than $1.2 million, EPB officials said.

"Helping all of our customers get the most value from the energy they use is part of our mission to enhance quality of life for our customers and our community," EPB President David Wade said in a statement about Friday's giveaway program. "Switching to LED light bulbs is a quick and cost-effective way for our customers to measurably improve energy efficiency and save money."

Tennessee tax collections grow 7.1% during August

Tennessee revenues were more than the budgeted estimates for the first month of the state's fiscal year.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Jim Bryson said Friday that August revenues were $1.5 billion, which is $100.6 million more than August 2021, and $130.5 million more than the budgeted estimates. The growth rate for all taxes in August was 7.12 percent.

"Monthly tax revenue receipts were substantial for the first month of this fiscal year but were much lower than the 22.11 percent growth experienced in August of last year," Bryson said. in a report Friday. "Sales and use taxes, representing July taxable sales activity, were the largest contributor to monthly growth and fell in-line with the July national retail sales growth reported at 10.3 percent. "

Tennessee's motor vehicle registration fees declined from last year, due primarily to the newly implemented one-year registration renewal waiver for class A and class B drivers.

China imposes sanctions on Raytheon, Boeing CEOs

China announced sanctions on Friday against the CEOs of American defense contractors Raytheon and Boeing Defense over a major U.S. arms sale to rival Taiwan.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning did not specify what the sanctions would be against Gregory Hayes, chairman and CEO of Raytheon Technologies Corp., and Ted Colbert, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

The U.S. announced a $1.09 billion arms sale to Taiwan last week, including $355 million for Boeing's Harpoon missiles and $85 million for Raytheon's Sidewinder missiles.

"We once again urge the U.S. government and relevant parties to ... stop arms sales to Taiwan and military contact with Taiwan, and stop creating new factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait," Mao said at a daily briefing.

China claims Taiwan, a self-governing island of 23 million people off its east coast, as its territory and says it must eventually come under its control. Taiwan and China split in 1949 during a civil war that brought the Communist Party to power in Beijing.

The U.S. does not formally recognize Taiwan under its one-China policy but is the island's main supplier of military equipment and is bound by its own laws to ensure Taiwan can defend itself.

Air controllers strike cuts flights in France

Many domestic and some international flights were canceled in France Friday as air traffic controllers went on a national strike over pay and recruitment issues.

French civil aviation authority DGAC warned that domestic traffic would be "severely disrupted" with many flights canceled and other experiencing long delays. Travelers have been advised to postpone their trip if possible.

Air France said it has canceled 55% of its short- and medium-haul flights and 10% of its long-haul flights. The company could not rule out further delays and last-minute cancellations, it said in a statement.

Other companies operating in France, including Ryanair, Easyjet and Volotea, have also canceled flights.