'4th person dies after truck crash' and more Chattanooga region news

'4th person dies after truck crash' and more Chattanooga region news

July 16th, 2013 by Staff Reports and Wire Service in Local Regional News

4th person dies after truck crash

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - Marshall County officials say a fourth person has died in a rollover crash near Guntersville on Sunday.

County Coroner Marlon Killion said John Lawson, 19, of Guntersville; Blake Keener, 21, of Albertville; Ruben Pacheco, 18; and an unidentified 13-year-old girl were killed in the crash.

Authorities say Lawson was driving at the time of the accident.

State troopers have said the pickup was carrying more than 10 children and flipped on U.S. Highway 431 Sunday afternoon. Witnesses told police the children spilled from the truck as it began flipping, and the truck burst into flames soon afterward.

Authorities say all of the people riding in the truck's cab and bed were ejected in the crash.

The cause of the crash is unclear.

Tax revenue up 5.9 percent

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the state's tax revenue through the month of June totaled $17 billion, up 5.9 percent - or nearly $951 million - from the same point in 2012.

Deal said Monday that Georgia's increase in net tax revenue could be attributed to growth in several categories.

He said the state collected about $791.5 million in individual income taxes in June, a $10.5 million increase from June 2012.

The state also collected $156.75 million in corporate income taxes, which is up by $2.75 million from June 2012.

Deal said the state collected $87 million in motor vehicle fees, which is $58 million higher than last year. The increase is attributed to the newly established tax that replaced the state's sales tax on new car purchases.

Panel urges suspending official

A panel assembled by Gov. Nathan Deal has recommended suspending indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

The panel on Monday heard more than an hour of testimony before deliberating privately and announcing the decision.

Prosecutors say Ellis tried to extort campaign contributions from companies and their employees. Prosecutors allege Ellis instructed the county's director of purchasing and contracting to prevent some companies from getting business because they didn't contribute to his campaign.

Although the panel has recommended suspending Ellis, Deal will make the final decision.

Officials to honor child care centers

Georgia officials are set to honor the state's more than 230 top-rated child care programs.

Gov. Nathan Deal, first lady Sandra Deal and Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle are set to honor the programs this afternoon at the state Capitol.