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The Portland City Council approved a $10.728-million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year and took steps toward a referendum on raising the sales tax during its June 22 meeting.

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For several weeks, my colleagues and I have been examining ways to address historic revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time, balancing our state budget and continuing to effectively address the needs of Tennesseans.

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An investigation remains underway after the Portland Exxon was robbed during the early-morning hours of June 16.

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many apart, the owners of Portland’s Top of the Ridge Restaurant are hoping to bring people together for an Independence Day celebration.

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The Portland Planning Commission had lengthy discussion at its virtual meeting on June 9 regarding regulating vegetable stands in the area before finally voting by a 6-4 margin to defer decision on the matter.

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Portland High School’s Class of 2020 will hold its graduation ceremony next week, although it will look slightly different than has been the norm after being delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Recently, my colleagues and I returned to Nashville to resume committee meetings and begin the process of completing our calendars for the year. Thanks to the hard work of the staff inside the Cordell Hull Building and House chamber, we have implemented logical precautions in accordance with…

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The Portland City Council rejected by a 5-2 vote a number of new planning and zoning fees during its June 1 meeting, which was held electronically pursuant to Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 16.

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The renovation of Portland’s City Hall is on schedule and expected to be completed sometime before the end of the year according to city finance director Doug Yoeckel.

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One of the Republican candidates for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2020 paid a visit to Hartsville last week as part of a tour of all 95 of the state’s counties.

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Robert Lee Byrd, Jr., 76, of Portland, passed away on May 15, 2020, at Hendersonville Medical Center.

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It is undecided as to whether the Portland city pool will open this summer as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Members of entities that are designed to come together have gathered apart for the past two months.

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Brittany Holmes returned to work on Wednesday.

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Mackenzie Evans and Brian Callis, 435 W. Boiling Springs Road, Portland, on April 28.

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5 Chefs Restaurant, located in the Shoppes At Occasions in Portland, has been closed since the coronavirus shutdown began.

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The Portland City Council was scheduled to vote Monday night on a first reading of an ordinance to bring sewer rates in Mitchellville in line with those rates already being charged to residents in the city of Portland.

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Seniors at Portland High School were supposed to have graduated on May 16 in a ceremony to be held at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

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The Portland Farmers Market is scheduled to return to its normal location at the corner of Broadway and Market Street on May 14.

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The Portland City Council voted unanimously to apply for state grant money that will become available later this year for certain projects that are specifically earmarked by the State of Tennessee.

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Many local workers and businesses are stepping up to assist in the fight against the Covid-19 virus and to protect people’s welfare and well-being during this crisis.

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Dogwood Hills Golf Course is reopening to the public with new rules and guidelines in place to protect golfers and help them practice proper social distancing while on the course.

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Many small businesses in the area are finding themselves in dire straits as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep many places shut down or limited in what they can do.

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Portland Mayor Mike Callis said restaurants and retail establishments in Portland will reopen this week under the guidelines set for by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee last Friday, but indicated that there are still many questions to be answered.