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News from Tennessee State Data Center

WELCOME to the Tennessee State Data Center News Update -- helping you keep abreast and understand the most tdata releases concerning Tennesseeans.
In This Issue
Revised Statistical Area Delineations
113th Congressional District Summary File
State Government Tax Collections
LED Beta Extraction Tool
Upcoming Release

Revised Metro, Micro, and Combined Statistical Area Delineations
As of February 2013, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget announced new metropolitan, micropolitan, and combined statistical area definitions.  As shown above, several changes were made to Tennessee boundaries. Tennessee now has 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 16 Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and 6 Combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
It is important to note that 2012 Population Estimates are based on the new delineations effective February 2013. 

The Congressional District Summary File for the 113th Congress is now available on American FactFinder. This file is a retabulation of the 2010 Census Summary File 1 100% Data based on the newly redistricted Congressional Districts of the 113th Congress. The data include age (including single years of age), sex, race and Hispanic or Latino origin (including detailed population groups), household type, relationship, population in group quarters, whether the residence is owned or rented (tenure) and vacancy status. The data are available down to the Census Tract level. These congressional district boundaries were submitted by state officials following the legislative redistricting that occurred after the 2010 Census. For more information on congressional districts visit the redistricting data website.

Tennessee State Government Tax Collections Reach High of Nearly $12 Billion in FY12
According to recently released 2012 Annual Survey of State Governments data, Tennessee state government tax collections increased by $774.6 million (6.9 percent) from fiscal year 2011 to a record total of $11.98 billion in 2012, surpassing pre-recession levels. The previous high for overall state tax collections was $11.5 billion in 2008. Tennessee's total tax collections ranked 21st among all states in 2012.

The Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections is a product of the annual Census of Governments and provides a fiscal year summary of taxes collected by the 50 states for five broad categories of taxes including property taxes, sales and gross receipts taxes, license taxes, income taxes, and other taxes.

(U.S. Census)

General Sales 
Selective Sales 
While individual income taxes were the single largest source of state tax revenue in the nation at $280.4 billion in 2012, the state of Tennessee does not have a standard state income tax, but instead imposes a 6 percent flat tax on interest and dividend income only. This tax, known as the Hall Income Tax, represented only 1.2 percent of total tax collections in 2012, compared to 35.3 percent for that of the nation. Conversely, Tennessee's budget relies heavily on general sales tax revenue, ranking 4th highest in the nation for general sales tax collections as a percent of total taxes at 54.4 percent. This compares to a U.S. average rate of 30.5 percent.

Tennessee remains a low-tax state with a per capita total tax burden of $1,856 compared to that of the nation at $2,531. This ranks Tennessee as the 7th lowest total tax burden state in the nation.

For detailed 2012 Tennessee State Tax Collections, click HERE. For more information on the Census of Governments products, please visit
The Tennessee State Data Center is always available to help with your specific data needs. TN SDC Serves as the lead state data center for the State of Tennessee and is housed at the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Please contact us with your specific data needs. 
Joan Snoderly, Director
Tennessee State Data Center

New Extraction Tool for Local Employment Dynamics Data
Time series data created under the federal-state Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership provide unprecedented details about America's jobs, workers, and local economies and communities. Under the Partnership, states share Unemployment Insurance earnings data and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data with the Census Bureau. The LED integrates this administrative data with data from censuses and surveys to create statistics on employment, earnings, and job flows at detailed levels of geography and industry and for different demographic groups.

The LED flagship product--Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI), provides information about trends in employment, turnover, hiring, job creation and job destruction, and average monthly earnings, with unprecedented details of geography, age, gender, and industry going back as far as 1990. Data on Firm Age and Firm Size characteristics are also available through the tool.

The new LED Extraction Tool allows streamlined access to the entire set of raw QWI data through an intuitive query-building interface. The easy-to-use tool provides comma separated value (CSV) files for the exact variables and characteristics requested by users. To begin extracting data, please go to

Future updates of the tool will include additional LED data products. Please visit the Local Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) page for more information on these programs.

County Business Patterns 
County Business Patterns: 2011 is set to be released April 30. These statistics provide the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees, and quarterly and annual payroll for nearly 1,200 industries covered at the national, state and county levels. 
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Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican army under Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

Nationally, there are 33.6 million (10.8%) American residents 
of Mexican origin, compared to 197,073 (3.1%) Tennessee residents of Mexican origin.
(American Community Survey, 2011)

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News From Sullivan County Schools

April 26, 2013
In This Issue
Graduation Ceremony Dates
Let the 4-H Clover Bowl Competition Begin!
TMTA Contest Winners for April 2013 Algebra I - Calculus
CHMS Student Tiffany Reeves filmed as an extra for ABC's Nashville
HVMS 6th Grade EPIC Project
Sullivan Central EMS Field Trip
Admiral Mewborne visits Sullivan North Virtually
Sullivan East Track and Field News
Sullivan North Selected as Distinguished Unit

Important Dates

April 24 - 30
TCAP Testing


May 6
School Board Meeting


May 16-17
Graduation Ceremonies
(see below for details)


May 23
Last Day for Students (1/2 day)

Graduation Ceremony Dates

North High School  
Thursday, May 16 at 6:00

South High School
Thursday, May 16 at 8:00

Central High School 
Friday, May 17 at 6:00

East High School
Friday, May 17 at 8:00

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Let the 4-H Clover Bowl Competition Begin!  Indian Springs and Holston Elem. Advance to Regionals

Fourth Grade Competition:


Excitement was in the air on Friday night, April 19, at Northeast State College, Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.  Fourth graders from Emmett, Sullivan, Central Heights, Weaver, Rock Springs, Ketron, Bluff City, Blountville, Holston, Mary Hughes, and  Indian Springs competed for Sullivan County Fourth Grade 4-H Clover Bowl winners.  All students showed much poise and knowledge during the competition.  Mary Hughes placed SECOND in the county while Indian Springs placed FIRST.  ISE will advance to Knoxville on May 15 to compete in the Eastern Regional Contest.  ISE 4-H Clover Bowl Team included:  Chase Bishop, Maryann Matt, Will Nottingham and Lily Perdue.  Alternates were:  Will Horne, Ava Martin, Spencer Moody and Reilly Wells.

Fifth Grade Competition:
                      Fifth graders from Ann Jones Class at Holston Elementary won First place in the 4-H Clover Bowl contest held at Northeast State on Thursday ,April 18th. They will travel to Knoxville and represent our county in the State Meet on May 15th.

TMTA Contest Winners for April 2013 Algebra I - Calculus

Congratulations to the following students who scored in the top ten in the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Contest:

Algebra I:
  • Kimberly Ireson, Sullivan South
  • Madeline Davidson, Sullivan South
  • Tanner Shivley, Sullivan South
  • Emily Beyersdorf, Sullivan South
  • Zakkary Compton, Sullivan South
  • Jacob Thompson, Sullivan South
Pre Calculus:
  • Luke Hiester, Sullivan South 
  • Wes Cox, Sullivan South  
  • Cayman Ratliff, Sullivan South  
Calculus and Advanced Topics:
  • Benjamin Firth, Sullivan South 
  • Caitlin Davis, Sullivan Central  
For more information about the TMTA Contest, click here

Colonial Heights  Student Tiffany Reeves filmed as an extra for ABC's Nashville
Colonial Heights Middle School sixth grader Tiffany Reeves has been filmed as an extra for the May 8th episode of ABC's Nashville.  Click here to view the Times News Article.

HVMS 6th Grade EPIC Project

Holston Valley Middle School 6th grade extended resource teacher Kevin Hess and ELA teacher Margaret Lyon bring their classes together to focus on EPIC. Students had to identify what each printed picture represented as part of the Encourage, Protect, Invest, Connect campaign.  Students then found as many synonyms for each of the words and posted them around the illustrations.

Sullivan Central EMS Field Trip

Click here to view the recent news segment that aired on WJHL.

Admiral Mewborne visits Sullivan North Virtually

The Sullivan North High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) unit recently had the privilege of meeting with Admiral Mewborne via skype.  Admiral Mewborne has recently assumed command of Naval Service Training Command headquarted at Great Lakes Naval Station.  Admiral Mewborne has established a goal of visiting JROTC and NROTC units under his control which includes visits to some locations via skype.  Sullivan North was the first local school to conduct such a visit and only the fourth thus far.  Admiral Mewborne entertained numerous questions from cadets ranging from the impact of the current budget sequestration, to facts regarding his career and plans for the future.  Admiral Mewhouse was presented with a unit shirt and challenge coins at the conclusion of the presentation and promoted Senior Chief Branson Burks to the rank of Master Chief.

Sullivan East Track and Field News
Sullivan East participated in the inaugural Tri-Cities Classic at Science Hill, bringing a limited
limited number of athletes to the event. The East boys 4x800 relay consisting of Dalton Hudlow, Zach Warren, Shane Stafford and Luke Meade, finished 7th in a time of 8:43 which seeds them as the #7 team in the Tri-Cities area all divisions TN & VA. All seeded individuals and relays will be competing at the Times- News Relays next Friday.

Luke Meade won the second heat of the 1600m (mile) in a time of 4:33 placing 8th overall. Luke is one of the top freshmen distance runners around and is now qualified for the freshmen race at the New Balance Nationals. Dalton Hudlow finished in a time of 4:45 and is also hoping to qualify for the Times-News Relays.

The conditions were challenging for the jumpers and while Jordan James did not have the day he was hoping for he still managed to finish 7th by clearing 6' in the high jump. He is presently one of the top A-AA jumpers in the state with his height of 6'-4" and he will be chasing after the school record of 6'- 5 & 3/4".

Other qualifiers for the Times News Relays include Autumn Rowe with a discuss throw of 99"-8', the girls 4x400 & 4x800 of Annie Malcom, Christina Perry, Jen Warren, and Kara Stafford.  We would like to congratulate these fine young ladies and gentlemen and thank everyone for supporting our team.

Sullivan North Selected as Distinguished Unit
Sullivan North High School has been selected as a Distinguished Unit for the 20th consecutive year.  Selection of units as a Distinguished Unit is the result of competitive actions throughout the year to include orientation visits, drill events, community service, school and system support as well as a myriad of other factors.  Sullivan North is pleased to be the recipient of this award and as such the Senior Naval Science Instructor and the school principal - Mr. Richard Carroll are authorized to nominate up to three young men/women to each of the military service academies.          

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Older Americans Month: May 2013

A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

41.4 million
The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2011, up from 40.3 million on April 1, 2010 (Census Day). In 2011, this group accounted for 13.3 percent of the total population. Source: Population estimates <>

92.0 million
Projected population of people 65 and older in 2060. People in this age group would comprise just over one in five U.S. residents at that time. Of this number, 18.2 million would be 85 or older. Source: Population projections <>

2.4 million
Projected number of baby boomers in 2060. At that time, the youngest baby boomers would be 96 years old. Source: Population projections <>

The year in which, for the first time, the population 65 and older would outnumber people younger than 18 in the U.S. Source: Population projections <>

Nearly 17%
Projected percentage of the global population that would be 65 and older in 2050, up from 8 percent today. In 2005, Europe became the first major world region where the population 65 and older outnumbered those younger than 15. By 2050, it would be joined by Northern America (which includes Canada and the United States), Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Oceania (which includes Australia and New Zealand). Source: International Data Base <>

Income and Wealth 
The 2011 median income of households with householders 65 and older, not significantly different from the previous year.  Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011 <>

The percent of people 65 and older who were in poverty in 2011, statistically unchanged from 2010.  There were 3.6 million seniors in poverty in 2011. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States:  201 <>

Median net worth for householders 65 and older in 2010, down from $195,890 in 2005. Source: Net Worth and Asset Ownership <>

Serving Our Nation 
9.2 million
Estimated number of people 65 and older who were veterans of the armed forces in 2011. Source: 2011 American Community Survey <>

The percentage of people 65 and older who were in the labor force in 2010, up from 12.1 percent in 1990. These older workers numbered 6.5 million in 2010, up from 3.8 million in 1990. By 2011, this rate had increased to 16.2 percent. Source: Labor Force Participation and Work Status of People 65 and Older <>

The percentage of people 65 and older in Alaska in the labor force in 2011. Labor force participation rates for people 65 years and over ranged from 22.3 percent in Alaska to 12.5 percent in West Virginia. Source: Labor Force Participation and Work Status of People 65 and Older <>

Among those 65 and older who worked in 2011, the percentage who worked full-time, year-round. Among states and equivalents, the District of Columbia had the highest rate, at 62.2 percent. Source: Labor Force Participation and Work Status of People 65 and Older <>


Proportion of people 65 and older in 2012 who had completed high school or higher education. Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012 <>

Percentage of the population 65 and older in 2012 who had earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012 <>

Marital Status and Living Arrangements

Percentage of people 65 and older who were married in 2012. Source: Families and Living Arrangements <>

Percentage of people 65 and older in 2012 who were widowed. Source: Families and Living Arrangements  < 

Percentage of citizens 65 and older reporting casting a ballot in the 2008 presidential election. Not statistically different from those 45 to 64 (69.2 percent), people 65 and older had the highest turnout rate of any age group. Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008 (Table 2)                                       < >


Percentage of householders 65 and older who owned their homes as of fourth quarter 2012. Source: Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey <>


The number of people 100 years old and older counted by the 2010 Census. Source: Centenarians: 2010 <>

For every 100 centenarian women, the number of centenarian men in 2010. Source: Centenarians: 2010 <>

In 2010, percentage of centenarian men who lived with others in a household, the most common living arrangement for this group. For their female counterparts, the most common living arrangement was residing in a nursing home (35.2 percent). Source: Centenarians: 2010 <>

Number of centenarians per 10,000 people in North Dakota in 2010. North Dakota was the only state with more than three centenarians per 10,000 people. Source: Centenarians: 2010 <>

States and Counties

Percentage of Florida's population 65 and older in 2011 ─ which led all states. Source: Population estimates <>

Percentage of the population of Sumter County, Fla., that was 65 or older in 2011, which led all of the nation's counties. Source: Population estimates <>

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)              Labor Day
Super Bowl                                                         Grandparents Day
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)                                     Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Women's History Month (March)                            Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/                  Halloween (Oct. 31)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)                                   American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)              (November)
Older Americans Month (May)                                 Veterans Day (Nov. 11)                                          
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)                                          Thanksgiving Day
Mother's Day                                                        The Holiday Season (December)                  
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                                                           
Father's Day                                                  
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)                                                                                             

Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <>.

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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.