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Lochinvar donates $15,000 to Sherrys Run

LEBANON -- Lochinvar officials recently presented Sherrys Run with a sponsorship check for $15,000. Sherrys Run is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The mission of Sherrys Run is through faith and love, create an environment for all those affected by cancer, which provides hope, knowledge, assistance, support and compassion.

On hand for the check presentation, from left, are Tamara Lampsa, Sherrys Run executive board member; Scott Jasper, Sherrys Run executive board member; Gary Whitaker, Sherrys Run executive board member; Bill Vallett Jr., Lochinvar president; Bob Lancaster, Lochinvar vice president, Human Resources; and Anna-Lee Cockrill, Sherrys Run executive board member.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or helping with this years event, call 925-2592.

To learn more about Sherrys Run or to refer someone who might qualify for assistance, you can also call 925-2592 or visit www.sherrysrun.org.

From Post staff reports

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McCall calls out Amazon.Com

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Local business man A.J. McCall, co-owner of D.T. McCall & Sons furniture store, spoke out Thursday morning against a deal that will not require the online retailer Amazon.com to pay and collect sales taxes as it sets up a distribution center in Lebanon and two others in the state.

McCall is partnering with a national organization, Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF), calling for online retailers such as Amazon.com to pay and collect sales taxes in Tennessee to level the playing field for all businesses.

It puts us at a disadvantage, even if the distribution center isnt in Lebanon, McCall said.

Mike Cohen, spokesman for AMSF in Tennessee, said the Amazon.com deal is an agreement that threatens the future of every Tennessee business.

During the administration of former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a deal was negotiated with Amazon in an attempt to bring the online retailer into the state and to create jobs as a result. The deal included giving Amazon a pass on collecting and paying sales taxes.

On Thursday, July 28, Amazon announced that it would bring a 500,000 square foot distribution center to Lebanon, creating close to 500 jobs. The facility is set to begin operations in late September.

While bringing in 500 new jobs, McCall and AMSF are worried about the impact Amazons price advantage will have on local businesses that do collect and pay sales taxes. McCall said the advantage Amazon has over sales taxes could cost local workers their jobs if people cut back or stop buying from local businesses.

We can compete with anybody, but 10 percent is a big difference, McCall said. We just want to make sure our employees have a secure job.

McCall explained that on a $1,000 item, they would have to cut $10 off the price to compete with Amazons ability to market prices without sales tax included. The 9.5 percent sales tax gives Amazon a cheaper price by not having to collect that tax than brick and mortar stores that have to collect the tax.

This fight with Amazon is going on everywhere, Cohen said. There are other online retailers in Tennessee that are collecting sales tax.

Cohen said that Green Mountain Coffee in Knoxville is one such company that sells its products online and collects sales taxes. He even pointed out that D.T. McCall & Sons sell online and must collect sales taxes on those purchases.

McCall said that Gov. Bill Haslam was in a no-win situation with Amazon and honoring the deal that was made by Bredesen. He said elected officials are doing a great job, but pointed out the state and federal government should find a solution to the online retailer and sales tax issue.

He said that all businesses should have to collect sales tax, if they have a location within that state. Since Amazon will soon have three locations within Tennessee, McCall said it is only fair that the company collect sales tax like everyone else.

We just want to make a level playing field. We want to bring it to the attention of the people, McCall said.

Last year, McCall and his company came under scrutiny itself in matters related to sales tax collections with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looking into allegations that the business was not charging sales tax to certain customers.

A former employee of D.T. McCall & Sons reportedly came forward and said that customers were paying for merchandise in cash to avoid paying sales tax. In October 2010, Paul Summers, attorney for the McCalls, said that no settlement had been reached at that time.

When asked about the allegations on Thursday, McCall said, Thats a non-issue. If we werent paying sales tax, we wouldnt be here. He went on to say that he had not been completely exonerated in the case.

Kristin Helm, spokesperson for the TBI, said the case is technically open at this time. She said District Attorney Tommy Thompson made the request specifically for the case involving the McCall business. Efforts to contact Thompson were unsuccessful as of press time for this story.

A bill was proposed in the Tennessee legislature in the previous session to require online retailers with physical presence in Tennessee to collect and remit sales taxes. That legislation was deferred until the next session meets in January 2012.

The best of both worlds to me would be for Amazon to come here and were all taxed at the same rate, McCall said.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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General Sports

CU volleyball opens today, Saturday

LEBANON -- Cumberland opens the 2011 volleyball season this weekend, hosting the Volleydawg Classic at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs will play four matches, taking on Faulkner University, Reinhardt University and the University of Pikeville.

Head coach Dewayne Deering heads into his 24th season at CU with a very young team, including seven true freshmen and only six returning letterwinners. Many of the new players as well as several others who have played sparingly in their careers will see opportunities for action in the tournament.

We are still experimenting with lineups and different positions and will see several different players at those positions this weekend, Deering said. We are subbing several people, platooning on the front row and back row, and we have a couple of people hurt as well, which will give even more players chance to play.

Im very excited about the tournament and the weekend. It will give our young players some experience before our first conference match Tuesday against Mid-Continent.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Friday
CU vs. University of Pikeville, 5 PM
CU vs. Faulkner University, 7 PM

Saturday
CU vs. Reinhardt University, 9 AM
Championship/Consolation, 11 AM

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New CU press box arrives

LEBANON -- Cumberland Universitys athletic department accepted delivery Thursday afternoon, Aug. 25of a new press box for Lindsey Donnell Stadium, home of the Bulldog football program.

Arriving on a flatbed truck, the press box measures 66 X 10 with 16 full-sized glass windows, four large booths, pre-wired for electrical, telephones and computers as well as an inside ladder allowing access to a roof top film deck.

A crane is expected within the next day or so to hoist the press box into place atop the west bleachers.

Cumberland opens the 2011 football season on the road Sept 3 at Lindsey Wilson in Kentucky. The first home game is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 vs. Kentucky Christian.

Season ticket are available by calling JoJo Freeman at 615-548-1350 or by going online at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.

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