- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015
Spokeswoman: Singer Eddie Montgomery loses 19-year-old son

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Eddie Montgomery, one-half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry, says the singer has lost his 19-year-old son.

Spokeswoman Alicia Jones said in a statement that Montgomery’s son, Hunter, died Sunday after an accident that had him on life support in a Kentucky hospital. Jones told The Associated Press in an email the details of what happened are being withheld “until the family is ready to release further information.”

Montgomery said in the statement that he appreciated the prayers from fans and for “giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye.”

Montgomery Gentry has had hits including “Something to Be Proud Of,” ”My Town” and “Gone.” The duo won CMA Vocal Duo of the Year at the Country Music Association’s awards in 2000.


Haslam opens door to gas tax delay but warns of backlog

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is opening the door to putting off a gas tax increase in an election year, but warns that officials need to stop “kidding ourselves” about Tennessee’s growing list of unfunded road projects.

Haslam stressed to reporters after an economic development announcement last week that he has yet to make any specific recommendations about how to begin tackling the $6 billion backlog.

“I mean, nobody wants to have a gas tax,” Haslam said. “But what I encourage folks is: Let’s look and see what the proposal would be and the road projects that would be impacted by doing something or not doing something.”

But with all 99 House seats and 16 of 33 senators up for election in 2016, the governor acknowledged that political considerations could make it difficult to pass the first gas tax increase in more than 25 years.

“If they want to say, hey, it’s an election year, let’s put it off, we can do that,” Haslam said. “But everybody just needs to remember we have a $6 billion backlog of projects, and that’s just putting things further back.

The list of prominent Republican opponents of raising the gas tax next year includes House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Tracy of Shelbyville and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga.

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