Juvenile charged in shooting death of 19-year-old

A 19-year old man, Payton I. Bridges, was killed Thursday, May 25, as the result of a shooting on the 800 block of Fowler Street, Clinton.

The Clinton Police Department was called to the home at about 12:30 p.m. on a report of a person shot. When officers arrived, they found Bridges had been shot and killed.

CPD detectives, with the assistance of the TBI, collected evidence at the scene, served search warrants and interviewed witnesses.

At about 9 p.m., a juvenile was taken into custody and charged with homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Both the suspect and victim are from the Clinton area and are acquaintances.

Police Chief Vaughn Becker thanked District Attorney General Dave Clark and the TBI for their assistance.

No tax increase in Norris budget, passed on first reading

There will be no increase in Norris property taxes in the new fiscal year beginning July 1, and, at least for now, no raises in water or sewer rates, according to the preliminary budget, as approved last week on first reading by the City Council.

A public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. Monday, June 12, before second reading and expected final passage of the budget ordinance at the regular council meeting following the hearing.

Last year, Norris water and sewer customers saw steep raises in their bills — 25 percent for sewer service and 10 percent for water — in the 2022-23 budget, part of which was to help pay for employee salary increases and state-mandated improvements in the sewer system.

Just like last year, the new budget for 2023-24 holds the Norris property tax rate at $1.54 per each $100 of assessed value.

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