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Sales tax free weekend in Tennessee

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

NEW TAZEWELL, Tn and MIDDLESBORO, Ky (WYMT) - It is tax free weekend for school supplies and some clothes in Tennessee.

Some Kentuckians are crossing the border for the sales.

Employees are ringing up sales at Shoe Show in New Tazewell, Tennessee.

"This is the busiest we've been since Christmas," said Manager Julia Wyatt.

Many items in the store are tax free this weekend. It is Tennessee's annual event for back to school.
School supplies and clothes under $100 and computers under $1,500 are tax exempt.

"Buying for kids, I've got three, two in school, it saves a lot of money," said shopper Tabitha Hamic.

People are crossing state lines for the sales.

"We get a lot of Kentucky traffic," said Wyatt.

"I have to get my little kids ready for school and I have to shop so much. I'll probably more than likely go down there," Kayla Johnson of Middlesboro told us.

Managers at the Middlesboro Mall say Tennessee's tax free weekend makes a difference here too, but they are offering deals to to keep shoppers in Kentucky.

"It's hard to tell what the effect it has on us as far as traffic," said Charles Burchfield, Middlesboro Mall Manager.

Store managers say this is a big back to school weekend shopping here as well. They say so far for Friday, sales are steady at the mall despite items tax free across the state line. They think shoppers can still save by staying in Kentucky.

"Sometimes it might not be worth the money on fuel and eating out and they probably don't save very much money when they do that," Burchfield said.

But some Kentucky parents told us they will still make the drive.

"A few dollars would make a difference," said Kayla Johnson

Tennessee's tax free weekend ends midnight on Sunday night.

State representative Rick Nelson told us a tax free weekend in Kentucky is proposed each legislative session but fails because the lawmakers think the Kentucky budget cannot afford to lose the revenue. He is unsure if it will be proposed again next session.

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