ATLANTA -Tennessee's State Funding Board met yesterday to discuss revenue estimates for fiscal 2008 and 2009, and economists said the state's economy should begin to pick up in the second half of the year.

William Fox,professor of economics at the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research, said that the first two quarters of this calendar year will have negative growth. He projected that during the second half the state's revenues should begin to pick up.

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