published Monday, July 15th, 2013

Rhea County town hall meeting tonight and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Town hall meeting tonight

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — Rhea County commissioners Ron Masterson, Grover Parks and Jim Reed, who represent the north end of the county, will meet and talk with constituents in a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Spring City Municipal Building.

The event follows a stormy special commission meeting last week where commissioners approved a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 and argued whether to accept a bid for a $300,000 loan to help finance the new justice center.


Lee starts work on new building

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Lee University will break ground today for a new home for its communication arts department, according to a news release.

The 40,000-square-foot building will go up on the southwestern corner of the university campus facing Church Street and is expected to be ready by the start of the 2014 fall semester, the release stated. The total project is slated to cost $10 million.

"It's exciting finally to be starting on this project," Lee President Dr. Paul Conn said in the release. "It's going to connect our campus directly to the downtown business district in a beautiful and dynamic way."


Democrats will meet Saturday

RINGGOLD, Ga. — The Catoosa County Democratic Party will host its July breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Caffeine Addicts Coffee Shop, 7819 Nashville St., in Ringgold, according to a news release. The public is invited.

For more information, write the Catoosa County Democratic Party at P.O. Box 993, Ringgold, GA 30736, or call 423-593-2729.


Group accused of overbilling

COLUMBUS, Ga. — An administrator of a Georgia medical center has filed a federal whistle-blower lawsuit claiming the facility has been overbilling government insurers.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported Saturday that administrative director of the John B. Amos Cancer Center, Richard Barker, alleges physicians systematically overbilled Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and others to acquire millions in fees.

Defendants include the Columbus Regional Healthcare System, The Medical Center, the John B. Amos Cancer Center and Regional Oncology LLC.


Abducted nurse freed unharmed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Police said a pregnant nurse was found unharmed after being abducted from a hospital's parking lot.

Birmingham Police Capt. Henry Irby told AL.com the 28-year-old woman was leaving work early Sunday morning when a man forced her to drive him to several ATMs to withdraw money. An unidentified man is in custody.

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