Walker County gets OK to pay off loan with $15 million bond issue

Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell will receive $10 million from a Walker County Development Authority bond. That money will pay off a $10 million loan she took out earlier this year. And that money paid off another loan, which Heiskell guaranteed on behalf of Hutcheson Medical Center.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- A group gathered in a Walker County courtroom Tuesday morning, expecting to voice their opinions.

They had organized online, claiming the county's decision to issue a bond went one loan too far.

Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said she needed the bond to cover the cost of a loan she took out in March, which itself was needed to cover the cost of another loan she guaranteed two years ago on behalf of Hutcheson Medical Center.

photo Judge Jon "Bo" Wood listens to the opening statements in a case against Thomas Blevins, a former Lakeview Middle School band teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, during the first day of trial at the Catoosa County Courthouse on August 11, 2015.