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Tennessee removes state restrictions for long-term care facilities

Tennessee removes state restrictions for long-term care facilities

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Department of Health announced state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities will end effective February 28, 2021. Facilities should use the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance for safe operation and visitation with limited visitation restrictions no longer in place at the state level. The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes the extraordinary challenges long-term care facilities, their residents and the family members and caregivers of these particularly vulnerable Tennesseans have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the federal long-term care facility pharmacy partnership, 100 percent of Tennessee’s nursing homes and...

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REPORT: Tullahoma airport has $21M impact

REPORT: Tullahoma airport has $21M impact

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed a year-long Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, finding Tennessee’s public-use airports contribute $40 billion to the state’s economy and support 220,936 jobs in Tennessee. There are 6 commercial service airports and 72 general aviation airports in Tennessee. The study analyzed the economic impacts at Tullahoma Airport and found the airport contributes $21,000,000 to the state’s economy. The study analyzed the economic impacts of on-airport activities, off-airport activities, multiplier impacts, and freight/cargo. Examples of on-airport activities include economic impacts from business tenants, airport construction spending, and airport employment. Off-airport impacts include visitor spending....

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TN to get $42M to help rural residents with healthcare, $200K going to Grundy County

TN to get $42M to help rural residents with healthcare, $200K going to Grundy County

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Thursday announced it is investing $42.3 million to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities. Rural areas are seeing higher infection and death rates related to COVID-19 due to several factors, including a much higher percentage of underlying conditions, difficulty accessing medical care, and lack of health insurance. The $42.3 million in awards includes $24 million provided through the CARES Act. In total, these investments will benefit 5 million rural residents. Tennessee Rural Development Acting State Director Dan Beasley is excited to announce that three projects will receive...

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H&R BLOCK STUDENT OF THE WEEK

H&R BLOCK STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Join us at Thunder Radio and Rosalyn Partin of the Manchester H&R Block and congratulate our student of the week – Jaxen Waggoner Jaxen is in 11th grade at Coffee County Central High School. She is the daughter of Anne Hosea and Justin Waggoner. Her favorite subject is English. She plans to be an English teacher. Her favorite hobbies are dancing and photography. Rosalyn Partin, owner of the Manchester H&R Block, has been inspired to recognize great kids in our community all year long. H&R Block gives each Student of the Week a gift card, a commemorative plaque, as...

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Coffee County Judge Craig Johnson announces retirement from the bench

Coffee County Judge Craig Johnson announces retirement from the bench

After serving 23 years as a judge in Coffee County, Circuit Court Judge Craig Johnson on Tuesday announced that he plans to retire. First elected in 1998, Johnson has served nearly three full terms as a judge. His retirement will be effective in May of this year. “First, I want to express my appreciation to the people of Coffee County who have continually voted for me for three consecutive terms of office and 24 years of service to the State of Tennessee,” Johnson said in a letter. “It has been a great honor to have served the citizens of...

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Bill aims to increase drug price transparency for TN patients

Bill aims to increase drug price transparency for TN patients

Story by Nadia Ramligan, TN Public News Service \Some state lawmakers want stricter regulations to ensure Tennesseans have access to affordable prescription drugs. Senate Bill 1617 would spotlight the role of pharmacy-benefit managers, the so-called “middlemen” who negotiate prices between drug makers, pharmacies and health insurers. The bill would prevent those managers from artificially inflating drug costs for health plans. At Tennessee Oncology, Dr. Stephen Schleicher, president of the Tennessee Oncology Practice Society, said some cancer patients wait weeks to get medications, with higher out-of-pocket costs. He said PBMs wield a huge amount of power, and prescribers have little...

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Senate judiciary committee approves resolution allowing voters to change the way Tennessee’s Attorney General is selected

Senate judiciary committee approves resolution allowing voters to change the way Tennessee’s Attorney General is selected

A resolution allowing voters to change the way Tennessee’s Attorney General is selected was approved on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Joint Resolution 1, sponsored by Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston), calls for a transparent nomination process by the Tennessee Supreme Court in selecting the State Attorney General, followed by a confirmation vote of the nominee by a majority of both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly. “This is one of the most important appointed positions in the state,” said Senator Yager. “The State Attorney General has over 340 employees and a budget of over...

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Judge Craig Johnson announces plans to retire

Judge Craig Johnson announces plans to retire

After serving 23 years as a judge in Coffee County, Circuit Court Judge Craig Johnson on Tuesday announced that he plans to retire. First elected in 1998, Johnson has served nearly three full terms as a judge. His retirement will be effective in May of this year. “First, I want to express my appreciation to the people of Coffee County who have continually voted for me for three consecutive terms of office and 24 years of service to the State of Tennessee,” Johnson said in a letter. “It has been a great honor to have served the citizens of...

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