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A federal jury has found Leon Houston guilty of threatening his lawyer. Houston and his brother Rocky have faced and won several cases in the past, including beating a murder charge here in Cumberland County…however, this time Leon Houston did not hear the verdict he had hoped for. Houston had called the charges a part of a government conspiracy
Governor Bill Haslam says he will allow an extension to Tennessee residents whose health insurance plans were deemed invalid under the federal health care law. The one-year extension comes after President Obama announced that state insurance commissioners could allow health care insurers to extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled in 2014. Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak says it will be left up to Tennessee insurance providers to determine whether it is feasible to offer the previously canceled plans. Last week, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced it will extend coverage for plans.
The Governor's Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are reaching out to communities across the state to offer help in reducing traffic fatalities. The Tennessean reports the agencies are putting more resources in counties that have the largest increase in fatal crashes. Earlier this week, the number of traffic fatalities across Tennessee stood at 888 for the year. THP spokesman Sgt. Bill Miller says the best way to deal with the increasing deaths is to partner with local law enforcement agencies and come up with a strategy to deal with the problem together.
While the number of people in Tennessee buying health insurance through new exchanges has been slow, state officials say the number of people being directed to the state's expanded Medicaid program is more than they expected. So far, about 1,000 people have purchased health insurance. Officials had projected that the exchanges would identify nearly 47,000 people who are eligible but not enrolled in TennCare.
Cumberland Co roads department is advising that part of Ozone Road (by Pineview Elementary) will be closed most of the day (Tues November 19) as they replace pipes for culverts. The closure is from 481 to 1234 Ozone road. Be advised that this is an area where motorists encounter a sharp curve in the road. Please use extreme caution in this area