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Tennessee's U.S. Senators say they will continue to seek a permanent fix for the state's financially struggling hospitals after they were granted a federal waiver that gives them $80 million. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a waiver that would allow a handful of hospitals in the state to receive payments for the services they provide to the poor and uninsured. The grant replaces federal dollars the state did not receive from another federal program after the formation of TennCare in 1994.
Triple A says oil prices are expected to continue trending upward this week which could mean more pennies per gallon at the pump. In the past seven days, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose five cents in Tennessee where the average price is $3.36 per gallon.
Legislation that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school is advancing in the House. The so-called parent trigger legislation was approved 9-4 in the House Education Committee on Wednesday. Under the proposal, if 51 percent of parents at a school in the bottom 10 percent of failing schools believe a drastic change is needed, they can select from several turnaround models. For instance, they may want to convert it to a charter school or change the administrators.
As part of construction of State Route 462 (Northwest Connector), Northside Drive will be closed to thru-traffic. The closure will begin Monday April 7, 2014 (6 am CDT) and extend for approximately two (2) weeks. Lojac Enterprises and TDOT appreciate your patience and cooperation.
Crossville City Councilman Pete Souza brought up an issue at Tuesday’s City Council work session. Souza stated that he felt some people were being allowed to speak longer than others and some were allowed to use profanity while others were not. The Councilman stated that it was unfair and needed to stop. Councilman Danny Wyatt asked Souza to cite any example in which Councilmembers were allowed to use profanity, or were cut off. Souza stated that he felt a time limit should be set where it would be fair to all. Souza stated that he had been cut off by Crossville City Mayor JH Graham III, but was unable to cite any examples of profanity. Souza himself has been warned for using offensive language at City Council meetings in the past. Mayor Graham stated that they would try to be fair to all.