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Governor Bill Haslam would have to get state lawmakers' approval before expanding TennCare under legislation sent to the floors of the Tennessee House and Senate. The bills do not tie the governor's hands on TennCare expansion. But they are meant to ensure lawmakers have the final say on whether to offer TennCare to approximately 175,000 more Tennesseans. A spokeswoman for Governor Haslam says he is comfortable with the legislation because he already plans to seek legislative approval to expand TennCare.
The bodies of two people were found in Center Hill Lake this week, the apparent victims of a boating accident. Authorities say one body was found by a fisherman Wednesday evening. A second body was found Thursday morning by the DeKalb County Rescue Squad. An investigation indicated two people had gone fishing Wednesday around the Homes Creek Boat Ramp. The names of the victims have not been released.
As the flu season winds down, health officials say it wasn't a bad as last year and the vaccine worked better, however they say younger adults were hit harder because of a surge of swine flu. Overall, hospitalization rates for the flu are only about half what they were last winter. It has been a fairly mild season for the elderly-usually the most vulnerable group to flu and its complications. It has been a different story for younger adults. Officials say Thursday nearly two-thirds of the hospital stays this winter were adults ages 18-64.
The State of Tennessee has re-launched its transparency website in an effort to offer more user-friendly information to taxpayers. The site provides a one-stop shop for searching public data on how state dollars are spent. It includes a searchable checkbook with interactive data related to state agency expenses, vendor payments and travel reimbursements. The site also has a public opportunities section that links to public meetings, open records information and a page for feedback. You can find a link on our website. tn.gov/opengov/
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE PALACE THEATER IN DOWNTOWN CROSSVILLE ON TUES. FEBRUARY 25 --COME EARLY AND ENJOY REFRESHMENTS BEFORE THE PROGRAM STARTS AT 5:30 P.M. THE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CROSSVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT ON-GOING AND FUTURE CITY PROJECTS.