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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says a deal has been reached with the federal officials to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. The Governor unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan Monday, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options. The program reportedly will not create any new taxes for Tennesseans and will not add any state cost to the budget. Insure Tennessee offers several options of coverage for individuals below 138 percent of poverty ($16,100 for an individual and $27,300 for a family of three). Tennesseans 21 to 64 years old will be offered a choice of the Healthy Incentives Plan or the Volunteer Plan. The Volunteer Plan would provide a health insurance voucher to participants that would be used to participate in their employer’s health insurance plan. Participants in the Healthy Incentives Plan may choose to receive coverage through a redesigned component of the TennCare program, which would introduce Healthy Incentives for Tennesseans (HIT) accounts, modeled after Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), which can be used to pay for a portion of required member cost-sharing. The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th General Assembly convenes in January.
Numerous charges have been filed against a Cumberland County man after he allegedly led police on a high speed chase through several counties in East Tennessee. 28 year old Johnny Davis, of Crossville, was arrested Sunday night on I-75 in McMinn County. Local 8 now reports that Johnny Davis, Aubrey Davis and Andria Keagle are accused of shoplifting almost $900 worth of merchandise from a Knox County Walmart. Deputies caught up with their 1995 Toyota Camry and according to reports, Aubrey Davis got out of the stopped car, stood in front of a sheriff’s cruiser, then laid on the hood of the car as the Camry sped off. Aubrey reportedly told deputies that the backseat passenger was holding a knife to the driver, making him flee. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports the chase reached speeds of 100 miles per hour before the vehicle crashed on I-75. When arrested, the driver reportedly told police he was not being held at knifepoint but that he fled because he did not have a license and was on parole. WATE reports Davis was charged with reckless driving, driving on a revoked license and evading arrest.
Cumberland Mountain State Park was presented with a $200,000 Recreational Trail Program grant for a new lakeside trail on Thursday Dec. 11 in Nashville. The monies will be used to develop trails of 2,000 linear feet of 5’ wide and trailhead parking. The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded program and grants may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation, trailside or trailhead facilities such as restrooms, kiosks and parking lots, construction of new trails and land acquisition for recreational trails or corridors. In Putnam County, The City of Monterey received $90,000 to develop 1,305 linear feet of 10’ wide paved trail from the library to Burke Middle School. A total of $1.2 million in Recreational Trails Program grants received across Tennessee. (Photo Courtesy TDEC - (l-r) TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill; Park Ranger Monica Johnson; Park Ranger Mark Houston; State Park Operations Director Mike Robertson; and Commissioner Bob Martineau).
Crossville police were dispatched to Honey’s Market on Sparta Hwy Monday after a vehicle at that location was vandalized. According to reports, the store’s security camera videoed a suspect wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans crawling under the victim’s vehicle. One minute later, the video shows a person wearing a baseball cap on backwards with a long sleeve shirt or jacket running up to the victim’s vehicle and stabbing the right front tire. The person then gets into a white van that exits the parking lot and travels east on Hwy 70 West. The surveillance video at Honey’s Market also shows another man in a white coat with a scarf and blue jeans standing between the store and The Bottoms Up Bar while the other suspect stabs the victim’s tire. Damage to the vehicle was listed at $140. Police are investigating the suspects revealed in the video tape.
Crossville Police were called to Volunteer Muffler on Old Jamestown Highway Friday after a Rough Country 9500 Pound Winch was reported missing from a trailer. According to reports, the victim told police that the previous day he had heard a noise and saw two males, one heavy set, the other slim attempting to take the winch off the trailer. The suspects fled after the victim reportedly shot over their heads, leaving their tools behind. The winch, valued at $450 was still on the property just before midnight Thursday, but by 6 a.m. Friday it had been stolen. Police have the name of a possible suspect and the investigation is ongoing.