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The TennCare Office of Inspector General says there have been more than 1,700 arrests for fraud against the state health care system since 2005. The inspector general's office, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3.5 million paid in restitution to TennCare.
Zack Sterner has been named Roane State Community College's head baseball coach. Sterner served as an assistant coach for two years under Head Coach David Lane, who has resigned to take a full time teaching position at Roane State. Athletic Director Randy Nesbit says "We're confident that Coach Sterner has become well prepared to assume his new position by being groomed under Coach Lane's tutelage, along with his close relationships with Coaches Ken Campbell at Walters State and Billy Berry at Tennessee Wesleyan."
Governor Bill Haslam will be in Fairfield Glade today for the signing of the Hall Tax Law. The Hall Tax is a tax imposed on individuals and other entities receiving interest from bonds, notes, and stock dividends. Governor Haslam will be signing a law increasing the Hall Tax exemption level for individuals who are 65 years and over for the tax year beginning January 1, 2013. In addition, single filers with a total annual income of $33,000 or less will be exempt from the Hall Tax and joint filers, with either spouse 65 years or over and having total annual income of $59,000 or less will also be exempt from the Hall Tax. The signing is open to the public, and is scheduled for 2:45 this afternoon at the Fairfield Glade Conference Center.
Cleanup of a former nuclear construction site is moving into the final phases at Oak Ridge. Most of the K-25 building - a mile-long U-shaped structure - has already been demolished. All that remains is one section of what was the building's east wing.
Federal officials have set aside more than $1 million for Tennessee landowners who help conserve wildlife. The TWRA said owners of agricultural and forest land can apply by June 10th for funding under the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. Grants are available to help eligible landowners and operators develop or enhance planned wetland, riparian and aquatic habitat areas on their property. Only ready-to-implement projects will be ranked for funding. Information is available at www.twraprivatelands.org.