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Bedford County man Charged With TennCare Fraud March 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Bedford County man is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple providers to obtain controlled substances.

 

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Samuel L. Harris, Jr., 40, of Shelbyville.  He is charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping, which is using TennCare as payment for the prescriptions, office visit or both. Bedford County Police assisted in this arrest.

 

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Robert Carter is prosecuting.

 

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,316 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

 

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

 
SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT APPLICATIONS TO BE AVAILABLE ONLINE

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will soon accept applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These federal funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, floriculture and other nursery crops. The grants are authorized through the federal Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 and are administered by TDA.

 

Applications will only be accepted online beginning April 15. You will find a template and additional information at www.tn.gov/agriculture/marketing/scbg.shtml. The deadline to apply is May 8.

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, and industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. The program aims to support projects that directly impact multiple Tennessee producers and will have a positive, long-lasting impact on Tennessee agriculture. All recipients must be recognized by the IRS.

 

Proposals are reviewed and ranked according to criteria provided on the website. Applicants will be notified by June 12 whether TDA intends to present their projects to the USDA. First-time recipients have a funding limit of $25,000.

If you would like help planning your project, TDA is hosting a workshop April 14 at Ellington Agricultural Center. The workshop runs from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. CDT in the Ed Jones Auditorium. There is no charge to participate and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and type “RSVP for April 14” in the subject line. Your email should include your name, the name of your business and number of attendees.

 

For more information regarding the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Missing Children: Alexus Cook and Lori Copley

A Middle Tennessee Endangered Child Alert has been issued for the Perry County Sheriff's

Department for Alexus Cook and Lori Copley. They were last seen on March 25, 2015 getting off their school bus on Airport Ridge Rd in Linden, Tennessee. Alexus Cook was last seen wearing white pullover with spots on it with a black undershirt, blue jeans and gray shoes. Lori Copley was last seen wearing a white jacket with flowers on it and blue jeans. Direction of travel is unknown. If you have seen these children, please contact the Perry County Sheriff's Department at 931-589-3911 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

 
Maury County Woman Charged With TennCare Doctor Shopping

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Maury County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Maury County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Angela M. Brown, 35, of Spring Hill.  She is charged with fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Brent Cooper is prosecuting.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, more than 2,312 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

 

 
State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Create Fire Escape Plan

NASHVILLE – If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households estimated that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging Tennesseans to create a home fire escape plan similar to the one featured in this public service announcement developed by the Oak Ridge Fire Department.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office also offers the following tips for making your own home fire escape plan:

Plan Your Escape

• Draw a floor-plan of your home, marking two ways out of every room.

• Agree on an outside meeting place (something permanent, like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should gather in an emergency.

• Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year. Practice using different ways out.

 

Be Prepared

• Install smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home.

• Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.

• Ensure everyone in the household knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what it signifies.

• Ensure everyone in the household can unlock and open all doors and windows, even in the dark.

• If a room has a window air conditioner, make sure there is still a second way out of the room. Windows with security bars, grills, and window guards should have emergency release devices. Make sure you can operate these.

• Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them.

• Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

 

Get Out

• If the smoke alarm sounds or fire is discovered in your home, get out fast.

• Doors need to be tested before opening them. Use the back of your hand to see if the door is warm. If it is, use another escape route.

• If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

• If you are trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff the cracks around the doors with clothes or towels to keep out smoke. Call the fire department, wait at a window and signal for help with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.

 

Stay Out

• Once you are out, stay out. Don't go back inside for any reason.

• Call the fire department from your safe meeting place.

• If people or pets are trapped, notify the fire department and let them handle the rescue efforts.

 

For more fire safety information, download the State Fire Marshal’s Office home fire safety checklist at (http://www.tn.gov/fire/documents/HomeFireSafetyChecklist.pdf).

 
City of Lewisburg Meetings April 2015

The Tree City Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, April 1st, 4:00 pm, at Lewisburg City Hall, 131 East Church Street in the downstairs conference room.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Lewisburg will hold a work session Monday, April 6th, 6:00pm, at Lewisburg City Hall, 131 East Church Street.

The Airport Board of the City of Lewisburg will meet Monday, April 13th, 6:00pm at Ellington Airport, 1877 Franklin Pike.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Lewisburg will hold their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 14th, at 6:00 p.m. at Lewisburg City Hall, 131 East Church Street.

The Lewisburg Recreation Board will hold their monthly meeting Monday, April 20th, 6:00pm at the Lewisburg Recreation Center in the small meeting room, 1551 Mooresville Highway.

The Community Development Board of the City of Lewisburg will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, April 28th, 12:00 noon, at the Historic 1st Avenue Building, 207 1st Avenue.

The Lone Oak Cemetery Advisory Board quarterly meeting will be Tuesday, April 28th, 4:00 pm, at Lewisburg City Hall, 131 East Church Street.

 
Kindergarten Registration Marshall County 2015-2015

Marshall County Schools, April 14, 2015

Kindergarten Registration 2015-2016 (Second Opportunity)

Parents who are enrolling children into kindergarten in the Marshall County School System for the 2015-16 school year should bring the following information with them to register:

  • Official birth certificate – NOT MOTHER’S COPY
  • Child’s social security card
  • Immunization record
  • Current physical examination
  • Proof of residency in Marshall County
  • Photo identification of parent/guardian

*All registration will be done at the individual elementary schools.

*Children must be 5 years of age on or before August 15, 2015, in order to attend kindergarten during the 2015-16 school year.

* Students must be registered by their custodial parent.

*Please Note – Students and parents MUST register at the elementary school within their residential district.  For those wishing to enroll outside of their bus district, a request form must be completed and filed with the Attendance Office of the Marshall County Board of Education.  Requests will be considered on a first come basis

 

DATES AND TIMES OF REGISTRATION

Lewisburg bus route – Oak Grove Elementary, 1645 Franklin Pike, Lewisburg

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 - 12:00   AND   3:30 – 6:00

Cornersville bus route – Cornersville Elementary School, 485 North Main Street, Cornersville

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 – 3:00

Chapel Hill bus route – Chapel Hill Elementary School, 415 South Horton Parkway, Chapel Hill

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 – 3:00

 
Travel Medicine Clinic Offers Vaccinations For Those Traveling Abroad

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – International travel increases this time of year and requires individuals to take the necessary steps to protect their health and that of others, which usually means vaccinations. Whether preparing for a vacation, study abroad or a mission trip, it is important to plan in advance.

 

The Travel Medicine Clinic has specially trained staff who can help determine which vaccinations are required for specific destinations and can also administer the vaccine. The clinic is open from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Before scheduling a vaccination appointment, a travel questionnaire must be completed and forwarded to the clinic. More information and the questionnaire are available online at http://www.mauryregional.com/travelmedicine.htm for the convenience of the public.

 

For more information visit the Web site or call 931.540.4279.

 
Crime of Campus Report Released by TBI

NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released to the public its 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report. The annual study compiles information submitted to TBI by the state’s colleges and universities through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

 

Among the report’s findings:

 

  • Overall, crime reported by Tennessee colleges and universities decreased by 6.3% from 2013 to 2014.
  • Reported incidents of Burglary decreased by 34.1% from 2013 to 2014
  • Reported Fraud Offenses increased 19% over 2013’s study.
  • The reported incidents of Rape increased from 26 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.
  • DUI offenses reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 34.9% between 2013 and 2014.

 

As always, the TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution’s statistics to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate and generalized conclusions of the relative safety of one campus over another.

 

The full 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report, along with similar studies dating back to 2001, is available online for review at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.

 

 
Top Ten Fugitive Kellum Williams Captured

NASHVILLE – A fugitive placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list earlier this month, Kellum Jordan Williams, was arrested today in Virginia.

 

Williams was wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for First Degree Murder and Abuse of a Corpse and was placed on TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list on March 10th.  Williams was charged in connection to the murder of Amy LeeAnn Murphy, whose remains were found on February 1st in a field in Robertson County. He was also wanted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for Violation of Community Corrections.

 

TBI Special Agents, working in conjunction with U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Forces from Middle Tennessee and Eastern Virginia, developed information that Kellum Williams was in Virginia. At approximately 1:30 p.m. CST, Williams was located and apprehended without incident by the U.S. Marshals-Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Greensville County Sheriff's Department at an apartment complex in Emporia, Virginia.

 

Williams was transported to the Southside Regional Jail in Emporia, Virginia, where he is in the process of being booked. He will have a hold placed on him for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and TBI. A booking photo of Williams is not currently available.

 

 
Kndergarten Registration 2015-2016 in Marshall County

Parents who are enrolling children into kindergarten in the Marshall County School System for the 2015-16 school year should bring the following information with them to register:

Official birth certificate-not mother's copy

child's social security card

immunization record

current physical examination

proof of residency in Marshall County

photo identification of parent/guardian

All registration will be done at the individual elementary schools

Children must be 5 years of age on or before August 15th in order to attend kindergarten during the 2015-16 school year.

Students must be registered by their custodial parent.

Please Note-students and parents must register at the elementary school within their residential district. For those wishing to enroll outside of their bus district, a request form must be completed and filed with the Attendance Office of the Marshall County Board of Education. Requests will be considered on a first come basis.

Lewisburg Bus route-Oak Grove Elementary, 1645 Franklin Pike, Lewisburg, Tuesday, March 24th: 8:30a to 1:00p/ 3:30p-6:00p

Cornersville Bus route-Cornersville Elementary School, 485 North Main Street, Cornersville-Tuesday, March 24th-3:00p to 6:00p

Chaopel Hill Bus route-Chapel Hill Elementary School, 415 South Horton Parkway, Chapel Hill-Tuesday, March 24th -3:00p to 6:00p

 

 
Information Related To Illegal Drug Activity Leads to Multiple Arrest

On March 12th, members of the Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office, 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Lewisburg Police Department attempted to locate and arrest 41 individuals on a wide variety of illegal drug charges.  According to Sheriff Billy Lamb, over the past several months information related to illegal drug activity in Marshall County has been obtained from law enforcement officers and from all respective agencies within the County and concerned citizens of our communities.  As a result, 20 of the 41 individuals have been arrested and more expected as the investigation continues into illegal drug trafficking here in the County.

The following individuals have been arrested with charges ranging from Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Possession, Possession of Scheduled VI for resale, Possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, possession of materials to make Meth, as well as other charges:

Joshua Daniel Nail of 420 Maple St. Lewisburg, Haley Marie Ragsdale of 2391 Mount Lebanon Rd. Lewisburg, Gary Lashane O’Neal of 1230 S. Ellington Parkway Lewisburg, Tim Milton Crane, Jr. of 433 Cathy St. Lewisburg, Dawn Marie Abdullah of Maple St. Lewisburg, Michelle Catherine Bates of 1535 Bradford Road Lewisburg, Weston Myles Woodard of 211 Hayes St. Lewisburg, Eric O’Neal Darling of 658 4th Ave. North Lewisburg, Katherine Elizabeth Baker of 2105 Highway 64 Lewisburg, LaFonda Michelle Parks of 116 Armory Drive Lewisburg, Tyler Sloan Odom of 658 4th Ave. Lewisburg, Bethany Carol Brashears of 301 S. Main St. Cornersville, Anthony Alan McConnell of 307 South Main St. Cornersville, Logan Robert Hale of 1700 Wallace Thompson Lewisburg,  Brandon Scott Hollowell of 214 Martin St. Lewisburg, Daniel James Bates of 1535 Bradford Road Lewisburg, Clint Wilson Rich of 1533 Joanne Circle Lewisburg, Marshall Heath Crabtree of 726 Center St. Lewisburg, Deandre Lamont Carter of 1040 Cornersville Road Lewisburg, and Thomas Alan Parker of 420 Maple St. Lewisburg.

Sheriff Lamb stated that this is a prime example of law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens working together to achieve a common goal of a better community.

 
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