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Marion County Hospital To Cut Most Services

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:01 am

  During the past year, Parkridge Health System has been providing emergency services, inpatient behavioral health, inpatient medical and surgical services, outpatient surgery, and comprehensive outpatient services to residents of the Parkridge West communities. Within this full scope of services, less than 2 percent of our patients have utilized inpatient medical and surgical services.  As a result, on April 6, 2015, we will discontinue providing inpatient medical care and surgical

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  • Grundy County Schools Sue State

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm

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      Grundy County Schools, along with seven other area school systems, have filed a lawsuit in the Davidson County Chancery Court alleging the state has ‘breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free education for the children of the state.”   Named as defendants in the suit are Gov. Bill Haslam, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, and several Tennessee Board of Education

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  • Bibleman Banned From Grundy County Schools

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:27 am

    A longstanding fixture in Grundy County, Horace Turner, known as the Bibleman, was recently informed that he would no longer be allowed to hold Bible study in local elementary schools. Complaints of Turner’s Bible study sessions in local schools reached the ACLU and the Wisconsin Freedom from Religion Foundation who contacted the school system. “The Grundy County Board of Education has received a complaint regarding Mr. Turner’s support of the

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Manufacturing Plant To Expand In Nashville

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Beretta USA officials have announced the company will expand its U.S. operations by building a new firearms manufacturing plant in the Gallatin Industrial Park. Beretta, a global manufacturer of high-quality sporting and military firearms, will invest $45 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility and create 300 new Tennessee jobs. “I want to thank the Beretta family

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  • Grandview Medical Center Becomes Part Of Parkridge Health System

    Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    HCA (NYSE:HCA) and Capella Healthcare have announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the sale of Grandview Medical Center in Jasper by Capella to HCA’s TriStar Division. Grandview Medical Center is a 70-bed hospital that serves five counties in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The hospital will become part of the Parkridge Health System in HCA’s TriStar Division. With the acquisition of Grandview, the Parkridge Health System will grow to

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By Any Other Name

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

I must teach my husband how to be a proper mountaineer, if not one of regal bearing, at least a presentable hilltop dweller. For instance, I tell this man, who hails from the swamps of southern Mississippi, that to be true mountaineer one must have a nickname. Nicknames are so common on the mountain that they are even mentioned in obituaries, otherwise you would be hard put to know who

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  • Grad Rates Improving

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma. Citing the progress, researchers are projecting a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020. Their report, based on Education Department statistics from 2012, was presented recently at the Building a GradNation Summit. The growth has been spurred by such factors as a greater

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  • TN. Gov . Bill Haslam’s Monthly Column

    Posted on February 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Last week during my annual State of the State address, I was excited to announce a new proposal called the “Tennessee Promise.”  The Tennessee Promise is an ongoing commitment to Tennessee students – from kindergartners to high school seniors.  We will promise that high school graduates can attend two years of community college or a college of applied technology absolutely free of tuition and fees.  As we urge more Tennesseans

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