A very large health insurance provider could soon no longer be accepted at Jennie Stuart Medical Center, should a compromise on rates not be worked out.
A news release from the hospital says Humana is requesting Jennie Stuart to give the insurer a deeper discount than the large one they are already receiving.
A hospital spokesperson says a letter was received in March demanding the discount be given by June 1st. JSMC Financial Services vice president Sam Brown says they have communicated a willingness to work in good faith with the provider to come to a compromise and have asked for an extension to get one done.
Brown says the medical center must protect its financial viability in a time that has been tough for hospitals, but profitable for insurance companies such as Humana. He says an additional discount would only boost Humana’s profits, while having a negative impact on Jennie Stuart.
Officials say the hospital will continue trying to work out a compromise with Humana, which is the insurance provider for state and local government employees in addition to school system employees.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to take preventive measures against so-called “warm weather thefts” this year.
A news release from Captain Chris Miller says items such as lawn mowers and weed-eaters should always be locked up and out of site from potential thieves, as criminal activity often increases in the warmer months.
Many thefts are crimes of opportunity and expensive lawn equipment left in the open will garner more attention and make one more likely to become a crime victim.
Captain Miller says another way residents can help police is by recording serial numbers from equipment so that if it is stolen, those items can be entered into a nationwide database to assist in the effort to locate them again.
Residents are also encouraged to keep keys to lawn mowers and tractors in their home and away from the equipment so to not make it easy for criminals. Anyone seeing suspicious activity should report it immediately to police at 890-1300.
The 5th Annual Hopkinsville Arts Guild Derby Arts Festival will be held at the Bradford Square Mall Saturday morning and afternoon.
Appearing on the Lite 98.7 Early Bird Show was Henrietta Kemp, who said the always-popular event is from 10 until 2 at the mall, where children can learn how to draw a horse or get their face painted—among other fun activities.
There will also be entertainment and a chance for children to play derby-related games.
Anyone wanting more information on the event is encouraged to call Ms. Kemp at 886-3776.
A high school student was killed in a two-vehicle wreck in Cheatham County, Tennessee yesterday.
The report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 4pm at the intersection of Highway 49 and Old Clarksville Pike. Police say 21-year old Jeffrey Goad of Ashland City, Tennessee was northbound on Old Clarksville Pike and pulled into the intersection and into traffic.
His vehicle was struck in the side by a vehicle driven by 28-year old Joshua Duke of Springfield. A passenger in Duke’s vehicle, 17-year old John David Ruben Green of Ashland City, was killed in the incident. Green was a student at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View.
Both Drivers and four passengers were injured, with at least one taken by helicopter to a Nashville hospital.
The Trigg County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cerulean man on drug charges.
Acting on a tip, sheriff’s deputies obtained enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant for trafficking in marijuana.
Sergeant Jimmy Godair arrested 19-year old Ricky Lewis Jessup of Cobb Road, Cerulean on charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
44-year old Tony Wimbleduff of Washington Avenue, Cerulean was also arrested at the scene and charged with alcohol intoxication.
The Trigg County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind local residents that the sheriff’s department has a zero tolerance policy and will apprehend and charge individuals caught with illegal narcotics.