ATLANTA -- The commissioner of Georgia’s Medicaid agency has written a sharply worded defense of nursing home payments now deemed improper by the federal government.
A federal ruling saying Georgia should return more than $100 million in nursing home payments “is factually and legally incorrect,’’ Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, wrote in a February letter to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official in Atlanta.
COLUMBIA — National experts in a variety of fields are gathering in Columbia this week for a summit on marijuana.
A conference entitled “The Blunt Truth: Today’s Marijuana” is taking place Thursday and Friday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services is among sponsors of the event at which experts in fields from pharmacology to law enforcement and public health plan to share information and encourage participants to collaborate at the local level.
VALDOSTA, Ga. — A Georgia high school teacher has been arrested and charged with having sexual contact with her male students.
The Valdosta Daily Times reports 42-year-old Phoebe Chapman turned herself in to authorities Tuesday. Investigators say rumors surfaced in March that Chapman had sexual contact with students at Lowndes High School, where she is a career and technical instruction teacher.
ALBANY, Ga. — Georgia fire investigators are on the hunt for a serial arsonist who has been setting cars on fire.
WALB-TV reports three vehicles have been set on fire this week in Albany. On Tuesday, someone set fire to the gas tank cap of a truck. The gas cap melted and fire damaged the paint. The fire was almost identical to two other vehicle fires about ten minutes away.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The expense of a college education remains on a steep upward trend.
The combined annual cost of tuition and fees at the University of Georgia has more than tripled in the past 15 years. With a 9 percent tuition hike going into effect next fall, UGA undergraduates will shell out a total of $11,610 for two semesters, about twice what it cost in 2007.
The declining value of the HOPE Scholarship is also helping drive up the cost of attending UGA.
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Described as a high-ranking leader of a 3,000-member white supremacist prison gang, Christopher Henry has spent the last three years inside Wilcox State Prison.
But 36-year-old Henry’s imprisonment inside the medium security facility within the city limits of tiny Abbeville, Ga., has done little to hinder his ability to run a large-scale drug operation outside the prison system.