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TennCare Contract Ended
AP Wednesday January 14, 2015

TennCare says it is ending its contract with computer vendor Northrop Grumman Corp. and will find another company to develop a computer system to determine Medicaid eligibility.
The move comes after months of delays and other problems with the system the company was supposed to develop but shows little sign of ever working.
TennCare officials said Monday that the decision to cut ties with the company was based on an audit that found the company consistently missed performance benchmarks and that the system isn't near completion.
TennCare has paid Northrop Grumman $4.6 million so far, but most of that is federal dollars.


Dunlap Takes Office
Jay Walker Tuesday January 13, 2015

Tennessee lawmakers will gather at the State Capitol Tuesday for the opening day of the 2015 session. Among those taking the oath of office will be newly-elected 43rd District Rep. Kevin Dunlap of McMinnville.
Dunlap was elected in November. He will take the office formerly held by longtime Rep. Charles Curtiss. Curtiss resigned the office last January and the office was filled on an interim basis by Sparta businessman, Paul Bailey, who is also taking the oath of office Tuesday having won the race for 15th District State Senator.


Medicaid Expansion Study
AP Tuesday January 13, 2015

A University of Tennessee economic study commissioned by advocates for Medicaid expansion says Gov. Haslam's Insure Tennessee could create 15,000 jobs and bring $1.14 billion in new spending to the state.
According to the study released Monday by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research, an estimated 200,000 of the 470,000 eligible Tennesseans would participate in Haslam's proposed version of Medicaid expansion.
The $1.14 billion figure comes from an estimated $5,705 in medical spending by each of those 200,000 people.
The study was commissioned by the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee, a nonprofit that supports expanding insurance for those who cannot afford it.


Committee Meetings
Jay Walker Tuesday January 13, 2015

Two committees of the Warren County Commission have scheduled meetings for Tuesday.
The Health and Welfare Committee will meet at 4pm to receive reports from Animal Control and the Health and Sanitation Departments.
The Building and Grounds Committee will meet at 5pm to review applications for Courthouse Custodian.
Both meetings will be held at the Administrative Building.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Tuesday January 13, 2015

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night to consider a lengthy agenda. The agenda includes five resolutions and two ordinances.
Resolutions to be considered include a measure to accept a bid for the renovation of seven baseball field at the civic center complex and a measure to apply to the state for Community Development Block Grant funds.
Ordinances include second reading of a measure to rezone property at 245 Durham Street from R-2 Medium Density Residential to C-2 General Commercial.
The board meeting will begin at 7pm at City Hall.
It will be preceded at 6:25 by a meeting of the Safety Committee, the Street and Sanitation Committee at 6:35 and the Parks and Recreation Committee at 6:45.


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