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Saturday, August 01, 2015
Tennessee Corrections Changes Prison Guard Overtime Issue, Was a Factor in Violence at Mountain City Prison
Beginning today, Tennessee's Department of Correction is making it easier for prison guards to earn overtime. This after an outcry over schedule changes that critics blame for a severe shortage of officers and recent prison violence, including a series of assaults that led to a prolonged lockdown at the state prison in Mountain City. Beginning today employees will be paid overtime once they've worked 160 hours on a 28-day schedule.
Virginia Governor Coming to Southwest This Week; Resuming Push to Expand Medicaid
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe says he'll make a renewed push to expand Medicaid. After the Supreme court recently issued a decision upholding the affordable Care act, he says some Republican lawmakers who have previously opposed Medicaid expansion will be more open to compromise. McAuliffe will visit Southwest Virginia this week. He's scheduled to come to Bluefield Friday to make an economic develoment announcement concerning the Pemco Corporation.
Man Claims Belongings Infested with Bed Bugs at John Sevier Center in Johnson City
Reports this morning that a resident at the John Sevier Center in Johnson City is suing, seeking money to replace belongings claiming they are infested with bed bugs. Roy Smith has filed suit and a hearing is set Aug. 12th.