The Haralson County Board of Education’s combination work and regular meeting got off to an unusually loud and uproarious start Tuesday when two audience members were escorted out of the meeting within the first 10 minutes after making loud comments during the proceedings.
Haralson County Commissioners hired a new agency to provide liability insurance coverage for the county and signed up a Bremen-based company to oversee its information technology systems at their regular monthly meeting of March 4.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all stakeholders, including the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers and individuals, are given shared responsibility to improve the availability, quality and affordability of health insurance coverage in the United States.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Georgia and the Kendall Law Group, cooperating attorneys for the ACLU of Georgia, have filed a lawsuit against the Haralson County School System and Haralson County Schools Superintendent Brett Stanton to challenge the termination of former Haralson County Schools bus driver Johnny Cook.
One of the most basic issues of childhood literacy is the availability of books in the home so that parents can read to their children, and to help address this issue the citizens of Haralson County have an upcoming opportunity to raise money to help distribute free books to preschool children in the area.
A new bill that adds new chemicals to the list of substances classified as synthetic marijuana passed the state’s House, but an advocate against the drug is calling the proposed law a “paper tiger.”
Last week, Haralson County Animal Control positively identified a rabid raccoon in the county outside of Bremen.
The long-vacant West Georgia Boot Camp can be converted into a “fully functioning jail” for $3.5 million, according to a proposal made this week before the Haralson County Board of Commissioners.
Last week’s winter weather storm was gone as quickly as it came, with all traces of snow and ice virtually gone by noon on Thursday. Only trace amounts remained in shady areas as things returned to normal, although roads did have some ice on them Thursday morning and a few patches of black ice remained on wet roads Friday morning after melting snow and ice refroze in some areas.
It seems the Haralson County government and the government of the four cities in Haralson County have come to an agreement when it comes to how taxes will be levied against city and county residents and what services they will pay for.
The issue of whether Haralson County schools should return to a five-day week dominated the discussion at a Board of Education retreat Feb. 7 and 8, as a representative for the county high school stood alone against the system’s other schools as being in favor of returning the school calendar to 180 days of instruction.
The Tallapoosa City Council held a first reading for motor vehicle ordinance and changed the name of a street during their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
During the Haralson County Board of Education, the board talked about the possibility of moving to a five-day school week, received a visit from Dan Weber and Pam Tallmage of the Charter System Foundation and heard updates from department heads.
Haralson County commissioners rejected a proposal — offered by one of its own members — to reform their method of convening special called meetings during a regularly scheduled session that was dominated by issues not on the official agenda.
The City of Waco approved a finalized version of their malt beverage and wine sale ordinance and approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2015 during their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 3.
Haralson County Schools released this announcement today:
Haralson County commissioners rejected a proposal – offered by one of its own members – to reform their method of convening special called meetings during a regularly scheduled session that was dominated by issues not on the official agenda.
Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series about the recently enacted Affordable Health Care Law, commonly known as ObamaCare. The Journal has asked residents to send in their questions about the law. Some of those are answered below.
A major milestone has been achieved, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. According to the department’s website, “As of Jan. 24, over 3 million Americans have enrolled in private health plans through the State and Federal marketplaces.”
Affordable Care Act (ACA) service provider Marcy Heath from Sanders Associates Insurance in Tallapoosa, Ga., echoed the department’s achievement saying, “Here in Haralson County, enrollments have been wide open, and I don’t foresee that changing in the next two months.”
Heath and business associate Crystal Davis are two of the only certified Affordable Care Act service providers in Haralson County.
“People are extremely concerned about making sure they have coverage before the enrollment deadline of March 31.”
Last week, the Newspapers of West Georgia received some questions from a concerned citizen regarding the Affordable Care Act. Heath provided answers to these questions.
Q.: Are other insurance companies, such as Humana, United Healthcare, etc., opting out of the federal marketplace locally, as Blue Cross/Blue Shield has done with Tanner
A.: The only carriers that made application and were approved to participate in the Federal Marketplace in the state of Georgia were Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), Alliant Health Plans, Humana and Kaiser.
Humana maintained their National Preferred Network. Kaiser expanded a little and now has a few physicians in the West Georgia area. BCBSGA went in the opposite direction with the new health maintenance organization (HMO) network, being very selective about whom they are allowing in their network. Alliant Health Plans has a very strong network in the West Georgia area with Tanner facilities and physicians. If you purchase plans outside of the Marketplace, you may still have access to United Healthcare, Aetna, Coventry, Assurant and other carriers who did not wish to participate in the Federal Marketplace. As of now, the networks for those carriers have not changed.
Q.: Insurance companies have to meet 10 requirements now, including not refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions, covering children until they are 26, etc., but what are those other requirements?
A.: These requirements are referred to as the Health Reform Mandates and include requiring most U.S. citizens to have health insurance, no pre-existing condition rejections, allowing children to be insured on their parents’ plan up to age 26, and no annual or lifetime caps on benefits. “Essential Health Benefits” (EHB) must be covered and available on all plans – regardless of where you purchase.
EHB must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories:
• Ambulatory patient services
• Emergency services
• Maternity and newborn care
• Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
• Prescription drugs
• Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
• Laboratory services
• Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
• Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
“Medical–Loss Ratios” have been tightened, ensuring that 80 percent of premiums are spent on customers’ medical claims and activities that improve the quality of care. Restrictions have been made on premium discrimination in an attempt to stabilize rate variances. These requirements represent a major step in the commoditization of health insurance, meaning that the ACA is helping health insurance become a product where one brand has no features that differentiate it from other brands, and consumers buy on price alone.
If you have a questions regarding healthcare reform, please send your questions to the Tallapoosa Journal, c/o Editor Amy Lavender, 901 Hays Mill Rd., Carrollton, Ga., or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While some Georgia residents have harrowing tales from last week’s winter storm after spending hours on various interstates and state roads, most motorists who were on Haralson County state roads can boast a better experience.
This year, the Bremen Police Department celebrated 30 years of the “Shop with a Cop” Christmas giving program.
The Haralson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 25 years of connecting community businesses during their 25th Annual Meeting on Saturday at Mill Town Music Hall.
The Haralson County Board of Commissioners held their monthly work session last Wednesday, Jan. 22, and less than 24 hours later were back at the county seat on Friday, Jan. 24, for a special called meeting to discuss an additional item.
Haralso County’s three local libraries and their supporters have many programs and events for the public coming up at the end of January and throughout the month of February. In addition, they all have exciting plans for the spring and summer months.
A ship’s propeller weighing four and a half tons is still intact but disfigured at Tallapoosa’s Helton-Howland Memorial Park after a local man allegedly tried to make off with bits and pieces of it in a bizarre attempted theft, according to police and the park’s chief spokesman.
The Haralson County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Eric Randall McDonald of Bremen will be the new President/CEO of the Chamber.
Haralson County commissioners were asked to consider hiring a county manager to oversee the county’s budget and postponed a decision on installing traffic-monitoring cameras on county school buses during their first meeting of the New Year.
Outsourcing bus services was the main topic of discussion during the Haralson County Board of Education’s regularly scheduled work session last week, as the board had invited representatives from First Student Transportation to talk about the proposed contract and many residents turned out to hear the details.
The Tallapoosa City Council witnessed the swearing in of three of its members as it opened its first regular meeting for 2014.
An Tallapoosa widow who lived alone in a 19th Century home at 21 Simpson St. died of thermal injuries when her house caught fire on Monday, Jan. 6, according to Haralson County Coroner Danny Hutcheson.
As of Jan. 1, the Haralson County Development Authority (HCDA) and the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce became one entity.
Excitement is growing for many reasons at Haralson County High School as the new year begins. It’s a new semester, a new year, and now students will be able to take advantage of a new program: 12 for Life.
(Editor’s Note: This article is one in a series The Tallapoosa Journal is publishing addressing commonly asked questions about the Affordable Care Act.)
Bremen City Schools will reopen as scheduled on Tuesday. While extremely cold temperatures are expected, Bremen Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hicks says all school buildings will be ready for children tomorrow.
Bremen City Schools has announced they will have a late start for their teacher work day on Monday. Staff will not be expected to report until 10 a.m.
Rhubarb Jones introduces the cast of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" to the audience during the Possum Drop on Head Avenue in Tallapoosa. Alana Thompson and her mother, June Shannon, pictured center, both spoke to the crowd of thousands who turned out for the annual New Year's Eve event.
When we think of technology, we often think of gleaming laptops, wide-screen HD TVs and shinny new handheld devices. However, the hardware and software that supports those sleek machines and is necessary for them to function isn’t quite so glamorous.
Haralson County District Attorney Jack Browning say he has several reasons to be proud of his office – in fact, he as 1,198 reasons.
Haralson residents dreaming of a white Christmas got more precipitation than they bargained for after heavy rains poured down on the area through Saturday and Sunday.
Sixty years ago, when Tallapoosa Fire Chief Scott “Scotty” McClain was two years old, he had a roomful of toys as big as Santa’s workshop. His toys took up nearly half of their tiny house across the street from American Thread Mill in Tallapoosa. There was a fire truck among the stacks of play things, but Scotty said it didn’t figure in his becoming a fireman.
Hope Combs and her daughters, Emily and Hunter, are rescued from their mobile home at Riverside Mobile Home Park by Haralson County fire fighters and EMTs. Fourteen other residents were rescued from their homes after torrential rains flooded the area last weekend.
After nine years at his post as Haralson County Sheriff, Eddie Mixon says he’s ready to see some of the issues at the jail resolved.
(Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare.” Over the next few weeks, the Journal will feature frequently asked questions and their answers about the new health care law.)
Its more than four months away, but leaders of the local Relay for Life are busy securing sponsors for the premier fundraising event of the America Cancer Society (ACS), according to Amber Brooks, Haralson County Relay for Life chair.
The Bowdon Junction man accused of exposing himself to a 5-year-old in a Bremen restaurant this summer pleaded guilty to a charge of child molestation in Carroll County Superior Court.
Haralson County District Attorney Jack Browning say he has several reasons to be proud of his office – in fact, he as 1,198 reasons.
During their regular meeting, the Bremen City Council approved a building codes resolution and a motion to further investigate a possible update on the city’s agreement with Verizon Wireless.
Haralson County commissioners have been asked to come up with a plan to trim a whopping $1 million out of the county’s budget in order to keep the county government in operation through the rest of the fiscal year.