Tuesday, April 3, 2012

You Just Lost 8K Dollars

Yes, if you live in Lauderdale County and are a taxpayer, you just lost $7,938.00 simply because the Coffee Health Group wouldn't turn over records to the TimesDaily. The local newspaper sought access to the documents pertaining to the sale of the ECM hospital to RegionalCare. The law says such records are public and therefore required the health authority to reimburse the TD for any and all legal fees associated with it's ongoing request.

Why wouldn't the Coffee Health Group turn them over? So far they haven't made their reasons public. 8K is a drop in the proverbial bucket of tax revenue, but it's still a lot of moolah to most local citizens. Now we await the location of the new RegionalCare facility. It must be make public this month, and we're not expecting any surprises...of course, that doesn't mean we may not get one...or several.


Some free history: For those who live in the eastern end of Lauderdale County or Limestone itself, each Saturday in April will provide a free history walk beginning at 10:00 a.m. There's no charge for the tours which meet at the corner of Beaty and Market Streets. The five walks include:

• Athens Square Historic District

• Beaty Historic District, Washington Street and Old Town Cemetery;

• Athens State University, Big Spring Memorial Park and College Inn;

• City Cemetery.

• Houston Historic District


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