Hospital controversy aired at state CON board meeting What began as a state agency hearing became “more of a ventilation,” according to Dr. Gilder Wideman, chairman of the state’s Certificate of Need Review Board. The hearing was to determine whether to grant a certificate of need (CON) to Blount County Hospital Board for its proposed replacement of for Blount Memorial. The CON board, which decided who can and who can’t offer what health care services, heard over two hours of testimony, much of which dealt with the history of difficult relations among members of the Blount County medical community.
No more cutting through Oneonta parking lots Motorists who cut through parking lots and other private areas to avoid traffic lights in Oneonta may now face $20 tickets with court costs pushing the totals to $70 or more. Oneonta City Council passed an ordinance last week authorizing the police department to ticket those cutting corners. Police chief Dave Odom and Capt. Tim Haskins had brought the matter before the council several weeks ago, noting complaints from business owners as well as wrecks caused by those trying to avoid traffic stops.