Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
November 17, 2005
Albany- With the deadline to enroll less than 24 hours away, state employees' final plea for help with the state's new health benefit plan may have fallen on deaf ears. State employees must enroll in the state's new health plan by five o'clock Friday, November 18.
An announcement from Governor Sonny Perdue's office about changes did little to ease fears. The Governor's office brought this letter, it's signed by United HealthCare's CEO and removes three obstacles that many doctors say prevented them from signing onto the network. The Governor's office wants people to sign up in faith that doctors will sign on as well. State employees say that's faith they don't have.
Hundred of teachers, retirees, and state employees packed the Albany High School Auditorium looking for answers they say they're not getting.
"The comfort level is just not there and the fact that the mishandling of this, I'm not comfortable with this," said Sara Lee Crumbs of Edison.
Uncomfortable, even after a new agreement with the state removed three major hurdles that kept many south Georgia doctors and hospitals from signing on with United HealthCare.
"The Governor's office is guaranteeing that we're going to have a network by January, but we have to sign up tomorrow. So, we're signing up tomorrow with no pediatricians, no gynecologists, no anything, but I'm going to be paying $300 a month for it," questioned Susan Hill, a Teacher.
Representatives from United HealthCare said they understand the concerns and promised to address the misinformation over what doctors are in the network on their website.
"That will most likely have three categories, doctors we are presently talking to, doctors who have signed a contract and doctors who have completed credentialing," said Catherine Palmier M.D., United HealthCare Chief Medical Officer.
State employees still want an open enrollment extension to guarantee United will follow through on the expansion of the network in southwest Georgia.
"The plan Thursday is that there will be a five o'clock deadline Friday in terms of enrollment and that's where we stand," said John Watson, Gov. Perdue Chief of Staff.
"We're in active negotiations on a daily bases with Phoebe Putney at this time," said Palmier.
Those who have dealt with United HealthCare in the past remain concerned that those promise may be empty.
"It was not accepted many places, claims were not paid quickly, so that the office ends up sending you a bill, wait a minute what happened to my insurance," said Hill.
"Southwest Georgia is the other Georgia and if they can forget about us they probably will, and I feel that's been the case here," said Crumbs.
Both United HealthCare officials and the Governor's office say they expect the health group to have an agreement with Phoebe soon. That plan is expected only to include the P.P.O. plan.
Thursday, United HealthCare also agreed to meet with local doctors next week to try to convince more of them to enroll.