Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
January 16, 2007
Naylor - Jerome Riley is co-owner of a family business. He and his father manufacture and sell church pews and furniture, and work long hours around dangerous equipment.
Knowing he has health care coverage puts his mind at ease. "Everyone needs health care. Everyone needs that security to be able to go out and do their job and not have to worry if something happens," says Riley, co-owner of Riley Church Pews in Naylor.
But owning and running a business is expensive and having his own health insurance is something he can't afford. "It's real expensive being self employed to try and get it on your own. That's why I'm blessed to have a wife who is employed by the government and provides me with insurance," he adds.
But many small business owners in Georgia aren't so lucky. "We do have a problem with that. Most areas have a problem with the uninsured, our area has about a 14 percent uninsured rate," says Mark Wilson, Chairman of the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee.
Each year these people appeal to their local officials for help. And the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce has listened.
Next week they'll meet with local and state elected officials and insurance companies to implement a pilot program to lower the cost of health insurance. "We can all sit down at the table and think about how we can design a program that will lay the foundation for what the insurance product may look like," he say.
They say getting it to the local businesses could take a few years, but owners have no doubt it will help. "That's part of the reason we are in business is to make money and the less we spend the better," says Riley.
And employees will work better knowing they'll soon be covered.
They are also working to start a program promoting a healthier lifestyle in the workplace which could make businesses eligible to receive 10 percent off health insurance costs.