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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 >>
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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 >>
December 13, 2007
Dawson -- The skyrocketing cost of health insurance is forcing some companies, especially small businesses to cancel coverage.
A Dawson businessman used to provide his employees 100% coverage, then he had to share the cost. Now, he's had to drop health benefits completely because neither he nor his employees can afford the premiums.
In 1993, Jesse Grimsley started up Sprigger's Choice, Incorporated. A small Dawson business that makes planting equipment. They have nine employees. "About four years ago we paid for all the insurance here, and then the insurance went up and we changed companies, and we had to get back to about 50% sharing the cost of it," said Grimsley.
Then, in August, he received a mind-blowing alert-- his insurance for just those nine employees was going up drastically-- more than $30,000. "I couldn't afford it and the employees couldn't afford it, so we're actually out of health insurance right now."
Grimsley doesn't understand the through-the-roof increases, but says they would have been crippling. "I do know this for a fact: Today my employees, to pay health insurance, it takes food off the table, it takes clothes off their back, along with other costs, the rising price in fuel and all they have to pay for."
So now instead of paying, they're praying. Each Thursday Grimsley holds a devotional at the company... to give their health needs to God and encourage workers to take care of themselves.
"We have gone to focusing on preventing health issues. Doing things like not smoking, getting rest, and I for one need to lose weight and I know it. And I need to concentrate on that and encourage them to live a better lifestyle to not even have to have an insurance company," said Grimsley.
While on group health insurance, Jesse Grimsley underwent a couple of surgeries. Now that he's dropped that coverage, he can't qualify for other insurance, regardless of how much he pays.