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Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
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If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
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Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
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A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
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The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Time is ticking for the sale of Palmyra Medical Center to the Albany Dougherty Hospital Authority.
A deadline to complete buyout will expire in 27 days, but it could be extended.
Area patients are more worried about their open enrollment periods and whether they're insurance will be accepted next year if the deal goes through.
Next month will mark a year since the Albany Dougherty Hospital Authority announced plans to purchase Palmyra Medical Center from HCA. A deadline for that agreement to happen expires December 15th. If the deal isn't complete Phoebe Putney health System owes HCA a 35 million dollar in a break-up fee, but that deadline has already been extended.
"That date has moved two or three times as we honor the request of the Federal Trade Commission to move back the closing date," said Tommy Chambless, PPMH Attorney.
The FTC is challenging the sale. It appealed a lower court ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals which hasn't issued a ruling but is aware of the deadline for the deal. Officials expect a decision any day.
"They took the appeal on an expedited basis, the oral arguments they had a briefing scheduled fairly quick for the 11th circuit, they assigned it an oral argument date on its calendar at its earliest open opportunity," said Chambless.
Attorneys for the health system don't expect a state case filed by Dr. Corleen Thompson to cause much delay. They dismiss the claim that the Hospital Authority violated state law by agreeing to the deal.
"It's groundless, it's baseless, it's frivolous and it's all of those things and worse and you know anybody can file a paper with the court and make whatever statements one might want to make in a complaint and ask whatever they want to ask for but at the end of the day there has to be some basis in law," said Chambless
Patients who have insurance that's currently accepted by Palmyra say they're left not knowing what to do, as the deadline for their open enrollment is set to close and they don't know down the road if that insurance will be accepted.
"At some point in the future as these matters have all taken place the sale completed the lease entered into etc. there will ultimately be changes in the contractual relationships but until then people will remain as they are," said Chambless.
Officials with Phoebe say on that they'll just have to wait and see.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction back in August blocking the 195-million dollar purchase until the Federal Trade Commission had time to appeal the case.