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Local Physician Fights to Recover Medicare Privileges

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By Jason and Brittany Martin  banner@mckenziebanner.com McKENZIE (October 4) — After an unblemished 31-year career in medicine a local doctor is faced with accusations of Medicare billing fraud. On April 16, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accused Dr. Bryan Merrick of wrongful Medicare billings on ten patients over the course of 20 months. During the 20-month period in question, ...

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Educators, Administrators Applauded for District TVAAS Scores

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WEST CARROLL SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Educators, Administrators Applauded for District TVAAS Scores Courtesy Carroll County News-Leader ATWOOD (October 5) — Teaching and administrative staff members with the West Carroll Special School District were recognized for successfully fostering academic growth among students during Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. Supervisor of Instruction Regina Alred addressed the board regarding the school district’s ...

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Two-Car Collision Leads to Tractor-Trailer Accident

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Two-Car Collision Leads to Tractor-Trailer Accident McKenzie (October 5) — At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, a two-vehicle collision occurred on the north bound lanes of State Route 22 in McKenzie near the intersection of the highway and Dr. Smith Lane. A 2016 Kenworth box truck was south bound on State Route 22. Following the incident in the ...

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Gleason Hosts Minerals Day

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Gleason Hosts Minerals Day BY JASON MARTIN jmartin@mckenziebanner.com GLEASON (October 6) — Gleason’s Snider Park and the Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee (GDRC) hosted Minerals Day last Friday. The free event was open to the public with an estimated 1,000 individuals in attendance. Over 600 middle and high school students were in attendance from Weakley and Henry County schools. The event ...

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McKenzie to Remove Tree in Veterans Park

McKenzie to Remove Tree in Veterans Park McKENZIE (October 5) — During the regular October meeting of the McKenzie City Council a bid from Bobby Knight was accepted for the removal a large dying tree in Veterans Park. Knight’s itemized bid of $2,400 included cutting the tree down, clean up and stump removal. Under financial matters the council was informed ...

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Las Vegas Shooting Victim Transported from Airport

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Las Vegas Shooting Victim Transported from Airport NASHVILLE — The body of Sonny Melton was greeted at the Nashville Airport by the staff of Ridgeway Funeral Home, the Henry and Benton County Sheriff Departments and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Melton died in the attack in Las Vegas. The Big Sandy resident worked as a nurse for Henry County Medical Center. ...

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Local Physician Fights to Recover Medicare Privileges

Dr. Bryan Merrick

By Jason and Brittany Martin McKENZIE (October 4) – After an unblemished 31-year career in medicine a local doctor is faced with accusations of Medicare billing fraud. On April 16, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accused Dr. Bryan Merrick of 30 counts of wrongful Medicare billings over the course of 20 months. During the 20 month period ...

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Carol Nanney Is West Tennessee Teacher of Year

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Carol Nanney Is West Tennessee Teacher of Year NASHVILLE — Carol Nanney, librarian at McKenzie Elementary School, was recognized as the Teacher of the Year Grand Division winner for West Tennessee. The honor came during the 2017-18 Tennessee Teacher of the Year banquet held in Nashville on Thursday, September 28. Through the Teacher of the Year program, the Tennessee Department ...

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Big Sandy Man Dies Shielding Wife in Las Vegas Massacre

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LAS VEGAS (October 1) — A Big Sandy man is among at least 59 fatalities at an outdoor country music concert Sunday night on the Las Vegas strip where a man opened fire from a nearby hotel room. Sonny Melton, 29, was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival with his wife, Dr. Heather Gulish Melton, when a man identified as Nevada resident ...

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Congressman Bob Clement Visits McKenzie, Huntingdon

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Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement visited libraries across Tennessee, donating copies of his book, “Presidents, Kings and Convicts, My Journey from the Governor’s Residence to the Halls of Congress.” The book, which shares Clement’s front row seat to many of the events that shaped the nation and the world, is also one of the most comprehensive accounts of Tennessee history ...

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