Blue Cross puts Piedmont out of network; thousands to be affected

Blue Cross puts Piedmont out of network; thousands to be affected

If you are insured by Blue Cross-Blue Shield in Fayette and Coweta counties, your potential medical costs could increase until a new contract is signed. The 3-year contract between Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross expired at midnight on March 31. That leaves approximately 500,000 Piedmont patients, including those in Fayette and Coweta counties, in the […]

Peachtree City’s McIntosh High School to add 12 classrooms

Peachtree City’s McIntosh High School to add 12 classrooms

Student enrollment at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City far exceeds that of the county’s four other high schools. To provide additional needed space, the Fayette County Board of Education on March 26 approved the construction of a dozen new classrooms. The school board by unanimous vote approved the construction of a two-story building in […]

Detour set for north Fayette roundabout work

Detour set for north Fayette roundabout work

Lane closures and detours around the new roundabout at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road in Fayetteville is underway, with detours in place until construction is completed in the coming weeks. According to the construction contractor, lane closures include Veterans Parkway southbound and Sandy Creek Road westbound. Also, Veterans Parkway northbound traffic […]

Feds force $3.2 million payment in local medical kickback case

Feds force $3.2 million payment in local medical kickback case

A Coweta County medical office has agreed to pay its portion of a $3.2 million civil settlement, according to the U.S. Attorney. Georgia Bone and Joint (GBJ) on Ga. Highway 34, Southern Bone and Joint a/k/a Summit Orthopaedic Surgery Center (Summit Surgery Center), Southern Crescent Anesthesiology, PC (SCA), Sentry Anesthesia Management, LLC (Sentry), and David […]

Newnan man charged with murder

Newnan man charged with murder

  Orenthal Jermaine Carroll. Photo/Coweta County Jail. A Newnan resident has been charged in the April 4 shooting death of a Newnan man on Octavia Place. Orenthal Jermaine Carroll, 32, of Newnan, was charged with murder, according to Newnan Police Department spokesperson Gina Snider. Snider said officers at 9:45 a.m. on April 4 were dispatched […]

UPDATE: Peachtree City votes 5-0 NOT to regulate the color of your home

UPDATE: Peachtree City votes 5-0 NOT to regulate the color of your home

UPDATED Friday, April 6 — The Peachtree City Council Thursday night voted unanimously against a proposed ordinance that would have specified the palette of colors that would be allowed for painting new or existing homes in all single-family residential districts. (Click here for The Citizen Facebook Live videocast of the council meeting. Council discussion prior […]

Peachtree City at crossroads? ‘We’re not as good as we think we are’

Peachtree City at crossroads? ‘We’re not as good as we think we are’

Peachtree City faces steep decline; thus, city council must study annexing into eastern Coweta to build new city center, high-tech corridor, says Dar Thompson, PTC business owner and former mayoral candidate — Click here for full video interview. To prevent an increasingly rapid decline in Peachtree City’s growth prospects, the city must look west to […]

Fayette jail inmate healthcare cost rises to $1 million a year

Fayette jail inmate healthcare cost rises to $1 million a year

Everybody knows that healthcare costs continue to rise. But what about those costs when a person is in jail? Those costs also continue to increase, with federal law requiring that jails, funded by taxpayers, be responsible for providing treatment. Providing healthcare services for people who are incarcerated is a requirement of federal law, said Fayette […]