Thursday, February 18, 2010

Council Puzzled By Hospital Bill

The Cookeville city council has approved a resolution, expressing their opposition to a bill being sponsored by local lawmakers Charlotte Burks of Monterey and Charles Curtiss of Sparta. The bill would prevent the city-owned Cookeville Regional Medical Center from entering into an exclusive agreement with an insurance company used by state employees. Councilman Ricky Shelton called it a bad idea and questioned the motivation for it. And Mayor Sam Sallee said he thought the bill had been drawn up as a result of some misunderstandings. The hospital board has approved a similar resolution. Both will now be sent to the legislature.