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Showing 6 articles from April 17, 2013.


JoAnna Flannery, 66

JoAnna Flannery, 66, of Lebanon passed away peacefully Saturday morning, April 13, 2013 in her own home after a hard fought battle with cancer. JoAnna was born in Santa Barbara, California on August 13, 1946 to her mother Adrianna Jane Copelman.


General News

Wilson County woman charged with TennCare drug fraud

A Wilson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for filling fraudulent prescriptions and using TennCare to pay for them.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, on Wednesday announced the arrest of Tiffany N. Ferguson, 27, of Lebanon.

Ferguson is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.The charges against Ferguson allege that on two separate occasions she presented an altered prescription for the painkiller Percocet, using TennCare to pay for certain services.

Our message is clear: if you commit fraud against the TennCare program and the taxpayers youre going to be caught and prosecuted, Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.Local officials, providers and law enforcement, as well as citizens, are behind us and assisting us in our efforts across the state.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in prison per charge. District Attorney Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures.To date, over 1,700 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."


General Sports

Bulldogs run-rule Mid-Continent

LEBANON -- Craig Monson and Tyler Alford drove in three runs each and Josciel Veras collected four hits as 12th-ranked Cumberland pounded out 21 hits in a 17-7, eight-inning victory over Mid-Continent Tuesday at Stockton Field.

The Bulldogs (34-14-1) recorded just two extra-base hits in the game but punished six Mid-Continent hurlers (11-32), scoring multiple runs in four innings, including seven in the fifth. Monson posted three hits and Cory Urquhart and Chris Hall both scored three runs for CU.

Tuesday night prep baseball

Franklin outduals Lebanon's Hulse
GLADEVILLE -- Soph A.J. Franklin was on the top of his game Tuesday night as Wilson Central blanked rival Lebanon 1-0. Franklin needed to be as LHS senior Dillon Hulse matched the lefty nearly pitch for pitch in the well-played District 9AAA contest.

Franklin allowed just two hits and picked both those runner off base, facing the minimum of 21 batters. He struck out eight, walked two and hit two batters.

Tuesday night softball results

LHS blanks Station Camp 7-0
GALLATIN -- Lebanon struck for four runs in the top of the third and rolled on to a 7-0 win Tuesday at District 9AAA rival Station Camp.

LHS starter Beth Swartwout went the distance, scattering seven hits and striking out six for the decision.

WC grad drafted by WNBA

Lebanon native and two-time Miss Basketball at Wilson Central Jasmine Hassell realized a lifelong dream earlier this week when she was selected in the second round of the WNBA by the Indiana Fever in Monday's WNBA Draft.

Hassell, a 6-2 forward for the University of Georgia, was named first-team All-SEC by league coaches and second-team All-SEC in balloting of the Associated Press this season. She averaged a team-best 12.7 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game.

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