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Nursing Home Chain Settles ‘largest worthless services’ case in U.S. history

A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay the U.S. and Tennessee more than $18 million in a record settlement that federal officials called the “largest worthless services” case in U.S. history. Vanguard Healthcare, five nursing homes it owns and operates, and two of the company’s executives engaged in a scheme that not only harmed vulnerable patients but cheated Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars, federal prosecutors alleged. Among the Justice Department’s many findings, the Vanguard nursing homes allegedly involved in the scheme failed to administer medications to residents as prescribed; failed to provide standard infection control; failed to ... Read More

Civilian Black Hawk Helicopter Crash Injures 2

A HH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter owned by Arista Aviation based in Enterprise, Alabama, was en route to an industry trade show in Atlanta last week when it crashed near Tullahoma, Tennessee. The two pilots, Jack Cook and Larry Cornell, both former Army Aviators from Alabama, were injured but were reported to be recovering in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital. They are Arista Aviation employees. The helicopter went down on private property in a rural area around 3 p.m. local time last Thursday. The pilots were able to crawl out of the aircraft and one called 9-1-1. Tullahoma Police Sgt. ... Read More

DOJ takes action against Tennessee pharmacies for illegally dispensing opioids

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a first-of-its-kind action to stop two pharmacies, their owner, and three pharmacists from dispensing controlled substances including highly addictive opioids that have been linked to the deaths of at least two people and have driven several others to hospitals for opioid overdose shortly after obtaining drugs from the pharmacies. “The pharmacists have a legal obligation to dispense controlled substances properly, so as not to put patients’ health at risk,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will use every available tool to stop ... Read More

Former Vol basketball player blames benzene, radiation for leukemia diagnosis

Former Tennessee Volunteer basketball great Tony White, known to fans as “The Wizard,” was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in September and is now embarked on the fight of his life. White is considered one of the most prolific scorers in Tennessee basketball history. Former Vol teammates and Tennessee head basketball coach Rick Barnes have visited White in the hospital. “I just ask everybody that thoughts and prayers go his way. I’ve been over there a couple of times and he’s fighting,” Barnes said. White played at UT from 1983 to 1987. “The leukemia completely changed my life, and ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

Use of Narcan increased twofold among Nashville firefighters

Last year, Nashville, Tennessee, firefighters administered the opioid reversal drug Narcan 1,777 times – more than twice as much as the year before. The staggering statistic shows just how dire the nation’s opioid epidemic has become, according to WSMW News 4. More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs (like heroin), prescription opioids (like OyxContin and hydrocodone), and synthetic opioids (predominantly fentanyl) – a two-fold increase in a decade, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The United States is paying in more than human ... Read More

Accomplished pilot, CEO killed in single-engine plane crash

Wei Chen was an accomplished pilot who in 2011 had flown around the world in a single-engine plane, later writing a book about his experience, “Around The World in 69 Days: What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?” But on Dec. 21, the founder and CEO of Sunshine Enterprise Inc., took off in a Cessna 560 from Fulton County Airport-Brown Field in Atlanta, bound for Memphis, Tennessee, along with three other people including top-level executives from his company and Wei Chen’s brother and best friend John Chen, when about a mile into the flight ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges FAA was negligent in 2016 crash that killed 3

A lawsuit has been filed against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a 2016 plane crash that took the lives of three people, including an 8-year-old boy, Action News Jax reported. On Dec. 26, 2016, a plane piloted by David Starling took off from Keystone Heights, Florida. Also aboard was Starling’s 8-year-old, son Hunter Starling; and David Starling’s girlfriend, Kim Smith. The plane entered a cloud layer with low visibility and crashed into the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. All three people aboard were killed. Hunter’s mother, Tabitha Starling, and Kim Smith’s son, Joshua Garrett Smith, filed a lawsuit against the ... Read More

Arkansas Truck Driver ‘A Hazard to Public Safety,’ FMCSA Says

Federal authorities have ordered an Arkansas-licensed commercial truck driver to cease driving any commercial vehicles across state lines, calling him “an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that it served truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell with an out-of-service order on Dec. 14, citing a record of serious “egregious violations,” including some concerning alcohol and drug use. During five separate roadside safety inspections within the last nine months, Mr. Mitchell has been cited and taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee for being either under the influence ... Read More

Tennessee Doctor Arrested for Opioid Fraud, False Claims

A Tennessee doctor faces 45 criminal charges related to opioid distribution, health care fraud, and money laundering, according to federal prosecutors. Dr. Samson Orusa, 56, of Clarksville, could be sentenced to up to 30 years if convicted of the federal charges. He was arrested Dec. 13 and indicted on 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice, 13 counts of health care fraud, and nine counts of money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee announced. The government alleges that Dr. Orusa opened his pain clinic in 2014 ... Read More