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Local News for Wednesday, July 27th

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In news today…

Cleveland and Bradley County first responders participated in an active shooter training drill on Tuesday at Ocoee Middle School. Bradley County Safety Coordinator Scotty Hernandez spoke to us about the drill.

Also in news today…

WACKER has announced plans to to expand its Charleston site and is preparing for the construction of silicone production facilities. A feasibility study has already been started for a production complex to manufacture silicone specialties at the Charleston site. The construction of these facilities will be carried out in phases over several years, with a total investment of more than $200 million. This project is expected to create more than 200 new jobs at the site.

From NewsChannel 9…

A dental provider with offices in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Sweetwater has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations it improperly billed Tenncare, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A release says Dr. Don Flanagan and his affiliated companies which operate Cloudland Dental were accused of ‘knowingly and improperly’ submitting false claims for dental services to TennCare in violation of the False Claims Act.

The government says Cloudland Dental is supposed to undergo a process known as credentialing.

Credentialing requires applicants to submit relevant information about their education, licensure status, insurance coverage and any criminal history or malpractice claims.

Between 2015 and 2019, the Dept. of Justice says Flanagan is accused of falsely filing claims saying he rendered dental services, when in fact uncredentialed dentists did the job instead, dentists who were ineligible to bill TennCare.

Cloudland Dental’s former business manager Franci Rains also agreed to resolve similar allegations against her, according to the release.

In news today…

A Hamilton county circuit court judge ruled that Allan Jones can stay on the ballot in the Cleveland Board of Education Fifth District race. Jones’ candidacy was challenged by former Bradley County Schools Superintendent George Nerren, along with former Judge Van Deacon. 

Judge Kyle Hedrick ruled that Nerren, who signed the affidavit, had no standing because he does not live in the 5th District. The judge also called the point moot because the election is ongoing.