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Legislation Restructuring Erlanger Board Goes to Governor

A private act restructuring Erlanger Health System’s governing board is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
“I wish them well,” said Sen. Todd Gardenhire, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, which passed the legislation 29-0 without discussion. “We’re going to do all we can to support them and make that thing hum and be the jewel of the city that it ought to be.”
The House passed the bill earlier this month. Local lawmakers hope the legislation will help cure a variety of financial and other ills they see plaguing Erlanger in recent years and a way to allay concerns the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine was engaged in a power play to control the hospital.
The bill whittles the existing 12-member board down to nine trustees. While the board will be self-perpetuating, it gives joint veto power to the seven-member Hamilton County legislative delegation and the Hamilton County Commission over appointments.
To get the new board in place, the bill provides that local legislators, “after consultation” with Hamilton County’s mayor, will recommend to the full General Assembly initial appointees to the reconstituted Erlanger board.

Haslam Overhaul Underway at TDOT; Bredesen Policies, Top Staff Disappear

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun undoing sweeping changes imposed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen in response to the agency’s poor environmental record and reputation for ignoring the wishes of local governments and communities when deciding where to put roads.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration has confirmed that TDOT’s chief administrator, top environmental officer and director of project management are each leaving the agency.
Meanwhile, the department’s chief engineer has been promoted to deputy commissioner, a position eliminated in the Bredesen administration as part of a series of moves that had been heavily criticized by the influential road builders lobby.
Also under consideration is a redesign of the green TDOT logo unveiled in 2003 as part of efforts to restore public faith in the then unpopular agency and to stress a renewed dedication to environmental responsibility.
Haslam’s office referred questions from The Associated Press about the changes to TDOT, but Commissioner John Schroer would not speak to a reporter after a Wednesday grant ceremony in Cookeville and later declined other requests for an interview through a spokeswoman.

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