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Western N.C. Managed Care Organization Spearheads Distribution of Overdose Reversal Drug Region PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 01 April 2016 05:10

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Western North Carolinians experiencing overdose of opiods now have access to an overdose reversal drug, owing to a partnership between two organizations serving that part of the state.

Northcarolinahealthnews.org reports that Smoky Mountain LME/MCO and the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition have partnered to distribute naloxone nasal spray kits.

Smoky Mountain is the  managed care substance abuse services in western North Carolina with public funds. The website reports the organization bought more than 2,600 kits. The partnering group will distribute them to law enforcement and others.

The same procedure is being deployed in eastern North Carolina, where the managed care entity bought 100 kits that have been given to police in Manteo and Jacksonville.

To read the entire story, visit northcarolinahealthnews.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 April 2016 05:12
New Hanover County Working To Improve U.S. Highway 421 Corridor PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:52

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - New Hanover County has teamed up with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority to improve public utilities service along U.S. Highway 421.

A three -year project will extend water and sewer service in the corroridor, according to the county's website.

"This expansion, which would take approximately three years to complete, would mean new development opportunities, more jobs, and economic growth for this region," according to the site.

A video about the project can be viewed at nhcgov.com

County Commissioners Association Legislative Goals For Short Session PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 06:10

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners has set its legislative agenda for the 2016 short session that begins in late April.

According to the website of the organization, the goals are:

** Seek legislation to repeal the statutory authority under NCGS 115C-431(c) that allows local school boards to file suit against a county board of commissioners over county appropriations for education.The current version of H561 includes a five-year moratorium on such lawsuits. The bill is in conference and is eligible for short session consideration.With more counties experiencing threats of lawsuits, more legislators are interested in the issue. Those from counties that have experienced more extreme conflict between commissioner and school boards have grown more adamant that the issue be addressed.

** Seek legislation to authorize local option revenue sources already given to any other jurisdiction.The current version of S605, the annual revenue laws changes bill, expands the Article 43 transit tax to educational purposes and increases the Article 46 tax from ¼ to ½ cent, giving counties two more options for additional revenue. The bill has passed the House and is eligible for consideration in the short session. As negotiations on this bill resume, the potential exists to expand Article 43 to general purpose.

** Support legislation, regulations and funding that would preserve local option and authority where needed to deploy community broadband systems and ensure community access to critical broadband services. H432 would have authorized counties to install high-speed Internet infrastructure and lease it to providers in a public-private partnership. The bill did not move because of industry concern; however, this concern has softened as the conversation has shifted due to disparate education and economic outcomes in areas without high-speed Internet access.
The state budget directs the state CIO to conduct a broadband study, including access, and report to the legislative IT committee. Bills coming out of legislative interim committees are eligible for short session.

Help Wanted: Jackson County Seeks County Manager PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Jackson County is looking for a seasoned public administrator to serve the 40,000 residents, replacing the current manager who is retiring.

A job posting on the website of the North Carolina League of Municipalities reads in part:

"Jackson County prefers a manager who will successfully establish and foster internal and external relationships while having a strong presence in our WNC community.  The successful candidate will lead departments and build teams to provide quality services to the County’s citizen’s in a fiscally responsible manner."

The county's budget is listed as $62 million. It employs 400 full time employees.

Applications are due April 10.


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