U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story has reset the jury trial date for Union County co-defendants Mike Gowder and Dr. James Heaton to Oct. 8, 2019, according to United States District Court documents. This is the second time the trial has been rescheduled in the federal prescription drug case. Next steps in the case include a pretrial conference on Aug. 8, 2019, during which Judge Story is expected to consider any outstanding pretrial motions to that point.
At their recent meeting of the Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Board of Directors, a new ranked choice voting system was approved to insure compliance with the majority rule for the election of new Board members. The Board also approved new outdoor lighting rates for LED lighting and an increase of $1.54 to the Customer charge and a rate reduction of .0017/kwh both dictated by the anticipated TVA rate increase of 1.5%. Finally, General Manager Jeremy Nelms walked the Board through the proposed 2020 budget.