Tuesday, February 4 2014 2:14 PM EST2014-02-04 19:14:39 GMT
Tuomey Healthcare System is fighting to ensure that separation agreements for its former CEO and vice president are kept confidential in federal court files. Tuomey filed a motion for another protectiveMore >>
Tuomey Healthcare System is fighting to ensure that separation agreements for its former CEO and vice president are kept confidential in federal court files.More >>
Tuesday, February 4 2014 2:13 PM EST2014-02-04 19:13:43 GMT
Tuomey Healthcare System says it will have to file bankruptcy if it pays $70 million requested by the federal government while it waits for an appeal to process in a guilty verdict. The hospital was foundMore >>
Tuomey Healthcare System says it will have to file bankruptcy if it pays $70 million requested by the federal government while it waits for an appeal to process in a guilty verdict.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
SUMTER, SC (WIS) -
United States prosecutors stand firm that Tuomey Healthcare System's request to keep separation agreements confidential with its former CEO and vice president has no merit in court.
Tuomey filed a motion for a protective order Jan. 15 requesting separation agreements between the hospital and former CEO Jay Cox and former Vice President Gregg Martin remain sealed in the court file. The hospital claims that releasing the documents to the public is a violation of contractual confidentiality, according to court documents.
Cox and Martin resigned from Tuomey in September, after the hospital was found guilty of violating the so-called Stark Law and the False Claims Act. The court ordered the hospital to pay $237 million in damages.
Prosecutors argue that if a seal is granted, then all motions pertaining to the documents will also be confidential. Prosecutors replied Feb. 3 that the court should deny the hospital's request because Tuomey has cited no "unusual circumstances" to keep the separation agreements permanently sealed.
"Tuomey says that the terms of the separation agreement ‘simply memorialized the benefits that the two executives were already contractually entitled to pursuant to their employment agreements' and that such benefits were ‘common for executive officers in the hospital industry,'" the government's response explained.
Because this agreement is common in the hospital industry, the government said it is not deemed an unusual circumstance and should not allow the documents to be sealed.
In addition, the government argues that 990 forms Tuomey files to the IRS are available online, which include salaries paid to the former top executives. Eventually, the severance payments for Cox and Martin will show up in future 990s, prosecutors said.
"There is no reason to treat the amounts Tuomey has agreed to pay Cox and Martin under the separation agreements any differently than their already publicly-disclosed Tuomey salaries," the motion response stated.
The government also denies allegations by Tuomey that it previously agreed to keep the separation agreements sealed under a previous protection order.
Tuomey has until Feb. 13 to file a response to the government's argument to deny its request to seal the separation agreements. Meanwhile, the documents will be treated as confidential until a court ruling is issued.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:58:00 GMT
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall. Multiple fire trucks and SCE&G crews responded to the scene in the 5100 block ofMore >>
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.More >>