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County Employees Pick Their Own Plan

 Commissioners work to meet county employees insurance needs…                                  “There is no way to pick one plan that works best for all 95 employees,” explained Freestone County Auditor, Donna Williams. “Changing our health plan to a private exchange allows the employee to choose which plan works best for their own personal needs, and those of their family.” Freestone County Commissioners voted to change the employee health plan to a private exchange plan through Texas Association of Counties (TAC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a meeting held Thursday, July 28, 2016. Currently, every employee opting to have county insurance is on the same exact health plan; of which the county pays $706.82 per employee. If commissioners had voted to keep that same plan, the cost would have risen to $735.08 per employee, a total increase of $2,684.70 per year. Changing to the private exchange allows each employee to choose their own plan. The county will contribute a set amount, the same for each employee. The employee is responsible to pay the difference should they choose a plan costing more than that set amount. The dollar number has yet to be determined, but should be close to what the county currently pays. Williams noted that the private exchange does offer a plan that is comparable...

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County Employees Pick Their Own Plan

 Commissioners work to meet county employees insurance needs…                                  “There is no way to pick one plan that works best for all 95 employees,” explained Freestone County Auditor, Donna Williams. “Changing our health plan to a private exchange allows the employee to choose which plan works best for their own personal needs, and those of their family.” Freestone County Commissioners voted to change the employee health plan to a private exchange plan through Texas Association of Counties (TAC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a meeting held Thursday, July 28, 2016. Currently, every employee opting to have county insurance is on the same exact health plan; of which the county pays $706.82 per employee. If commissioners had voted to keep that same plan, the cost would have risen to $735.08 per employee, a total increase of $2,684.70 per year. Changing to the private exchange allows each employee to choose their own plan. The county will contribute a set amount, the same for each employee. The employee is responsible to pay the difference should they choose a plan costing more than that set amount. The dollar number has yet to be determined, but should be close to what the county currently pays. Williams noted that the private exchange does offer a plan that is comparable...

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Fairfield Police Report

Monday, July 252:15 PM-Officer Orms on report of kids playing in roadway.6:00 PM-Officer Gallegos on stalled vehicle in the roadway. 6:27 PM-Officer Gallegos on report of combative patient at ER.Tuesday, July 2612:54 AM-Officer Alexander on suspicious vehicle.8:03 AM-Officer Hartley on report of unwanted subjects in residence.9:55 AM-Officer Orms on alarm going off.3:27 PM-Officer Hartley on alarm going off.7:03 PM-Officer Gallegos on cows out in roadway.7:56 PM-Officer Gallegos and Alexander to ER on unruly patient.8:19 PM-Officer Alexander on 911 call, all was ok, possible phone problem.9:36 PM-Officer Gallegos assist stranded motorist.11:50 PM-Officer Gallegos and Alexander on report of possible drunk subject at gas station, subject was not drunk.Wednesday, July 279:23 PM-Officer Weinmann arrest driver on traffic stop on warrants.10:47 PM-Officer Palacios on report of wreck on IH 45, was out near DewThursday, July 282:03 AM-Officer Weinmann assist Trooper on major wreck on IH 45.10:30 AM-Officer Markham and Sgt. Utsey assist on funeral escort.12:23 PM-Officer Markham to meet a complainant concerning a criminal trespass notice.7:20 PM-Officer Weinmann and Palacios on reported assault.8:09 PM-Officer Palacios to meet a complainant.9:38 PM-Officer Weinmann and Palacios on major wreck involving a pedestrian.10:14 PM-Officer Palacios on report of kids trying to buy cigarettes, Kids were escorted to parents.Friday, July 292:10 AM-Officer Weinmann on 911 call, was phone problems.9:51 AM-Officer Gallegos and Sgt. Utsey to store to meet a complainant.11:50 AM-Officer Gallegos to PD to meet a...

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Freestone County Sheriff’s Report

Deputy takes report on possible charity phone fraud case. A reminder to all, check and do your homework before donating anything to someone claiming to be a representative of a charitable organization. County Deputies, Teague PD and DPS assist Mexia PD with vehicle chase from Mexia into Freestone County, one subject taken into custody. DPS, Dew Fire and Fairfield EMS to one vehicle wreck on Interstate. Deputies to ER to contain combative patient. Teague EMS to report of patient at home with difficulty breathing, subject flown to hospital by Air Evac. Deputies and Fairfield EMS to report of young man having a seizure, transported to ER for evaluation. Dew Fire and Deputies to tree fallen on power lines, all of which now on fire. Precinct One Commissioner notified of a tree across county road. Deputies, DPS and Fairfield EMS to Streetman area on report of subject at local gas station trying to put gas in vehicle, doesn’t know how to put gas in vehicle. Subject taken to ER where discovered lives out of state and has long history of mental illness/instability. Family contacted , relieved to know whereabouts and makes arrangements to come get. Butler Fire to report of smoke detector that won’t shut off. Fairfield PD to report of visitor invited to stay the night, now won’t leave. Don’t feed em, they’ll leave pretty soon on their own....

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Freestone County Courthouse News

Marriages –Burgess / Drake–Putnam / Conboy–Hall / Hicks–Arevalo / Pablo-Guitierrez–Edwards / Cockerell–McDaniel / Thrash–Manning / Lewis–Johnson / Pfleeger–Fierro / Thomassen–Anderson / Barksdale–Gage / Short–Jones / Bailey–Brooks / Rhodes–Bonner / Rivers-Informal Indictments –Jesse Ray Acreman, W/M, 34, Fairfield, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, OUT ON BOND, Date of Offense:  3-4-16–Christian Adrian Anthony, B/M, 38, Wortham, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Methamphetamine Less than one gram, IN JAIL, Date of Offense:  2-23-16–Reginald Obrian Betts, B/M, 31, Oakwood, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Methamphetamine Less than one gram, BONDED OUT, Date of Offense:  6-18-16–Benjamin Chase Bowden, W/M, 46, Fort Worth, Evading arrest in a Motor Vehicle, IN JAIL, Date of Offense:  5-7-16–Benjamin Chase Bowden, W/M, 46, Fort Worth, Driving While Intoxicated Felony Offense, IN JAIL, Date of Offense:  5-7-16–Tina Brecheen, W/F, 40, Groesbeck, Claiming Lottery Prize by Fraud, OUT ON BOND, Date of Offense:  2-15-16–Christopher William Clem, W/M, 26, Fairfield, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Methamphetamine Less than one gram, BONDED OUT, Date of Offense:  6-18-16–Ricky Elidan Everett, W/M, 44, Buffalo, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Methamphetamine Less than one gram, BONDED OUT, Date of Offense:  5-7-16–Deanne Marie Fisher, W/F, 51, Teague, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Methamphetamine, BONDED OUT, Date of Offense:  3-29-16–William Rosalvo Granillo, W/M, 17, Katy, Possession of Marihuana Five Pounds or less, but more than four ounces,...

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