Knoxville dentist Clarence “Buzz” Nabers has sold his Gay Street building and closed the branch of his practice located there.
Josh Smith, founder and former owner of Master Service Companies, purchased the four-story building in late September for $2.8 million under the LLC Master OZ 300 Gay St.
Around that time, a Knox County Circuit Court judge denied Nabers’ motion to dismiss a proposed $50 million class-action lawsuit, allowing the case against him to move forward to what seems likely be a costly and time-consuming discovery process.
The lawsuit alleges Nabers endangered thousands of his patients by improperly sterilizing dental equipment, potentially exposing them to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Nabers still operates out of his 2061 Thunderhead Road office in West Knoxville.
A different dentist, Ethan Long, has leased the dental office space in the Gay Street building, Smith told Knox News.
Buzz Nabers controversy
Nabers was fined $11,000 in August 2019 and his license placed on probation after the Tennessee Board of Dentistry found he improperly sterilized dental equipment and forged certification documents.
More: Knoxville dentist Buzz Nabers improperly sterilized tools, forged certificates, state says
The investigation found Nabers had dental assistants perform procedures outside their scope of practice, including filling cavities and placing permanent crowns.
The state mandated that Nabers inform patients of the risks associated with some of those improper sterilization techniques. Months later, some patients received unsigned letters from Nabers’ practice stating they could obtain HIV and hepatitis tests if they “would like to be tested.”
More: Buzz Nabers dental patients urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C
Three patients filed a $50 million proposed class-action lawsuit against Nabers.
Though a judge denied the defense’s motion to dismiss the case, the class has not yet been certified. It’s a procedural step in which the judge will decide whether the case can move forward and, if so, how to break up and define the groups of individuals involved.
Smith investing profits of company sale
Smith sold his company, one of the region’s largest residential waterproofing and foundation services providers, for an undisclosed sum in November 2019 and invested $8 million into 4th Purpose Foundation, a prison reform nonprofit he created.
Smith was released from a federal prison camp about 16 years ago and
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TORONTO and HONG KONG, Nov. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reyna Silver Corp. (“Reyna”) announces that further to its news release on October 5, 2020, it has satisfactorily concluded its due diligence, including technical field examination and review of title for the Medicine Springs silver-lead-zinc project (“Medicine Springs”) located in Elko County, Nevada. All conditions to closing of the mineral Property Option and Joint Venture Agreement with Northern Lights Resources Corp. (“NLR”) have successfully been met.
Medicine Springs is a Carbonate Replacement Deposit (CRD) target that comprises 149 unpatented Federal mineral claims covering 1,189 hectares located in the Ruby Mountains Valley just off the famous Carlin Trend. Historic work largely consists of minor artisanal mining (1920s-1950s), tightly-spaced shallow Reverse Circulation drilling focused on blocking out a near-surface oxide-silver resource (1980s-1990s), and subsequent district-scale mapping, sampling and geophysics undertaken by NLR (2000s). NLR has not drilled the property. Reyna is currently developing an exploration program based previous results and recent field observations.
Dr. Peter Megaw, Technical Advisor to Reyna commented, “Medicine Springs ticks the most important boxes we look for in CRD exploration including, location on a large regional structure that hosts significant CRDs, situated at the top of a thick section of structurally-prepared potentially favorable carbonate host rocks, evidence of high silver grades, and widespread, multi-stage alteration. Some of the historic dump and rock chip samples run well over our 400 g/t (12 oz/t) silver threshold and it is quite likely that similar grades were diluted by the Reverse Circulation drilling used historically in the district. We will be drilling core to get a true picture of the clearly structurally-controlled mineralization as we trace it towards its source.”
A finder’s fee will be paid of CAD25,000 plus 5% of any future cash payments to the owner of the Medicine Spring claims.
Please see the Company’s website for additional information regarding Medicine Springs.
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Jorge Ramiro Monroy
Chief Executive Officer
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About Reyna Silver Corp.
Reyna Silver Corp. is a silver exploration company with a robust portfolio of Mexican silver assets. The Company was built around the Guigui and Batopilas Projects, which formed part of MAG Silver’s original IPO portfolio. Reyna’s strategy centers around leveraging its expertise in Mexico to explore projects that have the potential for high-grade, district-scale discoveries.
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Rochelle Chee and her son, Theodore. (Photo: Courtesy of Rochelle Chee)
For months, Rochelle Chee diligently went to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for prenatal checkups.
She knew a midwife and other staff there well and felt confident in the idea of going to the facility to deliver her first baby, who was growing big, in the 90th percentile for his gestational age.
That’s why the Navajo woman was shocked when, at 40 weeks pregnant, she learned the hospital had shut down its obstetrics services with no prior notice.
“I was stressed the whole time as I have been seeing PIMC throughout my whole pregnancy and last minute, I had to go elsewhere,” said Chee, 30. “My baby and I felt abandoned.”
The sudden closure of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center obstetrics, or OB-GYN, services on Aug. 26 has left dozens of expectant moms like Chee scrambling to seek birthing services elsewhere — and some facing unexpected, steep costs. Some say they’ve received conflicting explanations and unclear guidance on what to do next.
The federal Indian Health Service said in an email Friday to Indian Country Today that the closure is temporary and related to “facility infrastructure, equipment and challenges with staffing.” It did not provide a reopening date.
“PIMC is working to resume obstetrical services when they can be provided in a safe environment,” the statement read.
The hospital continues to provide prenatal and gynecologist specialty care, and facilitate care for patients near term, the agency said.
“Patient safety is the highest priority for the Indian Health Service.” It did not answer questions about how it’s advising expectant mothers who rely on its birthing services.
The Phoenix Indian Medical Center, near downtown, provides health care and community health services to more than 140,000 people from the greater Phoenix area. “The tribal identity of eligible beneficiaries receiving care at PIMC is representative of 67 percent of the 573 federally recognized tribes,” its website says.
The hospital operates under the Indian Health Service umbrella, providing care to tribal citizens under a federal obligation to Native people.
It has offered prenatal and birthing services for decades.
The Phoenix Indian Medical Center went weeks without publicly announcing the closure and referred all questions to the Indian Health Service, which did not provide details on how many patients were affected.
However, a source familiar with the hospital’s inner workings said nearly 200 patients have been referred out in recent weeks. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to Indian Country Today only on condition of anonymity.
The decision to close the obstetrics services was abrupt and made by the PIMC Governing Board in response to an internal review that recommended closure due to “unsafe conditions,” the source said.
In its statement, the Indian Health Services noted aging facilities and said its Phoenix area office has started a master planning
Hawaii’s governor has implemented a stay-at-home order and travel restrictions for the island of Lanai beginning Tuesday because of an outbreak of coronavirus infections.
Gov. David Ige signed the order Monday requiring residents and visitors to remain at home or where they’re staying, except for essential purposes such as grocery shopping.Read More
GALLOWAY, NJ — The Galloway Branch of the Atlantic County Library will remain closed until further notice because of coronavirus exposure. Someone who had been in the facility tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials.
The library closed Friday, when the Atlantic County Division of Public Health began contact tracing. Officials instructed employees to self-quarantine and monitor their health.
Anyone identified as a “close contact” with the individual will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, muscle aches and new loss of taste or smell. Unless health officials contact you, you’re not considered a close contact.
Additional deep cleaning and sanitization of the library will occur.
County and health officials remind the public to remain vigilant. The amount of coronavirus cases in the county, state and nation has seen an uptick. New Jersey’s total of 1,994 new cases on Saturday was the highest single-day count reported since May 6.
“We are all concerned about the resilience of this virus and the devastating toll this pandemic has taken,” County Executive Dennis Levinson said in a statement. “Until we have a vaccine and can mitigate the spread of Covid-19, it is vitally important to continue to protect ourselves and others by wearing facemasks, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowds, and practicing frequent handwashing and other hygiene protocols.”
State officials have reported 5,045 cases, 253 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 11 “probable” deaths in Atlantic County since the pandemic began.
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OCEAN CITY, NJ — Here are the latest coronavirus updates around Ocean City and Cape May County.
The Cape May County Health Department reported the following in Ocean City as of Sunday morning — figures from Ocean City Patch’s last update Oct. 15 are in parenthesis.
resident active cases: 19 (11)
residents cleared off quarantine: 112 (98)
community deaths: one (one)
nonresident active cases: zero (one)
longterm-care active cases: zero (zero)
longterm-care cleared off quarantine: five (five)
longterm-care deaths: two (two)
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The CMCHD reported the following county-wide numbers as of Sunday morning:
community resident active cases: 122 (73 on Oct. 15)
community residents cleared off quarantine: 1,130 (1,089)
community deaths: 32 (30)
nonresident active cases: four (nine)
longterm-care active cases: two (two)
longterm-care cleared off quarantine: 188 (188)
longterm-care deaths: 62 (62)
See more data here.
Mobile coronavirus testing will come to Ocean City and Cape May County in the coming months. The county will develop mobile and walk-up testing options for people who have trouble accessing the county’s stationary testing sites. It may take some time though. Cape May County received a $552,513 grant through the New Jersey Department of Health, which the county will use to expand COVID-19 testing over the next six months. MORE.
An employee at the Motor Vehicle Commission Licensing Center in the Cardiff section of town tested positive for the coronavirus, the MVC announced Tuesday evening. The facility will reopen next Wednesday. MORE.
Despite a small bump in coronavirus inpatients, doctors told Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian they are not “overly concerned.” But Gillian said everyone should continue to take precautions. MORE.
Here’s what else you should know:
Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday extended New Jersey’s public health emergency amid the coronavirus crisis for the seventh time as the state reported its highest daily case number in five months. MORE.
Long lines have plagued New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Centers since its reopening in July. Starting Nov. 2, some of the MVC centers will no longer allow walk-ins, shifting to an appointment-only system. MORE.
Murphy has signed four coronavirus bills into law – two dealing with long-term care. MORE.
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NORTH BRANFORD, CT — The Northford Ice Pavilion has made the decision, on the recommendation of the East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD), to temporary close its facility for a week, in light of a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among players, coaches and their family members associated to the sport of ice hockey locally and throughout Connecticut, officials announced Sunday.
The local public health department reports that cases of Covid-19 connected to ice hockey have been happening sporadically in the last eight weeks and there was a sudden increase over the past few weeks with over 20 positive cases related to ice hockey.
In addition, as recommended by the CDC and State Public Health Department, there are a number of persons in quarantine. Michael Pascucilla, the Director of Health and health department staff met virtually with the operators of the rink on Friday and it was mutually agreed that the facility should temporarily pause all ice hockey activities.
Pascucilla “expressed his sincere thanks to the Northford Ice Pavilion operators for their proactive leadership in protecting the ice hockey sporting community and the local residents of North Branford and the surrounding towns.”
Rink Manager, Bill Maniscalco stated “that it’s important that the Northford Ice Pavilion do its part to keep the skating community and staff protected with the increase of cases. The reopening of the ice rinks will be revisited as cases subside. Hopefully we can return to normal soon, but in the meantime, we ask that people remain safe and vigilant”.
It should also be noted these sport precautional measures are being implemented in other states, most recently in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
ESDHD wants to inform all residents that our local COVID-19 infection rates have significantly increased, and we want to reminder everyone to be diligent in taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves, their families and our community, these include:
Staying home if you are sick except to get medical care.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Washing your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
Wearing a face mask or covering when around others.
Keeping a social distance of 6 feet or more from others.
If you do become ill, immediately call your doctor.
Avoid large gatherings and social events
For the most current updates and recommendations, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For general questions, please call 2-1-1.
Symptoms of COVID-19. include fever, uncontrolled new cough, difficulty breathing and loss of taste or smell. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.
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Dorchester County School Superintendent W. David Bromwell said about 20 percent of the school system’s 4,700 students were on campus part time — a number slated to more than double next week under a hybrid-learning plan for pre-K to grade 12.
“We were doing well and moving slowly,” he said. But a sudden spike in the prevalence of the coronavirus brought the plan to a halt.
The test-positivity rate jumped from 2.9 percent to 6.1 percent in a eight-day period, said Dorchester County Health Officer Roger Harrell.
Coronavirus cases have not spread in schools, school and health officials said. They called the closure a cautionary measure taken to prevent a school outbreak.
“The scary part is how quickly it flipped, and it seemed to be growing exponentially,” Bromwell said. “It just appears that it’s hitting rural America.”
The sharp increase has not been traced to a particular event or outbreak in any part of the county and has affected people across age levels, Harrell said. The county includes the city of Cambridge, amid an expanse of farmland and waterways.
“We’ve not really figured out why,” he said. “I wish we had the magic answer, but we don’t have it yet.”
It will take at least two weeks of consistently lower positivity rates before schools can reopen, officials said.
At that point, Thanksgiving — and the possibility of spread during family get-togethers — may be around the corner and “certainly a concern,” Bromwell said.
“It kind of takes the wind out of your sails,” he said. “You start to get the impression that you’re returning to normalcy, and then . . . it takes the wind out of you.”
In recent months, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and State Superintendent Karen Salmon have visited schools around the state, lauding efforts to revive classroom instruction. Hogan said in late August that school systems were fully authorized to begin safely reopening for in-person classes, based on improving health metrics.
Nineteen of the state’s 24 school systems have opened school buildings to students to some extent this fall, state officials said Friday.
Hogan’s office issued a statement Friday saying Dorchester’s approach is consistent with data-driven health metrics provided by the state.
“The recent rise in the county’s positivity rate is connected to a small number of family clusters, which is in line with trends we are seeing statewide,” spokesman Mike Ricci said.
Salmon called the changes in Dorchester “an example of the metrics being utilized to inform health-based decisions at the local level,” according to a statement provided by the Maryland Department of Health.
Dorchester opened Sept. 8 and soon brought back seniors in career programs and later students with special needs. More recently, it embarked on a hybrid approach that combined online and in-person learning for students in pre-K, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade.
Since schools opened, nine people related to schools in Dorchester have tested positive: four students, all teenagers, and five employees, only some of whom worked in school buildings.
BANGKOK — Thailand has closed all border crossings between its northern province of Tak and Myanmar after five people in the Thai border town of Mae Sot tested positive for the coronavirus.
The five, none of whom exhibited symptoms, are the first locally transmitted cases confirmed in Thailand since early September, when a prison inmate tested positive.… Read More
BRUSSELS (AP) — Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Belgian government on Friday announced new restrictions to try to hold the disease in check, including a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants for a month.
The measures are set to enter force from Monday. The curfew will be enforced from midnight until 5:00 a.m. Alcohol sales will be banned after 8:00 p.m. The number of people that Belgians should see socially outside family members will be reduced from three to a maximum of just one — all month.Read More