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Medical examiner, forensic services approved by commission

Following a review of other options, Washington County commissioners approved a new agreement with East Tennessee State University to provide medical examiner and death investigator services.

While Mayor Dan Eldridge’s appointment of Dr. Karen Cline-Parhamovich as the new medical examiner preceded the resolution for the agreement on the agenda, Commissioner Matthew Morris made a motion to lay the issue on the table until a discussion of the contract with ETSU was held. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Robbie Tester and passed with unanimous approval.

“Basically, what we’re doing is entering a new agreement with ETSU for forensic services, and we’re amending tonight how we pay for it,” Eldridge said during the Sept. 22 commission meeting. More...

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