Do you agree or disagree with Scott County Commission's refusal to remove a two-year clause regarding the local hospital from its asset purchase agreement with S.M. Promen? Independent Herald readers sound off:

Disagree. We need a hospital and we will have to bend and take a risk to get it back.
Matthew L.

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Agree! He (Irving Sawyers Jr.) told us back in July his funds and investors were in place. This Promen outfit has boldly lied to our face. Send ‘em packing.  Everybody should understand that the county is not in the health care business. They have agreed to give the building away to Promen already.
Greasey G.

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I think the county needs to stop being greedy and let a hospital come in here. Let someone manage it who knows how. Run the county, but don’t run it into the ground.
Karen G.

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We just need a hospital in this county, bottom line. Whatever it takes to get one here.
Kimberly B.

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It sounds like the deal was originally for the company to get the hospital property for free as long as they continued to operate it as a hospital for a couple of years. Then the company wanted to change that so they could still get the hospital property for free but weren’t obligated to run it as a hospital. Sounds like the commission did the right thing.
Glen H.

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The county has to have some protection! Sounds like Mr. Sawyers is trying to back away from his commitments.
Jeri L.

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I agree. Knoxville, with A+ care, it seems like you’re going to keep getting our business. And E-911, you’re doing a great job. We don’t need an “emergency room.” We need a hospital.
Jean J.

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I think the county needs to sell the hosital building and let someone operate it who knows how to operate a hospital. The county has no business being in the health care business. I remember back in the ‘80s, Fentress County sold their hospital before it ended up closing, and look at it now. It has more than doubled in size, they have doctors and specialists, and now it is a regional center.
Robert C.

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I appreciate the county commission and county mayor for making some tough decisions. Not everyone may agree on their decisions but they are trying to see the whole picture and make the best decisions. I’m disappointed with S.M. Promen for not having their investors in place and the money in hand before committing to the county. To simply give the hospital to them without a commitment that they will operate it as a hospital bothers me. The county had nothing to gain by hanging onto it or letting it go. But no one should get something for free without a simple commitment. I appreciate the county mayor and county commission for holding their ground to make sure that a hospital will be in our future.
Brandon H.

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Apparently, not a lot of investigating of this wonderful company was done. Fact of the matter is, Scott County is no closer to getting the hospital back open than it was when S.M. Promen was agreed upon last year. That is sad for the people of this county.
Roger W.

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  1. In casual reading it sounds like Promen wanted to take an county asset and leverage it before mothballing the project. These types of deals are highly questionable as to tracking the money trail. If you have a failure plan then one could say you have a plan to fail. I agree that Scott County needs a real hospital ran by a caring staff that wants to be here for the long run. What an opportunity for a real company to get a facility for free in an area that has no competitors. With the recent changes in health care laws a hopsital should be a very profitable venture and raising 3 million to operate it should not be a major roadblock for a true hospital management company.

    I applaud Scott County elected officals for not caving to the pressure by Promen yet question why we do not have a plan B in the works already. Go on the internet and search for S.M. Promen and see what you find!