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Carrie Teegardin

Investigative Reporter

Carrie Teegardin is on the investigative team. She is a graduate of Duke University and has won numerous national journalism awards.

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Latest from Carrie Teegardin

Georgia traffic courts taking a bite out of tax refunds
Drivers who don’t pay traffic tickets or other fines may find reduced state income tax refunds. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

4:21 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Georgia courts have a new tool for collecting cash: taking a bite out of your tax refund. A state law enacted in 2014 allows courts to intercept the state income tax refunds of people who haven’t paid traffic tickets or other court fines. The court gets the money owed, while ...
Friends, family remember Grady High School freshman hit by car, killed
Alexia Hyneman’s friends and family gathered Saturday for a vigil near the site of the accident that killed the Grady High School student. CARRIE TEEGARDIN / CARRIE.TEEGARDIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 4:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

Carrying flowers and stuffed animals, the family and friends of Grady High School freshman Alexia Hyneman gathered Saturday at the site of the accident that took her life. Hyneman, 14, was riding her bike home from a school theater performance on Thursday night when, according to Atlanta police, she “proceeded ...
Rural hospital’s bet on car dealer goes bust
To fix the finances of Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville, Georgia, voters will have to approve a tax increase.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

A struggling hospital in this rural Georgia town embarked on a bold experiment a few years back, tapping the local Ford dealer to run its 54-bed facility. The bet was that his business savvy and ties with Duke University would save the hospital from financial ruin. The experiment failed. Eight ...
Thankful and thriving: Georgia drug court grads flourish
Charlotte Whitlock, shown in her G.E.D prep class at Literary Action, graduated from drug court after years of drug use and homelessness. She’s done very well since and has been enrolled in GED classes at Literacy Action in Atlanta. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Charlotte Whitlock looked perfectly at home mingling with Atlanta’s movers-and-shakers. She was a highlighted speaker this month at a white-tablecloth breakfast event held on the 49th floor of a Peachtree Street skyscraper. As this polished woman confidently and warmly addressed the crowd, it was hard to imagine that for 15 ...
Georgia leads nation in probation
Vera Cheeks was placed on probation because she couldn’t pay the $135 fine for a stop sign violation. The added fees boosted the cost of her punishment to $267.

12:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Georgia leads the nation in placing its citizens on probation, a distinction that is now being studied by the state’s criminal justice reform experts. Georgia’s probation population at the end of last year was 471,067, according to statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. In spite of ...
Atlantans in Paris: Tension, fear, silence in the streets, and a very long walk
Nov. 14, 2015 Atlanta — Will Bogle (right) and his wife Rebecca Hill-Bogle talk about their experience in Paris, France after exiting customs in the international terminal of the Hartfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Saturday, November 14, 2015. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

9:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

Will and Rebecca Bogle couldn’t find a cab. Their server at the restaurant had said the explosions were about 10 minutes away. Rebecca is six months pregnant, and they had no way back to the hotel. Bogle’s cell signal was fading in and out. The couple from Macon, in Paris ...
Passengers arrive at Atlanta airport safely after Paris ordeal
Nov. 14, 2015 Atlanta — Will Bogle (center left) and his wife Rebecca Hill-Bogle (left) exit customs in the international terminal of the Hartfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The couple was returning home from Paris, France. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

2:38 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

Travelers arriving in Atlanta from Paris on Saturday afternoon described extraordinary long lines in Paris to get through security. Claudio Merloni, who lives in Paris and was arriving in Atlanta for business, said it took more than two hours to go through a security line that usually takes him 10 ...
Cancer hospital’s expansion bid thwarted again
Cancer Treatment Centers of American at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan

5:55 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

After two months of intense lobbying by rivals, the battle over a private cancer hospital’s bid to expand its Georgia patient base will shift back to what will likely be an unfriendly General Assembly. Department of Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese on Thursday tabled a rule change that would have ...
Hospitals to pay $118 million on accusations of paying doctors to order more tests

7:56 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Adventist Health System has agreed to pay $118.7 million to settle whistle-blower lawsuits that accused the hospital chain of making illegal payments to doctors in exchange for referrals. Florida-based Adventist Health has 44 hospitals in 10 states, including 2 in Georgia. Adventist paid bonuses to doctors based on a formula ...
Lawmakers not happy about cancer center rule change
Governor Nathan Deal (center) smiles after he cut the ribbon with a patient, CTCA officials, friends and family members during the unveiling of an expansion at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America facility in Newnan in 2014. CTCA officials hosted a fund-raiser that day for the governor, who was running for re-election. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

6:33 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Some state lawmakers are hot over what they see as a bureaucratic end-run by a politically connected cancer treatment company hoping to gain access to more insured patients from Georgia. Now there is talk of special legislative committee meetings and lawsuits to stop Cancer Treatment Centers of America from getting ...

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