Roane General Hospital Board member Richard "Dick" Bowlby has been relieved of battery charges brought against him by Spencer resident E. Don Yoak. The charges resulted from an alleged grabbing and shoving match which happened during an official board meeting of Roane General Hospital last September.

WVRC Radio said the men entered into pre trail motions a month ago, which resulted in the case being dismissed. Magistrate Denver Gandee, Jr. confirmed the charges have been dropped.

The incident sprung from a disagreement Yoak and a local group was having with the board. It centered on a management contract the local hospital had with Charleston Area Medical Center, which has since been canceled.

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