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MARCH 9, 2018
Tifton, Georgia

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TIFT REGIONAL
BREAKS GROUND
IN COOK COUNTY

Tift Regional Health System, the Adel-Cook County Tourism Authority and Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce broke ground Thursday for a new $40 million Cook Medical Center.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the construction site located off  Exit 37 on
TRHS CEO Chris Dorman at the groundbreaking.
  Interstate 75 in Cook County. The medical center, a campus of Tift Regional Medical Center, will be built at the  former location of the  Georgia Forestry Commission.

The 120,000-square-foot facility will include 20 hospital beds (18 private rooms; two semi-private rooms) and 95 nursing home beds (87 private rooms; eight semi-private rooms). Construction is expected to be completed in September 2019

"We recognize the diligent work it has taken from many groups  and individuals to officially begin  construction on this project. The current and future residents of  Adel and  Cook County can now feel secure that they have a facility to serve as an invaluable resource to receive outstanding patient care for years to come," said  Christopher K. Dorman, president/CEO of Tift Regional Health System.

The  replacement facility for Cook Medical Center will mirror the same services that are offered at the current facility, including acute in-patient care, medical imaging, laboratory services, rehabilitation, endoscopy, sleep center, geriatric psychiatric care at the  Sylvia Barr Center, as well as skilled nursing care at  Cook Senior Living Center
Artist rendering of the new Cook Medical Center.

The current primary care clinics,  Cook Family Wellness Center and  Cook Primary Care will also have a new building housed at the replacement facility. Enhanced services will include an out-patient surgical suite. Potential surgical specialties include gastroenterology, general surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedics and podiatry.

Cook County has committed $12.5 million toward the $40 million project. The  Hospital Authority of Tift County will cover the remaining balance with a USDA rural development loan. About  50 additional jobs are expected to be created.


Brian Marlowe, left, Tift Chamber CEO and Development Authority director, with American Textile Co. Executive Chairman Jack Ouellette at the grand opening ceremony.

AMERICAN TEXTILE OPENS
EXPANSION IN TIFTON

American Textile Co. formally opened its latest Tifton expansion Wednesday at a ceremony with corporate and local officials.

The Pennsylvania-based company is the leading supplier of quality mattress protectors, pillow protectors, bed pillows, comforters and mattress pads to large and small retailers in the United States and Canada.

American Textile Co. officials in Tifton present a $35,000 check to local school representatives for the Tift County College & Career Academy. Georgia  College and Career Academies partner school systems with technical colleges, other post-secondary institutions and local businesses to give high school students hands-on workforce experience and training in high-demand jobs. Tift School Superintendent Patrick Atwater is at the left of the check in the photo. To the left of him is Tift County High Principal Kim Seigler. Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce representatives also joined in the presentation.


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JUST PEACHY!
Tift County Choral Department Hosts
2nd Annual Peach State Invitational

Cue the music and the lights! The Tift County Choral Department is hosting its second annual Peach State Invitational show choir competition this weekend at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center. 

Tifton residents have become accustomed to seeing award-winning performances from the local show choir groups, but this event allows music fans to enjoy award-winning performances from 29 groups from six Southeastern states

The two-day event begins at 6 p.m. today (Friday) with the Middle School Division competition featuring five middle school show choirs and an exhibition performance by our Tifton's Eighth Street Middle School "One Voice" show choir. 

The competition continues Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. and includes groups competing in the Unisex Division, the Small Mixed Division and the Championship Division. 

In addition, all three local high school show choirs -- Ninth Harmony, Ladies' Choice, and Eighth Street Singing Company -- will give exhibition performances. An added bonus, Belmont University's Company will perform Saturday night

Tickets are $7 for Friday night's middle school competition and $10 for Saturday's all-day high school competition, and they may be purchased at the door. 

For information, email Donalyn Garrick at dgarrick@tiftschools.com


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QUARTER CENTURY OF SAFE DRIVING:  Jerald Johnson of Tifton has been recognized as one of 39 UPS elite drivers in Georgia inducted this year to its worldwide Circle of Honor for at least 25 years of accident-free driving Globally, 10,504 UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively, they've racked up 257,221 years and nearly 14 billion safe miles
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during their careers -- that's enough miles to travel to the moon and back almost 29,000 times. ...  FROM OXFORD TO ABAC:  Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is hosting a professor with a Ph.D. from Oxford University in England. Dr. Marina G. Smitherman is an award-winning teacher who is coming to talk to ABAC faculty on March 13 about teaching and research, recommending how to create a high-quality student research experience. ...   DANCING  O' THE GREEN Tifton's Leroy Rogers Senior Center is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a senior dance Friday, March 16 All dancers are asked to bring a food dish. Doors open at 6 p.m. dining at 7 p.m., and dancing 8-11 p.m.  Everyone is asked to wear green .



ALL 'TALK' IN ATLANTA

The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's TALK ( Tomorrow's Aspiring Leaders: Kids) youth leadership group visited the Capitol in Atlanta last week and had a chance to meet Gov. Nathan Deal and spend time speaking with area legislators.

They also toured the Capitol as the Legislature was in session. The TALK group is composed of eighth-grade students from Eighth Street Middle School and Tiftarea Academy.

With the TALK group are, from left at front, are Tift Chamber CEO Brian Marlowe; state Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville; Gov. Deal; Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus; and Rep. Clay Pirkle, R-Ashburn. 

TOUR de TIFTON BIKE RIDE SET APRIL 14

The Tiftarea YMCA's 9th Annual Tour de Tifton/Ilse Boyette Memorial Charity Bike Ride is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14

The ride begins and ends at the TIftarea YMCA Hunt Park on 1823 Westover Road. There will be a beginner's 11-mile course, intermediate level 25- and 45-mile, and 62- and 100-mile century routes for advanced riders.
 
All individual pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt. Family registrants will receive one T-shirt per family. Participants completing either of the century courses will receive a special gift. Lunch will be provided.
 
Proceeds benefit Tiftarea YMCA programs and scholarships for underprivileged youth, and the book fund for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College nursing students in memory of Ilse Boyette.
 
For information, call the Tiftarea YMCA, 229-391-9622, or email dpeavy@tiftareaymca.org



DINNER THEATRE  MUSICAL CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND

A dinner theatre musical has two more performances at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture.

The Baldwin Players of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is performing "I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!" today and Saturday, March 9 and 10, in the museum's conference room. The buffet dinner at 6 p.m. includes a choice of beef or chicken and a variety of sides and dessert. Show-only tickets are available with seating beginning at 6:50 p.m.
 
Cast members include Reese Johnson , an agriculture major from Nashville; Jannah Zinkler , a core curriculum major from Sumner; Jeffrey Murray , a core curriculum major from Pelham; Hannah Exum , an agriculture major from Nashville; Patrick Ireland , an ABAC alumnus from Tifton; Hannah Moseley , a rural studies major from Cochran; and Mikayla Crenshaw , an agricultural education major from Milton.

The musical is about marriage with all its ups and downs, following the lives of a couple from their wedding day in 1895 to 1945.

For information, contact Dr. Brian Ray at 229-391-4969 or at  bray@abac.edu

 

YOUNG FARMERS CLUB HOSTING
EASTER EGG HUNT FOR CHILDREN

The  Young Farmers Club at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is sponsoring a community Easter Egg Hunt for children beginning at 9 a.m. this Saturday, March 10, at the ABAC  Lakeside Lawn

An educational scavenger hunt focusing on agricultural commodities begins the day.
Easter Eggs
Children will visit information booths from campus organizations where they will get individual cards stamped for each booth they visit.

"Elementary schools usually do not place emphasis on agricultural education," said Sadie Hobbs, Young Farmers secretary. "Our goal is to show children how agriculture plays a significant role in their daily lives."

After the scavenger hunt, children get a light meal followed by an egg hunt for those who receive the proper number of stamps on their cards. Individual egg hunts will occur for pee-wee, elementary and middle school ages. 

For information or to RSVP , contact Suzanne Bentley  at 229-391-4815 or sbentley@abac.edu

Tiftarea Academy's region champions Audrey Young and Natalie Yaeger.

TIFTAREA ACADEMY LITERARY TEAM
PLACES AT REGION;
STUDENTS TO COMPETE AT STATE

Tiftarea Academy's Literary Team tied for first runner-up with Deerfield Windsor School for the overall team trophy at recent region competition. Tiftarea Academy students will fill seven slots at the state competition on March 20

The team consists of Bret Bernard, Mia Savelli, Natalie Yaeger, Anna Cook, Sarah Hutto, Haynes Sharpe, Maddie Slade, Haley Roberson, Sellers Veazey, Noah Yaeger and Audrey Young. 

Natalie Yaeger and Audrey Young won region in their categories. Playing classical pieces by Beethoven and MacDowell, Young won first in piano for Region 3-AAA. Natalie Yaeger won first in humorous oral interpretation and second in rhetorical essay

Also placing second in region were Bret Bernard in extemporaneous speaking, and Sarah Hutto and Haynes Sharpe in dramatic duo for oral interpretation. Sellers Veazey won second place in impromptu speaking, a new category added to the competition this year that requires participants to develop a speech in less than two minutes and deliver it without using notes.

The state competition will be held at Gordon State College on March 20

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YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, MARCH 9
  • Peach State Invitational show choir competition, 6 p.m., Performing Arts Center, TCHS, Tifton
  • 'I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!' dinner theatre, 6 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton

SATURDAY, MARCH 10
  • Rummage Sale, 7 a.m.-Noon, Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church, Tifton
  • Community Care Day, 9 a.m.-Noon, Tift County Recreation Department, Victory Drive, Tifton
  • Easter Egg Hunt by ABAC Young Farmers Club, 9 a.m., Lakeside Lawn, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton
  • Peach State Invitational show choir competition, 9:30 a.m., Performing Arts Center, TCHS, Tifton
  • Kids at Art: Van Gogh (ages 7-12), 10 a.m.-Noon, Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
  • Awaken the Vision, (vision for new Awaken Church), 5:30 p.m., Annie Belle Clark Primary School, Tifton

SUNDAY, MARCH 11
  • Daylight Savings Time begins, 2 a.m.

 

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

MARCH 1
Juanita Sumner McAllister, 88, Tifton
Shirley Ann Spradlin Tawzer, 74, Tifton
Leila Mildred Young Booth, 83, Tifton
Daniel "DC" Curry, 34, Sylvester

MARCH 2
Shirley Jean Peterman Flynt, 78, Tifton
Martha Wiley Warner, 70, Bush, La., formerly of Ty Ty
Mike Howell, 52, Fitzgerald
Hilda Crosby Rice, 81, Adel

MARCH 3
Charles Bernard Clyatt, 81, Tifton
Geneva Brown Jenkins, 90, Sylvester
Patricia Ann Kirkland, 66, Nashville
Edna Jones, 72, Quitman

MARCH 4
Jack Leonard Lee, 83, St. Augustine, Fla.

MARCH 5
Henry Allen, 88, Sparks
Willie "Billie" Jean Dukes, 84, Quitman

MARCH 6
Dr. Robert Lee "Bob" Coleman, 92, Tifton
Marie Ellis Hayes Ayscue, 92, Tifton
Edith Williamson James, 71, Rochelle
Ellen Edwards, 93, Ocilla
Monty Gaddis, 65, Nashville

MARCH 8
Willine P. Young, 90, Wray
Ronnie W. Burnette, 67, Fitzgerald



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