Friday, June 26, 2020
Tifton, Georgia
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NURSE PRACTITIONER LEAVES SOUTHWELL AFTER MAKING 'RACIST' COMMENTS
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine
A nurse practitioner with Tift Regional Medical Center is no longer employed there after posting controversial comments on social media that were called racist and shared online across the country.

“In response to those who have shared concerns about a social media post by a Southwell employee , please be assured that the views of this individual do not represent my personal views or the views of Southwell," Christopher Dorman , president & CEO, said in a statement.

Tift Regional is part of Southwell health system.

" It is our mission to care for the health needs of our patients and the communities we serve – and it is our commitment to do so with kindness and respect for all. We do not tolerate discrimination – period. We take all allegations of wrongdoing seriously and will swiftly review and address any such accusations in an appropriate manner," Dorman said.

Later on Thursday , Dorman said, "This individual does not represent the views of Southwell and is no longer affiliated with our organization.”

In his post, the nurse practitioner said, in part: “This Black Lives Matter sh*t needs to stop. All this has done is to legalize looting and racism on their behalf. .... What needs to happen is for true Americans to meet up with these pieces of sh*t and show them that they don’t matter. ... This so-called movement for injustice is a crock of sh*t . ... If they feel they are unhappy with this country, they can always leave. That’s right, they don’t want to give up their welfare or food stamps , so they want (sic) leave because then they might have to work."

The social media post was later taken down but not before screenshots of it were shared across the internet.

Among the hundreds of comments reacting to the post on social media, one person asked: "If he feels this way, how can we know he is truly doing what’s best for an African-American patient?"

The Tifton Grapevine’ s attempts to reach the nurse practitioner for comment were unsuccessful Thursday .
DPH CONFIRMS CASES OF MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES
The Ga. Department of Public Health (DPH) South Health District reports two confirmed reports of West Nile Virus through mosquito testing and one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis within the South Georgia district.

The West Nile Virus was found in Lowndes County and the case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis involves an emu in Lanier County.

Public health officials are encouraging South Georgians to take precautions whenever outdoors to guard against mosquito-borne illnesses.

“While we see reports of mosquito-borne illnesses each year, it’s crucial for us to remember the importance of preventing mosquito bites whenever possible,” said Dr. William Grow , district health director.

“Although most people may not get sick after being bit by a mosquito , some people do develop a mild illness, and on rare occasions, some develop a severe or long-term illness. Severe cases of mosquito-borne illness can be life threatening.”

Tips to prevent mosquito bites are:
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin and/or clothing.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits.
  • Have secure, intact screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water.
SO WHY DID THE GATOR CROSS THE ROAD?
A Ga. Department of Transportation (DOT) crew in Wilcox County spotted this gator crossing State Road 11 this week.

The work crew flagged traffic to let the gator safely cross the road.

"An animal on a roadway can be a hazard if a driver hits it or swerves to avoid it," the DOT said.

"Our employees are always happy to help keep Southwest Georgia residents safe – even those with four legs."

The photo was taken by chief DOT gator spotter Dylan Jackson .
'PIPPIN' IN THE PARK THIS WEEKEND
The Tift Community Players are presenting the Broadway musical "Pippin" as a special outdoor experience today ( Friday, June 26 ) and Saturday (June 27) .

The free performances begin at 7 p.m. each night on the Syd Blackmarr Stage at Tifton's Fulwood Park .

Audience members are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets and to follow guidelines for social distancing on the lawn.
ROTARY CLUB ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
FOR ABAC SCHOLARSHIPS
It is time to apply for the  Rotary Club of Tifton's  Past District Governor Scholarships for freshmen   at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 

The  Rotary Club  plans to award  $1,000 scholarships  to ABAC students   in honor of the club's past Rotary District governors –  Leon Benefield, David Bedell, Pete Donaldson and Lamar Branc h.

Criteria  for the awards include   past community service, economic need and academic scholarship. Applicants must submit   an essay   detailing how their educational goals match Rotary's commitment to  "Service Above Self."

The application  deadline  is  July 15 ; applications   may be obtained by  contacting  Scholarship Chairman  Jeff Gibbs  at  jeffgibbs1206@gmail.com
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LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE
As of Thursday, June 25, according to the Ga. Department of Public Health:

  • Tift County had 642 positive cases of COVID-19, an increase of 180 cases in one week. The current number represents 1,572 cases per 100,000 population. Tift also had 25 deaths as of Thursday – two more than a week ago – and a total of 94 hospitalizations, up by 11.

  • The state of Georgia had 71,095 confirmed cases, up by 10,183 in a week; 2,745 deaths, up by 140; and 10,457 hospitalizations, an increase of 794 in the past week.
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 Irwinville

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