Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
GrapeNew
CITY VOTES TO RETAIN GARBAGE CONTRACTOR
COUNCIL TO NEGOTIATE ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
WITH GOLDEN ENVIRONMENTAL OF TIFTON
Following months of debate, Tifton City Council voted 3-2 on Monday night to retain Golden Environmental for one year to pick up garbage and waste in the city .

Councilman Frank Sayles Jr. made the motion to negotiate a new one-year contract with Golden to give the city an opportunity to determine the feasibility of taking yard and bulk waste in-house . Councilman Johnny Terrell seconded the motion.

Voting for the motion were Sayles, Terrell and Mayor Julie Smith . Councilmen Jack Folk and Wes Ehlers voted against it.

Folk and Ehlers voted against the motion because they wanted to give Golden Environmental a five-year contract without requiring the company to pick up bulk and yard waste . Folk and Ehlers want the city to handle those duties.

Sayles, Smith and Terrell expressed concerns about the city creating a new department to handle yard waste collection , having to hire personnel and purchase equipment.

"I can't see us spending $600,000 right now for something we may not need ," Sayles said.

Smith added that she has "some heartburn " about the cost of creating a department to pick up yard waste and bulk items.

"I do think we need some evaluation of the cost of the city to provide the service ," Smith said. "It would be questionable if the city could do it as efficiently and effectively as a garbage company ."

Folk and Ehlers said they believe the city could do it less expensively than a third-party company. "There's money in trash ," Folk said. "The department will pay for itself ."
TIFT REGIONAL GETS AN 'A'
IN PATIENT SAFETY
The Leapfrog Group recently awarded Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) an "A" grade for its efforts to keep patients safe from infections, errors and accidents .  

The Leapfrog Group is a national not-for-profit organization that strives for safety, quality and affordability of healthcare by promoting transparency .

The Hospital Safety Score uses evidence-based measures related to patient safety to calculate a numerical score for all eligible U.S. hospitals. The numerical safety score is then converted into a letter grade designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. 

“This 'A' grade from the Leapfrog Group validates achievement in preventing harm within the hospital , and we are proud of our team,” said Dr. Jessica Beier , Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) medical director of quality and safety. “They work hard to foster a safe, compassionate environment of care.  TRMC has received five 'A' grades from Leapfrog in the past three years .”
ABAC SOFTBALL TEAM HEADS
INTO NATIONAL TOURNEY
With a 10-game winning streak , including a sweep of the state tournament , the Golden Fillies of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College tackle the College of Central Florida at 9:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association national softball tournament in St. George, Utah .

“The top seeds have all the pressure ,” ABAC Coach Jennifer Walls said. “We are the underdogs . Let’s go out, upset some teams and have some fun. We just need to build on the momentum of the state tournament.”
ABAC , now 47-14 on the season, enters the double elimination 16-team national tournament as the No. 15 seed. The College of Central Florida is seeded No. 2 Seminole (Okla.) State is the top seed .
Behind the heroics of Taylor Layfield , the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year , ABAC blitzed the state tournament field with wins over East Georgia (2-1), top-seeded Georgia Military (5-3) and then another win over Georgia Military (8-0) in the title game .
Layfield , a freshman from Sylvester , was also named the state tournament MVP . She carries a . 418 batting average with 12 home runs, 39 runs batted in, and an on-base percentage of .517 into national tournament play. As a pitcher , she has a 17-8 record on the mound.
 
ABAC has never won a national fast-pitch title but has three national slow-pitch championships from 1991, 1995 and 1996 .
NANCI BOWEN GOLF TOURNEY
RAISES MORE THAN $35,000
FOR HOSPICE, CANCER PATIENTS
The annual Nanci Bowen Charity Golf Tournament held recently at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton raised more than $35,000 to help meet the special needs of Tift Regional Health System’s hospice and cancer patients

The winning team (from left) was Alan Pate, Jay Mullis, Jody Seagraves and Michael Monahan . Each member of the winning team was awarded a two-night stay and one round of golf at the King and Prince Resort in St. Simon’s Island .
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTING
Georgia Living Senior Home Care
15 Kent Road, Tifton
May 21
THREE ABAC NURSING GRADS
RECEIVE TOP AWARDS
Three nursing graduates from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College received the top awards presented by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the recent nurses’ pinning ceremony .

Sydney Vaughn from Macon received the Carillion Award for the highest grade-point average , Kristia Powell from Tifton ( at right in photo ) received the Clinical Excellence Award from Tift Regional Health System’s Carol Smith , and Andrew Underwood from Moultrie received the Dedication to Nursing Award .

A total of 76 students received associate degree pins, and 11 students received bachelor’s degree pins at the ceremony.
Pacesetter Award recipients include, from left, Hannah King, Dr. Jay Baldwin, Mike Chason, Lynda Fisher, Dr. Erin Campbell and Suzanne Smith.
COLLEGE NEWSPAPER AWARDS 'PACESETTERS'
The student newspaper at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College recently selected 12 individuals on the ABAC campus as recipients of the 2019 Pacesetter Awards .
 
The Stallion newspaper extends Pacesetter recognition annually to outstanding members of the ABAC community who have excelled in scholarship, service and commitment to others. The recipients are chosen by newspaper staff members. 
Pacesetter recipients from the faculty and staff included Dr. Jay Baldwin , assistant professor of communication; Lynda Fisher , alumni director; Suzanne Smith , lecturer of sociology and psychology; Dr. Alan Kramer , assistant dean of students and director of athletics; Dr. Erin Campbell , professor of English, honors and rural studies; and Mike Chason, public relations director emeritus

Chason received a Superior Pacesetter award, presented to one who has already received a Pacesetter award but continues to exemplify leadership and service to the campus.
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