MARCH 9, 2018
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.
ceremony was held at the construction site located off
. The medical center, a
Tift Regional Medical Center
, will be built at 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
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.
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.
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
Wednesday at a
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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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.
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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. ...
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
ALL 'TALK' IN ATLANTA
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's
Tomorrow's Aspiring Leaders: Kids) youth
leadership group visited the
Atlanta last week and had a chance to meet Gov.
Nathan Deal and spend time speaking with area
toured the Capitol as the
Legislature was in session. The
TALK group is composed of
eighth-grade students from
Eighth Street Middle School and
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
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.
will be a beginner's
course, intermediate level
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.
Tiftarea YMCA programs and
underprivileged youth, and the
book fund for
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College nursing students in memory of
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
, an agriculture major from Nashville;
, a core curriculum major from Sumner;
, a core curriculum major from Pelham;
, an agriculture major from Nashville;
, an ABAC alumnus from Tifton;
, a rural studies major from Cochran; and
, 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
YOUNG FARMERS CLUB HOSTING
EASTER EGG HUNT FOR CHILDREN
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
An educational scavenger hunt focusing on agricultural commodities begins the day.
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.
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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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.
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Monty Gaddis, 65, Nashville
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