Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
The OASIS Recovery Community Organization is celebrating its  grand opening at 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 , at its center located at 902 S. Main St. between the Shady Lane drive-in and Short & Paulk Supply Co. in Tifton .

Attendees may tour the center, enjoy refreshments , and enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card

" Addiction is a very real problem in our community and affects everyone regardless of age, nationality, religion or race," said Judge Herbert W. Benson , Tift County state court judge.

"A local 35-year-old father died from an overdose this past weekend. But recovery is possible , and OASIS can play an important role in someone’s recovery. This is your opportunity to find out what's happening at OASIS. Mark your calendars for Thursday afternoon. I hope to see you there."

OASIS stands for "Overcoming Addiction through Sobriety, Information and Support." It is a Recovery Community Organization , which will be a resource hub providing services outside of what counseling services or detox centers can do.

The center can host professional development workshops such as resume building or interview skills. It can help with getting people back in school to get their GED or with paperwork to get financial aid for  college .

At a  symposium in support of OASIS last year Neil Campbell  with the  Georgia Council on Substance Abuse  told the audience that  three to four  people  die  of  substance abuse  each  day  in  Georgia .   

"Our courts can only help those individuals who are facing  criminal charges  related to their addiction," Judge Benson said. "We cannot address the  needs  of those individuals and their families who are living with the pain of addiction  but have  not broken the law . Therein lies the  need for RCOs ."

The judge said an RCO is whatever a community wants it to be; it is specific to the  needs  of a individual community  and the  goals  that that community wants to  achieve .

For information , call Benson at 229-392-6000 .
Rush Propst , Colquitt County High's nationally renowned head football coach , has been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation into personnel issues , says School Superintendent Doug Howell .

Propst , 61, was placed on administrative leave at 9 a.m. Tuesday . The school system would not comment on the nature of the investigation . Propst, who has been the Packers' head football coach since 2008 , has a 119-35 record at the school and led his teams to two Georgia state championship tiles and to the state title game five times .

Before coming to Moultrie , Propst got national attention as coach at Hoover High in Alabama , where he won five state championships and was seen on the MTV cable TV series “Two-a-Days” which followed his teams during the 2005 and 2006 football seasons.

Propst has been the center of controversy before. In 2015 , he faced a one-year suspension for head-butting a player on the Packers sidelines , but instead received a reprimand (as well as a bloody forehead, as seen in the photo above.) At Hoover , his use of an ineligible player forced his team to forfeit four games one season.
The STAR students and teachers from Tift County High School and Tiftarea Academy were honored during the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's February membership meeting Thursday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture .

In the top photo, Tift County High senior  Maylla Patrick  and her STAR teacher  Debbie Salter  were recognized while, in photo below , Tiftarea senior  Samuel Cook  and his STAR teacher  David Dark were honored.

They were joined by family members, school officials and Chamber representatives, as well as  Patricia Brooks  of Synovus,  and  Chandler Day  and  Alex Le  of Tift Regional Health Systems . Synovus rewarded each student with a $50 check; Tift Regional provided plaques .

Patrick is the daughter of Macie Rutherford , and Cook is the son of Drs. Han k and Leah Cook . Both students will compete for region-wide honors next month.
Dr. Tami Dennis uses video conferencing technology to answer questions from ABAC online student Allison Whitaker at Grady General Hospital in Cairo.
Six rural hospitals are using grants to install mobile video carts to assist nurses enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) online program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College .

“Despite the popularity, online teaching and learning sometimes present challenges,” says Dr. Jaibun Earp , dean of the ABAC School of Nursing and Health Sciences . “Using this dedicated video conferencing technology in the classroom increases faculty-student interaction and social presence which improves student learning outcomes.” 

Troy Spicer , director of the ABAC Health Center , says visuals make a difference.

“Putting a face with a name goes a long way in today’s digital world ,” Spicer said. “Making a connection with students in an online program, especially one as rigorous as nursing, can lead to increased student success.” 

Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Services/Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant, Spicer seized the opportunity to provide dedicated video conferencing mobile video carts at Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla , Miller County Hospital in Colquitt , Phoebe Worth Medical Center in Sylvester , Brooks County Hospital in Quitman , Grady General Hospital in Cairo and Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert to allow employees interested in working on the online BSN degree at ABAC to have face-to-face conversations. 

“The employees in the program can use the video conferencing hardware to allow for video calls so the employees can speak with faculty, get answers to questions, conduct informational/orientation sessions, and hold advising sessions,” Spicer said. “The application also allows for sharing content and video via high-resolution cameras .” 

Dr. Tami Dennis , coordinator of ABAC’s online RN-BSN program, recently made use of the technology with BSN online student Allison Whitaker at Grady General . Even though Whitaker is not a Grady General employee, the administration there offered use of the space and the video system to others in the community who are pursuing the BSN degree.

“Rather than Skyping from her home , Allison now meets other nurses at Grady General when she’s online to ABAC ,” Dennis said. “When she needs to reach out to her ABAC nursing faculty advisor , she has access to the board room at Grady General, which allows her to develop a relationship and have a presence there prior to completing her bachelor’s degree .”
Reinke Manufacturing Co. recently announced that it is opening an expanded parts distribution center in Tifton . The facility will serve agricultural growers in the Southeast and Northeast regions of the United States.

The distribution center will give Reinke dealers the ability to deliver state-of-the-art irrigation technology and equipment to farmers faster than ever before.

​​“ Increasing the responsiveness of the Reinke dealer network is our goal,” said Mark Mesloh , vice president of sales for North America.

“By expanding what this facility offers, we are now able to provide parts to these regions without waiting for them to ship from our manufacturing center. This will make it easier for farmers to get the equipment they need to help improve their crop yields faster.”
Reinke operates two other distribution centers in the U.S. – one in Amarillo, Texas , serving the Southwest , and the other in Burley, Idaho , serving the Northwest .
“I’m really excited about having the distribution center here in the Southeast . The dealers in the Southeast have grown our market share significantly,” said Mike Mills , Southeast territory manager.

Reinke Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems .
Penny Peters , center, is the new chair of the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation board of directors. She succeeds past Chairman Frank Sayles Jr. , left. Frankie Mathis , right, is the new vice-chair of the foundation board. The library foundation raises money for the library and funds various programs and materials for the community through the public library .
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