Issue 14.60 | Oct. 24, 2014
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Oct. 24, 2014 -- Jackson EMC has donated $50,000 to the Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) Foundation to help fund a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Gwinnett Women's Pavilion at GMC-Lawrenceville.
Cathie Brazell, assistant vice president of clinical operations and women's pavilion director of the Medical Center, says: "As a non-profit organization, GMC is able to provide new technology and expanded services at an accelerated pace through generous donations such as this from Jackson EMC. Our NICU provides services to about ten counties including Jackson, Barrow, Clarke and others that are also serviced by the organization."
The NICU, started in 1988, is a 24-bed unit caring for all high-risk newborns and is staffed by four board-certified neonatologists, five neonatal nurse practitioners and about 110 neonatal nurses, among other professionals. The NICU is equipped with highly-specialized medical devices to treat some of the hospital's sickest patients who struggle with issues like blindness, infections, and brain bleeds. In fact, care for a premature infant is 10 times the cost to care for a healthy infant.
Jackson EMC president/CEO Chip Jakins says: "Providing the proper care upfront to these very sick infants allows them to establish a healthy foundation at the earliest point in their fragile life. Each healthy baby that leaves the NICU is a testament to the commitment of the NICU staff at the Gwinnett Women's Pavilion."
The Jackson EMC donation comes from margin refunds that have been unclaimed by the electric cooperative's members. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia electric cooperatives to make charitable and economic development contributions of margin refunds that remain unclaimed by former members after a specified period of time. Jackson EMC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing power to more than 214,000 meters in 10 Northeast Georgia counties.
Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC's 4,800 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.
OCT. 24, 2014 -- You natives -- and there are not many native Georgians around as much in Gwinnett now -- it's time for you to think back in time. How far back can you name the Georgia governors? (Think about it, and afterward, see below.)
While I never met or saw Gene Talmadge, I certainly knew about him. Who knows, perhaps I even "voted" for him at age 4. I remember marking my grandmother's ballot by myself on the hood of a car in Wilkinson County in the Turkey Creek precinct about 1939. (OK, that was illegal, but she got only one vote, and merely allowed me to cast it.)
Yet the first governor I ever "saw" was Ellis Arnall. Well, not exactly. You see, I was in Macon at the corner of Forsyth (U.S. Highway 41 in those days) and College Streets, facing town, when I saw this green sedan coming my way, with the single word "Governor" on a tag on the bumper. I never saw his face, but I at least saw his car.
And no, while he was governor, I never met his short-termed successor, Melvin E. Thompson, though later in life, after he retired from politics, I met him. He's one of the persons involved in the "three governors at one time" controversy, eventually serving about 22 months as acting governor after Gene Talmadge died prior to be sworn in as governor in 1946.
Gene's son, Herman, being the favorite of about 300 people in North Georgia, maintained that he came in second place in the November General Election of 1945, and thought this was legal ground to make him the governor. Even the Legislature thought so, and by force of taking office, sat in the governor's chair for two months. Eventually, the Courts said that as the duly-elected lieutenant governor, M.E., was the "acting governor" for a short two year term, until he would be succeeded by an elected governor at the next General Election. Herman handily won the 1948 race, and won a second term in 1952, then ran and got elected to the Senate. Never a quitter, M.E. ran against him in the 1948 and 1952 elections, but did not gain office.
Succeeding Herman was his adjutant general and former member of the House of Representatives, newspaper publisher, Marvin Griffin. What a character Marvin was! He was always full of stories at every turn, and a super story teller. Even his enemies enjoyed him. His son, Sam, who succeeded him as publisher of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, also inherited that special gene of a successful story teller, and still is.
I met Governor Griffin in unusual circumstances. I was a PFC in the National Guard in summer training at Ft. McClellan, Ala. It was lunchtime, and my duty that day was to man the headquarters while everyone was at the Mess Hall. Imagine my surprise when the governor walked in, saying to me, "Boy, where is everybody?" The governor did not recognize it was lunch time in Alabama, and had not remembered Alabama was an hour earlier than Georgia time.
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How many did you remember? Here's the list of Georgia governors, going back to 1931.
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Editor, the Forum:
Republican politicians continue to play political games with our healthcare. Let's look at their dismal record.
Furthermore, these same GOP leaders hypocritically call for an "Ebola czar." Sen. John McCain, a vocal opponent of appointing "czars," is now leading the fight to appoint an Ebola czar.
The problem is that the federal government already has a position to lead the nation on healthcare issues like Ebola. It's called the Surgeon General. Unfortunately, the position has been vacant for over a year.
Finally, Obama's nominee for the position, Vivek Murthy, has had his appointment held up for months by Republicans in the Senate (mostly because of opposition from the NRA).
We don't need another Republican senator from Georgia to continue this do nothing legacy. Moreover, Governor Deal's refusal to expand Medicaid in Georgia has resulted in some rural hospitals closing. What would happen to rural Georgia if some kind of pandemic, like the Ebola disease, hit these areas? We don't need four more years of launching from one crisis to another. This has been the Republican governors' legacy.
Eco-friendly, community-based Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources will take part in the 15th Annual Great Days of Service with a massive watershed cleanup event on October 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Great Days of Service is a cooperative and community-focused initiative created by the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services. The Coalition is nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the health and human service needs of everyone in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
In order to make this event a success, the two organizations are actively seeking volunteers to join them in Norcross to fan out over the Jackson Creek Watershed and undertake a number of tasks that are vital to the preservation and protection of the watershed. Concerned citizens and environmental advocates are currently being sought to serve as:
Connie Wiggins, executive director of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, says that " every stream, creek and tributary in Gwinnett feeds into a larger body of water, such as the Yellow River and Chattahoochee River. It is imperative that we work together as a community to keep our watersheds free of debris and litter that might contaminate our beautiful local waters and negatively impact fish, wildlife, and drinking water sources for our downstream neighbors. We hope to have lots of our community members join us for what promises to be one really great day of service!"
Volunteers are asked to pre-register online at the Great Days of Service page on www.gwinnettcb.org. Participants in this event will meet at 9 a.m. at Smoketree Town and Country Village Shopping Center at 4771 Britt Road, near the intersection of Britt and Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross. Volunteers will then be divided into different groups to help with stream cleanup, litter pick up, gathering data, and stenciling storm drains, just to name a few. Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and clothing that they will not mind getting wet and dirty. Gloves, trash bags, water and snacks will be provided. For safety reasons, volunteers for this event must be 14 or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Listen for sounds of howling on the Green in Duluth on Oct. 31
gets you in the spirit of Halloween like creepy crawlers, fun costumes
and yummy treats. All of which will be at this year's "Howl on Green"
on Duluth Town Green in celebration of the spooky holiday on Friday, October
The activities kick off at 6 p.m. with fun for kids such as inflatables, games and trick or treating. At 8 p.m., there will be a Halloween costume contest for kids, adults and pets. The event will then turn into fright at 9 p.m. which lends itself to a more mature audience with activities consisting of hairy creatures, live entertainment and of course fire. Residents are in for a treat at this free event.
Buy batteries now to change in devices on Nov. 2
Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end soon in 2014. Therefore, get ready to change your clocks when Daylight Saving Time ends on November 2 at 2 a.m. Many people take this time to change the batteries in their smoke detectors, flash lights, weather radios, and other safety devices.
Through its Kinetic Sculpture Competition, the Norcross Public Arts Commission is challenging local Middle and High School classrooms to transform ordinary objects into artistic kinetic sculptures. The competition is sponsored by Rock Tenn and the Fowler YMCA.
The purpose of the competition is to give students an opportunity to apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts they are being taught in a fun, challenging and artistic way.
Awards will be judged on artistic expression. First, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes for their classrooms. The winning sculptures will be unveiled on April 25 at the Norcross Welcome and History Center. For more information or to register a classroom, contact Deb Wilson Harris.
Lawrenceville adopting new policy for special events in 2015
The City of Lawrenceville has adopted a new policy for Special Events being held in Downtown Lawrenceville. This policy would apply to those interested in hosting an event that will require any of the following:
will be accepting applications for privately sponsored events through
December 1 for events that will take place between March and July 2015.
For events taking place August through December of 2015, applications
will be accepted until February 28.
of an application does not constitute or guarantee approval. Applications
are reviewed in accordance with the policy. The city will notify event
organizers regarding their application status by the date outlined in
the Special Event Policy.
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(NEW) Fall Senior Wellness Fair, Friday, October 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bethesda Park Senior Recreation Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Live Healthy Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Health and Human Services and the Gwinnett Extension Service to host this event. It will feature live cooking demonstrations, a farmer's market, breakout sessions with special presenters, live entertainment, interactive demonstrations and health screenings in addition to scores of health and wellness vendors. Call 678-277-0179 for more information.
New Art Exhibit, Figuratively Speaking, opens Friday, October 24, at Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street, in Norcross. This exhibit is free to the public and continues through November 29. An opening reception is October 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, call 770-840-9844.
Writers' Workshop, featuring Danny Schinitzlein, bestselling author of Perfecting your Picture Book, Saturday, October 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Five Forks Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Partner in the workshop is The Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Suwanee Trick or Treat will be Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. Use your witches' brooms to sweep up prizes and your dancing shoes to do the monster mash with Parker, Suwanee's oversized canine mascot. Activities include festival games, crafts, inflatables, dance competitions, and pictures with Parker. A free hot dog lunch will be available while supplies last. Trek or Treat is designed especially for children 10 and younger. Attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.
The Gwinnett Food Swap will be hosting a special food event on October 26 from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Wynne-Russell House. A Girl Scout tradition, Gross Goodies features foods that look disgusting but are actually quite tasty. Girl Scouts and guests of the Gwinnett Food Swap (and especially children) are encouraged to bring zipper bags to collect swapped treats to take home. Costumes are welcome. To register or for more information, contact Leslie Edwin at 404-791-5483.
Re-roofing of the Library at Peachtree Corners will begin on October 20, with the library being closed through October 26. Fines for books or other checked out material will be waived and holds can have pick-up locations reassigned to another library branch. Contact the Library Help Line with any questions or concerns at 770-978-5154.
Exhibit of eight
artists continues through December 2 at George Pierce Park
Community Center in Suwanee. Eight female artists will showcase their
talents, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media,
collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. For more information, call
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