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Jennifer Parks

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Georgia ranked sleepiest state by recent survey

Georgians averaging 6.09 hours of sleep, 4.7 hours of restful sleep

Phoebe Sleep Disorders Center Medical Director Dr. Christopher Mann said a number of factors contributed to Georgia’s ranking as the sleepiest state in the nation.

Unemployment rate for April drops to 6.9 percent in metro Albany, 6.8 percent in Southwest Georgia

Albany and Southwest Georgia see declines in number of unemployed, labor officials say

Labor officials said this is the lowest the Albany and Southwest Georgia rates have been since August 2008 when they were at 6.8 percent.

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Lt. Col. James Carroll takes command of MCLB-Albany | VIDEO

Col. Don Davis leaves Albany Marine base to continue his career in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Lt. Col. James Carroll formally becomes base commander of Marine Coprs Logistics Base-Albany in a change of command ceremony Thursday.

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Leadership change taking place today at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany | VIDEO

Col. Don Davis ending his three-year run at MCLB-Albany at a change of command ceremony today

Col. Don Davis took the MCLB-Albany command on May 25, 2012 with the departure of Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, who was a colonel when he commanded the base. He is moving on to U.S. Northern Command at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports - May 24-25, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 42 incidents on Sunday and Monday, available reports show.

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Murder suspect found in New York now in Dougherty County Jail

Marquel Rashad Culpepper, 25, facing charges in connection to north Albany murder

Warrants against Culpepper at the time of his arrest included felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Jail records showed on Tuesday that he has been charged with murder and was unbondable.

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Lee County standoff ends with gunman tased, arrested

Robbie Dean captured after being subdued in a standoff with law enforcement in Lee County

Lee County authorities say Robbie Dean was tased and arrested after he held a gun to himself following a low-speed chase in which Dean was driving a car with his child as passenger. No one was injured in the incident, sheriff’s officials said.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging continues to thrive with help of West Society Avenue center

Activities include exercise classes, art classes for seniors

The 2014 annual report for the council included statistics from the Georgia Division of Aging Services showing that there are 67,369 elderly people living in Southwest Georgia, with 16,255 being from Dougherty County.

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Commemoration of service encouraged on Memorial Day

Dan Gillan, retired Marine Corps colonel, gives address at American Legion breakfast

Gillan used a prayer from the late Archbishop Oscar Romero as a way to bring home the meaning behind one serving his or her community and nation, including the service of the veterans from World War II onward residing in Southwest Georgia.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -May 23-24, 2015

Public safety reports in Albany and Dougherty County for Saturday and Sunday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 19 incidents on Saturday, available reports show.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews latest medical staff applicants

Five physicians, nine affiliate staff applicants looking to come on board

The Professional Affairs Committee serves as liaison between the medical staff and the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital full board and handles matters relating to applications for medical staff membership. The committee is also meant to watch over and report to the board on matters of quality and safety within the hospital.

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Platelet-rich plasma injection offering new option for treatment of old injuries

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, uses patient blood to help re-start healing process

The most common areas it might be used for include tendon, ligament, muscle, cartilage and joint injuries. It is often considered an option in cases were pain or disability persist beyond six months despite the use of anti-inflammatories, analgesics, bracing, therapeutic exercise programs, ice or heat packs or corticosteroid injections.

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Chehaw, Deerfield-Windsor National English Honor Society dedicate Little Free Library

Library meant to serve as a take a book, return a book gathering place

The Chehaw Little Free Library was designed by conceptual mixed media artist, Romy Maloon out of Atlanta. It is the size of a large birdhouse and has passages from The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein burned into the wood.

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Daylily show set for Saturday at Albany Mall

Roughly 200-400 blooms expected at 33rd annual Albany daylily show

Judging and awarding will done by American Hemerocallis Society standards, and each panel of judges, who will be coming from throughout the region, will be the final authority for each class it judges. Registered cultivars will be classified, as registered, by size, form and grouped alphabetically within each section.

Law enforcement issues alert on bogus 'Publisher's Clearing House winner' scam

Law enforcement in Worth, Tift counties have received complaints

The scammer tries to get the individual who answers the phone call to send in money to cover the supposed federal and state taxes so that the “sweepstakes” money can be released. Those who receive emails and calls of this nature are urged to contact their local police.

Two Albany boys involved in Saturday afternoon assault

A 12-year-old boy was victimized by a 15-year-old while running an errand for his grandmother, police reports show

The report said the 12-year-old pulled a five-dollar bill out of his pocket just before the 15-year-old stuck in his back a MintCraft knife handle. The 12-year-old felt a poke in his back and ran into the store. The other boy was unsuccessful in stealing the cash, the report said.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- May 16-18, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and early Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 50 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

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Deerfield-Windsor School graduates 60 Sunday

All members for the Deerfield class of 2015 have been accepted to college

This year’s senior class at Deerfield logged in more than 6,750 volunteer hours. Twenty of the graduates were listed on the commencement program as having been enrolled in Deerfield since kindergarten or first grade, and six are children of Deerfield alumni.

Fatal shooting under investigation in Cordele

Man found dead outside residence in Cordele late Thursday

Those with information on the crime are being encouraged to call the Cordele Police Department at (229) 273-3102.

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Albany police searching for financial card theft suspect

Wallet theft took place on North Slappey business on May 5

Officials with the Albany Police Department released footage portraying the potential suspect, and are requesting help in finding him.

Assault, injured person report stem from East Albany incidents

Gunfire and cutting instruments involved in incidents from Thursday and Friday

An aggravated assault was reported from 1303 E. Broad Ave., the site of Applejax Sports Bar and Lounge, at around 12:45 a.m. on Friday, officials from the Albany Police Department said. Officers responded to the bar in reference to shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers observed shattered glass to the front side door.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports - May 14-15, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Thursday and early Friday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 20 calls on Thursday and early Friday, available reports show.

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Phoebe Putney Health System looking toward realization of medical student housing complex

Groundbreaking expected this fall for a medical student housing complex in Albany

The proposed 25-unit medical student housing gated community will be located on West Fourth Avenue and North Jackson Street near Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Officials say a medical student housing complex, while solving the problem of finding short-term housing, would also have a significant economic impact.

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Albany, Dougherty County public educated on SPLOST funding use

Forum included Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis, Albany Assistant City Manager Wes Smith

The forum, sponsored by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development, was meant to serve as an educational presentation on previous and current SPLOST projects, funded by an additional 1 percent sales tax, and the benefit they have to the community.

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Marine Corps Logistics Command welcomes new commanding general

Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow leaving LOGCOM, Maj. Gen. Craig Crenshaw to take over command

Lt. Gen. William Faulkner, deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics, presided over the ceremony during which LOGCOM Sgt. Maj. Joseph Davenport III passed the LOGCOM colors to Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow. Broadmeadow in turn passed them over to Maj. Gen. Craig Crenshaw, symbolizing the change of command.

Women Are Worthy health expo set for May 14 at Mirian Worthy Womens Health Center

Fourth annual event being held during National Womens Health Week

Held during National Women’s Health Week, the goal of the expo is to reach out to the community in order to promote healthy lifestyles for women of all ages.

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Freedom Alliance reaching out to veterans

Leesburg resident Michael NeSmith among veterans helped by Freedom Alliance

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which provides help and support to wounded troops and military families.

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Strengthening the Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, Southwest Georgia bond

A Table With a View - Pamela Jackson

At the base, she started out in the public affairs office. In 2013, she was moved on to the Office of Commanding Officer as his community plans and liaison officer. She also deals with government external relations, making her responsibilities outside the fenceline more than most compared to others either at the base or within its primary tenant, Marine Corps Logistics Command.

Book signing for Albany podiatrist Dr. Simone Josey set for May 16 has new location, time change

Event will take place from noon-2 p.m. at Smoke and Fire restaurant on Gillionville Road

A surgical podiatrist working at the Veterans Affairs clinic on the base, Josey discusses in the book the social aspects of patient care and how that aspect can be better incorporated into physician practices.

Medical care case from Dougherty County to go before Georgia Supreme Court

State high court to hear case from 2007 involving a young child who suffered brain damage

The infant was taken to the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital emergency room. Three days later, she was brought back by ambulance after having trouble breathing. A scan revealed a large subdural hematoma, and the baby reportedly suffered permanent damage.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital releases Form 990 financial data

Form 990 shows financial state of hospital for 2013-14 Fiscal Year

On the subject of clinical research, a new policy was handed down from the Phoebe Institutional Review Board. Specifically, it concerned special ethical and regulatory considerations when it comes to children due to their increased vulnerability.

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Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany achieves Voluntary Protection Program Star status | VIDEO

Albany Marine base given honors from Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The ceremony was meant to formally recognize the base for the highest and, what is considered to be, the most challenging participation category in the OSHA achievement program. Officials say that MCLB-Albany is the only the second installation in the Corps to achieve the VPP award and associated status.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital donates defibrillators to five Southwest Georgia counties

More than 20 defibrillators donated to paramedics in Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Randolph and Terrell counties

About 90 percent of the patients who would benefit from this technology are first seen by paramedics, putting them on the front lines along with the public buildings were such devices are often mounted.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports : May 1-3, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 38 incidents on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, available reports show.

Elderly man found dead at Dougherty County wreck scene

Medical condition believed to have caused driver to leave roadway, hit a culvert, go airborne and strike a utility pole

A shift report from the Dougherty County Police Department shows the agency responded to 3309 Sylvester Road at 7:25 p.m. The driver, identified by Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler as Tal Crawford, 78, was dead on arrival.

Child deaths in Dougherty County under investigation

Authorities determining cause of death of young girls

Such incidents are generally looked into by the Child Death Team, which is a unit that responds to any report of a juvenile death to determine whether it was a natural death, an accident or the result of some criminal act.

Man robbed outside East Albany club at gunpoint

Wallet taken at gunpoint early Saturday outside Legend Lounge and Club

A man said he was working off-duty security at 725 E. Broad Ave., the site of Legend Lounge and Club, when he was robbed at gunpoint in the alley adjacent to the club, a police report said.

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New era coming for Marine Corps Logistics Command

LOGCOM commanding general, sergeant major preparing for new chapters

Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow, commanding general of LOGCOM since July 2013 when he replaced Maj. Gen. Chuck Hudson, will be leaving May 12 to continue his career in Washington, D.C. The Marine Corps career of Sgt. Maj. Joseph Davenport will end on June 19 when he retires and moves on to southern Virginia.

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Surfacide being used in Phoebe Putney Health System hospitals

Disinfection system uses ultraviolet light to kill superbugs in hospitals

Healthcare-associated infections like C-diff are passed to people while they are receiving treatments for other conditions. They can occur in all settings of health care, including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, surgical centers and skilled nursing facilities where the necessary use of antibiotic cleaning methods help create resistant strains of infection.

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Lopez Hospice Golf Classic set for Friday

Hospice golf tournament going into 29th year

The format for the tournament will follow the four man scramble scored using the Modified Callaway System. There will be a putt off for the top two spots in each round. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place for the morning and afternoon rounds, as well as for Hole In One, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.

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Former Albany Marine Band historical showcase unveiled by LOGCOM

Marine Corps Logistics Command honors former band with display showcase, ceremony

The Albany Marine Band, first established in 1990, was considered an integral part of the installation, including all commands, as well as the Albany community, when it was here. The band was formally deactivated in February 2012, one of two out of the 12 total Marine bands at the time to be cut.

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Albany podiatrist authors book, to host book signing event

Book deals with social aspect of health care, author says

Dr. Simone Josey, an Ohio native raised in Jamaica, wrote the book primarily with health care providers in mind to encourage them to remember that practicing medicine is more than achieving a diagnosis.

Dog killed by suspected gunfire on Cason Street

Gunshot heard in area shortly before dog was discovered with bullet wound

The owner went out to get the dogs and bring them closer to the house when she noticed her black and white Boxer and Labrador Retriever mix on the ground unresponsive. The dog, named Chance, was found with a hole in his side, the report said.

Shots fired into Albany residence early Sunday

Residence on North Ingleside shot at twice in six months

The victim said he has been living there since 2006 and does not know why anyone might target the residence, the report said.

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Medical staff applicants reviewed by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Four physicians, three affiliate staff applicants in most recent round

The Phoebe Professional Affairs Committee reviewed on Monday the credentialing report that had been seen by the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on March 30 and the Medical Executive Committee on April 7. It was approved to go before the full board.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- April 25-27, 2015

Public safety roundup in Albany and Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 42 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

Americus homicide suspect Darrin Ross dies in Macon hospital

Darrin Ross, 45, had been connected to the deaths of three people last week

Danny Jackson, special agent in charge for the GBI office in Americus, said that Darrin Ross, 45, died late Friday afternoon at Macon Medical Center, where he was transported Tuesday after shooting himself in a 1997 Buick LaSabre following a police chase on April 21.

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Phoebe Putney Health System wins Image of the Year award from NAUMD

Phoebe health care industry winner for 2015 IOY cycle from North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors

Since 1978, the IOY Awards have honored the image apparel programs and the organizations, manufacturers and distributors that have created them.

Thursday armed robbery on South Slappey under investigation, Albany police respond to 20 other incidents

Wallet, iPhone among items taken in armed robbery

The victim stopped at a pawn shop to charge his phone. He was seated against the northside of the building and talking to his girlfriend when he was approached by the suspect, who asked to us his phone. He hung up the phone and handed it to the man when the man pulled a black Glock style handgun and pointed it at him, the report said of the victim account.

Driver killed early Friday at intersection of Gillionville Road and Mud Creek Road

Driver ejected after hitting tree, struck by another driver

Trooper First Class C.S. Jewell said the driver of a silver Nissan Altima was traveling at a very high rate of speed before losing control, overcorrecting and hitting a tree and being ejected from the vehicle out of the back windshield. Several minutes later, the driver was still laying in the street when he was struck by a black Chevrolet Impala.