Dr. Chirag Jani wins first Phoebe Physicial Group award
Having completed medical school in India at age 22, Jani brought his knowledge to the United States. He went on to earn board certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care and hematology and oncology. He serves as the medical director of the Phoebe Cancer Center.
Unemployment rate in February 7.5 percent in metro Albany, 7.4 percent in Southwest Georgia
The metro rate declined as employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of jobs increased by 300 to 61,400 in February, mostly in state government, labor officials said.
Donation in memory of late physician comes from Doctors Day funds
Donating the extra money that would have been given to the medical staff has been a tradition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital since it was first suggested by the late Dr. Hasan Rizvi, who was chief of the medical staff at the time. The Cancer Coalition was chosen due to its role in providing screenings to the underprivileged and promotion of prevention efforts.
William Owens arrested after chase ends on North Slappey Boulevard
Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick with the Dougherty County Police Department said the agency responded to the report of an armed robbery on the 700 River Chase Lane at 3: 15 p.m. on Tuesday. The victim reported to police that a black Toyota Tundra and a wallet had been taken by a white man with a handgun.
Breakfast in downtown Albany gives opportunities for community partners to network
Amerigroup Georgia helps improve health care access and quality for more than 355,000 low income Georgians who rely on Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids, while also providing ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care.
Man threatened by former girlfriend with a knife, shots fired into a residence and man held at gunpoint, reports show
One such incident was reported to have taken place at 1013 Cedar Ave., Apt 1F, between 3 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. on Saturday. The victim advised he was approached by his former with a knife, and when he opened the door, he tried to push her out. In the process, he was cut in the face with the knife, reports show.
Jason Rogers, 25, charged with abducting a woman on Crepe Myrtle Court
While standing in the parking lot, Rogers placed his hands around the her neck and started to strangle her, prompting her to remove his hands, and him to slap her in the face before insisting they talk, police said. He then threw her inside his vehicle and drove her down Gillionville Road to Hidden Lakes, during which time Rogers started hitting her again, the report said.
Dog reportedly connected to the death of a terrier on Medlock Avenue
An officer reported to 610 Medlock Ave. at around 11 a.m. on Sunday regarding at least one animal running at large, when the officer saw two dogs matching the description of two strays that had killed a small brown terrier at the address earlier. An animal control officer responded to Monroe High School and the two animals, both pit bulls, were cornered, the report said.
Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and early Monday
The Albany Police Department responded to at least 66 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.
Albany physician 33rd to earn certificate in complex general surgical oncology
Established in 2011 by the American Board of Surgery, the certificate in complex general surgical oncology recognizes physicians who have previously achieved certification in general surgery and who have advanced training in the surgical treatment and multidisciplinary care of rare or uncommon cancers as well as complex presentations.
Ross and Isabelle Gatlin were married March 21, 1945 at First Presbyterian Church of Albany
Isabelle Smith Gatlin is a native of Albany and Ross Gatlin is from Gulfport, Miss. They now have three adult children, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Planning to start soon for 2016 Cancer Coalition of South Georgia event
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia provides cancer related services, education, research and outreach exclusively for south Georgia communities.
The Marines of 8th and I comes to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany for Battle Color ceremony
Comprised of three performing ceremonial units from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. including the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, the Battle Color Detachment travels and performs for hundreds of thousands of spectators annually.
Fifth annual event to help raise funds for Cancer Coalition of South Georgia
The event will have several and acts on stage, events on the grounds well as wing contests in the pavilion area. About 12,000 people are expected to attend, said Event Director Rick Schneider.
Husband charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children in domestic incident
The woman, who was in a wheelchair, told police she was knocked to the floor after her husband, identified in the police report as Terrance Phillips, attacked her with a table leg. She sustained a laceration to her right hand after being cut by her husband with scissors or a fork, both of which the husband was armed with when police arrived, APD officials said.
Public safety reports from Saturday, Sunday and early Monday in Albany and Dougherty County
The Albany Police Department responded to at least 67 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.
Reginald Cooper murder conviction upheld by high court Monday
Reginald Cooper was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in connection with the death of Kelvin Lindsey on the 1300 block of South McKinley Street in 2005. He appealed his convictions and the trial court’s denial of his motion for new trial to the state high court.
Youth tobacco use prevention campaign reaching out to Southwest Georgia
Statistics from the Kick Butts campaign show there are 14.5 million packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by children each year in Georgia, with a high school smoking rate of 12.8 percent.
Clusters of norovirus, flu seen in long term care facilities in Southwest Georgia area
People infected with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin feeling sick and for the first few days after they recover, the CDC says. It takes as few as 18 virus particles to make someone sick, making it easy for it to spread through food or water.
Annual run event raising funds for The Nathan Project
The event is meant to honor the life of Nathan Toal, a Southwest Georgia Academy student and athlete who died in a Jeep rollover accident on March 26, 2012, on his family’s farm at age 15. Proceeds have gone toward bringing an uplift to the worship center at Living Waters in Balsam Grove, N.C., which is now being called the Nathan Outreach Center.
Fly fishing lessons will be available on March 21 and April 18
Participants can choose either March 21 or April 18. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning at the Flint RiverQuarium and moving out onto the river or perhaps to a nearby plantation later in the day.
Ed Rynders, R-Leesburg, will continue to serve as chair of commission
The OneGeorgia Overview Commission is charged with making periodical reviews of the operations, contracts, safety, financing, organization and structure of the OneGeorgia Authority, which serves as a financial partner and catalyst in helping rural communities maintain excellent quality of life advantages while also creating sustainable and diversified economies.
Loss of seasonal jobs contribute to higher jobless rates in metro Albany
The unemployment rate increased as the metro area lost 800, mostly temporary and part-time, jobs related to the holiday season. The number of jobs in the metro area declined to 61,000, down from 61,800 in December. Most of the loss came in retail trade, transportation, warehousing and state government.
Construction at Albany military base begins March 22
Base personnel authorized to access to the installation via the Johnson Road gate should do so, base officials said.
Mariska, one of three cheetah sisters at the Albany park, was suffering from chronic renal failure
Early Monday morning, after concluding there was realistically no chance of a significant recovery from chronic renal failure, the decision was made to humanely euthanize her to prevent any further suffering. She was one month short of her 10th birthday, about the median lifespan for female cheetahs in captivity, officials at Chehaw said.
Albany officials said the damage was done either late Saturday or early Sunday
Rashelle Beasley, director of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, said she has not been informed of any leads on who may have done it based surveillance footage, but the bigger picture more is about keeping buildings in the city clean and nice for those visiting the Albany area.
Tara Herrell, Louis Floyd Jr. and Lawrence Brown among defendants in ongoing Albany trials
The murder case involves Tara Lee Herrell and Louis Floyd Jr., both of whom were allegedly involved in the stabbing death of a 54-year-old man, later identified as William Jackson, at the Dollar Inn at 2706 N. Slappey Blvd. on Aug. 14, 2013. police said.
Albany man taken to emergency room after sustaining laceration in aggravated assault
Officers responded to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday and made contact with Thomas Dixon, 47. Dixon told police he was walking down Cedar Avenue and asked a unknown man for a cigarette when that man hit Dixon with a beer bottle, resulting in a one-inch deep cut above his left eye, the report said.
Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday
The Albany Police Department responded to at least 56 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.
Albany Police make arrests in Wingate Avenue, Baker Avenue homicides
The shootings of two men on Saturday and Sunday account for the third and fourth homicides, respectively, so far in Albany this year.
Dr. Gilbert Klemann speaks to Dougherty Rotary Club on Americus distillery company
Given a name referencing the order in which Georgia was established as a colony in 1732, officials with an Americus distillery took a while to get going due to the hoops that needed to be jumped through.
About 1,500 participating in Albany racing events
The Albany Marathon serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, is an economic booster for the Southwest Georgia area and benefits the Willson Hospice House, the home of Albany Community Hospice.
Hospital borrows safety initiative used by automotive industry
In cases where an imminent or significant threat to safety is perceived, the practice is to stop and address the problem and then to submit a report on the incident so that safety concerns can be tracked over time. It is similar to an automotive assembly line in which any worker can stop the line and identify a threat, and the line does not start up again until the problem is fixed.
Walk at Meredyth Place in Albany set to help raise financial support for breast cancer patients
There are two funds this event will benefit, the MaryLynn Mason Endowment Fund, which helps to fund pain and nausea medication, and the Albany Pink Crisis Fund through the Phoebe Foundation, which helps offset living expenses. The majority of the proceeds this year, which is the third event, is expected to go toward Albany Pink.
Hawkins speaks with Dougherty County Rotary Club on her social media platform
While the social media bug has hit the large majority of those in the millennial generation, it is also becoming popular with their parents and grandparents — despite the notion older generations are intimidated by it — as a means to send and receive photos, messages or interact with long-lost friends.
National MS Awareness Week ongoing through Friday, walk set for later in the month at Albany Municipal Auditorium
Walk MS: Georgia 2015 consists of nine events throughout the state aimed at uniting friends, families, individuals and corporations under the common goal of raising funds for research projects, and programs and services, while spreading awareness of MS.
Anniversary celebration for jamboree set for March 14
Beginning in the downtown Pelham train depot, the group eventually purchased the building across the street at 153 W. Railroad St. to accommodate weekly sessions.
Three physicians looking to come on temporarily
The Phoebe Professional Affairs Committee reviewed on Monday the credentialing report that had been seen by the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on Jan. 26 and the Medical Executive Committee on Feb. 3.
Jeffrey Ranew, 34, thought to have hit a utility pole and fire hydrant before fleeing
Warrants have been taken out on Jeffrey Ranew for failure to maintain lane and violation of duty to stop or return to the scene of an accident. Leads were being followed Monday to determine his whereabouts, police said.
Kallis Kirkland, 28, turned himself in on Monday
Kallis Shannon Kirkland had an active arrest out on him for rape following the sexual assault of a juvenile female late last month on the 1400 block of Eighth Avenue.
Woman approached Friday evening by two unknown men
The victim told police she was walking from the Flash Foods on North Slappey Boulevard at around 10 p.m. and noticed two men following her. The two threatened her at gunpoint and then fled the scene without taking anything, police said.
Public safety roundup for Saturday, Sunday and early Monday in Albany and Dougherty County
The Albany Police Department responded to at least 52 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.
Albany dietitian who achieved 100 pound weight loss discusses healthy diet and lifestyle
The focus should be on a diet that is plant-based and includes a healthy balance of lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts and legumes, low fat dairy products — or soy milk, if lactose is out of the question — and vegetable oils, experts say.
Marine base slated to meet Net Zero goal by 2017
With the biomass plant and landfill gas generators combined, MCLB officials are expecting to produce as much renewable energy as is used on the installation, thereby putting the base in Net Zero status three years ahead of the 2020 federal mandate.
Building on critical care department, medical education priorities with health care industry changes in mind
Manpower is being invested in by potentially bringing in more slots to the Southwest Georgia Family Residency Program based at Phoebe that currently accommodates a total of 16 residents. Meanwhile, there are plans to build a medical student village for those doing Southwest Georgia rotations through the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University and the University of Georgia Pharmacy School.
Speakers at Black History Month program encourage celebration of the past
The Albany area chapter of BIG, MCLB Albany and LOGCOM celebrated Black History Month with a program at the base chapel. Coordinators said it was a time to show how black history contributes to American history overall, to ensure contributions were not forgotten and how the black population is strong and moving forward.
Complex to be built near Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in coming months
The $900,000 donation is the largest lump sum to date ever contributed to one designated project by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s volunteer services department. The proceeds came from an account consisting of proceeds from the hospital’s gift shop that collects interest, officials at the hospital said.
Donation to the sexual assault crisis center will go toward operating costs, education efforts
As part of its outreach efforts, the Lily Pad is looking to partner with other organizations in the community, such as the school systems in Southwest Georgia, to educate people on how to prevent sexual assault cases.
The Hall family includes two children, Tifton, 19, and Bethany, 15, who have delayed myelin
The special needs van the Hall family has been seeking is here, and customized with a wheelchair lift, but there is still a balance for which there has been a CrowdRise account to take donations so the van can get paid off.
Ceremonial units from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. to be in Albany on March 20
Every year, the Battle Color Detachment travels and performs for hundreds of thousands of spectators. It is comprised of the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps.