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Health rankings report shows how Southwest Georgia fares

Rankings report released by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

The rankings are a snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors influencing health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet and exercise.

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Blood donation opportunities upcoming in Albany

Blood donors encouraged to roll up sleeves during National Volunteer Month

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and more are being encouraged by the American Red Cross to join the ranks.

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Oncologist Dr. Chirag Jani named Phoebe 2015 Physician of the Year

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 figures show decline in metro Albany, no change in Southwest Georgia

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.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital physicians donate to Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

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.

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Chase through three counties results in arrest of armed robbery suspect | VIDEO

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.

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Amerigroup hosts breakfast Tuesday for Southwest Georgia community partners

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.

Guns, knife involved in Albany weekend assaults

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.

Albany man charged in Sunday kidnapping, aggravated assault

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.

Pit bull tased after lunging at Albany police officer

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.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- March 21-23, 2015

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.

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Surgical oncologist Dr. Sanjay Munireddy earns new certification

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.

Second Night for Hope event raises funds for Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

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.

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Americus couple Ross and Isabelle Gatlin celebrating 70 years

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.

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Battle Color Detachment entertains audience at MCLB Albany | VIDEOS | PHOTO GALLERY

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.

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Georgia Wing Fest set for Saturday at Exchange Club Fairgrounds

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.

Albany woman injured in domestic dispute

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.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports: March 14-16, 2015

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.

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Conviction from 2005 Dougherty County murder upheld by Georgia Supreme Court

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.

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Terrell, Dougherty counties participating in Kick Butts Day on Wednesday

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.

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Influenza, norovirus having continued impact on Southwest Georgia

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.

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Tigger Run planned in memory of Edison teen

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.

Flint RiverQuarium in downtown Albany to host fly fishing lessons

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.

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Rep. Ed Rynders reappointed to OneGeorgia Overview Commission

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.

Unemployment rates rise in January for metro Albany, Southwest Georgia

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.

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany gate to soon undergo construction

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.

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Female cheetah at Chehaw, Mariska, put to sleep due to failing health

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.

Graffiti cleaned from Albany Welcome Center building

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.

Albany murder, rape trials begin jury selection Monday

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 attacked on Cedar Avenue early Saturday

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.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports: March 7-9, 2015

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.

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Fatal shooting on Wingate Avenue accounts for second weekend homicide in Albany

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.

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Thirteenth Colony Distilleries brought in new course for retired physician

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.

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Runners from across the globe in Albany for marathon, half marathon

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.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital implements patient safety initiative

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.

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Albany Pink walk for breast cancer patients set for March 21

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.

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Miss Albany, EDC marketing director Reedi Hawkins educates on social media safety

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.

Walk for multiple sclerosis set for March 21 in downtown Albany

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.

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Pelham Country Jamboree celebrating 20 years

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.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviewing staff changes, policy renewals

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.

Driver sought in Sunday morning Lovers Lane accident

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.

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Rape suspect turns himself in

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 threatened at gunpoint on North Slappey

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.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports: Feb. 21-23, 2015

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.

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Plant-based diet, exercise needed to protect heart health

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.

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Infrastructure replacement, energy efficiency projects focus of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

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.

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Phoebe Putney Health System focusing on building physician manpower in 2015

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.

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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany holds annual Black History Month program | VIDEO

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.

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Phoebe Foundation receives donation for medical student housing complex

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.

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Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center receives $20,000 donation from New York Life

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.

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