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By Melissa Falls Macon County General
Hospital will soon be sport- ing a brand new heating and cooling system, thanks to the efforts of Congress- man Bart Gordon, who has secured $95,000 in federal funding to help with much needed renovations and expansions.
The securing of the money stems from Gor- don's visit here in 2008, after the county was struck
by a devastat- ing tornado on February 5.
During his visit, Gordon asked Dennis Wolford, CEO of MCGH how he could help the coun- ty.
"What better way for the federal government to show they care for us than
to help reno- vate our hospi- tal," Dennis suggested.
Gordon included the hospital's much needed renovation project in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009,
passed the House on Febru- ary 25, the same day that Gordon, in partnership with Pete Sessions (R-TX) intro- duced legislation to help hospitals nationwide with their emergency care departments.
"I am committed to ensuring that all hospitals, especially rural hospitals like Macon General, are able to meet the health care needs of the communities they serve," said Gordon.
Gordon snags $95,000 for Macon County General
TIMES MACON COUNTY
Thursday, March 12, 2009LAFAYETTE, TN 37083 • VOLUME 90, NUMBER 1 50¢Copyright 2009Macon County Times All rights reserved
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Jim Dooley is Tennessee Wildlife Officer of the Year By Jerry Greenway
Macon County TWRA Wildlife Officer Jim Doo- ley's experience in wildlife management goes back more than 25 years, back to when he went to work for the West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources as a humble "creel clerk,'' gath- ering information from anglers on the state's lakes and reservoirs.
"It's sort of like 'bean counting,' except instead of beans I was collecting data to help the DNR determine fishing pressure by count- ing the number, species and size of fish harvested from a particular lake, and the anglers' catch rates," explained the Wildlife Offi- cer, who was recognized as TWRA's Tennessee Wildlife Officer of the Year at the February meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.
The TWRA News release relating Dooley's Professional recognition in receiving this singular offi- cial honor tells little of his
background and life experi- ence, so we asked him this past weekend to tell us a little about himself, his work and family.
Born and raised in West Virginia, Jim Dooley grad- uated from West Virginia Tech with a bachelors degree in biology in 1980.
"That summer I went out to Yellowstone to camp and fish and figure out what I wanted to do for a living," related the seasoned Wildlife Officer.
"I was fresh out of five years of college, and took my time 'figuring'."
In fact, he went back to his family home in West Virginia each of the next two winters, and returned twice to Yellowstone, dur- ing the months of May through October and did "service work" at Yellow- stone's Old Faithful Lodge, doing laundry and mainte- nance work through the week, and spending his weekends backpacking in the 1,300 acre national park.
In 1983 he went back to school at West Virginia University in Morgantown and applied for graduate school.
"After a semester of coursework, I decided I might not be cut out for advanced education. But I did gain something that turned out to be very important--I met the young woman who would eventu- ally become my wife--so in hindsight it was a very important chapter in my life," related Dooley.
Today, Jim and Janis Dooley are the proud and loving parents of five chil- dren, three boys and two girls ages 5 through 16!
However, Dooley was still several years away from becoming a wildlife management professional with the TWRA.
His wife to be had a masters degree in Environ- mental Biology, and a friend in Nashville who encouraged her to move to Tennessee where she was...
JJiimm DDoooolleeyy rreecceeiivveess pprreessttiiggiioouuss hhoonnoorr --- Macon County’s Jim Dooley received the honor of being named the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer of the Year. Presenting the award was Gary Myers, the TWRA Executive Director who is retiring after serving 31 years as the TWRA’s top official. Dooley’s wife, Janis, was on hand for the presentation at a meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.
Fleetwood files bankruptcy, local operations unaffected By Clay Morgan
According to a memo issued to retailers March 10, Fleetwood has filed for Bankruptcy protection. However, initial informa- tion does not seem to bode ill for Macon County.
The memo, which was sent to Fleetwood Homes retailers by Charles E. Lott, president of Fleetwood’s
housing group, stated the housing group has been operating profitably for five years.
It is this group that man- ufactures in Macon County and has a local retailer here.
The memo indicated that the company is seeking a buyer for part or all of the business and that the filing will facilitate the closure of
Fleetwood’s “unprofitable travel trailer division” and “it will help us resolve our debt issues.”
“There are no plans impacting our facility,” local retailer William Carter of Thomas Carter Real Estate said. “They (Fleet- wood) are going to keep the retail home side and there will be no lapse in the pro-
duction of homes.” “We’re still going be
here and Fleetwood’s still going to be in business,” Carter said.
An FAQ issued by Fleet- wood for potential Fleet- wood customers states:
•There will be no inter- ruption in the timely deliv- ery of homes in transit to their destinations.
•Homes will continue to be covered by Fleetwood’s one-year warranty as before.
•Fleetwood’s reorganiza- tion does not affect the local retailer, which is a “stable and independent company that is not finan- cially affiliated with Fleet- wood.”
"We will use the Chapter 11 process to more rapidly restructure our overhead, pursue potential buyers, and definitively resolve our debt issues," President and Chief Executive Officer Elden Smith said in a state- ment.
A company statement said, “Fleetwood's motor home and manufactured housing businesses will continue to operate while the company seeks buyers
for these business units. While Fleetwood believes it has sufficient cash to operate its businesses in the immediate term, the com- pany is also in advanced discussions with its senior secured lenders for new, debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing to supplement existing working capital. As of Jan. 25, 2009, the com- pany had bank cash of approximately $23.0 mil- lion, excluding cash remaining in non-filing entities, principally its cap- tive insurance subsidiary.”
Filing at this time pre- serves Fleetwood's right to revisit its Dec. 12, 2008 Exchange Offer, in which the company issued its 14% senior secured notes. Under Chapter 11, the company...
The 2009 Miss Macon County Junior High Beauty Pageant was held on Saturday, March 7. Win- ners are (L to R): Kaitlin Cartwright, Most Photogenic and 4th Runner Up; Morgan Wix, 2nd Run- ner Up; Jasmine Clark, Miss MCJHS 2008; Makenzie Sullivan, Miss MCJHS 2009; Macy Kemp, 1st Runner Up; Sierra Ray, 3rd Runner Up; Dalana Clark, 5th Runner Up; and Brittany Simmons, Miss Congeniality. A Special Thanks to J & J Furniture, Latise Jones, and Jane Wooten for the decorations and everyone who was involved to help make the pageant possible.
Hostage thanks detectives who helped free him
By Jerry Greenway Just seven days after his
rescue from an illegal immigrant "drop house" in a suburb near Phoenix AZ, the hostage whose family sought help from Macon County Sheriff's detectives met those detectives at the Justice Center in Lafayette last Friday to thank them for helping free him, and perhaps save his life.
Arturo Pardo-Lopez (not his real name) was one of six hostages identified as an extortion victim by the Maricopa AZ Sheriff's Human Smuggling Unit. He is to remain in this country as a material wit- ness until the trial of the five Coyote/Suspects charged with multiple state charges of smuggling, kid- napping, extortion and aggravated assault.
Another nineteen ille- gal immigrants being held in the same drop house with Arturo are being administratively processed through ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for deportation back to Mexico.
Arturo and five other "Mat-Wits" (material wit- nesses) were given legal papers allowing them to remain in this country to testify against the five men identified as Coyotes, who according to Maricopa Sheriff's Sgt. Brett Palmer "used a severe amount of violence and intimidation
with the Smugglies at the house." They were alleged- ly physically beaten, sub- jected to death threats with loaded firearms pointed at their heads, and in some cases subjected to electri- cal shocks while being forced to speak with fami- ly, "a tactic used by the Coyotes to force the man to cry and coerce his fami- ly into paying thousands more of dollars for his safe release."
Arturo told MCSD detectives Jeff Brewer, Bill Cothron and Darrell Tay- lor, "I don't know what would have happened if you guys hadn't helped. Thank you all so much!"
After this formality, the detectives asked him to describe his ordeal.
Following a two day walk across the desert in northern Mexico and southwestern Arizona, a van had picked up Arturo, several other i