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2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit

Community Health Works (CHW) will be holding the 2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit on Nov. 9 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds (Miller-Murphy-Howard Building) in Perry, GA. Register at www.cgrhs.org. This is an all-day event, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

In October of 2009, CHW convened more than 100 community leaders representing the top minds in health care and health policy, local government, local school districts, faith-based and civic organizations from across 7 counties in central Georgia (Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, and Twiggs). 

The purpose of the summit is to discuss the impact that unhealthy behaviors have on our community with a primary focus on the prevalence of obesity and related chronic diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

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Museum of Aviation Holds Poster Contest

The Museum of Aviation Education Department is inviting 4th graders to submit an entry in the 8th Annual Skyscapes Poster Contest.  This year’s theme is “What Can You Do With Red, White and Blue?” in honor of the American Flag’s Colors.  

Individual entries must be delivered to the Education Department by Nov. 5, and judging will take place on Nov. 9.  Entries will be judged on artistic talent and creativity in representing the theme.  Posters will be judged by the Robins Air Force Base Officer’s Spouses’ Club and other community leaders. The top 7 winners will receive prizes, and their artwork will be on display in the Century of Flight Hangar for a year following the contest.

Tom Rockenbach, Jr. Named Carlyle Place Executive Director

With over two decades of experience in the retirement community industry, Tom Rockenbach, Jr. was named executive director at Carlyle Place.

Rockenbach, Jr. previously served as chief operating officer with Presbyterian Homes of Georgia from 2001 through 2009. He started his career in the retirement community industry in 1986 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Homes. After six years, he relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and served as Vice President of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) at Presbyterian SeniorCare. He developed and opened Longwood at Oakmont, an accredited, full-service Type A CCRC built in three phases from 1992 to 1998.

In addition to his work in the field of CCRC, Rockenbach, Jr. was elected twice as a Township Supervisor (city council member) when residing in Pittsburgh, and was appointed to the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Commission by Governor Tom Ridge. He served from 1999 until he relocated to Georgia in 2001.

Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces Lung Cancer Disease Site Team

To better serve the residents of Central and South Georgia, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has created The Lung Cancer Disease Site Team. This multidisciplinary group of physicians is focused on assessing, planning, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of lung cancer care services to MCCG patients. Each physician involved in the team brings a unique body of knowledge and expertise to the process. The sharing of information and ideas results in a coordinated and comprehensive care plan for patients with input from all specialties. The multidisciplinary team includes lung cancer surgeons, general surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, primary care physicians and other health care providers.

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Theatre Macon Presents Durworld: The Life and Times of Mr. Doubletalk

Theatre Macon's Youth Actory Company (YAC) presents "Durworld: The Life and Times of Mr. Doubletalk"

Book, script, and lyrics by Ed Grisamore.
Music by Jim Penndorf, Allen Levi, Joel Edward Grisamore, James Wolf, Virginia Mckenzie Rumph, Tommy Teaver, Harris Blackwood, E.Z. Cleghorn and Bruce Brookshire.
Directed by Jim Crisp

Performance Dates: Nov.6-14 with varying times. No Monday or Tuesday shows.

Ticket prices: adults $15, students $12
Reservations are required. Call 746-9485 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m, Monday-Saturday.


Macon Housing Authority Looks to Renovate Tindall Heights

If you've seen the transformation of Oglethorpe Homes into Tattnall Place, you have an idea of what some Macon City Council members hope to do with Tindall Heights.

Members of the Appropriations Committee discussed applying for a Hope VI project.

That's the same grant they used when Oglethorpe Homes underwent a complete renovation years ago.

Executive Director of the Macon Housing Authority John Hiscox says Macon has a 1 in 5 chance of getting the grant money, but he says time is running out.

Council member Larry Schlesinger says the committee delayed the application because the Macon Housing Authority wants the city to contribute $2 million and some financial questions are still up in the air.

"We may just disqualify ourselves simply because we ourselves ran out of time and didn't get it to HUD in a timely way," says Schlesinger.

Autopsy Says West Macon Woman Was Strangled

An autopsy says a west Macon woman was strangled this weekend.

Bibb County coroner Leon Jones said 54-year-old Shirley Odom died of asphyxia by strangulation, and Monday's autopsy called her death a homicide.


Odom was the sixth person killed in Macon in October, and the second person killed in the neighborhood within a week.

Macon police say a friend found Odom dead Saturday night inside her home on Brown Avenue, which is off Grand Avenue near Napier Avenue.

No one has been charged in her death.

If you have any information, you can call the Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.