Comprehensive care helps man heal from cancer

Allen Hamm has worked with doctors, nurses, and therapists in many areas of Piedmont Fayette Hospital, and even some off-site locations like the Piedmont Wellness Center at Pinewood Forest. What he found during his years of cancer treatment and physical therapy was a staff that worked incredibly well together to provide, holistic, patient-centered care.

Hamm was first diagnosed with cancer in 2012 with squamous cell carcinoma on the base of his tongue. He was able to treat it with radiation and chemotherapy, but scar tissue sealed his esophagus and it took a procedure to open it again. Hamm began working (more…)

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A Communist’s Palace: The world’s second largest building

Dr. Watson E. Mills writes, “While I am hardly an expert in political theory, I do remember learning at university about the differences between Communism and Capitalism. I stood there in Bucharest in front of this gigantic structure and thought about one of the major tenets of communism, i.e., ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.’ It is impossible to reconcile the Palace of the Parliament and the megalomania it reflects with this central principle. Such a display of unnecessary self-aggrandizement by a communist dictator was particularly egregious in light of the hardships suffered by (more…)

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The South and Anti-Semitism 
Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for Georgia.

The South and Anti-Semitism 

Racism is clearly a problem in the South and in America in general. Anti-Semitism is also a growing issue, but I don’t believe that it is any worse here than in many other parts of the nation. In fact, I personally have found less anti-Semitism here versus the North.

But over the Labor Day weekend, there was an anti-Semitic incident at the fire works display. A shirtless man walked into the festivities with his shirt off and a massive swastika drawn on his stomach. The picture of it went viral on Facebook. Was the man a local Nazi sympathizer or (more…)

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Senoia Raceway hosting 23rd Annual Michael Head Jr. Memorial Race on Sept. 26

by Riley Hicks

Race fans, it has been quite the 2020 season from racing with no fans in the stands due to COVID-19 to mother nature putting a damper on numerous races. Through it all the Masseys have found a way to give their loyal fans some great shows, and they will do it once again this Saturday night, September 26 as Senoia Raceway has the opportunity to host the 23rd Annual Michael Head Jr. Memorial Race featuring the Southern All-Star Super Late Model series. Drivers from all over the southeast will travel to Senoia Raceway this weekend looking to (more…)

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Piedmont Fayette now allowing one visitor per patient

Under policy, sharing visitation not permitted; COVID-19 patients not permitted visitation, as has remained consistent throughout pandemic

Piedmont Fayette Hospital started restricting visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The hospital will now allow one visitor per patient, per day, as long as the patient is not being treated for COVID-19, which has been Piedmont Healthcare’s policy since the start of the pandemic. Sharing a visitation day is not permitted.

Effective Monday, Sept. 21, Piedmont Fayette will allow patients on in-patient units to have one visitor per day. The hospital’s emergency department will allow one visitor to accompany non-COVID (more…)

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What men need to know about prostate cancer

The American Cancer Society states that one out of every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is dangerous because there is often no way to detect it in the early stages; however, surviving prostate cancer is greatly increased when diagnosed early.  

“The American Cancer Society recommends that men should begin screening for prostate cancer at age 50, and I agree,” said Vivek-Thomas Sankoorikal, a primary care physician with Piedmont Physicians of Peachtree City. “However, those with a higher risk of the disease, including men with a family history of prostate cancer, or (more…)

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The Dawn of the Nuclear Age: From Los Alamos to Hiroshima

Dr. Watson E. Mills writes: “My visits to the key sites where the A-Bomb was perfected at Los Alamos to the place, half-way around the world, where it was first deployed in warfare, has been, for me, a sobering journey. The dome seen in the center of this picture–just above my left shoulder–is where the first chapter in a yet unfinished account of ‘the use of nuclear weapons in warfare’ was written on August of 1945. Here, in this quiet ‘peace park,’ I found my mind returning to those haunting words spoken by J. Robert Oppenheimer known as the ‘father’ (more…)

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Preserving our freedoms starts at home
Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for Georgia.

Preserving our freedoms starts at home

I was a County Commission Chairman in another Georgia county. I know that it’s hard for citizens to keep up with what goes on in the politics of a county and the cities within it. It’s equally hard to know who and what to support, and social media is more of a hinderance than a help. I know; I was very often attacked by people who had no facts at all, just ill-informed opinions and accusations.

In this vein, many people in Fayette County are unaware of what took place last year on 4-15-19 at the Peachtree City Council meeting, (more…)

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McIntosh prepares for football season amid pandemic
A masked McIntosh coach runs drills during a pandemic practice. Photo by Christopher Dunn

McIntosh prepares for football season amid pandemic

by Elijah Smith ~ via the McIntosh Trail

The spread of COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of everyday life. Over the past few months, people have been waiting for a “return to normalcy,” and sports fans around the world suffered through a sports-less summer. 

Now, we are seeing the return of sports like the NBA, MLB, and NHL back in full swing, and high school sports in Georgia are (mostly) proceeding on schedule. 

With school back in session, the question arises how COVID-19 will affect football season locally. At McIntosh High, they’re working on controlling what they can (more…)

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