Eyewitness News at 6, 11-30-12

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I spent my whole life building this and it's gone in a few hours

A Central Georgia business owner surveys what's left after fire reduces his building to rubble... And explains how he found an ember of hope through fellow members of the business community.

Good evening and thanks for joining us.

I'm Leah Johnson.

Frank Malloy is on assignment.

After that Monday fire gutted the cabinet shop in Fort Valley, its owner is mapping out plans for a new start.

But he's not doing it alone.

The Peach County Chamber of Commerce is bringing businesses together to help H-L-S Cabinets rebuild.

Austin Lewis has more.

<Hilton Smith, HLS Cabinets: It just started off as a normal Monday...starting out the week making our plans for the week...all of a sudden we heard a noise that's not normal so I knew something was wrong immediate. >

What was wrong...was a fire...that consumed Hilton Smith's business....HLS Cabinets. It took firefighters two and half hours to contain it.

Four days later...Owner Hilton Smith picks up things lost in the fire.

This room...was filled with completed cabinets and furniture...like this....

Now charred drawers and wood pieces remain...in a room torn apart by Monday's blaze.

<Hilton Smith, HLS Cabinets: I spent my whole life building this and it's gone in a few hours.>

The reality is saving equipment that wasn't destroyed by the fire...

Clearing out damage that hangs from the ceilings and mounds of burnt equipment and furniture.

There's a lot of work left to do...but Smith's not doing it alone.

Peach County Chamber of Commerce has set up a fire fund to help.

<Thomas Morrill, Chairman of Board of Directors Peach County Chamber: we're coming off several years of a very rough economy and businesses are just having to help each other out through this so we wanted to spearhead this effort to help restore HLS and get them back in business. >

Help has already come with...Kay Center....donating this building...as a temporary space for the business.

And Himes Sanitation...hauling away things that's can't be saved.

<Troy Himes, Himes' Sanitation: come out to see the smoke and I seen it and we was always raised that whenever people was in need you go and help.>

Smith says insurance will probably cover the building itself

But the Chamber is raising money to help replace the things that really made the shop...like the tools...and material.

Smith says the support....

< keeps your hope up it keeps you going and it makes you think there is tomorrow. >

And he says that's how he...and his cabinet shop...survived the fire.

Austin Lewis 13wmaz eyewitness news.

Fort Valley Public Safety Director Lawrence Spurgeon says the fire's cause of the fire is still not known.

Hilton Smith says the shop employs three people besides himself.

Two members-elect of the Bibb County Board of Education are asking current members to hold off on negotiating a new contract for the superintendent until they take office in January.

 

This past Monday...the board discussed terms of a new contract for Romain Dallemand...but didn't disclose any further details.

Members-elect were not invited to participate, according to a letter signed by Jason Downey and Lester Miller.

They asked to be in on any future discussions and votes concerning Dallemand's contract.

They say they should get to vote on whether his contract is renewed... rather than lame-duck members who leave office in a few weeks.

Thelma Dillard.... the third new member elected in November did not sign the letter.

The current school board is expected to meet again next Monday... possibly to approve a new contract for Dallemand.

His current salary... Is 200 thousand dollars.

Last night at six...we told you about a USA Today investigative report about a deadly strain of bacteria...

It's called CRE..and right now it's only shown up inside hospitals...

According to USA Today.. seven people in this most recent outbreak have died from CRE infections...

We talked to an infectious disease specialist from the Centers for Disease Control who explained what CRE is and what makes it so dangerous.

<cre are a group of bacteria that cause infections in patients in hospitals who are receiving medical care. Most of these patients are ill for other reasons but they are a group of infections that are highly, highly resistant to antibiotics. In fact, some of these CRE bacteria are resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them so they are a group of bacteria that are causing very, very serious infections in hospitals with very high mortality rates. If the CRE gets into your blood, we know that almost half of those patients will die from those infections so they are very serious infections.>

The doctor says right now... the so-called superbug is limited to hospital... but should still be a wakeup call for health care providers.

<so we think at the CDC that there's an opportunity now to raise awareness about CRE before it becomes a big problem in the hopes that doing so will prevent from becoming a big problem. So we think there's a time for action and that time is now.

we know what works we've seen it work very effectively in some of the health care facilities where it's been implemented. what we need now is for everybody to become aware of the problem..become aware of the steps that need to be taken to combat it but we've seen ample evidence of success when people take these steps.>

You can read the USA Today report..."Deadly Superbugs Invade U.S. Health Care Facilities" online right now.

A recent study takes a look at the safety of hospitals.

Tom George found out which one in Central Georgia came out on top.... and which others might have room for improvement...

They're the places you count on when your life is on the line..

And a recent study is giving one hospital its top grade for safety...

< We are constantly working on how we can improve, and its just great to have your hard work realized. >

Coliseum Medical Center in Macon was the only Central Georgia hospital to receive an "A" rating for safety from the Leapfrog Group. ...

Researchers looked at measures to avoid patient infection, injuries, and medical errors, the hospital's nursing staff, and physician staff in emergency rooms ...

Coliseum says their daily attention to those things helped put them on top.

< And here at our hospital, we do random audits to make sure people are washing their hands,we have hand sanitizer up in all the locations that you would expect to find them and in many locations that you wouldn't expect to find them just to encourage hand washing and sanitation..>

The area's largest hospital, the Medical Center of Central Georgia , received a "C" .. But one top administrator says the study doesn't show the full picture...

<I would say to anybody, if you come to the Medical Center, we are going to do our very best for you to be the center of everything that we do, because we want to do patient focused care. >

Houston Medical Center also received a "C."

By email...their spokeswoman said "The additional data provided in the report is nearly two years old and does not reflect the current state of care and quality provided by our organization."

One thing everyone seemed to agree on .. Safety must come first.

<it makes you more determined to continue working towards those things .. I don't think it makes you want to let up at all. It has made me more determined to stay the A hospital. >

In Macon, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

They're the places you count on when your life is on the line..

And a recent study is giving one hospital its top grade for safety...

< We are constantly working on how we can improve, and its just great to have your hard work realized. >

Coliseum Medical Center in Macon was the only Central Georgia hospital to receive an "A" rating for safety from the Leapfrog Group. ...

Researchers looked at measures to avoid patient infection, injuries, and medical errors, the hospital's nursing staff, and physician staff in emergency rooms ...

Coliseum says their daily attention to those things helped put them on top.

< And here at our hospital, we do random audits to make sure people are washing their hands,we have hand sanitizer up in all the locations that you would expect to find them and in many locations that you wouldn't expect to find them just to encourage hand washing and sanitation..>

The area's largest hospital, the Medical Center of Central Georgia , received a "C" .. But one top administrator says the study doesn't show the full picture...

<I would say to anybody, if you come to the Medical Center, we are going to do our very best for you to be the center of everything that we do, because we want to do patient focused care. >

Houston Medical Center also received a "C."

By email...their spokeswoman said "The additional data provided in the report is nearly two years old and does not reflect the current state of care and quality provided by our organization."

One thing everyone seemed to agree on .. Safety must come first.

<it makes you more determined to continue working towards those things .. I don't think it makes you want to let up at all. It has made me more determined to stay the A hospital. >

In Macon, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

The Leapfrog Group is a Washington, D.C based group that says it advocates access and transparency in healthcare.

None of the other hospitals in Central Georgia earned a "D" or "F."

All others in the area beside Coliseum scored either a B or C.

You can find all of the ratings on our website, 13WMAZ.com.

In the meantime..... the Medical Center of Central Georgia today recognized its former boss... Don Faulk.... who recently retired.

Faulk worked at the hospital for nearly 39 years... the last 15 years he served as CEO.

Today... Hospital staff gathered to give him a send-off and thank you.

He was presented a crystal award ...as new CEO Ninfa Saunders looked on.

Saunders worked in health care in the Peach State for more than twenty years before moving to New Jersey in 2002.

She was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Virtua Health Systems in south Jersey.

Former Macon City Councilman Erick Erickson said today he will not be running for the U.S. Senate after all.

Three days ago, Erickson said he was entertaining the idea of challenging Senator Saxby Chambliss in a Republican primary.

Today, through his website, redstate dot com, the radio host and blogger said he won't put his family through quote "a terrible nasty campaign" and didn't want to be away from his wife and kids in the quote "pit of vipers" in Washington D.C.

Erickson says he still hopes that another candidate challenges Chambliss but writes..... it just won't be him.

And... Some happy news that brought John in to fill in tonight....about the newest addition to the Jones Zone as well as our 13WMAZ family.

Ben and Lorra Lynch Jones welcomed little Ella Hope into the world.

Their new daughter will be called Hope.

She weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces...and was ready for her close up from day one.

<lorra describes ella hope and thanks the community for its support>

Congratulations and very best wishes to Ben, Lorra, Hope... And Hope's big brother and sister, Benjamin and Olsen.

'tease the season to put your holiday spirit on Parade.

The city of Warner Robins is gearing up for its annual tradition.

Volunteers and members of the Robins Chamber of Commerce are getting ready for this year's Christmas parade.

Planning started in July...

And 130 floats and bands are on the roster.

Today... 20 volunteers were working to put a finishing touch on all of the floats.

Participants will meet at three staging areas... Tomorrow morning.

Volunteers are making sure that those areas are marked properly so that everyone can hit the streets in the correct order.

< It helps with safety issues with the parents coming in with their kids who are supposed to ride on the floats and so forth. We direct them. We show them where they can park. >

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Houston Road and Watson Boulevard.

Up and coming Nashville recording star and Georgia native Colbie Dee will serve as Grand Marshal.

Warner Robins isn't the only city gearing up for their Christmas parade.

So's Centerville.

And their parade will be led by someone we love here at 13WMAZ.

Frank Malloy's son... Nick will be the grand marshal.

You may remember... Nick was severely injured in a car wreck this year.

He says this Christmas will be special...

And being grand marshal makes it even better.

< It's an honor to get to do something like that and just to thank people for the support they've shown throughout the year. >

Nick says his favorite part of Christmas is spending time with family.

He's also looking forward to playing music again soon.

More festivities in the lineup.

In Dublin...the party kicks off tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock.

The parade will start on Telfair St..and ends at City Hall on Bellevue.

And Bolingbroke gets into the act Saturday afternoon with a parade in the tradition of Norman Rockwell.

That one begins at 3 p.m. on Rivoli Road.

The big guy himself is making an appearance at the Perry parade...

Santa will start his journey at 4 tomorrow afternoon...down Main Street.

Fort Valley's parade begins at 5 p.m. at Blue Bird and ends with a celebration at Fort Valley Festival Park.

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tonight at 11.

But remember... The news is always on at 13WMAZ.com.

The evening news is up next.

Have a safe night everyone.

 

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