Matthew Huff named Assistant Vice President of Physician Services and Operations of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital
Murphy, N.C. – Matthew Huff has been named Assistant Vice President of Physician Services and Operations at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital.
Mr. Huff has ten years of health care administration experience in North Carolina and has been part of the leadership teams at Vidant Health in Greenville and Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge in Morganton. Prior to his appointment at Erlanger, Huff served as Designated Institutional Officer and Director of Post-Graduate Affairs at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
As Assistant Vice President of Physician Services and Operations, Huff will oversee and manage physician practices, recruitment and hospital operations. He will also help develop a rural family practice residency program.
In his previous role, Huff was responsible for building a medical education group of five hospitals and more than 20 rural-based residency programs. He also managed the development and operation of these residency programs, which consisted of more than 160 residents.
“Matthew Huff is a great addition to our Erlanger team,” said Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital CEO Mark Kimball. “He brings with him a wealth of experience and has extensive knowledge of community rural health care, which we believe will be a huge asset to this hospital.”
Huff received a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hayesville, N.C. – Hayesville thrift store, Granny’s Attic, recently donated more than $55,000 of its annual earnings to Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital.
Granny’s Attic is a non-profit organization run solely by volunteers. The Hayesville thrift store, which sells donated clothing and small household items, has historically donated 100% of its proceeds to Good Shepherd Home Health and Hospice. Since the recent sale of this hospice facility, the officers of Granny’s Attic decided to give the money to other local organizations including Erlanger.
“We are grateful for the wonderful volunteers who are part of the Erlanger Auxiliary program at Granny’s Attic and their continued mission to help support our needs,” said Mark Kimball, CEO of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital. “With their significant contribution this year we are able to invest in some much needed equipment allowing us to enhance the world-class services we provide to our community.”
The donated money from Granny’s Attic will fund a new Urodynamic System, Ambu Bag Trainers and scope washer. Clay County Schools also will receive funds from the store’s earnings. Granny’s Attic is located at 200 Highway 64 West in Hayesville and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of items are accepted during hours operation.
The Career Technical Education (CTE) Department of Cherokee County Schools will be sharing CTE student spotlights throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Each grading period, a student currently enrolled in a CTE course, will be chosen for the CTE student spotlight. We are delighted to introduce the students chosen from our second grading period.
Andrews High School – ZACHERY SHEPPARD
Nominated by our CTE teacher, Bill Batemen. Zach is a 12th grade student at AHS and currently enrolled in the CTE class, FIREFIGHTER III. Zach will graduate in May as an Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway completer. He is currently a junior member of the Andrews Fire Department, a member of the AHS football team and works for James Reid Tree and Lawn Service. His tentative plan is to attend Brevard College in the fall and major in Exercise Science.
Hiwassee Dam High School – CHLOE HARRELSON
Nominated by our CTE teacher, Lynn Barry-Toth. Chloe is a 12th grade student at HDHS and currently enrolled in the CTE class, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN and completed HEALTH SCIENCE II last semester. Chloe will graduate in May as a Health Science pathway completer. She plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill and become a pharmacist.
Murphy High School – ISAAC BROWN
Nominated by our CTE teacher, Amanda Johnson. Isaac is a 10th grade student at MHS and currently enrolled in DIGITAL MEDIA I and completed FOODS I last semester. Isaac stated he enjoyed taking FOODS I last semester because it taught him "real life" skills he will use when he becomes independent or has a family.
To learn more about these CTE classes and programs please contact the Career Development Coordinator, Meridith Jorgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org
In times of crisis, members of the surrounding communities depend on the crucial services provided by local public safety professionals.
“During the last few years, there has been a desire within the community from several individuals to honor our public safety personnel,” said Robin Caldwell, director of Cherokee County Emergency Management. “It’s very exciting to finally be able to offer a special event for these individuals, many of whom are volunteers.”
In recognition of their service The Tri-County Community College Foundation, in partnership with Cherokee County Emergency Management, will hold a 2019 Public Safety Appreciation Banquet for professionals serving in Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties on Feb. 7 at the college’s main campus.
“As the initial and continual training of many of our service area’s public safety personnel often begins at Tri-County Community College, the Tri-County Community College Foundation is happy to host and help coordinate this event,” said Bo Gray, executive director for the Tri-County Community College Foundation.
According to the event’s organizers, public safety encompasses a wide range of specialty units and trained professionals operating in communications and dispatch, emergency management, emergency medical service, fire and rescue, and law enforcement, all of whom have been invited to attend the event.
The banquet will feature keynote speech by Colonel Kevin Jarrard, who served as the commandant of Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., from 2009 to 2014. Col. Jarrard was also awarded a Bronze Star for his meritorious achievement in connection with combat operations as a Marine in Iraq.
“This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, which include Ivie Funeral Home and Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital at the Gold level, as well as Rhinehart Fire Services and VFIS Fire and Rescue Insurance Services at the Silver level,” Gray said. “We also express our thanks to the two other local businesses who have donated at the Patron level, Carolina Cabinets and Wayne’s Feed Store.”
According to Gray, the hope is to make this an annual event celebrating local public safety personnel.
“We appreciate and value our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who tirelessly work in our public safety sectors within Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties, so creating an annual event is our opportunity to give back,” Gray said.
In order to attend the Public Safety Appreciation Banquet, professionals should RSVP their agency’s Chief Officer or Lead Administrator by January 31.
Last week, reports on social media caused a lot of emotion around the community when images of a deceased pet pig made rounds. We did reach out to Clay County Sheriff's Office to get the official press release concerning their investigation. Here is that press release from Clay County Sheriff's Office.
On Thursday, 01/10/2019 the Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident that occurred on the previous Sunday. The complainant alleged the intentional killing of a family “pet” pig and cited a previous incident where the pet was injured with pellets from a gunshot. At this time the complainant believed this to be a retaliatory act stemming from the previous incident. Images of the animal being processed had been posted online and were being represented as the results of a legal hunt and harvest of a Feral Swine. The Complainant had been made aware of the images being posted online and ultimately brought the matter to the attention of law enforcement.
Previously on 11/26/2018 a report had been filed documenting an incident involving these same residents and the same animal. On this occasion law enforcement was called in after an altercation that ended with accusations of trespassing and ultimately resulted in an assault. At that time, it was reported that the animal was found to be on the property of another and was responsible for damages to the property. Upon the owner retrieving the animal, an altercation ensued. According to statements received by law enforcement, multiple attempts had been made by the affected party(s) to the owner of the animal to take steps to prevent any further incidents. Neither party at that time chose to pursue criminal charges and the matter was concluded with each side being advised to not have any further contact.
At this time the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission have discovered information that this incident is not a criminal matter. North Carolina General Statute Chapter 113-129(5c) defines Feral Swine as “Free-ranging mammals of the species Sus scrofa”. In this instance, the animal in question could not legally be classified as anything other than Feral Swine due to the lack of an adequate enclosure. This was evident by the frequency of known “free ranging” incidents accounted to officers during their inquiry by members of the Cold Branch Community. Adequate enclosure being defined as one that, at a minimum, effectively prevents the animal from free ranging as much as it protects the animal from becoming exposed to other free ranging Feral Swine, among others. According to NC Wildlife officers, the manner in which this animal was harvested was also legal and did not violate any laws.
It is unfortunate that this family has lost its pet and we want to express our empathy over their loss. Additionally, we understand how the community has been impacted over this incident and want to assure all involved that the matter has been thoroughly investigated by state and local law enforcement.
Sgt. Christopher J. Lockett, USMC, of Murphy, passed away on Monday, January 7 at the young age of 26.
Chris will be coming home Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
We are hoping to see our community line the roadways with American flags as we pay our respects to our fallen soldier.
Flags can be picked up at Chevelles in Murphy and Fatback's Citgo.
Information is still limited at this time and will be updated when we learn more.
The full obituary can be found HERE.
Our family at WKRK sends our sincere condolences to the family, friends and many loved ones of Sgt. Christopher J. Lockett.
MURPHY NC – Officials with Erlanger Murphy Medical Center announced today that the hospital is changing its name to Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital. In an unveiling ceremony Friday morning, hospital CEO Mark Kimball told a crowd of elected officials, area residents and civic leaders that, “Our new name, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, more clearly reflects our broadening reach as well as our proud affiliation with the Erlanger Health System.”
In explaining the reason for renaming the 40 year old healthcare facility Kimball said, “Although our hospital is based in Murphy, over the years it has not only grown in size and scope, but we now provide medical services in surrounding areas like Andrews and Hayesville.” The Erlanger CEO also said the new name was the result of a strategic planning process and because employees, physicians and members of the community felt strongly the current name was too narrow-focused. “Everyone wanted a name that more accurately reflected our region and the various communities we serve.”
During his announcement, Kimball praised the hospital’s affiliation with the Erlanger Health System that was finalized last April. “By joining the Erlanger family of hospitals, we have gained the expertise, knowledge and resources that come with partnering with a nationally acclaimed health system,” he said. “Today we are anchored by a leading academic medical center with seven hospitals, six Life Force air ambulances and the 10th largest public healthcare system in the United States.”
On Thursday, employees of the newly-named hospital were given t-shirts with the new Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital logo during a special celebration event and on Friday employees gathered in front of the first sign bearing their hospital’s new name. Joining Kimball during today’s announcement at the Tri-County Community College were hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Thomas Clayton, Cherokee County Commissioner Cal Stiles and Barbara Hughes with the Murphy City Council.
Erlanger Health System and local officials cut the ribbon for the Erlanger Primary Care in Andrews, N.C. on December 13.
The primary care practice focuses on promoting healthy living and disease prevention. The internal and family medicine providers deliver health coverage through coordinating specialty care, continuing care and help to identify potential issues or address current ones. Providers treat a wide range of issues from anxiety and ADHD to flu and diabetes.
“Today, I can say that we as public officials of Andrews and as patients of the Erlanger System are proud to say that we have not been forgotten and more than ever feel included and welcomed as we become accustomed to the Erlanger family,” stated Andrews Mayor James Reid during the ribbon cutting ceremony on December 13. “The proof of the Erlanger commitment to providing health care to our citizens is right here.”
Erlanger Primary Care is located at 2751 Business Highway 19 in Andrews and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment with a primary care provider please call 828-321-4510.
The following press release has been issued by Andrews Police Department. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Andrews, NC – Chief J.J. Wooten announced the December 19th, 2018 arrest of 26-year-old Amy Jumper of Robbinsville, North Carolina for controlled substance violations and fleeing to elude law enforcement.
During the afternoon hours of December 19th, 2018, Chief J.J. Wooten and Officer Nick Roberson observed a vehicle in the Andrews area committing motor vehicle violations. Chief Wooten and Officer Roberson attempted to conduct a vehicle stop and the vehicle fled from law enforcement. The vehicle pursuit went on for several miles at high rates of speed before ending in the Granny Squirrel area of Cherokee County. During the investigation, a search of the vehicle and driver recovered controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and US Currency.
Amy Jumper was taken into custody and transported to Erlanger Murphy Medical Center to be medically cleared prior to being transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center where she was incarcerated for TRAFFICKING IN METHAMPHETAMINE, PWIMSD METHAMPHETAMINE, MAINTAIN PLACE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, FELONY FLEE TO ELUDE, POSSESS MARIJUANA UP TO ½ OZ, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, POSSESS MARIJUANA PARAPHERNALIA, OPERATE A VEHICLE WITH NO INSURANCE, NO OPERATORS LICENSE, SPEEDING IN A SCHOOL ZONE, AGGRESSIVE DRIVING, DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Jumper is currently being held on a $50,000 secure bond and has a January 3rd, 2019 court date.
Chief J.J. Wooten stated “I am thankful no one was seriously hurt during this incident. It is good knowing that a large amount of controlled substance was taken off the street as we continue the fight against dangerous drugs in our area. I would like to thank the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their response and assistance.”
Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the December 19th, 2018 arrest of 21-year-old John Mckinley Hogan of Marble, North Carolina for thefts.
During the early morning hours of December 19th, 2018 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that the fenced in area of a local business had been entered and a military type fuel truck had been stolen along with damaging the fence.
As deputies of the Patrol and Investigations Division were continuing the investigation, additional information was made known of a four wheeler that had been stolen some distance from the original breaking and entering. Additionally, information was made known to the deputies that Hogan had previously been suspect into other thefts.
The Patrol Deputy went to the area where Hogan lived. Upon spotting the deputy, Hogan gave a short chase before being arrested by the deputy.
During the investigation, the truck and the four wheeler have been recovered.
John Mckinley Hogan was charged with 2 counts LARCENY OF MOTOR VEHICLE, RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER, 2 counts INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY, FIRST DEGREE TRESPASS, FAILURE TO APPEAR ON MISDEMEANOR. Hogan is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $26,500.00 secure bond.
Sheriff Palmer stated, “Excellent team work between Investigations and Patrol in clearing this case so quickly.”
To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at email@example.com.