Murphy, N.C. – Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital (EWCH) has awarded scholarships totaling $14,500 to area high school graduates who are pursuing higher education in health care.
The scholarships, which are funded entirely by philanthropy, are granted in the names of five valued community members: Mr. John Carringer, Ms. Dorothy Cloer, Dr. Jeffrey B. Larson, Dr. Helen Wells and Ms. Trish Brady. The scholarships are awarded to students who plan to pursue careers in health care in hopes that they will accept clinical positions in the community after their schooling is complete.
“Erlanger would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s scholarships,” said Mark Kimball, EWCH CEO. “By investing in the next generation of health care professionals in our area, we are investing in the future of western North Carolina as well.”
The following graduates are this year’s recipients: Makayla Cheyenne Anderson, Hayesville High School; Hannah Kintrell Bailey, Hiawassee Dam High School; Karree Beth Cole, Robbinsville High School; Miranda Hall, Tri-County Early College; Kathryn Keily Garvin Jenkins, Murphy High School; Bailey Elizabeth King, Hayesville High School; Ellie Reagan Martin, Murphy High School; and Emily Ann Roper, Andrews High School.
An additional $22,750 in scholarship renewals was also awarded, totaling $37,250 in overall scholarships from EWCH for 2019.
Tri-County Community College would like to congratulate the following students on being selected for academic honors on the President's and Dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester.
Students are selected for the President’s list at the end of each semester in which they have earned 6 or more credit hours in a degree, diploma, or certificate program; have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or greater and a semester grade point average of 4.0.
Students are selected for the Dean’s list at the end of each semester in which they have earned 6 or more credit hours in a degree, diploma, or certificate program; have earned a current semester grade point average and cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or greater.
Printed certificates are available by request. Please email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 835-4207 to request a certificate.
The students who achieved President's and Dean’s list status for the spring 2019 semester at Tri-County Community College are listed below.
Abigail S. Combs, Adam S. Moore, Aleayah F. Cox, Alejandro Gavarrete, Alexander B. Haines, Alexandrea S. Huls, Alexis M. Ledford, Allison F. Chastain, Allison S. LeQuire, Allyson A. Parker, Alyson R. Palmer, Alyssa G. McDaniel, Alyssa H. Hawkins, Alyssa L. Daniel, Amanda L. Manning, Anderson K. Sutton, Andrea C. Garst, Andrew S. Bryson, Angela D. Chapman, Ann K. Lukens, Anna J. Sutton, Anna T. Chandler, Annie D. Brooks, Ashley D. Cochran, Ashley M. Bartlett, Ashley N. Huskins, Aubrey F. Orr, Aubrey L. Baldwin, Aubrey M. Clapsaddle, Bailey E. King, Bailey G. Johnson, Bailey J. Mock, Brionna G. Sparks, Brooklynn D. Jones, Bryce E. Teesateskie, Caitlyn C. Irwin, Cambrie D. Lovin, Cameron D. McClure, Carissa P. Long, Cassie Lowrance, Cesiah T. Lowe, Charlee B. Matheson, Charles H. Turner, Chase D. Roberts, Christopher C. Little, Ciara P. Elrod, Connor R. Sawyer, Corie L. Bellucci, Daisy G. Henry, Dakota C. Gatti, Dalia L. Escobar, Deloris D. Carver, Destiny B. Sneed, Dylan L. DiCicco, Elijah H. Wolfard, Elizabeth J. Ayers, Emily A. Bridges, Emily M. Shook, Eric C. Fox, Eric R. Maennle, Erika R. Sena, Erin D. Manuel, Erin L. Phillips, Fletcher A. Peters, Gabriella R. Stiltner, Gabrielle S. Mason, Grace A. Hill, Gracie F. Ledford, Gregory K. Maxey, Hailey L. Rhoney, Hannah L. Smith, Hunter J. Shope, Isabella S. Rogers, Izabella L. Hanold, Jackson E. Hall, Jacqueline I. Breazeale, Jade C. Stiles, James F. Maennle, James R. Stanley, Jamie L. Lewis, Jasmine B. Weaver, Jenna M. Bandy, Jennifer D. Slucher, Jennifer H. Rayfield, Jennifer Hernandez, Jennifer L. Bennett, Jensen B. Carver, Jerri A. Roper, Jesse W. Penley, Jillian G. Davis, Joanna C. Godinez, Jonathan B. McNabb, Jordan M. Pendergrass, Joshua D. Perrine, Joshua L. Jones, Juliana K. Aiken, Julianna L. Caudle, Julie A. Wooten, Justin T. Race, Kaitlynn L. Wheaton, Kandace M. Woods, Karlie M. Curtis, Karlyn B. Matheson, Kathleen L. Bober, Kathryn Keily G. Jenkins, Kayla M. Murray, Kayla M. Muzik, Kayley R. Sells, Kellie S. Ledford, Kenneth M. Hill, Kenneth R. Geurts, Kera S. Malin, Kiera E. Lewis, Kosal Thach, Kylan L. Bunch, Kyle R. Akers, Kyndal N. Postell, Laguna P. Bateman, Lanie M. Stewart, Leah R. Cody, Leigha G. Nix, Leigha M. Beaver, Lillith M. Johnson, Lindsay Mays, Locklie P. Postell, Luke N. Byrd, MacKenzie Barrett, Macy L. Rogers, Madeline P. Brocato, Madison A. Brooks, Madison A. Daniels, Madison D. Adamovich, Madison M. Livingston, Madison P. Huskins, Maggie E. Thurmond, Magnus D. Fonda, Makayla C. Anderson, Margaret F. Carpenter, Matthew A. Booze-Hall, Matthew L. White, McKenzie B. Haney, Melanie F. Millsaps, Michael B. Rattler, Michael L. Styles, Misty D. Dittman, Morgan E. Dudley, Morgan L. Waldroup Allen, Moriah E. Miller, Nathaniel A. Welch, Nicholas T. Selwyn, Noah Spence, Novalee V. Stalcup, Pamela L. Shepard, Quinten R. Carver, Rachel L. Cline, Rachel L. Lomauro, Rachel Rhodes, Rebecca J. Avent, Rebecca R. Carter, Robert M. Miller, Rosabella J. Debty, Samantha J. Calascione, Samantha K. Buchanan,Sarah J. Grubb, Savannah G. Horton, Selah Werner, Shawn W. Jones, Sophia L. Hogsed, Spencer Guess, Stephanie P. Reid, Sydney B. Bolyard, Sydney S. Sheldon, Tayla M. Millsaps, Tess E. Diffenderffer, Thomas R. Lachance, Timothy S. Crawford, Tisha D. Paskanik, Toni Ann C. Hall, Trina P. Chodos, Trinity A. Garrett, Tristan Z. Lambert, Verna M. Townson, Warren F. Brooks, William L. Grove, William T. Moore, and Zeel Desai.
Abigail S. Jacobs, Adam M. Fleischer, Addisyn G. Hardin, Alejandra F. Rodriguez, Alexis J. Driggers, Allen S. Chambers, Amy N. Estep, Andrew R. Monroe, Avery J. Taylor, Billie F. Cook, Brittany A. Steele, Brittany R. Staples, Brittney M. Turner, Caitlyn A. McGaha, Cassandra M. Schreiber, Chadwick A. Hughes, Chloe B. Harrelson, Chrislyn H. Teasdale, Christie A. Little, Christopher C. Sneed, Cooper M. Cable, Dallas A. Knox,
Daniel Braybon, Dawson H. Mitchell, Deborah L. Meigs, Elysse H. Byrd, Emily H. Barnes, Emma F. Nichols, Emma V. Crisp, Evan D. Raper, Felecia M. Matoy, Grace I. Henderson, Hailey N. Bowman, Hang Mei A. Lam, Hannah Deweese, Hannah N. Sullivan, Harlie A. Fannin, Heather Woodward, Jaicey L. Stapleton, James S. Monroe, IV, Jasmine H. Payne, Jayce D. Elliott, Jaylan M. Hamby, Jeffrey W. Ramsey, Jesse B. Self, John D. McHan, Jr., Jonathan J. Blomgren, Joshua L. Gunter, Kaleb E. Laney, Kamron W. McGuire, Karen E. Duckett, Karree B. Cole, Kelsey R. Harris, Kevin A. Cox, Kimberly N. Bond, Krystal E. Baker, Larry N. McCray, Lexie N. Powell, Lilly A. Brown, Lindsey N. Wachacha, Lori K. Anderson, Lucas W. Dockery, Lucille M. Crayton, MacKenzie A. Grove, Madeline L. Davis, Madison J. Palmer, Madison P. Worley, Mariela Jimenez, Matthew B. Lowe, Matthew Gomez, Michaela A. Murphy, Miranda N. Hall, Natalie E. Gray, Nikki L. Darnell, Olivia D. Davis, Paige A. Lindley, Rebecca L. Massey, Rebecca L. O'Donovan-Owenby, River C. Collins, Ryanna B. Johnson, Samuel I. Herman, Sara E. Davies, Sarah E. Jump, Savannah G. Bas, Shawna F. Vasser, Sireen S. Hargett, Stefanie M. Gunter, Stephanie M. Brendle, Stephen N. Anderson, Tabitha R. Cornelius, Tammie E. Hanna, Tara D. Morgan, Taylor E. Gibson, Taylor W. Cook, Tiffany P. Trentham, Triniti R. Bird, Valentina M. May, Wesley D. Slucher, and Westley B. Graves.
Murphy, N.C. – Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital (EWCH) has named Jacqueline Williams as volunteer services coordinator.
In her previous role, Williams served as branch office administrator at Edward Jones in Hayesville. Before her position at Edward Jones, she worked in health care administration for 12 years as a department head secretary and, later, a senior executive assistant at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fl.
As volunteer services coordinator, Williams is responsible for operations of the hospital’s Giving Tree gift shop and the auxiliary group’s Granny’s Attic Thrift Store as well as overseeing volunteer services and community relations activities, such as the monthly outreach program “Ladies’ Night Out.”
“We are very excited to have Jacqueline Williams as part of our team,” said EWCH CEO Mark Kimball. “Our volunteer services program is a huge contributor to patient experience, and the hours that our volunteers dedicate to the hospital add a significant amount of value. We think Jacqueline is the perfect person to lead that important effort.”
Williams received her Bachelor of Science in health care leadership from National Louis University in Chicago.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at EWCH, please contact Jacqueline Williams at Jacqueline.Williams@Erlanger.org or call 828-837-8161.
Join us Thursday, June 20th, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Murphy Health and Fitness Center for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an.international event taking place at pools and waterparks around the globe to focus attention on the vital importance of teaching kids to swim.
MHF is an official host for the 10th anniversary of WLSL, a global community of kids and adults helping to spread the word that formal swimming lessons save lives.
Tragically, drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children ages 1-4 in the U.S., and the third leading cause of unintentional injury death throughout the rest of the world. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson was created to help spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives, just in time for the first day of summer.
Since its inception in 2010, the WLSL event has welcomed more than 278,000 people to a live event, provided close to 140,000 hours of training time to learning to swim and spread the Swimming Lessons Save Lives message to more than a BILLION kids and adults through media outlets.
According to Elise Wright, MHF operations manager, there will be 10-15 certified, volunteer swim instructors on site at the fitness center pool to help anyone who would like to learn how to swim. People of all ages are invited to attend this free event.
The WLSL event brings together tens of thousands of individuals from hundreds of communities around the globe that are committed to saving lives by teaching kids how to be safe in and around the water. People from California to Florida and South Korea to Dubai, will all be coming together on the same day to tell the world how vital it is that every child learns how to swim.
The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests announced today that this year's ginseng harvest permits will be determined again by lottery with an application period from June 10 to July 12.
A permit is required to collect wild ginseng in the two national forests during the designated harvest season. Those seeking a permit must call or visit a ranger district office and submit their name and address for the lottery between June 10 and July 12. Requests by email will not be accepted. Written notification will be mailed to successful applicants selected by lottery before August 16. District offices will start issuing permits to selected applicants August 26 with an effective date of September 1.
Wild ginseng plants on the national forest are managed by the U.S. Forest Service to meet the needs of present and future generations. In 2013, due to concern over reductions in wild ginseng numbers, the Forest Service implemented changes to wild ginseng harvests on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to conserve wild ginseng populations. These policies remain in place including:
Ginseng root has been favored as a tonic primarily in East Asia for the past two-and-a-half centuries. In North Carolina, ginseng is more common in the mountains, very infrequent in the piedmont, and very rare in the coastal plain.
Ranger District contact information may be found at the National Forests in North Carolina website, www.fs.usda.gov/main/nfsnc/about-forest/districts.
For more information about harvesting ginseng in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, see https://go.usa.gov/xQdwt.
U.S. Air Force Airman Brantley J. Crisp graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Crisp is the son of Jessica P. and Josh M. Garrett of Andrews, N.C.
He is a 2018 graduate of Andrews High School, Andrews, N.C.
A day does not go by without someone asking me about the status of bringing the train back home to Murphy. An important event happened this past Wednesday. At the request of the executive leadership of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (GSMR) and their parent company, American Heritage Railways, I was privileged to host a train summit. The planned location for this meeting was in the Murphy City Hall conference room; however, the attendee list quickly outgrew the space, so we moved the meeting to the Cherokee County Center of Applied Technology in Marble. The purpose of the summit was to start a serious evaluation of developing a rail freight component in addition to the excursion train. The addition of freight greatly improves GSMR’s Business Model while also adding a very important service to our community. Freight can be shipped out or into our community from anywhere in the Continental United States. We all know that we count on 18 wheelers to carry a massive amount of freight. We also can see the impact to our highways and bridges this is having across America.
First, let me share a list of very important leaders who attended. This meeting included John Harper, GSMR Corporate Family, Michael Gibson, Vice President of American Heritage Railways Rail & Freight Development, Kim Abbritton, Vice President & General Manager, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, David Huskins, Governmental Affairs, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Jack Delman, NC Board of Transportation, Brian Burch, NCDOT Division Engineer Division 14, Neil Perry, Rail Program Manager, NCDOT Rail Division, Dena Magliola NCDOT Raleigh, Cheryl Collins NCDOT Raleigh, James Bridges, NC DOT Raleigh, Sarah Thompson, Executive Director Southwestern Commission, Rose Bauguess Senior Planner Southwestern Commission, Gary “Hippie” Westmoreland, Chair-Cherokee County Commissioners, Randy Wiggins Manager Cherokee County, James Reid Mayor, Andrews, Mike Sheidy, Alderman Andrews, Karen Watson, Murphy City Council, Ray Rapp, Chair Western NC Rail Committee, Larry Kernea, Murphy Electric Power Board, Paul Worley Cherokee County Economic Development, Rich Price, Jackson County Economic Development, Chad Simons, Manager Town of Murphy and Rick Ramsey Mayor, Murphy.
This summit provided a way for these leaders to openly discuss the importance of a rail freight component in pursuing a path forward for the Andrews to Murphy Rail Corridor owned by NCDOT. The next step will be to pair these leaders with our current industry executives coordinated by our Economic Development Team. In addition, there are possible new businesses that would become a reality by having the ability to ship by rail in our community.
The Andrews to Murphy (A2M) Corridor Reactivation has the attention of the North Carolina Legislature. The Transportation Committee requested and received an update on the current status of the A2M Project. North Carolina DOT Rail Leadership reconfirmed a cost estimate of 10.3 million dollars to bring the track back to a safe operating condition. While this sounds like a lot of money, it was recently mentioned that 13 million dollars was spent on replacing depot awnings. The State of NC is currently working with a 500 million dollar surplus. I realize that there are important needs for these funds throughout our state. I also realize that successfully bringing the train back will be an economic game changer for Murphy, Andrews, Cherokee County and the State of North Carolina.
I am told that we are closer than ever to having the train return. There is a lot of work ahead of us though.
Please continue to make your voice heard to our State Legislative leaders. I expect to be able to share another step forward for the train in the coming weeks. Our State Legislative Leaders have been true to their word that they will support a fair business review on the costs and expected return on investment for the train.
Robbinsville, NC- May 23, 2019 - You can't always believe what you see. The water in our mountain streams is sometimes polluted even though it appears crystal clear. And sometimes what looks like pollution is actually fighting the effects of pollution.
Acid rain looks just like regular rain. It occurs when rainwater falling through the sky picks up tiny pollutants like atmospheric sulfur from industrial plants. When acid rain makes it way to streams, it increases the acidity of the water which can be harmful to fish.
Jason Farmer, U.S. Forest Service fisheries biologist, was part of a team that reversed the effects of acid rain on streams in the Upper Santeetlah watershed. Just like a gardener in western North Carolina adds lime to our naturally acidic soils, Jason added limestone to neutralize the acidity of stream water. The streams were monitored to check the pH, a scale of acidity.
"After adding limestone to Sand Creek and Wolf Laurel Branch, our monitoring showed that pH levels were restored to pre-industrial conditions. This will help sustain a healthy population of brook trout, the only trout native to western North Carolina," said Farmer, who works on the Cheoah Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest.
Farmer also monitored the physical attributes and fish and aquatic salamander habitat of the stream channel after liming and found no negative effects.
This was a cooperative project between the U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It received significant financial assistance from the Tennessee Valley Authority and Duke Energy.
Farmer's efforts recently earned him the North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited (NCTU) President's Award for Outstanding Work.
"We were impressed by this outside-the-box but simple common-sense solution. The potential to fight acid deposition by targeting it just before it hits the stream - sort of like setting the hook right before the take - both struck a chord with us and is an example of the kind of work Jason has consistently presented at almost every meeting I've attended," said Rusty Berrier, NCTU's National Leadership Representative.
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The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office:
Hayesville, NC - (May 20, 2019) Clay County has lost a friend to all who knew him, a model student, a great athlete and all around fine young man and citizen that wasn’t able to call Hayesville home for nearly long enough. Steven Plummer had only been a resident of Hayesville for a short time but the positive impact that he had on our small community was evident yesterday by the massive turn out of support. The loss felt by his family is shared county wide today and it can be seen and felt throughout the community where ever you go.
At approximately 3:00 PM on Monday afternoon Clay County Deputies were dispatched to the area of the TVA Circle near the “saddle dam” off Hinton Center Rd. in response to a drowning victim, 17-year-old Steven Plummer of Hayesville. Steven was a Senior at Hayesville High School this year and was with several of his classmates at the time of the incident. According to eyewitness statements, Steven was attempting to swim from the shoreline to a pontoon boat a short distance away when he began to struggle at about the half way point. Several friends say they saw he was in distress and immediately went to his aid but efforts to reach him in time were unsuccessful.
The 911 call from a student at the scene generated a full response of every emergency resource available in the county. Additional help from Towns and Henderson Counties responded as well as NC State Wildlife and TVA. Hayesville Schools Superintendent along with teachers and staff as well as County Manager and School Board members were all on scene assisting emergency personnel with the mass of students and families that turned out in one of the largest support efforts seen. The Hinton Center was a huge asset by providing a place for friends and loved ones to congregate and meet with grief counselors from the school and Appalachian Community Services while awaiting further news.
At approximately 6:20 PM members of the Towns County Dive Team located Steven’s body in about 23’ of water and about 150’ to 200’ from shore, the same general area identified earlier by eyewitnesses. Local M.E. Kyle Cody was on scene and performed a preliminary examination that revealed no contributing factors to Steven’s accidental drowning.
WKRK sends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Steven Plummer along with the entire Hayesville community.
Murphy, N.C. – The Nurse Professional Practice Council of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital (EWCH) generated nearly 340 pounds of items for the second annual Reach donation drive for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
Reach supports individuals who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse. In addition to providing temporary shelters, Reach offers resources for abuse victims, including support groups, court and hospital accompaniment, employment training, help with finding housing, community education, etc.
Hospital staff and visitors donated personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, clothing, baby items and household supplies for the Reach shelters in Cherokee and Clay County.
“Erlanger is so thankful for everyone who donated to the Reach drive,” said EWCH nurse Amanda Berry. “Reach is such an important organization. Our employees and patients are so generous, especially when it comes to supporting efforts to improve our community.”
The council presented the donations to Reach representatives from both Cherokee and Clay County on May 14.