Erlanger Honors Organ Donors With Flag Raising On Thursday

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Officials with Erlanger will raise a “Donate Life” flag in the hospital courtyard on Thursday to recognize and honor 36 Erlanger patients who gave the ultimate gift of life as organ donors in 2013. Thanks to the organ donations of these 36 individuals, 145 lives were saved last year.  

Erlanger will join thousands of hospitals and organizations across the nation by flying the flag at 11 a.m. in recognition of Donor Awareness Month, and in honor of the uncountable lives touched by organ, eye and tissue donation.  Representatives from the Erlanger Health System, Tennessee Donor Services, Donate Life, Erlanger’s transplant program and other medical professionals will join Lynn Johnson, a kidney transplant recipient, and Tiki Finlayson, mother of an organ donor.

Currently more than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and more than 2,600 of those live in Tennessee.  Every 81 minutes a patient on the waiting list will die, and every 10 minutes a new name will be added.  


Warning Issued About Counterfeit Prescription Pills

The leaders of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services issued a unified message Monday, warning the public about an increase in the prevalence of counterfeit prescription drugs in Tennessee. “TBI Drug Agents ... (click for more)

Community Mental Health Rallies For Homeless

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen (CCK), Mental Health Cooperative (MHC) and local community agencies are rallying together Feb. 11 from 1-4 p.m. to highlight mental health and self-care resources.  The idea is to promote self-care to people experiencing homelessness with a Valentine’s theme of “Love Yourself: Find and Use Your Resources”.  CCK guests will be ... (click for more)

State's TNReady Testing Program Has "Severe Network Outage"; Testing To Be By Pencil And Paper

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Monday afternoon that the state's TNReady testing program had suffered "a severe network outage." Commissioner Edwards said the testing will go on, but it will have to be done with pencil and paper. She sent this email to school directors across the state: Directors, Thank you for your patience as we faced technical ... (click for more)

Brandon Bettis, 25, Arrested For Home Invasion; 2 Other Suspects Being Sought

Brandon Bettis, 25, was arrested after a home invasion early Monday morning, and two other suspects are being sought. Chattanooga Police responded to the 1100 block of Thomas Lane at 6:30 a.m. on the report of a home invasion robbery.  The suspects entered the home of the victims, James Shrum, 47, and Hillary Schooley, 25.   The victims were wakened and threatened ... (click for more)

The City Failed To Watch The Chattanooga History Museum Dollars - And Response (3)

The tell tale signs of the History Museum's folly have been evident for years. When I was a former member of City Council I interviewed Dr. Daryl Black, Ph.D. to determine if I should argue for or against the annual funding of his organization. His interview, the multi-year history of administrative non-performance (despite consistent repetitive funding), and a review of the organizational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Greenholtz: A No-Brainer

I am going to make this as simple as I possibly can. There are three fine lawyers now running for Criminal Court Judge and anywhere you go there will be people who like and admire Tom Greenholtz, Boyd Patterson and Mike Little. But when we select a judge, it should never be based on popularity. That’s why Gov. Haslam picked Greenholtz over both Little and Patterson this summer to ... (click for more)