Low Vision Expo To Be Held April 6

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Low Vision Network will host an expo on Friday, April 6, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Dr. in Hixson.

The free low vision expo will feature the latest technology and optical magnifiers for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Over 20 vendors and service providers will be on hand with 200 attendees expected to attend. 

Items of interest include: 

The OrCam MyEye, a smart camera that attaches to any pair of glasses and has the ability to recognize faces, products and text. 

CyberEyez has a facial expression recognition feature letting users know if the person they're talking to is happy, surprised, sad, etc. 

Jordy Glasses are a battery-operated, full-color portable system that can be worn like a pair of glasses to see.

CCTV (closed circuit television) magnifiers can help users read the mail or books, crossword puzzle or writing.

Hand held magnifiers

“We all love our gadgets," said CEO Donna McConnico. "Technology is elevated to a whole new level when it creates opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It becomes a magic doorway to improving the quality of life by effective communication, independent living skills and employment.  Signal Centers is delighted to offer help and hope through cutting edge and ubiquitous technology.”

The Low Vision Network is comprised of Signal Centers, Southeast Vision Rehabilitation, and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.




Morning Pointe Residents Bond With Boyd Buchanan Students

The 2018 Olympics is over, but a group of students at Boyd Buchanan enjoyed keeping their version of the games going at Morning Pointe of Hixson.   The youth hosted a variety of activities for the residents at the assisted living and Alzheimer's memory care community, such as bowling, chair volleyball and a hula hoop contest, to name a few.    "It was a day ... (click for more)

Mark Kimball Named CEO Of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center

Mark Kimball, FACHE, has been named chief executive officer of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center, based in Murphy, N.C.  The announcement was made this week by Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, president & CEO of the Erlanger Health System.  The North Carolina-based healthcare facility became Erlanger’s sixth hospital on April 1 and its first in North Carolina.   When ... (click for more)

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)