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Page A-6, The Tuskegee News, March 22, 2018 Recent activities include home intrusion, vehicle death and shooting into vacant church A manhunt was conducted in Macon County for Brunson says the suspects were believed to be scene. two home invasion suspects armed and dangerous and he is cautioning resi- The crash occurred on Macon County 26 near According to SheriffAndre Brunson, Macon dents to lock their doors. Macon County 79, approximately 12 miles east of County deputies responded to the home invasion Anyone who sees suspicious activity should call Tuskegee. call between 11 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the sheriffs office at 334-724-0669. March 14 on County Road 53 and 54. Shots fired into .Macon County church Brunson said a mother and her son were home Single-vehicle accident claims life The Macon County Sheriffs Office is investigat- when their door was kicked in by two armed peo- A single-vehicle crash at 7:56 a.m. on Saturday, ing after shots were fired into a local church. ple. The mother and son ran out and were not March 17, claimed the life of a Tuskegee man. According to SheriffAndre Brunson, the shots harmed. William Earl Howard, 55, was killed when the were fired int9 Rising Star.Baptist Church over The Macon County Sheriffs Office set up a 2002 Cadillac Escalade he was driving left the the weekend (March 17-18). Brunson said no one perimeter and searched for a few hours, with the roadway and struck "a tree. Howard, who waswas inside the church at the time. Kilby Correctional K9 search team assisting them. wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the The case remains under investigation. Commission Page A-l) County Courthouse. : Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc (ACH) rep- resentative Mike Coffey outlined healthcare options for the County that could reduce costs for prodding medical and mental health care for inmates. Moore and Macon County SheriffAndre' Brunson have been in discussions about how to best serve those incarcerated at the 40-bed Macon County De- tention Center located in Tuskegee. Brunson said that the Cost of medical services is not only is costly in terms of the actual payment for med- ications, transportation and ,eatment, but also rep- resents a drain on the department's limited personnel. The sheriff pointed out that each time an inmate has to visit a doctor or is hospitalized, a deputy is re- quired to transport and remain with the inmate. Brunson said that it is very expensive for the medical treatment and personnel requirements. Moore, whose group is contracted with 310 jails in several states that includes seven jails in Alabama, offers services that include having a nurse visit three times a week for a total of 12 hours to treat inmates. A doctor will visit every other week and stay until all work is completed. In addition, a doctor is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for consultation. That includes holidays. ACH provides on-site x-rays to help make a determination if an injury needs to be treated Outside the jail setting. Dental triage screenings for the purpose of identify- ing serious dental needs are provided under a con- tract with ACH. Pool money pays for dental care. Brunson and Moore explained that by having a nurse or doctor on site -- or available for advice -- the burden won't totally be on the sheriff to make the decision to send an inmate for outside treatment It not only will save on situations that can be han- dled within the jail, but also takes liability off the sheriff and the County, The contract with ACtt in- cludes minium limits of $1 million liability for each occurrence and $3 million annual aggregate involving inmate healthcare issues. The contract also includes training for personnel under the facility's existing policies, procedures and guidelines. Also to be paid for under the contract are pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, medical equip- , ment; mobile services (such as x-ray and laboratory), office equipment and office supplies, re:pricing of medical claims and biomedical waste disposal. Treatment for mental health is a major concern with jails nationwide, especially with the elimination of many state mental health hospitals and an empha- sis on local mental health treatment centers. Inmates with mental health issues are considered a danger to themselves and others and often rem in local jails with the lack of other facilities to treat them. Brunson said overall costs for inmate healthcare is in excess of $100,000 annually. Moore said a contract would have to be negotiated, but the cost to Macon County may be about $6,000 a month, or $72,000 a year. That would represent a considerable savings for the county. In other business at the March 12 meeting: The Commission recognfzed employees of the month. They were: Barbara Adams, March, RSVP; Michael Williams, March, Road and Bridge Department; and Starling Brown, April, Road and Bridge Department. County Engineer JD Smith was given permission to hire four people for grass cutting. They will be paid through grant funds. Smith said bids will be accepted through March 30 for resurfacing work on County Road 24 from County Road 48 to the Lee County line, County Road 33 from County Road 24 to the Lee County line and County Road 24 from Cotinty Road 26 to U.S. Highway 80. Set a called meeting for Monday, April 2 to open bids for the road resurfacing, consideration of the : B&B ABC license request that was tabled and any other items that may come up. Kyra Forbes is a senior at Tuskegee University from Inglewood, Cali . who is serving an internship with The Tuskegee News during spring semester. Editor's note: Tuskegee News Editerand Publisher Guy Rhodes contributed to this article. Schools (From Page A-l) %Vhen I was in school, we did not test well," Brooks, said. 'Tne students might know the information. It is the test itsel the . have problems with. Maybe its comprehension, Maybe its time constraints, but we will work with teachers and parents to see how we can overcome the issue." Brooks also told the 150 in attendance at the Town Hall meeting at Tuskegee Middle School what grade the school system received after several rules were changed which the school system was not informed about. Prior to the rule changes, all of the Macon County Schools had passing grades, with George Washington Carver having the lowest grade of 60. ' One of the biggest factors hurting our schools is chronic absenteeism," Brooks explained. "And these can be for excused or unexcused absentness, such as field trips ,' She added that 6 percent of all schools will be on the school failing.hst despite their proficiency score, accordin, g to the A abama Accountability Act (Failing Schools). money for the School system, many items and re- sources are not available to the children in the sys- tem. "When VictoryLand was in full operation we could provide our students with many services and assis- tance~"Brooks said. '~I am not advocating gambling, but I am in favor of our industry. Many teachers and other additional services were afforded us when we were receiving the funds from VicteryLand." Ad valorem taxes have been paid to the school sys" tem since VictoryLand started resumed operations in September of 2016. Questions from the audience were about how and what is needed to help the system face these chal- lenges and one of the answers is to get involved by volunteering time and reading to the students. '%Ve are not going to allow the challenges we face to keep us from following through with our rmsslon, Brooks indicated. "Our students will successfully matriculate through the Macon County School System and will graduate from high school prepared to follow a choice Funding Was the issue. The principals try not for success (military, college, technical school, entre- to use the lack of fudding as an excuse for the many preneurship, job readiness) and im met the world challenges they face, but it true. With very little with their Power of One." Council (From Page A-l) more about '[REACH" can visit the university's web- site at pickup; $190 for two pickups; $285 for three pick- ups; $380 for four pickups; $475 for five pickups; $570 for six pickups and for every day pickup is In other business during the regular meeting of the $665. A special pickup for the dumpster is $95. City Council on Tuesday, March 13: The City looked into some businesses that were The.Council received a hst of individuals to serve not using the City for solid waste colleciion, but are on the re-established Parks& Recreation Advisory using outside contractors, might be found in viola- Board for Council approves it. Several parents would tion to city ordinances. like for the Advisory Board to be re-established to as- The Council approved lodging license fees sist in the commtmication, decision-making and within the City limits and within the Police Juris- fundraising efforts for the department, diction. Within the City Limits it will be 10 per- . The Council approved new rates for businesses' cent of the gross income received by each person solid waste collection. The rates are for the number of operating hotels, motels, tourist courts, tourist cab- pickups per week for a 90- gallon cart: 1 time is $28; 2 ins, lodging houses and rooming houses renting to times is $56; 3 times is $84; 4 times is $122; 5 times is transients. The fee within the Police Jurisdiction is $140; 6 times is $168; every day is $196. To have a 5 percent. special pickup is $28. The City of Tuskegee will be closed for Good Fri- For a 6-yard dumpster per week is: $95 for I day, March 30. BTW(From PageA-l) daily," commented Vie Wilson, Ed.D executive di- American Fidelity Assurance, Cl ssw0rks, Cur- rector of the Council for Leaders in Alabama riculum Associates, Edgenuity, Jostens, and Pew- Schools (CLAS). erSch0ol. This program would not be possible without its CLAS appreciates its sponsors for the invaluable generous sponsors. LEAN Frog is the program's support of the CLAS Banner School Awards Pro- Keystone Partner and Foundation Partners are gram. Cervical cancer program set. for Monday, March 26. Did you know that cervical cancer isn't just treatable, it is preventable? However, it's up to us to prevent it. : Learn the symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and Cervical Cancer. Regular screening with Pap tests can detect cell changes befo};e canCer develops. If you are age 30 or over, your healthcare provider may recommend that you have anHPV test along with your Pap. Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV (a sexually transmitted disease). Ac- cording to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about 8 out of 10 U.S. women will contract this virus that can cause cervical cancer and one- third of U.S. women diagnosed with cervical can- cer die. A vaccine is now available tha provides protec: tion against HPV and can help prevent cervical cancer. Women who receive the HPV vaccine must remember that they'should continue hav- ing regular Pap tests. Remember to vaccinate early, get your Pap test regularly, and have an HPV test when recom- mended by your healthcare provider. For more information on how to prevent cervi- cal cancer, join Macon M.E.A.N.S. on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.rq. for an informative discussion on STD's and Cervical Cancer by Dr. James David Harris MD, Gynecologist, Director Women's Health, CAVHCS. Dr. Harris has served as CEO, Women's Health at Water's Edge, OB/GYN; Chief of Staff: Chief of Surgery, and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lanier Health Services. This informative session will take place at the Cooperative Extension Office Elm Street, Down- town Tuskegee. Please park in the parking lot near the Revenue Commissioner's Office to enter. For information contact Nina Boyd 334-727-3038 or Doretha Heard 334-727-0797. B~, Alphonso, a resident of Shorter, died on Sunday, March 11, 2018. His funeral was held on Sat- urday, March 17 from Greater White Church, Shorter. Burial followed at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Cemetery in Shorter. JONES, Jr Eli "Buddy," a former resident of Tuskegee, died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Winston- Salem, N.C. His funeral was held on Monday, March 19 from Burton's Funeral Home Chapel Burial was in Ashdale Cemetery. LAMPKIN, Sammie Lee, a resident of Tuskegee, died on Thursday, March 8; 2018. His funeral was held on Saturday, March 17, from Solomon Chapel, A. M. E. Zion Church. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. ~, Frances Ledbetter, 86, of Notasulga, died Sunday, March 11, 2018. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, March 14, at Notasulga First Baptist Church. Burial was in Notasulga Memory Gardens. MeleE, Thomas Anthony, 68, died Thursday, March 15, 2018 His funeral was held on Monday, March 19 at Notasulga United Methodist Church. MOORE, Jasper, a resident of Tuskegee, died on !i Tuesday, March 13, 2018. His funeral was held on Sat- urday, March 17 from the McKenzie's Funeral Home Chapel Burial followed in Chehaw Cemetery. MORSE, Harold Harrison, 30, of Notasulga, died Fri- day, March 16, 2018: His funeral was Wednesday, March 21 at Christ's Gospel Baptist Church. Burial was in Notasulga Memory Gardens. STEVENSON, Daisy A 88, of Little Texas, died Sun- day, March 11, 2018. Her funeral was held on Wednes- day, March 14 at Williams Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial was in Little Texas Cemetery. STINSON, Eva Jointer, a resident of Tuskegee, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Her funeral was Tues- day, March 20 from Chehaw AME Zion Church in Tuskegee. Burial followed in the Pine Level Cemetery in Loachapoka. WOODS, Edward "Eddie" "Lil Bro," 70, of Bronx, N.Y formerly of Tuskegee, died on Monday, March 12, 2018. His funeral was on Saturday, March 24 from Harrell Funeral Home in New York J Henry 'Butch' Kennebrew graveside service March 24 KENNEBREW, Mr. Henry L. "Butch," a resi- dent of Tuskegee, passed March 18, 2018. A graveside service will be held in his honor on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at noon, in Ashdale Cemetery. McKenzie's Funeral Home Staff, directing. .tuaries Remembering loved ones---how to mubxni~ an obituax~. A charge of 25 cents a word with an additional charge of $5 for a photo with the obituary. Obituaries may be scheduled for publication by funeral homes or individuals, or you can bring them into our office at 103 South Main Street, Tuskegee, Deadline for an obituary io noon Tuesday prior to the following" Thursday's edition of The *fMskegee News. Contact (334) 727-3020 or email to schedule an obituary, Paid obituaries will appear on The Tuskegee News website. i