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" The Taskegee News, April 1, 1999 oyner helps make dreams come true to The TUskegee News Alabama youths involved in the Extension System's Urban and Youth Program were awarded a trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in compliments of the nationally syndicat- The Tom Joyner Morning Show. opportunity came after Yvonne Thomas, a Extension agent with urban responsibilities, wrote to Joyner in January in response to the show's Tom Joyner Foundation grants wishes the year to deserving people or orga- making a difference in the lives young people. Joyner announced the win granted the Alabama group $4,465 on Feb. wished for funding to help with an edu- trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and it was granted "We are extremely grateful for this opportunity," said Thomas. "The young people benefitted from this experience chat otherwise would not have been possible because of limited family resources." While in Texas, the youth attended Black Heritage Day activities in Houston and toured Texas Southern University. They also attended a concert by MONICA and Brian McKnight Saturday night. Officials from two other universities met with the Alabama group, encouraging them to continue their educa- tion no matter what college they chose to attend. The youth visited exhibits and took part in edu- cational workshops that highlighted contributions African-Americans made in settling the West and to the sport of rodeo. Gary Braxton of Macon County thoroughly enjoyed the trip. "I really enjoyed the Livestock and Rodeo Show, especially the calf show. I learned a lot that will help me when I show my calf in Alabama." A Tuskegee native, Joyner hosts the live urban morning program from 5 a.m until 9 a.m. each weekday from Dallas The show includes an on-air team that reports and comments on the latest news and sports, and features drop-in celebrity guests, on-site remotes and an urban playlist Joyner, a four-time Billboard Magazine award winner, began his radio career immediately after graduating from Tuskegee Institute He worked with WRMA-AM as a news broadcaster in Montgomery. After his Montgomery radio debut, Joyner worked on air at WLOK-AM, Memphis; KWK- AM, St. Louis; and KKDA-FM, Dallas His success eventually took him to WJPG-FM, WGCI-FM, WVON-AM and WBMX-FM, Chicago. He's perhaps best known as the "FIy Jock" and the "Hardest Working in Man in Radio." In the mid1 1980s, Joyner accepted simultaneous posi- tions of morning drive man at KKDA-FM Dallas and afternoon drive talent at WGCI-FM, Chicago. His daily roundtrip commute between the two cities earned him national publicity, high ratings and millions of frequent flyer miles. In 1998, Joyner was honored by general man- agers, program directors and broadcast historians throughout the United States for his contribu tions to the broadcast industry. He was the firs~ African-American elected to the Radio Hall ~f Faille. In addition to his Billboard Magazine awards, Joyner received IMPACT Magazines Joe I,()ri:~ Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. IMPACT's Best DJ of the Year Award was renamed The 'l~)m Joyner Award because he received it so many times. The Tom Joyner Foundation is a non-profit orga nization formed for the purpose of assisting stu- dents complete their college education at histori- cally Black Colleges and Universities. ell ~ ~ ;a i (From Page Aol) ~y officials and citizens attending the il hall meeting Tuesday evening had qY participated in a gathering earlier ay at the Tuskegee VA Hospital. y Deal, director of the regional VA sys- tat covers Alabama, Georgia and South ~a, was scheduled to be a presenter at meeting for employees, but lel~ for his emery motel room aRer a bomb threat. ng to deal with an upset crowd after eparted, Acting CAVHCS Director Ken ~reat~ tened to empty the meeting room. ~ally, he did answer some questions ~l~he audience that originally was sup- N~ be just employees, but also included r , public officials and concerned dti- ! ~ier Tuesday morning, Deal met with local officials, including Ford and ~ County-Cornmissiener Omar Neal. }-77~ that meeting, Deal explained the bud- Ilpcess and the possibility of cutbacks in ~el and buildings sho~d VA funding be ~rs~on President Clinton s pmtx~al that .,~ts about a $I billion cut in the VA ~'~dY, the VA expects le~/el funding ~ ~h fiscal year 2002. According to Walker, i~khas been challenged to develop ways to -"Inoney while at the same time providing better services. ~r CAiat~'s - ~vould t~a~l~ 14.8 to $112.5 million. Out of that $112.5 ~~would have to come $7.5 million in operating e~. Those expezm- ~ude salary increases and increased cost cation. ~f:ra admitted that the reduced budget around." Many of those who spoke at Tuesday night's meeting are concerned that veterans are being shortchanged in the health care promised them for serving their country. "Our objective is to assure veterans are receiving their entitlements," said Ben Rackley of Tuskegee, a veteran from Tuskegee. "These services have been earned. As a stakeholder (veteran), I hope veterans will have an opporttmity to be more involved and kept abreast of what's going on with the local V,~" Ever since the merger process with the Montgomery VA has been ongoing, there has been criticism that the Tuskegee VA has been placed second to the Montgomery VA where acute care and surgical units are now located. Much of those operations have been moved from the Tuskegee VA which now has as its mission long-term care, geriatrics and chron- ic psychiatric care. In many briefings over the past couple of years, it has been pointed out that the VA is following the private sector in medical care with more outpatient and less inpatient care. The TuRke~ee campus has 171 beds for lone- term care, another 160 nursing home beds and 48 beds for homeless veterans. The Montgomery campus has 95 long-term care beds. There are about 1,600 employees on both campuses. Walker personnel reevaluated possibly returned to Tuskegee. He also pointed out that support care must be provided long-term care patients. He said those services would probably be increased. ~It's a chess game in some way. We always have to have services to provide nursing and Walker said that there needs to be a better job of communication. "I've been here 11 months and there are some things that need to be brought to clo- sure," said Walker who came to CAVHCS along with Ruyl when former CAVHCS direc- tor Jimmie Clay and his assistant, John Hawks, were "detailed" or reassigned after charges of mismanagement were alleged. Walker stressed that the Montgomery Campus is not being given preference over the Tuskegee Campus under CAVHCS. "We're not going to rob Peter to pay Paul. It has to be a give and take. If we sink, it will be as CAVHCS," he said. "Some things that have been lost may come back. Most savings in a merger won't be realized right away, but we are looking at such things as cell phones and transportation to cut back. It seems at times we are running around in circles. You would expect some of that at the beginning, but not as much as we have." Before Tuesday night's town hall meeting' ended, Rep. Ford urged that meetings be agreed upon between VA officials and employ- ees and VA officials and veterans. Walker Dr91nisec~ to nursue those mectJnp~. .. Those m attendance were also urged to con- tact U.S. Son. Richard Shelby and U.S. Rep. Bob Riley about problems with VA funding and the needs of the Tuskegee facility which was opened in 1923 to serve African- American veterans .................... Shelby. is scheduled to be in Tuskegee.~o hold a county-wide meeting Thursday, April 8, at 5 p.m. at Tuskegee Municipal Complex. It is clear that Clinton's budget proposal to cut funding to the VA might not be popular in Congress. Pep. Terry Everett of Enterprise, who has ~ead to the loss of as many as 150 jobs extended care at Tuskegee. We still need med- been instrumental in halting the Tuskegee- closing of 10 to 23 buildings at both ical care," Walker explained. Montgomery merger and critical of the ~CS campuses in the next fiscal year. "We are trying to prevent a great deal of Tuskegee VA operation, recently expressed W eedur pointed out there are ways of han- overlapping and duplication of services. In his disapproval of Clinton's budget. ctions in force. He mentioned the process, we didn t want to do anything to "I am disappointed that the administration ~ents and the possibility of~buyouts" to hurt the patients." did not see fit to provide enough funds in its ~e early retirements. Walker said that while the VA is beginning new budget to meet the anticipa,ted VA Short- :;~ okay for this fiscal year," Walker to act like the private sector, %veknowtheVA falls. In fact, the administrations VAbudget i~But we are making Nans for the worse- has some special problems, some social prob- le~ along would result in a drastic decline in n " " -- " " " " " l~ce~ano m the future. We are trying to lems unlike the private sector. We are still VA health care. fl(~Dactive and not reactive By planning trying to build in a safety net for the social (~were trying not to jerk people s lives problems. ..... 1 inslI ,- . III ,11 i i ~ ~ _ , Y SChool, Bible Classes and for her Elm Street, Courthouse Annex. Adults Ford (From P,A-1) and Lee Counties, hasn't had much of a break during the scheduled offtime of the Legislature for a spring/Easter holiday. The I~gislature was called into special session by Gov. Don Siegelman to deal with Senate rules and finally reached a compromise early Tuesday. Ford coordinated a public meeting Tuesday night on the ~[~skt-gcc VA hospital status and will host another meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the Macon County-Tuskegee Public Library. to discuss li~)rary fundi~g problems. The best news Ford said he has had recently is that Sale~ Nursing Home is Tuskegee has been recertified, thanks in part, to effort by Ford. "Gettin~ the nursing home reopened and 24-hour emergency health care for Tuskegee are my priorities for the year, Ford stud. ~rhe nur~ - ing home is open and we are working on the 24-hour emergency care problem." FREE i' aw cuo,,,,,,ers OVER SlO0 In PRIME VALUES COUPONS** lul Davis O"romPageA-4) ............... - ,- " ~problems and opporttmi'ties which lie ahead_. ~i~,rnm ospitM ~.a~t it for very long. I have had more holes ,pun.ched into my .body than the Pilldmry Dough Boy and, unlike the puffy TV ~r, I have never learned to giggle with each new intrusion. ~t about week at University Hospital in Birmingham several ~, getting seven heart bypasses. EAMC did not the have the t~t~d He~wt Center of today. I would get that work done right ~ home new. Community Hospital ~ have also spent m au.~ hours at EAMC. I, am self-proclaimed i~-on all facets of medicine and tender-lovin' care. I lmve been to ~.~ twice for extensive stays while the hospital folks waited for me and lby myself- to pass a few kidney tones. i:~Jr- John Mitchell has run his little wires up my leg and through ;~,~t many times. He knows the way with hi~ eyes closed new. I The Medical Staff are pleased to ' :}llhe knows it by heart., '~ ~e lots of respect for our hospital, which must be one of the finest ~' unity ,~ ........... ~ welcome Reed Luikaart, D.P.M., and his wife, Nicole As he joins Dr. Greg Dubay at our sise. a dynamic adminisl~tor in Terry'Andrus. He's a h~nds- C~'son. He makes the rounds _at the hospital almost daily, skipping ~eva.to~..and .bounding .up. the stairs two steps at a time. Makes ind~leci ~mt ~ about it. ~fes to give empl,.oyees a pat on the back. They seem to return the -- lWhaS God for.go Se ty ~smcam..hPe she n .yes. ~?ng enough to bankrupt the system. I in that quest m rive or six yeara to find a'way to , pa~" for all this. Can the young the in the new century. remain to be answered. ~me of those Winston Smith T's study group. People living , ,~!stha.,t good? It depends on the quality of that me nemm care available. Central Alabama Podiatry Center Effective Tuesday, April 6, 1999