Burn center seeks hangar
McDuffie County Commissioners learned last week that the Joseph M. Still Burn Center is interested in locating a hangar and jet at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport.
According to McDuffie County Manager Don Norton, the jet would be used to shuttle doctors around the southeastern U.S. to and from the area in conjunction with the Burn Center. He added that two more jets could be added in the future.
Both the Aiken and Thomson airports were under consideration for the project, but Mr. Norton said Burn Center officials led commissioners to believe that the McDuffie County location had a "hand up" on the project.
Public health workers to get uniforms
McDuffie County public health officials will become more visible with the requirement of uniforms and new name tags.
As part of East Central Georgia Health District Director Dr. Cassandra Youmans' preparedness initiative, Environmental Specialist Tim Mosely and front desk personnel will soon be sporting vests clearly stating their connection to public health. Name tags, similarly, will inform the public which agency they are dealing with in the event of disaster-related interaction.
The money for the first set of uniforms and names is coming from a bio-terrorism awareness and preparedness program. Each of the 13 counties in the district are expected to follow suit.
Facility Administrator Virginia Bradshaw said McDuffie County has only one staff member who regularly works outside the office requiring a uniform, that being Mr. Mosely. Annually, he makes several hundred septic system, food service and tourist court inspections. He also performs animal bite case investigations, processes water samples and works on any health-related complaint.