Mr. Henry “H.G.” Reynolds

Mr. Henry “H.G.” Reynolds, 67 of Centre, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Noland Hospital in Anniston. Mr. Reynolds was a native of Cherokee County, and was an employee of the Gadsden Times for 44 years and was of the Methodist faith.

Funeral services will be 11:AM Tuesday, August 30th, at Perry Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Tim Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in Neal Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:PM Monday, at the funeral home. Perry Funeral Home Directing.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Allen Reynolds; daughters, Cassandra (Jeff) Allen of Gadsden, Celena (Shane) Sides of Spring Garden, Christina (Tony) Callantine of Sand Rock; eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Reynolds is the son of the late Harrison Grady and Edna Earl Roberts Reynolds.

GHC honors faculty, staff

Georgia Highlands College recently honored its faculty and staff from each of its campuses for the 2015-2016 academic year at its annual in-service meeting.

The 2016 awards and recipients were:

Outstanding Administrator Award — Virginia Siler

This award is designed for administrators who consistently project a positive image and who serve the college above and beyond the call of duty. This award recognizes an administrator who actively contributes to the success of the college and his or her staff. Virginia Siler is the Vice President for Human Resources.

Vivian Benton Award — Jonathan Twilley

This award is designed for staff members who consistently project a positive image and who serve the college above and beyond the call of duty. This award recognizes a staff member who actively contributes to the success of the college. Jonathan Twilley is the Building Maintenance Supervisor.

Community Involvement Award — Travice Obas (Faculty), Terri Cavender (Staff)

This award is designed to recognize individuals who significantly impact our community. This award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates a passion for making a difference by sharing their spirit, positive attitude and time with others. Travice Obas is an Associate Professor of Communications. Terri Cavendar is the Human Resources Manager.

Employee of the Year – Sharryse Henderson

This award is designed to recognize individuals who consistently support the mission and goals of the institution by routinely demonstrating our shared values and supports an environment of excellence. Sharryse Henderson is an Associate Professor.

Department of the Year — Advancement Division

This award is designed to recognize the department which consistently supports the mission and goals of the institution by routinely demonstrating our shared values and supports and supports an environment of excellence. The Advancement Division includes Public Relations and Marketing, Alumni Relations, GHC Print Shop, Digital Media Services, and the GHC Foundation, Inc.


GUEST EDITORIAL: The real reason that drugs cost more in the US

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and three-fourths of their fellow Americans say prescription drugs cost too much. They’re right, and the two candidates even agree on a couple of good strategies to try to keep prices down: Allow Medicare to negotiate on behalf of its 40 million beneficiaries, and let Americans buy drugs from countries where quality is well monitored.

Yet neither of these strategies addresses head-on the No. 1 reason that drug spending is rising so much.

The main culprit, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is that the government grants extraordinarily long periods of market exclusivity for new drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Patent Office together give new drugs monopoly rights that last anywhere from eight and a half to 15-plus years. This helps explain why brand-name drugs account for 72 percent of drug spending in the U.S. even though they represent only 10 percent of prescriptions.

Since 2008, prices for the most commonly used branded drugs have risen 164 percent — far faster than other medical costs. The U.S. spends more than twice what other industrialized countries spend on drugs.

The problem would not be nearly so severe if the drugs’ government-granted monopolies were shorter.

Once generic versions are allowed to compete, a medicine’s price often drops by almost half, sometimes more than 85 percent, if enough competitors jump into the market.

Yet the government tends to do the opposite, the Brigham and Women’s researchers found, by extending market exclusivity via additional patents for trivial alterations — a new coating on a pill, for example.

This is nonsensical: Unless a drug is transformed in a way that affects its therapeutic value, it should not qualify for an extended patent. Drug makers often stretch their own market exclusivity by paying generics companies to delay introducing competitive medicines.

The government, which is protecting these companies’ monopoly rights, should demand an end to this tactic.

Federal drug regulators should also require that manufacturers disclose the prices they negotiate with their various customers — including all the rebates and discounts they allow. Not only would this help all private payers negotiate lower prices, it would create a more healthy marketplace.

To have an impact, however, all this information — about both cost and effectiveness — needs to be put to good use.

In America’s disjointed health-care system, too many doctors remain blissfully unaware of what they’re asking patients and their insurers to spend, the researchers found.

Doctors also need to be aware of lower-cost alternatives — generics, of course, but also other medicines and therapies that can treat the same symptoms as well or better in other ways. So-called comparative effectiveness studies are needed for all drugs.

Yes, it makes sense to grant a company an exclusive license to sell a new medicine. But it’s also important to know exactly how valuable that medicine is.


Things to do in Cherokee County Monday, Aug. 29

Centre Rotary Club meets at noon on the second floor of the First Southern State Bank Building.

The Party Bridge match is played at Centre First United Methodist Church. Call 256-927-7754 for more information.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

The Cherokee County School System is giving notice that records retairned for five years after the end of special education services will be destroyed Oct. 1, 2016. Parents or students may call 256-927-8049 to request records.

Sand Rock finishes runner-up to Plainview in Sardis Volleyball Invitational

SARDIS – Sand Rock went 5-1 and finished runner-up to Plainview on Saturday in the Sardis Volleyball Invitational.

In pool play, the Lady Wildcats (7-1) defeated Ider (25-17, 25-21), Fyffe (25-21, 25-17), and Oneonta (25-16, 25-13).

In the tournament quarterfinals, Sand Rock outlasted Cherokee County 25-20, 25-27 and 15-11, setting up a rematch with Fyffe in the semifinals. The Lady Wildcats defeated Fyffe again 24-26, 25-20 and 15-8 to secure their spot in the finals against Plainview. Sand Rock fell to Plainview 20-25, 21-25.

For the day, August Gilliland collected 32 kills, six blocks, 34 digs and 17 aces. Audrey Richardson added 55 assists, 28 digs, six aces and seven kills. Haylie Pruitt had 31 kills, three blocks and eight aces. Savannah Blackwell contributed 31 kills, 31 digs and six aces. Erin Langley accumulated 52 assists, 22 digs and eight aces. Paige Norris posted 60 digs. Madelyn Chambers had 15 kills and four blocks. Kynleigh Chesnut finished with 11 kills.

Sand Rock hosts Cedar Bluff and Ashville on Tuesday.

Polk Medical Center lands on list for state donation program; Donors get tax credits in 2017

Beginning next year, Polk Medical Center will be able to accept up to $4 million in donations for which donors will be allowed to receive tax credits.

That’s because PMC is among 48 rural hospitals across the state slated to receive aid through state Senate Bill 258, signed into law in April by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Statewide, some $50 million in tax credits will be available for donors to eligible rural hospitals in 2017, $60 million will be available in 2018 and $70 million in 2019.

To be eligible the medical facility must be in a rural county with a population under 35,000, be a nonprofit organization, and treat indigent patients or patients on Medicare or Medicaid.

PMC fell under those qualifications, and could receive a total of $4 million per year in donations, which is the cap for annual donations to a hospital.

“We were just notified this week that we were potentially going to participate in this program,” PMC Administrator Matt Gorman said. The hospital is managed by Floyd Medical Center in Rome. “Anything that can be done to help bolster rural healthcare in the state of Georgia is a positive thing.”

Eligible hospitals will be ranked through a needs-based assessment on the financial condition of each hospital, and a final list will be issued on Dec. 1.

Due to the recent reception of the news, Gorman said, a discussion considering how donations will be spent has begun, but what it will be specifically used for is still up in the air.

“One of the big campaigns that we have right now is what we call ‘Live Well Polk’ … it’s our initiative as a healthcare facility to reach out to the public and provide resources for wellness and education.”

The campaign provides education to patients through an online health library, where information on health conditions and treatments can be researched. “That’s one of the most likely ways that we will use contributions … where we’re reaching out to the community and providing better education and access to care,” Gorman added.

The program will last three years, Gorman said, unless further legislative action is taken to extend the program.

Any donations during that time would be welcome and appreciated, Gorman continued, but it doesn’t dispel concerns about the state of rural hospitals.

“In general there are more and more changes that are occurring in healthcare at a very rapid pace … (and) for small hospitals there aren’t the same resources to be able to accommodate those unfunded mandates that come through the federal government,” he said.

“Hospitals are being squeezed in terms of their revenue sources and without any action, currently at least, for the uninsured population in the state there’s not an offset for those payment reductions.”

Gorman is referring to changes under the Affordable Care Act impacting rural hospitals like PMC.

Rural hospitals, prior to the ACA, would receive federal “disproportionate share payments” to cover costs associated with patients failing to adequately pay their medical bills without insurance coverage, Gorman said.

“And for a lot of hospitals, especially those with a high Medicaid population, it was an important source of revenue.”

A Supreme Court ruling in 2012 stating Medicaid expansion or non-expansion would be decided at the state level trumped the presumption of the ACA that all states would expand the governmental health coverage, Gorman said.

Georgia’s legislature has opted out of expanding Medicaid and federal funding hasn’t made up for the lack of state level funding, Gorman added. That means rural hospitals haven’t been reimbursed adequately for treating patients without insurance.

As far as those donating to the 48 hospitals, for each tax year, an individual would receive a tax credit of $2,500 or 70 percent of what they donate, depending on which value is less. Married couples filing a joint tax return can receive 70 percent of the donated amount or $5,000.

Corporations donating can’t receive tax credits up to 70 percent of what they contribute or 75 percent of their income tax liability, whichever is less.

PMC is set up with “robust healthcare foundation” to assist in reaching out to potential donors, which is a resource other rural hospitals don’t have, Gorman said.

Other rural hospitals may reach out to third-party consulting firms to handle the administration of the donation program to “maximize the exposure of their facility to potential contributors,” he added.

Georgia Health News, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, tracks state medical issues on its website

Gordon Hospital to host Robot Day and Gordon Urology Open House

(Calhoun, Ga.) — Gordon Hospital’s Robot Day and Gordon Urology Open House will both be held on Sept. 1, 2016. Robot Day will be held in the East Entrance of the hospital where people are invited to get a closer look at the da Vinci surgical system from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gordon Urology Open House will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and will allow the community to visit one of our newest practices and meet Dr. Hak J. Lee, urologic oncologist and director of Gordon Hospital’s robotics program.

The da Vinci surgical system is the latest in robotic surgical technologies. Surgeons use the system by operating through small incisions with a 3D high-definition vision system and wristed instruments that act much more efficiently than hands. On Robot Day, those who attend will be able to test-drive the da Vinci robot with the guidance of an intuitive representative. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about robotic surgery and how it has changed the health care field.

Gordon Urology Open House will also be open to the public and will provide the community with an opportunity to meet the Gordon Urology team. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and light refreshments will be served.

For more information on Robot Day or Gordon Urology Open House, please contact Sharon Bass at 706-629-2895 ext. 4052.

Founded in 1935, Gordon Hospital is proud to be a member of Adventist Health System. With 46 hospitals in 10 states, Adventist Health System is a faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System’s more than 78,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every patient.

Harriet Whisnant Rogers

Mrs. Harriet Whisnant Rogers, age 92, of Rome, passed away at her residence Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Summerville, Ga., November 24, 1923. She was the daughter of the late John B. Whisnant and Sarah Fay Taylor Whisnant. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lt. William A. Henson, II of Conyers, Ga., who was killed in WWII; and her second husband, David Rogers to whom she was married May 10, 1948.

oTNCMS_Ad.setRelative();, null, ‘’);
oTNCMS_Ad.setRelative();, null, ‘’);

She attended Shorter College and was active in many civic organizations. Mrs. Rogers was a member of First United Methodist Church, Rome.

A memorial service for Harriet Whisnant Rogers will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Rome, Ga. A reception to celebrate her life will follow in the Wilder Center at the church.

Survivors include four daughters and one son: Harriet Powell, Conyers, Ga.; Sally Johnson, Rome, Ga., David Rogers, Rome, Ga., Milda Rogers, Prescott, AZ, and Elizabeth Yancey, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Also surviving are several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 202 East 3rd Ave., Rome, Ga. 30161.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements. Please visit our website at to share memories and post tributes.