Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 12, 2013

Business Confidential - Your weekly roundup of what’s going on in Cherokee County and beyond

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A fairly large auction sponsored by Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, 404 E. San Antonio (Texas Highway 21 East) in Alto takes place today.

The goods for sale will include everything from furniture to glassware, knives, and firearms, officials said.

Church Pastor James Littlefield  has estimated it could last four or five hours. All funds raised will go toward remodeling of the church, he said.

The church accommodations will provide comfort for those attending, with air conditioning, food to eat, and nice restrooms. Auctioneer will be Tommy Nolley of Tommy Nolley Auction Service.

The firearms include a Ruger 10-22 W-Laser Sight and 25 Round Clip Rifle; a Henry 22 LR Rifle Lever Action; aHenry 22 LR Golden Boy with Hexagon Barrel; a Stoeger Double Barrel Over and Under 12 gauge; a Stoeger Pump 12 gauge with laminated stock and four choke tubes; a  Rohm 22 L.R. 6 Shot Revolver; a Rohm Snub Nose 38 sp. Revolver; a Smith-Wesson 38 sp. Revolver; a 50 Cal. Black Powder Rifle; and  a12 gauge Mossberg Pump.



Don't 'follow the leader' - be one. The Chamber can help



The Jacksonville Leadership Institute has just announced the extension of its deadline for the upcoming leadership group.

“Still just two spots available,” read the Tuesday post on Facebook. “Sign up today as this is an opportunity everyone should experience rather you are young or old!”

The class is slated to begin in September, with graduation in May 2014. To apply, contact Kayla Stephenson at (903) 586-2217 or coordinator@jacksonvilletexas.com.

The purpose of the Jacksonville Leadership Institute is to identify and develop the leaders of tomorrow in Jacksonville today.

The goal is to prepare them for their future jobs and ease the burden of “responsible public decision making,” according to the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.



Sad, sad news



Those of you who follow the Texas And Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association might what to dedicate a prayer or a moment of silence for the passing of TSCRA President Clay Birdwell.

Birdwell, was a successful and respected rancher, feedyard owner, and businessman who dedicated his life to serving his family and the cattle industry, according to a statement issued by TSCRA. The cause of death was not immediately listed on the release.

“Clay was a dear friend, strong leader and a true Texas cattleman,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife, children and grandchildren during this difficult time.”

      

Pain management



For those of you in pain and willing to travel to Tyler, the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital is offering  what it describes as the “first and only” spinal cord stimulation system for chronic pain.

This implantable spinal cord stimulation ― also known as  “neurostimulation” or SCS ― treats pain problems by blocking chronic back or limb pain ― from which as many as 100 million Americans suffer, according to a news release from the company.

Previously, patients with neurostimulation systems implanted to manage their chronic pain were denied an MRI scan due to concerns about the system being affected by the large magnetic fields and radio frequency energy involved.

Enter Dr. Lee Griffith, a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician at Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, who will be among the first U.S. surgeons to implant a patient with “RestoreSensor® SureScan® MRI" with "Vectris® SureScan®” MRI percutaneous leads.

This is one of four Medtronic neurostimulation systems that recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for body MRI scans under specific conditions of use.

“Until now, removal of spinal cord stimulation devices to ensure a safe body MRI scan was unavoidable,” the doctor said. “With SureScan technology, patients who are receiving SCS therapy to manage their chronic pain now have access to the full benefits of MRI scans without compromising their healthcare, and their physicians have the best opportunity to identify potentially life-threatening medical conditions.”

To inquire about use, call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810 and/or consult Medtronic’s website at www.medtronic.com.





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