South GA Medical Center on Scott James Show 12/12/2014

Did you know that between Thanksgiving & New Years the average person gains 8 to 10 pounds of weight. TALK 92.1 with Scott James got tips on how to be healthier this holiday season with Erin J. Smith MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, Clinical Dietitian from South Georgia Medical Center from 12/12/2014 show

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Truck plows into McDonalds

VALDOSTA – A truck plowed into a Valdosta McDonald’s Thursday morning, and a medical issue may have been the cause.

At approximately 10:05 a.m., the Valdosta Fire Department and the Valdosta Police Department responded to the McDonald’s restaurant at 715 S. Patterson St. in reference to a truck which drive through the brick wall and glass windows at the front of the building.

The driver of the black Ford truck was travelling on Madison Highway when he was reportedly incapacitated by a medical condition, according to Lt. Aaron Kirk with VPD. Instead of turning left in front the restaurant, the truck continued straight, jumped a curb and struck the building.

Rick Taylor of Atlanta said his truck was sideswiped by the truck before it hit the restaurant. Taylor then pulled into the parking lot to help…


Read more from the Valdosta Daily Times

Read more from the Valdosta Daily Times

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Another House Destroyed Due to Kitchen Fire

Fire Chief Urges Safe Cooking During the Holidays

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The Valdosta Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2516 Bailey Drive at approximately 8:24 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Fire investigators have determined that unattended cooking was the cause of the fire, which was confirmed by one of the occupants.

Upon arrival, the crew of Engine #2 found a small single family dwelling with smoke coming from the eaves of the structure. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire that was contained to the kitchen area. Search crews confirmed that no one was inside the structure.

No injuries to fire personnel or occupants were reported at this scene.  The fire resulted in an estimated $25,000 in damages, displacing a family of four who are being cared for by the American Red Cross.

“Kitchen fires is the number one leading cause of home fires in our city, and it’s a misfortune that can—and should—be prevented,” said Valdosta Fire Chief Freddie Broome.

Chief Broome urges citizens to NEVER leave a stovetop that is on unattended.  Some other tips are:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains— away from your stovetop.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small kitchen fire, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire, then call 9-1-1 from outside the home. 

For more information, contact VFD Chief Freddie Broome at (229) 333-1835.


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Better Know a District – Georgia’s 1st – Reuniting with Rep. Jack Kingston

US Representative Jack Kingston, of GA’s 1st District, was the first member of congress to be interviewed on Comedy Central’s: The Colbert Report and recently he became the last member of Congress to be on the show  in Colbert’s “Better Know A District” segment– Hilarity ensued and here is that video.
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