Thursday , 17 January 2019

Thursday, February 16th

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here are your news headlines for Thursday, February 16th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Even though Dr. Russell Dyer has only held his director of Cleveland City Schools position for seven months, Board of Education members stuck with their traditional January director’s evaluation.

Dyer’s evaluation, which was a six-month adaptation, revealed a glowing report of the director from the board members.

Overall, the BOE was impressed with the director’s “respect and commitment to students, teachers, administrators and the community,” as well as his integrity and leadership. Board member Tom Cloud added that he has gotten positive comments from the community concerning their support of the hiring of Dyer.

Also from the Banner…

The human body is a complicated machine and, just like one’s automobile, you have to go under the hood once in awhile to check things out and make repairs.

New technologies which can help doctors examine patients without “opening the hood” are the centerpiece of Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland’s new $2 million, state-of-the-art imaging center located adjacent to the hospital on Chambliss Avenue.

Dr. Shannon Rico, M.D., a 20-plus year veteran of medical imaging procedures, came to Cleveland six months ago from Baptist Hospital in Memphis to take the reins of Tennova’s newest investment in public health.

“The MRI we have is so much better than what we have had before,” Rico said. “The high-resolution pictures are so much better and more definitive, which helps physicians make better diagnoses.”

Rico said the center will be adding new services that are now available with the new technologies.

The center will also add new office hours which will add to the convenience of the services offered.

He said these procedures do not generally require sedation, unless the patient may feel claustrophobic within the MRI tube.

“In the past, an MRI might take 45 minutes to over an hour,” Rico said. “A lot of our patients and studies can now be done in 15 to 20 minutes.”

“For us to bring this level of technology to Cleveland and Bradley County is exciting,” said CEO Coleman Foss. “Some of this technology is the first of its kind in the area. It’s a huge step forward for us, but that just exemplifies how much this hospital has grown over the last few years.”

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Almost 17 years ago, an employee at Striker’s Winery in McMinn County discovered 35-year-old Patty Striker slain behind a counter, cash register missing and coins scattered across the floor.

It looked like a robbery. Striker was shot in the head, but a murder weapon was never found — and neither was a murderer. Nearly two decades have passed since the April 1, 2000, killing, but Striker’s case remains unsolved.

Now, investigators led by 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump are launching a new cold case task force to review nearly 60 unsolved homicides in Bradley, McMinn, Polk and Monroe counties.

Striker’s death will be one of the first nine cases the task force tackles.

The task force launched both a website and a phone hotline to provide the public with information on the region’s cold cases, as well as to receive any tips or information that citizens may want to share on particular cases.

The website can be found at Citizens can leave a tip or speak with a cold case investigator by calling 1-844-878-9580.