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Miracle Kia/Miracle Toyota of Albany Donates to AMA Storm Relief Campaign

Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota of Albany will donate $5,000 to Albany Museum of Art in an effort to assist them with the damage generated by an unexpected storm that hit the city January 3rd. This weather phenomenon, left thousands without power and many families looking for shelter due to property damage. Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota are committed to the community of Albany and will continue to assist one project at a time.

Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota want to invite business owners in the area with the ability to help, to please follow their lead and bring some relief to local brothers and sisters in need.

As for the Albany Museum of Art, the majority of the roof of the building is completely gone, the employees and demolition crew are working around the clock to preserve the art work and clean whatever debris they can. They do not have power or heat and have to rely on hanging flashlights to see what they are doing, there is water and debris everywhere upstairs. As of now, they have lost 3 gallery rooms and their entire upstairs office (including any and all supplies-desks chairs, computers, phones, filing cabinets, etc.) The biggest concern Paula Williams, Director of the Albany Museum of Art, has right now is her employees, she knows that there is no money to pay them after next week and they will all be without income. The insurance they have will not compensate Williams and her employees, and, according to Williams, will hardly put a dent in getting the building back to its prior condition. Williams and Yvonne Jones are also without power and heat in their own homes as a result of the storm.

In addition to the donation mentioned before, Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota of Albany will make a donation per car sold during the month of January. Williams is extremely excited, she said “It is truly overwhelming to see Miracle, The Albany Herald and the local Fox News combine efforts to help us.”  Ken Boler, General Sales Manager with The Herald said “it is nice to see Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota take the lead on this initiative. Hopefully other local businesses will follow their example to reconstruct such a special Albany treasure.”


Miracle Kia/Miracle Toyota of Albany: Car dealerships located on Ledo Rd. recently invested over 6 million dollars relocating and building brand new facilities really care about the community and their employees. Miracle loves Albany is not just this year’s charity initiative, but also our commitment to the city. Check out our Facebook pages and keep in touch with our updates.

Central Monitoring, Second Harvest Food Bank Warming Albany One Coat At A Time

one-warm-coat-blogWinter is approaching – and no one should have to go without such a basic necessity as a coat!

Once again Central Monitoring is teaming up with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southwest Georgia to collect new and gently used coats to distribute – free of charge – to local children and adults. The Albany “One Warm Coat” project is being held in collaboration with a national endeavor with the same name. Coats of all sizes are welcome; children’s sizes are most needed.

“The program is an easy way for all of us to pass along coats and jackets that we no longer need,” said Central Monitoring Owner/President Judy Randle. “Our donations of something so simple and so essential may very well turn out to be the best holiday gift received by many people in our community.”

With the help of the Albany Fire Department, Central Monitoring is making donating a coat simple: Coats may be taken to any Albany fire station or to Central Monitoring’s headquarters at 522 Pine Ave. From there, Central Monitoring will collect the coats and give them to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which will distribute them locally.

While this important community project will continue through the holiday season, the sooner the coats are donated, the sooner they will be provided to families that need them. So we encourage people to make the donations now.

The Albany “One Warm Coat” project’s official kickoff will be November 17, 2016. The “One Warm Coat” project will run through January 16, 2017. The One Warm Coat hotline is 229-434-1176.

Who: Sponsored by Central Monitoring on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank of Southwest Georgia

What: The community is requested to donate new and gently used coats which will be given free of charge to local families

Where: Donated coats are being collected at all Albany Fire Stations and Central Monitoring, 522 Pine Ave.

When: November 17, 2016 thru January 16, 2017

Why: To ensure that everyone in our community has a warm coat this winter

Info: 434-1176


Leadership Albany Offers FranklinCovey Courses

Leadership Albany is excited to announce our partnership with FranklinCovey to bring their popular training to our community at a discount. Our initial offering focuses on personal effectiveness by including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, and Project Management Essentials.

Each course is available online and on demand so that you and your team can choose the best time to incorporate this training into your individual schedules. The number of passes available for this is limited and the time to complete the courses is February 28th. Contact Mary Ligon for more information.

Retired Albany surgeon Charles Gillespie receives Medical Association of Georgia award


Dr. Charles B. Gillespie, a retired Albany surgeon, received the Physician’s Award for Community Service during a ceremony that took place in conjunction with the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) 162nd House of Delegates meeting in Savannah recently.

The MAG award recognizes physicians who demonstrate a love for their community outside the regular scope of practice, officials with MAG said.

“As the chair of the committee that Gov. Jimmy Carter appointed in the early 1970s that formed Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, Dr. Gillespie was instrumental in establishing the regulations for the EMS service in Georgia,” outgoing MAG President Dr. John Harvey wrote in a nomination letter for the award. “He also reformed the EMS training process in a number of important ways, including the implementation of an EMT oath that was adopted throughout Georgia and is now used across the U.S. and beyond.

“Dr. Gillespie has been a tireless advocate for a universal 911 service in Georgia – and he is widely considered to be the ‘father’ of emergency medical services in Georgia.”

MAG recognized physicians in several categories at the meeting. Gillespie, who retired from practicing medicine 20 years ago, won an award in another category during a prior year — making the most recent award the second he has received from MAG.

“It (the community service award) means a lot for me to get it, especially since it recognizes not only my medical works but my service to the community as well,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie established Albany Technical College’s EMT training program in 1972, which now has a training center bearing his name. The retired surgeon has served as a member of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Emergency Health Services Advisory and Medical Directors Advisory councils, the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, the Georgia EMT Committee and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

As a member of the Governor’s Military Affairs Committee, he came up with the idea to install directional and mileage road signs to help visitors get to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, a concept he extended to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, and Air Force bases in Warner Robins, Fort Benning and Fort Stewart.

Gillespie also worked with Humana to reduce the number and complexity of the pre-certification processes for more than 400 Tricare surgical procedures. As a member of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Commission, he played a key role in the design and construction of a $12 million terminal at the airport.

Outside his role as a physician, Gillespie said his contributions to the airport commission are among the ones he is most proud of.

“The airport commission is one of the more favorable ones,” he said.

Gillespie received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1961, and he completed his orthopedic residency at Grady Hospital in 1966.

Courtesy of The Albany Herald
By Jennifer Parks

CTSI Acquires Medical / Financial Technology Company

ComNet Technical Solutions, Inc. (“CTSI”) is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of TDC Technologies (“TDC”).

TDC is a leading provider of IT and Helpdesk Services in the Medical and Financial Markets. Garland Braswell, Owner of TDC, will join CTSI as a Professional Consultant.

For the past 18 years, CTSI’s corporate mission has been to become a global provider of IT and Helpdesk Services for Industrial, Manufacturing, Small Businesses and Professional Services Providers. The acquisition of TDC reinforces CTSI’s already strong presence in the Southwest Georgia market and helps strengthen the CTSI brand and presence in the Atlanta, Georgia and Central Florida Markets.

Tammy McCrary, Founder, CEO & President of CTSI, stated:

“This is an important acquisition for CTSI and forms part of our business growth plan through multi-market strategy. TDC operates a business model we appreciate and compliments our business. TDC has a reputation for excellent services and deep client relationships. These are important criteria for a successful acquisition which will provide us with a solid platform for continued growth of the CTSI brand.”

Garland Braswell, Owner of TDC, stated:

“I am excited to be joining CTSI, which provides an exceptional fit for our business and a great opportunity to further develop our services. CTSI is a well-regarded and highly respected organization and I look forward to continuing to develop high standards of excellence for our Clients.”

CTSI is a leading provider of IT and Helpdesk Services with a Client base in 17 states and 3 countries. CTSI was founded in 1998 by Tammy McCrary. CTSI was Small Business of the Year in 2009 in Lee County, Georgia and 2015 in Albany, Georgia and has received numerous awards and recognitions for industry achievements, professional services and community service. Visit CTSI on the web at or find and “Like” them on Facebook.