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October 16, 2019 iR porter Page 7A. By Diane Glkiewell A crowd of more than 100 turned out Tuesday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the newly-renovated Monroe County Hospital emer- gency room. Hospital Authority of Monroe County chair- man Mac Brown cut a commemorative ribbon provided by the Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce as MCH CEO Lorraine Smith and a host of other hospital staff- ers and supporters looked on. "This crowd is almost as big and beautiful as our new ER" Smith said as she welcomed everyone. Smith said the comple- tion of ER renovations was the end of the first phase of construction at the hospi- tal, which started in Febru- ary 2019. She pointed out that the spot from which she was speaking was pre- viously a sand pit. The emergency room was expanded from four rooms to seven renovated, brighter rooms. The space has large bathrooms, an office for the Emer- gency Room manager, a medication room, a new centralized nurse's station, a behavioral treatment room and a break room. Smith said the space was renovated with attention to process improvement and work flow. She thanked the Hospi- tal Authority of Monroe County, hospital employ- ees, Perry-based build- ers Parrish Construction Group and administrative staffers Megan Randall and Casey Fleckenstein for checking every detail. She said the hospital is sup- ported by tax money but is supported most of all by the community which chooses to use the facili . Smith introduced Mon- roe County Hospital's new logo at the ribbon cutting. It has the helping hands of caring, a cross and the yellow and blue colors of Monroe County. "We have an all fresh look" said Smith. "We are using Monroe County colors to give the Monroe County feel to the new logo." Brown said the special day would not have been possible without the sup- port of Monroe County citizens. "We couldn't have done it without the citizens of the county getting behind it and the county commis- sioners getting behind it" Brown said. "They're the "ones that made it happen. As far as the board goes, it's just our job to oversee that it gets done effectively and cost-effectively." DELICIOUS MEXICAN MENU Great variety of dishes to ohoose from! We Serve all your favorite beverages too! SPECIALS: Margarita Special- Small Lime On the Rocks- TWO for One Bud- Draft $2 EAT IN or CARRY 0UTI 478-993-2;266 We are located next door to the Red Roof Inn 480 Holiday Circle, Forsyth, GA 31029 Men- Fri 11am- lOpm Sat 11:30am- lOpm Closed Sunday A Forsyth man is accused of a hit-and-run on Satur- day after an alert witness allegedly followed him and told police of his where- abouts. Sonjo Jarriel told Forsyth police Cpl. Kim Barnett that she was traveling Patrol Road at its intersection with North Lee Street when an older model white van heading north toward 1-75 ran the red light on Lee Street and struck the front of her Honda Accord before continuing down the hill. Jarriel called 911. The wreck happened around 10:36 a.m. on Saturday. Barnett saw marks on the Accords front bumper, and its front tag holder had been torn off. A male witness told Barnett that the incident oc- curred the way the Accord driver had described, but he left the scene before Barnett could get his name. Dis- patchers then told Barnett that a second witness, Tim Goodman, had called 911, saying he had followed the van and knew where it was. Barnett then met Good- man, who also said the incident occurred the way Jarriel had described. Good- man said he followed the van to a concrete duplex- style building on Pineview Drive. The witness said the van was initially parked in the front yard, but when he passed the building a second time, the van had moved to the rear of the building. Barnett then went to the building, where she spotted an older-model, white mini- van exiting. Bamett blocked the van in the buildings driveway and told the van driver, identified as Mike C. Hickman Sr. of Forsyth, to put the van in park. Hick- man admitted to driving the van earlier that day but said he had never been on Lee Street. Forsyth police offficer Jeremy Malone found damage to the van's rear passenger side. Hick- man denied being involved in a wreck and said he didn't know if the damage was new or not. Hickrnan then changed his story and said he had been traveling on Lee Street earlier that day. Hickman then told Barnett that someone named T.J. Alford was riding with him and would have been a witness to his driving. However, Hickman said he didn't know where the other man was, and neither Barnett nor the driver were able to reach the other man by phone. The second witness, Goodman, then came to Pineview Drive and confirmed the van was the one involved in the wreck. However, he said he was not sure it was the same driver because the van driver was wearing a different shirt. Barnett then arrested Hickman and took him to the Monroe County Jail. While en route to the jail, Hickman again denied hitting anyone and said the Accord actually hit the side of his van. Hickman also asked for the names of the witnesses, but Barnett told them the witnesses' names would be in the report, Looking for answers or options? We can help! Free pregnancy test Parenting classes Pregnancy Support The Pregnancy. (:enter 4 Y- o, co q Now is the time to review your benefits and make changes! Medicare Health and Drug plans can make changes each year. The plan you have this year might not be the best fit next year. 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