Headlines – Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hello guys!  It’s been a long time!  Anyway…

There will be an open house tomorrow at the Hunt Regional Emergency Care Center, 2800 Highway 24 in Commerce, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  There are several people scheduled to speak before the crowd, including HMHD Board Chairman Ron Wensel.

The Emergency Care Center was funded by a bond referendum which passed in November of 2013.  The facility includes four exam rooms, a helicopter landing pad, an ambulance station with EMS living quarters, imaging services such as CT scan, x-ray, ultrasound, a full service lab, bone density testing, and an infusion treatment center for outpatient services.

The center opens Monday, May 18.  After that, the existing Hunt Regional Community Hospital, at 2900 Sterling Hart Drive, will cease operations, with all inpatients being transferred to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

The bond referendum also covered the construction of the Hunt Regional Emergency Care Center in Quinlan and renovations to the third floor at Hunt Regional Medical Center.

In other news,  a State Appeals Court upheld conviction and prison sentence for Willie Frank Jackson, 56.

A jury in the 354th district court sentenced him to 90 years in prison on one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon after convicting him in May of 2014 in a one-day trial.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals considered the request on Thursday, then issued denial Friday morning.

On May 21, 2013, Jackson allegedly shot a male victim in the leg while attempting to steal his wallet and cell phone.

Jackson must serve at least 45 years before being eligible for parole.

That’s all for now.  Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things this week.