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Local Officers Participate in Crisis Intervention Training

Local Officers Participate in Crisis Intervention Training

DALLAS, GA -- Deputies and officers with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, Hiram Police Department and Cartersville Police Department recently took part in extra training with the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).

The 40 hours of training, which concluded on Friday, Feb. 11, will help the officers to more effectively assist individuals with mental illnesses and other brain disorders who are in crisis.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, individuals who have identified brain disorders constitute the most persecuted and least understood group of people in Georgia.

CIT is made up of professionals who are committed to people with mental disorders.

Preventing Another Tucson: Cobb Agencies Partner to Provide Mental Health Services

Preventing Another Tucson: Cobb Agencies Partner to Provide Mental Health Services

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- One month after the Tucson massacre, the nation continues to be inspired by Representative Gabrielle Giffords' miraculously recovery.

But many citizens remain vexed about why the event occurred in the first place, which begs the question, "Why did [the 22-year-old alleged shooter] Jared Loughner slip through the cracks, and what could have been done to prevent this tragedy?"

The Cobb County School District and Community Services Board asked the very same question in 2008.

Give Blood in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give Blood in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to change the world over four decades ago.

Now, Metro Atlantans can do their part to make a difference with the simple, selfless act of a blood donation.

Volunteer blood donors will have a chance to give at several local drives on Monday, Jan. 17:

* Gold's Gym (3362 Acworth Summit Boulevard, Acworth, 30101)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* WellStar Cobb Hospital (3950 Austell Road, Austell, 30106)
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* Orange United Methodist Church (220 Orange Church Circle, Canton, 30115)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30068)
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

African-Americans are especially encouraged to give, as they have a higher percentage of donors with Type O and Type B blood, the two types that usually drop to critically low levels during a shortage.

City of Acworth Hosting Red Cross Blood Drive

City of Acworth Hosting Red Cross Blood Drive

ACWORTH, GA -- Start the New Year off right by giving a precious gift that has the potential to save three lives.

The City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Jan. 14 at the Acworth Beach House in Cauble Park (4425 Beach Street NW, 30101). The drive will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All donors will receive a voucher of their choice, good for either two Atlanta Hawks tickets or two Atlanta Thrashers tickets for select games in January. A $5 service charge applies to redeem the tickets at the box office.

To schedule a time to donate blood, email Jeff Chase. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

New Physician Joins WellStar Family Medicine

New Physician Joins WellStar Family Medicine

ACWORTH, GA -- WellStar Medical Group, a group of more than 400 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners, is pleased to announce that Daniel Kuzio, M.D., joined WellStar's newest practice, WellStar Family Medicine, and began seeing patients on Saturday, Jan. 1.

Dr. Kuzio received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Penn State University State College. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed his residency in family medicine at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. He is board-certified in family practice.

Prior to joining WellStar, Dr. Kuzio practiced at Acworth Family Medicine.

Stephen Galya, PA, and Julie R. Graiser, CNP, who worked with Dr. Kuzio at Acworth Family Medicine, will also join WellStar Family Medicine.

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