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“Time heals all wounds” is a tired and worn cliche that isn't always true, according to The Compassionate Friends, a national self-help bereavement organization. When the wound is a child who has died, the best support to help a bereaved family survive the holidays may simply be that of friends and relatives who care.

“So often friends and relatives stay away from grieving families, uncertain how they can help at this time of the year,” says Patricia Loder, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, herself a twice bereaved parent, and a bereaved sibling.


With Thanksgiving under our belts, and Christmas coming fast, the holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with friends and loved ones and gather round the dinner table and enjoy a hearty meal. While those meals and quality time are great for the family, they aren't ways best for the waist line. Luckily, Franklin is full of opportunities to shed the holiday weight just in time to keep your New Year's resolutions.

Body Visions Gym encourages portion control and stress relief

Body Visions Gym reminds the community to remember portion control over the holidays. “Everyone should remember portion control when they are gathered with family and friends,” said Gino Pignataro. “There is always so much good food to choose from. Also, avoid stressful situations, go for a walk, and if it is too cold for that, Body Visions Gym offers a day pass for only $5 to help you relieve some stress.”


Angel Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results from an on-site inspection.

The laboratory’s director, Michael E. Rohlfing, M.D. and the Lab Director, Tim Gordon, were advised of the national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.


The highly anticipated and valiantly fought for dialysis center is in the home stretch of the planning phase. During November's regularly scheduled Macon County Board of Commissioners' meeting, Commissioner Ronnie Beale updated the board and informed them that the ground breaking for the new facility could be held as early as the first week in January.

“With lease negotiations nearly complete, the people of Macon County will be able to receive the life-saving treatment so many desperately need right here at home within a year,” said Beale. “This has been a long process, but I think in the end, it will be the best thing we could possible do for the people of the community.”


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