August 12, 2010
Byhalia chamber schedules luncheon
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce will hosts its quarterly membership luncheon Thursday, Aug. 19.
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Flame/Byhalia United Methodist Church and hosted by Sen. Bill Stone, Rep. Tommy Woods, Rep. Kelvin Buck and Bill Minor, highway commissioner for the Northern District.
Invited speakers are Congressman Travis Childers and Republican nominee Alan Nunnelee.
Reservations are required by Tuesday, Aug. 17. Call 662-838-8127.
There will also be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Project Lifesaver protects those at risk
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department has eight bracelets available for patients with Alzheimer’s, autism, Downs Syndrome or developmental disorders, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The transmitters and receivers, gifts through the Pilot Club of Holly Springs’ Project Lifesaver program, are to help anyone in the community who cares for a patient who may have a tendency to wander off or get lost. The equipment has been available for two years and clients wear a bracelet that is not much larger than a wrist watch. It is equipped with a radio transmitter that beams a signal that can be picked up either by land or air.
“We are trying to encourage faith-based organizations to help us locate individuals who may need these devices,” Dickerson said.
“A lost person can be located within minutes rather than hours if they wear one of these bracelets.”
Dickerson said his department has offered the devices to a number of caregivers but not many have asked for the device.
His office will send out a trained deputy who will educate the caregiver on the use of the bracelet and will come out monthly to change the batteries, Dickerson said.
Any faith-based group that knows of someone whose family would benefit from one of these devices is encouraged to call the Marshall County Sheriff’s office at 662-252-1311 and ask for help in obtaining a Lifesaver device.
Project Lifesaver is an international project and proven program to locate at-risk people who may wander.
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