Bud­get break­down the fo­cus of Mon­day night’s City Coun­cil meet­ing

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Ser­ritt Staff Writer

rev­enue amongst the var­i­ous util­i­ties.

Both the Cal­houn City Schools and City of Cal­houn An­nual Bud­get and Op­er­at­ing Plans will be el­i­gi­ble for adop­tion on June 18.

The Coun­cil also ap­proved a va­ri­ety of other agenda list­ings, in­clud­ing taxi cab con­tin­u­a­tions for Taxi Ex­press and North Ge­or­gia Taxi, a mo­tion to move the July 9 meet­ing to July 16 in or­der for the Coun­cil to at­tend the MEAG con­fer­ence, a spe­cial events re­quest from the United Way of Gor­don County Young Lead­ers So­ci­ety and Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity for the event Food Trucks and Friends and a util­ity di­vi­sion charge off re­quest for un­paid debts for fis­cal year 2017, among a handful other items.

Whether you call it heart­burn, acid re­flux or GERD, gas­troe­sophageal re­flux dis­ease can mean mis­ery for mil­lions of adults in the U.S.

Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter (HMC) is of­fer­ing a new, med­i­ca­tion­free so­lu­tion. A free sem­i­nar will be held on Thurs­day, June 21 at 6 p.m. in the Brown Au­di­to­rium on the HMC cam­pus. HMC is the only hos­pi­tal in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Chattanooga, of­fer­ing the pro­ce­dure.

Steven Payn­ter, MD, will present in­for­ma­tion on the new LINX de­vice that pro­vides a safe and ef­fec­tive treat­ment al­ter­na­tive to heart­burn medicines. LINX is a small, flex­i­ble ring of mag­nets that opens to al­low food and liq­uid down, then closes to pre­vent stom­ach con­tents from mov­ing up. LINX is im­planted us­ing a min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dure, and pa­tients gen­er­ally go home within one day.

“LINX is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary so­lu­tion for acid re­flux,” said Payn­ter. “It has been proven to elim­i­nate de­pen­dence on med­i­ca­tion and im­prove qual­ity of life.”

G E R D (gas­troe­sophageal re­flux dis­ease) can lead to se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions, like nar­row­ing of the esoph­a­gus ( pro­duc­ing swal­low­ing dif­fi­cul­ties), Bar­rett’s esoph­a­gus and esophageal cancer.

Please reg­is­ter for the sem­i­nar at hamil­ton­health. com/ re­flux or by call­ing 706- 272- 6114. Light re­fresh­ments will be served at the event.

If you would like to at­tend this event and need as­sis­tance with in­ter­pre­ta­tion ser­vices and/or aux­il­iary aids, please in­di­cate when reg­is­ter­ing.

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