Cartersville’s Phoenix Air is hon­ored by feds

Rome News-Tribune - - ROMAN RECORD - DOUG WALKER As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor 706-290-5272

The Cartersville-based Phoenix Air Group, Inc. has been named the U.S. De­part­ment of State’s re­cip­i­ent of its 2017 Small Busi­ness Prime Con­trac­tor of the Year.

The ci­ta­tion from Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son pro­claims, “In recog­ni­tion of ex­cep­tional cus­tomer com­mit­ment and in­no­va­tion while pro­vid­ing the Bu­reau of Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Direc­torate of Op­er­a­tional Medicine with out­stand­ing avi­a­tion ser­vices in com­plex and chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ments.”

Com­pa­nies with less than 1,500 em­ploy­ees are el­i­gi­ble for the award. Phoenix Air has been a prime con­trac­tor for the State De­part­ment since 2014.

“Al­though we have held con­tracts with many U.S. Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies over the past two decades, this is the first time we have been sin­gled out for a top na­tional award among the thou­sands of small busi­nesses that have con­tracts with the gov­ern­ment,” stated Dent Thomp­son, Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer at Phoenix Air in a press re­lease. “It all goes back to the Ebola cri­sis in Western Africa in July of 2014 when the State De­part­ment’s Of­fice of Op­er­a­tional Medicine ap­proached us to trans­port sev­eral Amer­i­can doc­tors and nurses who were near death with Ebola virus dis­ease from Africa back to the

United States for ad­vanced treat­ment.”

Be­tween Au­gust 2014 and May 2015 Phoenix Air made over 40 flights from Western Africa to spe­cialty treat­ment hos­pi­tals in Europe and the United States, trans­port­ing crit­i­cally ill pa­tients and sav­ing many lives.

A Phoenix jet was also used to re­turn col­le­giate stu­dent Otto Warm­bier from North Ko­rea to the U.S. in June of this year. Un­for­tu­nately Warm­bier died a week af­ter be­ing re­turned to the U.S.

Ar­muchee McDon­ald’s wind­ing down breast can­cer pro­mo­tion

Jim Aarons lo­cally-owned McDon­ald’s restau­rant, Martha Berry High­way will wind up its month-long Breast Can­cer Aware­ness pro­gram tonight with a spe­cial fo­cus on the Glen­wood Pri­mary school from 5-7 p.m.

For the en­tire month of Oc­to­ber the restau­rant has been donat­ing 10 per­cent of its pro­ceeds from the sale of spe­cific prod­ucts to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety-At­lanta chap­ter

Tonight, 20 per­cent of the sale of those items from 5-7 p.m. will be ear­marked for the cam­paign. Peo­ple con­nected to the Glen­wood School can re­ceive a free ice cream cone Mon­day night.

At 7 p.m. Aaron will present a check rep­re­sent­ing to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Aaron has in­di­cated he plans to ex­pand the pro­gram to all of the McDon­ald’s restau­rants he owns in Sum­merville, Lafayette, and Chicka­mauga Geor­gia along with three shops in Ten­nessee.

Carters buy Sweet Pick­les

Na­tive Ro­man Ja­son Carter and his wife Me­gan Carter have pur­chased Sweet Pick­les, 434 Broad Street and are al­ready plan­ning to ex­pand hours of op­er­a­tion.

Carter said the restau­rant is now open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and soon will also open on Satur­days dur­ing the same hours.

The restau­rant is lo­cated on street level in the old For­rest Ho­tel build­ing and has been a sta­ple of Broad Street for those who pre­fer a lighter lunch fea­tur­ing a wide va­ri­ety of health­ier food choices.

Dunham’s hir­ing for hol­i­days

Dunham’s Sports in the Mount Berry mall one of the na­tion’s largest sport­ing goods chains, will be hir­ing part-time sea­sonal hol­i­day help. Part-time as­so­ci­ates en­joy flex­i­ble hours, ex­tra spend­ing money, and a mer­chan­dise dis­count that will help with hol­i­day shop­ping.

In­ter­ested, en­thu­si­as­tic sports-minded can­di­dates can ap­ply on­line at www.­hamshol­i­day.

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