JACKSON, Miss.—Harmon Tillman’s hunting buddies all knew he was a safety nut. “They called me an old maid because I was so very careful,” said the retired United Methodist minister from Winona.

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JACKSON—So are you a Dum Dum or a Smartie?

Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s injury prevention mascot, Sammy Safety, will ask hundreds of school kids that very question all next week during the Sammy Safety Seatbelts and Treats Week.

Sammy and area emergency personnel will visit schools in Ridgeland, Jackson, Byram and Rankin County to spread the word about the importance of wearing seatbelts. They will greet students as they arrive in the car pool lines and offer them candy based on whether or not they are wearing their seatbelt.

Guess who gets the Dum Dums?

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JACKSON, Miss.—After years of criss-crossing the country to find competition, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s quad rugby team is finally facing competition on its own turf.
And it is some stiff competition.

The Lakeshore Demolition of Birmingham, Ala., is coming to Jackson this Saturday to play three games against the Jackson Jags who are sponsored by Methodist Rehab and the Mississippi Paralysis Association. The Demolition is the number one ranked team in the country.

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JACKSON, Miss.—The discovery by scientists at Methodist Rehabilitation Center that the gray matter of the spinal cord is the apparent target of the West Nile virus has been confirmed by pathological findings reported in one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Lorene Faulkenbery met a lot of therapists during her recent stay at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, but her one of her favorites had four legs.

She was one of several patients who visited with the therapy dogs of Canine Therapists of Mississippi. Suzanne Sims of Florence, along with several friends, began the visits eight years at Methodist Rehab.

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JACKSON, Miss.--Clear Channel Communications of Jackson sponsored a Christmas toy drive to benefit kids at the Sunnybrook Children’s Home in Ridgeland.

The drive brought in more than 81 toys for the children. Friends and employees of Methodist Rehabilitation Center donated 50 toys during the drive.

Cindy Boatner, secretary in the neuropsychology department at Methodist, helped orgainzed the drive.

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JACKSON, Miss.—When Susan Christensen spotted the group of young boys at the end of the driveway, her 11-year old son among them, she knew something was up. As she approached, she saw the fireworks.

“Where’s your adult supervision,” she asked. The Brandon mother of two was following one of the main rules of fireworks safety, never allowing children to use fireworks without an adult present.

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JACKSON, Miss.—It was hard to tell it was four-year old Ethan’s first bicycle as he expertly pedaled across the gym floor of the Sunnybrook Children’s Home Tuesday night.

Though it was bright as Rudolph’s nose, the Huffy was almost lost in a sea of torn wrapping paper and excited children trying out many other toys as the Ridgeland children’s home celebrated Christmas a little early, thanks to a drive that netted toys for 81 kids.

Cindy Boatner of Benton first heard about the toy drive on a local radio station.

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JACKSON, Miss.—When’s the worst time of year for a tornado to strike and when it does, what should you do?

Get to an interior room of a building, says Tony Mastro. Get there quickly.

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RAYMOND, Miss.—Visitors to Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s gift shop have known for years that Jerry Hymel is a very talented man.

Now the President and First Lady know it, too.

Hymel is a master at crafting things in stained glass. He was chosen by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove as one of six Mississippi artists to create an ornament for the 24 foot-tall Christmas tree that stands in the Blue Room of the White House.

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