JACKSON, Miss.—Brownies and Tigers and Bears. Oh, my.

The First Methodist Church of Magee will be the scene of a menagerie of sorts Saturday, as Sammy Safety, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s injury prevention mascot, spreads the word about bicycle safety to members of Boy Scout Pack 83 and Girl Scout Troops 711 and 895.

Sammy will be joined by Tom Martin, owner of The Bike Rack in Flowood, and Lisa Valadie, injury prevention coordinator for Child Safety Programs.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Of the many artists with disabilities in Mississippi, most of them discovered their talents well after their disability. For some, it was through sheer luck.

No more. Through a $10,000 grant from VSA Arts of Mississippi, patients at Methodist Rehabilitation Center will have the opportunity to learn how to express themselves through art.

It’s not art therapy, says Sam Clark of Jackson. It’s creative expression.

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JACKSON, Miss.—With tension rising in the Middle East and the threat of terrorism here at home, it’s vital that health care facilities be prepared for almost any emergency.

That’s the message Damon Darsey carries with him when he speaks to hospitals about the obligation that health care providers have during a time of crisis.

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JACKSON, Miss.—It’s as much a part of January as Christmas trees in the trash pile and credit card bills in the mail. Soon after the New Year, people start suffering the symptoms of what might be called Unrealistic Resolution Syndrome.

It’s what happens when a couch potato turns over a new leaf, then turns an ankle. Or when a veteran runner ramps up his mileage and strains a hamstring.

Typically, it’s a case of doing too much, too soon, said Mark Ware, manager of orthopedic physical therapy at Methodist Rehabilitation Center and a certified sports therapist.

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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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