Volunteers donate time, money to BRMC
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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Often the first faces you see as you enter the hospital and the last you see as you leave are also the ones who help fund the facility. Volunteers at Bristol Regional Medical Center, a group called the Bristol Regional Auxiliary, donated $98,500 to the hospital for patient services and care. "Our volunteers spend so much time looking at where to put the money they raise," said Becky Blevins, manager of volunteer services and continuing medical education at Bristol Regional. "They really put their hearts and souls into it. I am so proud of them," Blevins said. Among the items purchased by the volunteers this year were blanket warmers for several departments in the hospital, bariatric geri chairs, a motorized standing frame for the physical therapy department, and an automatic door opener for the outpatient infusion center. The volunteers also renovated a patient room at the Wellmont Hospice House and purchased 12 television sets and two washing machines for the Hospitality House. "It's important to remember that the volunteers are giving their time, as well," Blevins said. "We have 150 volunteers who gave a total of 26,577 hours in 2006." Blevins said 64 percent of those volunteer hours were spent in direct patient care areas. "They do so much," she said. "They escort patients, deliver mail to patients, work in the diabetes center, work at the front desk, go to surgery waiting areas and talk to families, work the front desk and the gift shop and so much more. And they are doing it all because they want to help."
Kingsport Livestock Auction
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Feb. 3. Steers, medium frame 1: 200-300 lbs., $84-84; 300-400 lbs., $100-111; 400-500 lbs., $87-112.50; 500-600 lbs., $84-97; 600-700 lbs., $86-89; 700-800 lbs., $84-88. Heifers, medium frame 1: 300-400 lbs., $70-96; 400-600 lbs., $70-86; 500-600 lbs., $65-85; 600-800 lbs., $50-78.50. Beef cows and calves: $425-800. Stock cows, $300-750. Baby calves, $30-130. Butcher bulls: 1,500 lbs. and up, $56.50-70. Sl cows breakers & boners: $40-47.50. Sl cows lean: $45-58.50. Low dress: $20-25.