Dr. Lawrence Allen Recognized for Service to Community
By Matt Sharpe
Local Physician Dr. Lawrence Allen was honored for service as a family practitioner in the Thomaston Area last week as July 11, 2014 was officially proclaimed “Dr. L. L. Allen Day”.
Friends, family members and colleagues of Dr. Allen were in attendance for the official proclamation signing at the Government Complex.
“I want to say thank you to my friends and family who came today and helped me along the way,” said Dr. Allen at the proclamation signing. “It’s been a pleasure. But it’s not over. I’m just moving on to the next chapter.”
Lawrence L. Allen was born in Valdosta, nearly 80 years ago. He enrolled in Valdosta State College in 1951. While in college he worked part time to support himself through school. After graduating from college he was accepted into the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Allen received his medical degree in June 1960, and interned at Athens General Hospital. He served two years in United States Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base.
Dr. Allen came to Thomaston in July 1963, after receiving a request from Dr. R. E. Dallas and Dr. Justus Gower. He became a certified Family Practitioner as a charter member in 1970. He served as the County's Medical Examiner in the 1970's and was designated as the FAAFP.
He served in the Georgia National Guard as a physician/surgeon until retiring in 1995.
“His medical career included surgery and delivering babies,” said Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold while reading the proclamation. “Dr. Allen never turned a sick person away that could not pay. He accepted fresh vegetables or a baked dish. If they did not have anything to offer, he would allow them to work in his yard or do other handyman work.”
Arnold continued by saying, “Dr. Allen's medical reputation has proven that he is a caring, well respected, and one of a kind physician throughout the community. Now, therefore, be it resolved I do hereby wish Dr. Allen a wonderful retirement and proclaim that July 11, as the "Dr. L. L. Allen Day" in the City of Thomaston, Georgia.”
Seen in the photo (L-R) is Holly Starr (granddaughter), Glenda Allen, Dr. Mike Allen (son), Joy Drummond (daughter), Barbara Allen (daughter-in-law), Zona Allen, Randall Drummond, and Larry Allen (son). Not pictured is their daughter, Laura.
T-U Chamber and Georgia Chamber Discuss Growing Jobs
By Matt Sharpe
Representatives with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce were in town last week and met with the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Authority. The topic of discussion for the meeting was to find out what messages to take back to the state agencies for policy changes to help grow jobs in the State of Georgia.
Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark stated that the small business sector is good in Georgia. He added that the “listening tour” from the Georgia Chamber has become a way to reach back to rural communities and listen to ideas from local communities.
The Georgia Chamber recently began a Georgia2Georgia initiative encouraging Georgia Companies to do more business with each other, and encourage the idea of doing more business with the companies that create jobs, contribute to the tax base and support communities statewide. To help grow jobs in Georgia, the Chamber has asked companies to participate in the “2 percent challenge”, a commitment to try to do two percent more business with Georgia Companies.
Seen in the photo is Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce President Lori Showalter and Thomaston-Upson IDA Director Kyle Fletcher are pictured with Georgia Chamber Vice President of Economic Development John Cushnie (left) and Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark.
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