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Judge Ronnie Joe Lane to hear Supreme Court Case

Superior Court Judge Ronnie Joe Lane of the Pataula Judicial Circuit (GA Supreme Court)
Superior Court Judge Ronnie Joe Lane of the Pataula Judicial Circuit (GA Supreme Court)

ATLANTA, GA – Superior Court Judge Ronnie Joe Lane of the Pataula Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Keith Blackwell in the appeal of Georgia Department of Community Health et al. v. Northside Hospital, Inc. (S14G0341) and Kennestone Hospital, Inc. v. Northside Hospital, Inc. (S14G0346).

The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Monday, May 5, 2014 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this case, Kennestone Hospital and the state’s health planning agency are appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals decision that would deny Kennestone the Certificate of Need it must have to build an outpatient surgical center. In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Lane will participate in the Court’s decision.

Judge Lane, 67, was born, raised on a small farm, and attended public schools in Miller County, GA. In 1968, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Europe and Vietnam. Along with other medals, he was awarded the Bronze Star for combat service in Vietnam. In 1973, he left the Army to attend law school at the University of Georgia. After graduating in 1975, he was admitted to the Georgia Bar and returned home to practice law.

He worked a short time for the firm of Walter Hays in Colquitt, GA before opening his own office as a sole practitioner in Donalsonville, GA, practicing law there and in the surrounding counties of southwest Georgia. He was twice elected as Solicitor General of the State Court of Miller County and served by appointment for six years as Juvenile Court Judge of Seminole County.

In 2000, Judge Lane was elected to the Superior Court of the seven-county Pataula Judicial Circuit in southwest Georgia. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He also served for six years on the Judicial Council and as Administrative Judge of the 2nd Judicial Administrative District.

Judge Lane and his wife, Harriet Lane, have been married 45 years. She is a retired high school science teacher who now runs the family farm. They have two daughters. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of judges from around the state. If a justice must recuse himself or herself, the Court appoints the next judge on the list to replace the justice for that particular case.

Donalsonville native joins surgery team at NE GA hospital

GAINESVILLE – The Longstreet Clinic at Northeast Georgia Medical Center recently welcomed general surgeon Geary D. Bush, M.D., to its Department of Surgery.

A native of Donalsonville, Bush completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia before earning his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Mercer University School of Medicine/Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Bush is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association. He joins The Longstreet Clinic after practicing at Wiregrass Medical and Surgical Group in Donalsonville since 2012.

Dr. Bush has medical staff privileges at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Donalsonville’s Lowe Awarded at Mercer University’s Honors Convocation

Sharon Hamilton Lowe is presented the Outstanding Student in Educational Specialist – Early Childhood Education Award by Dr. Richard Binkney.
Sharon Hamilton Lowe is presented the Outstanding Student in Educational Specialist – Early Childhood Education Award by Dr. Richard Binkney.

MACON, GA (04/17/2014)(readMedia)– Mercer University’s Tift College of Education presented Sharon Hamilton Lowe of Donalsonville with the Outstanding Student in Educational Specialist – Early Childhood Education Award at the University’s annual Honors Convocation on Friday, April 11.

Lowe, a senior who attends classes at the University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center, is the wife of Lawrence Lowe and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Hamilton.

About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 12 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing, health professions, and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center, launched July 1, 2012, includes the University’s medical, nursing, health sciences and pharmacy schools. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. www.mercer.edu




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