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ron williams logo 2BY RON WILLIAMS
Staff Writer
ronsings2you@aol.com

Frank Goodman Has Heart Stent Installed

Mr. Everything for the city of Columbus, Frank Goodman, had to have a heart stent installed last Friday in Tupelo. Goodman is back at work and feeling much better, but it was rocky for a while in the past few weeks.
Goodman, who oversees the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus (only the beginning of his many duties for the city), said he had been feeling tired and weak lately, especially after running his power saw and other activities around his home.
Goodman decided to make an appointment with his doctor, Dr. Doug Hill, and told him about his ‘getting tired quickly and often’ symptoms. Hill suggested that Goodman do a stress test or a heart catheterization procedure (he had had a stress test done a year ago. With Goodman in his late 60’s, he has one at least every year).  The stress test he had performed last year showed 50 percent blockage in at least one artery but stress tests are not a reliable indication of the actual damage or problem. Goodman suggested to Hill that they skip the stress test, this time, and go ahead and have the catheterization performed instead. Dr. Hill set up an appointment with a cardiologist, Dr. Blossom, in Tupelo at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
The catheterization was performed last Thursday (July 11). They found two arteries with blockage, one with 40-50 percent blockage and another with 70 percent. A stint was installed in the more critical artery to allow blood flow. The lesser blockage will be treated with medicine. Goodman was back at work the next day, already feeling much better.
As I said earlier, Goodman wears many hats for the city. Not only is he in charge of the Trotter Convention Center, but he also oversees operations at Friendship Cemetery, at the Columbus-Lowndes Airport, at The Farmers Market, and he oversees maintenance on every city building as well (for those who thought he had a ‘gravy job,’ think again). The loss of Frank Goodman for a day could possibly throw many everyday city operations into complete turmoil.

Ron Williams/The Packet Frank Goodman returned to work, Tuesday, in his office at Trotter  Convention Center after his heart stent procedure last week.

Ron Williams/The Packet
Frank Goodman returned to work, Tuesday, in his office at Trotter Convention Center after his heart stent procedure last week.

Larry Turman, who has filled in for Goodman at the Trotter (and did so, again, during Goodman’s brief absence while having the stent installed), has said that when Goodman retires, the city of Columbus will have to hire three people to take his place. A secretary would have to be one of those three (Goodman has always performed his duties without the need for a secretary. He has been with the city for 27 years. I believe that it’s safe to say that Frank Goodman saves the city of Columbus a lot of money!).
So, while it’s good to keep Frank Goodman’s ticker running properly for his own health and well being, it’s also good for city coffers.
Glad to see that Frank is back at it. Thank God for good doctors and all of those fine folks in the medical field.
Welcome back, Frank, and so quickly!

 Swing Shift’s Sounds of Summer Appearance Rescheduled

As has been the case far too often this crazy-weather year, last week’s scheduled appearance by Swing Shift at Sounds of Summer had to be rescheduled. Next Thursday (July 25), Deacon Jones & The Late Night will perform at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Riverwalk. Swing Shift will perform their makeup date the following Thursday, August.
It promises, as always, to be a fun evening at the river when these two bands perform. See you there!

The views and opinions expressed in Ron Williams’ columns are the author’s and are not those of The Columbus Packet or Packet Media, LLC.
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com.

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