Fundraiser Supports Congressional Candidate

AGD members Richard W. Dycus, DDS, MAGD, and William R. “Roy” Thompson, DDS, MAGD, collaborated with the American Dental Political Action Committee to organize a fundraiser for state Sen. Jim Tracy, (R-Tenn.) who is running to represent the state’s 4th Congressional District. Forty people attended the event, held on Oct. 25, 2013, at the home of Anthony Togrye, DDS. The host committee raised more than $20,000 for Tracy’s campaign, with many donations coming from those who could not attend the fundraiser.

Is There A Fluoride Battle in Your Dental Practice Area?

The city council of Decherd, TN recently decided to deliberate the idea of discontinuing its water fluoridation program as a means to save money. The measure would have saved the city $3000 a year in the city budget.  However, the state would have also required the city to notify the citizens in advance by letter which would have cost the city another $8000.  Glen Hyde DDS commented that “fluoride in drinking water has been one of the greatest successes in public health………it decreases the number of cavities in kids and there is really no reason for the city to get rid of fluoride”. Winchester dentists Dr. Cory Glenn, Dr. Garrett Orr, and Dr. Jeff Wall attended the subsequent town meeting where it was to be discussed further prepared to fight the proposal.  However, upon seeing the resistance of the local dental community, the city council decided to drop the idea from consideration.  Decherd Water Superintendant Wesley Parks agreed that it’d be best to leave the topic alone until need be.  “I just brought the idea to the board as a way the department could save money, but it kind of kicked up a hornets nest,” Parks said. “I think we should just keep doing what we’re doing and at some point we might need to look at it again.”  Dr. Cory Glenn did have the opportunity to provide the council with the ADA’s summary on water fluoridation pointing out that for every $1 spent on fluoridation, communities save an average $38 in related healthcare costs.


TNAGD Co-Sponsors “DOCS”

TNAGDBOOTH1The Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry co-sponsored the “DOCS” oral sedation course in Memphis TN August 24-26, 2012.  Dr. Leon Stanislav, President of TNAGD, was present to man a recruitment effort 500 dentists attended. Not only did he distribute materials concerning benefits of membership in the Academy, Dr. Stanislav made a brief presentation to attendees on the effort the TNAGD and national AGD is doing to support general dentists through continuing education and advocacy.

Historic News Highlights

  • Dyersburg TN dentist and AGD member, Dr. Randy Prince has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam for a three year term on Tennessee Board of Dentistry. Randy is a 1978 graduate of University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
  • Former AGD President and Clarksville TN dentist, Dr. Mac Edington was recently recognized as Fellow of Tennessee Dental Association at the 2012 Annual Meeting. Congratulations Mac!
  • Dr. Donald Jones of Clarksville was awarded the prestigious Tennessee Dental Association Fellowship Award at the 2010 TDA annual meeting.
  • 2011 Dentist of the Year, Dr. James Avery of Memphis Dental Society
  • 2011 Sig Gruenwald Humanitarian Service Aard Recipient, Dr. Scott Self of Dyersburg, TN
  • Dr. Bob Elam earns LLSR Award
  • Dr. Walter Chitwood of Murfreesboro and 2009 recipient of the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry’s Sig Gruenwald Humanitarian Service Award was recognizied at the 2010 Tennessee Dental Association’s annual meeting as recipient of Volunteer Service in a Foreign Country Award for service in Mexico.
  • Past recipient of the Sig Gruenwald Humanitarian Service Award Dr. Donald Reynolds of Chattanooga was recognized for his service in Honduras with the 2010 Tennessee Dental Association’s Volunteer Service in Foreign Country Award.
  • The 2010 Volunteer Service in Foreign Country Award was presented to Dr. Deborah Wallace of Dover at the Tennessee Dental Association’s annual meeting in Chattanooga this past May.
  • Dr. James Clark, III of Nolensville TN was awarded the prestigious Fellowship Award by the Tennessee Dental Association.
  • The Tennessee Dental Association recognized TNAGD member Dr. Phillip Foster of Jackson, TN for 2010 Fellowship Award.
  • Dr. Freeman Doster was recognized by the Tennessee Dental Association for Volunteer Service Award in Haiti.
  • The Tennessee Dental Association presented Dr. Larry Mullinax the Volunteer Service Award in Foreign Country for his efforts in Peru.
  • Tennessee AGD member Dr. John Petty was awarded the Volunteer Service Award in Foreign Country for his work in St. Vincent/Grenadines.
  • Tennessee Dental Association members elected Tennessee Academy member Dr. Don Lunn of Nashville as Secretary of TDA. Congratulations Don!
  • Dr. Susan Orwick-Barnes of Knoxville was elected the American Dental Association East Tennessee Alternate Delegate and will be representing us at the ADA meeting.