(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
Gary Kyker operates Kyker Auto Service, and, if you visit you would have
noticed his favorite pet, Puppy Dog. I don’t know how Gary can operate
the business without the Papillion in his favorite chair. The air conditioner
is running, and Puppy Dog is snoozing. The little boss is 14 years old and
has been coming to work with Gary for 13 years. I wonder if Gary would
get to work if Puppy Dog didn’t motivate him. What does Puppy Dog do?
Nothing but greet customers and sleep. Perhaps twice during the year
he got out of his office chair, said Gary.
|Published: 7:18 PM, 07/12/2013
||Last updated: 7:19 PM, 07/12/2013
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Shoneyâ€™s restaurant in Newport is all but a memory, as it
has been razed over the holidays and between storms that continue in our
hometown with few signs that the typical dry, hot days are arriving. And how is
the blackberry crop this year with all the rain?
This week Iâ€™m taking another detour during our chat about
the late â€śHeavyâ€ť Green, the old Woodzo Drive-in, as I continue to gather some
old photos and more information to share soon. Tommy Williamson and James
Finchum have been a big help in remembering Harold Smith, the film exhibitor
and his ace projectionist Heavy Green. Iâ€™d like to hear from you if you have a
story or two to share on the age of the silver screen. Newport must have been
unique at one time in the 1970s to have three giant outdoor movie screens.
Passing time has seen them fade and become overgrown by weeds.
Early birth caused a scare
Last week I bragged on our local hospital, Newport Medical
Center, and this leads me to my appointment last Tuesday with Dr. Ken Johnson.
You recall that he is soon to retire and that means he no longer will be the
leader at Newport Internal Medicine, which he started over 26 years ago. The
Plain Talk featured his 25th anniversary and one of the photos from
a 1986 article was one I made of a skinny new internist who began practice, as
did Dr. Sam Puckett. Later In July I hope to make another photo of him with Dr.
Tony Daniels and the new nurse practitioner to signify, as he said, â€śThe
changing of the guard.â€ť I was anxious to find out what all the medical tests
said after my blood pressure shot up suddenly on June 30. He had read the Plain
Talk when he returned from a beach vacation near Charleston so he knew there
was a problem with me. When he walked into the exam room, the discussion
immediately turned to what had happened to his daughter Sarah, married to
former CCHS football coach Wes Jones and you could tell by his excitement a
medical/health ordeal ended well. The story had been featured on WATE TV and
you will read all the details soon in the Plain Talk.
He and wife, Carol Johnson, are grandparents again after the
birth of the Sarahâ€™s second son, Davis Charles, weighing about three-and-a-half
pounds. Yes, a little light and the sudden birth is the reason. The family was
at one of the best places it could be when Sarah began having complications.
They whisked her to the University of South Carolina Hospital at Charleston. (I
wonâ€™t go into all the details, as this will spoil our story) The baby was born;
but it could have been a disaster had they been at a remote vacation location.
Davis Charles was born on July 2. Fortunately, I was already out of the
hospital in Newport. Ken was back home but the baby and parents stayed in
Charleston. The point my doctor made was the right things happened for the baby
and for me because of highly skilled, trained medical personnel performing at
Drink plenty of fluids
We got side tracked into how well Hardin Valley football
team has been doing, as Wes is going into his 6th season, I believe.
We reminisced more about the importance of training whether to play football or
be a doctor or surgeon. As for Ken, you will soon have a chance to celebrate
with him in late July at Parrottsville Park so watch the news here. We shook
hands, hugged and I wished him well as this was, most likely, my last time ever
seeing him as my personal physician. He said, â€śI wonâ€™t be your doctor any more,
but I will be your friend.â€ť Oh, as for me, my potassium level had dropped
almost below normal because of heat and dehydration. This triggered the
escalating blood pressure. Yes, youâ€™re right there is another test and worse
case scenario, he said, will be for me to take a potassium pill every day or
eat a bunch of bananas.
Dr. Johnson will continue to put his medical experience to
good use as he plans to do volunteer work with hospice and also another venture
operated from Knoxville that provides free care for those who cannot pay. He
will retain his medical license, and who knows what may happen in five years.
After all, his father is 87 and still active.
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