Local News

June 5, 2014

Hospitalized DSC coach makes ‘enormous amount of progress’

John Redman now has a release date from an Atlanta rehabilitation center, another positive sign as the Dalton State College assistant men’s basketball coach continues his recovery following a car wreck that claimed the life of his fiancee on April 28.

Dalton State Athletic Director Derek Waugh confirmed to The Daily Citizen that Redman will be released today from the Shepherd Center that deals with spinal cord and brain injuries. Redman will move to the Irene and George Woodruff Family Residence Center on the Shepherd Center’s campus. From there, he will begin rehabilitation on Monday at Pathways, Shepherd’s outpatient facility.

“John has made an enormous amount of progress over the past three weeks,” Waugh said in a press release from the college. “That said, he still has a lot of work and a long road ahead. Please keep John and his family in your prayers.”

Redman’s stepfather, Kevin Kirk, previously told The Daily Citizen that the Dalton State assistant coach will be in the outpatient rehab program for 30 to 180 days.

“John continues to make significant and noticeable progress,” Kirk stated in the release. “His current rehab schedule involves five to six hours of rehab each day.”

Redman and his fiancee, Brittany Huber, were in a single-car crash as the couple headed to Mobile, Ala., for their wedding, scheduled six days later. Huber died in the crash, and Redman suffered a brain injury. The wreck happened on I-85 in Meriwether County, about 40 miles south of Atlanta, after Redman lost control of the car.

Redman is out of the medically induced coma he was in immediately following the crash, and now is talking and walking.

“He’s slowly starting to get mentally stronger,” Redman’s father, Bo Redman, said in a previous interview with The Daily Citizen, “and doesn’t stutter as much when talking.”

Huber worked at City Park Elementary School in Dalton as a teacher’s assistant, and the school held a memorial service on May 23, the last day of school. Bo Redman said he and Huber’s parents told John Redman the day of the memorial service about Brittany’s death.

Text Only
Local News
  • Dalton State turtle 4.jpg In the mood for love: Encouraging breeding, saving species

    For one Dalton State College couple, a cool misty shower is more effective than Barry White and candles at turning thoughts to love. And keeping this couple feeling amorous could mean survival of the species.

    August 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • Beaulieu expects 2,000 employees to be affected by week-long shutdown

    About 2,000 employees of Beaulieu of America in Georgia and Alabama will be affected by the company’s plans to conduct an inventory of its buildings and facilities next week.

    August 1, 2014

  • Moral monday 3 mlh.jpg Four ‘jailed for justice’ tell their stories

    Arturo Martinez was just 8 when his family came to the United States from Mexico, and though he is one of more than 500,000 young undocumented immigrants granted deferred removal by President Barack Obama, Martinez said his dream of pursuing higher education is out of reach because of Georgia policies.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tanner Blackton: Diners, servers must show understanding

    Try to imagine this: You’ve been on your feet for hours, hoisting heavy plates, buzzing from table to table, taking orders, running food, refilling drinks. All the while, you have a smile plastered on your face and a go-to attitude, even when people blame you for things that are out of your control, berate you for accidentally mixing up an order, or loudly complain about being seated underneath an air conditioning vent.

    August 1, 2014

  • Bugs and Kisses 1 mlh.jpg Local stores expect tax holiday to create lots of sales

    Local retailers say Georgia’s sales tax holiday weekends mean big business for them, and they are gearing up to capitalize on this year’s tax-free shopping on Friday and Saturday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Esme file mw 2.jpg Still fighting

    Ten-year-old Esme Miller was celebrated earlier this year for the way she’s handled a bout with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historical photos of Murray County needed

    Maybe you have a photograph of a well-known preacher from the 1940s. Or maybe you have a photograph taken of a church choir from the 1920s.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DOT wants your input on transportation needs

    As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jail for Justice Tour event here tonight

    The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, will host an event in partnership with the Georgia Dreamers Alliance, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Whitfield NAACP and the Whitfield County Democratic Party at Dalton’s Mack Gaston Community Center tonight from 5 to 9.

    July 30, 2014

  • Two charged with tampering with evidence in drug investigation

    Two people have been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the synthetic marijuana bust in February involving a Dalton business owner.

    July 30, 2014