Cancer projections; Bank contributes $20K to NGMC Lumpkin, Habersham; Gville murder suspect update

*A new study from the American Cancer Society (ACS) projects an increase in the number of cancer diagnoses and deaths in Georgia this year. The report says 63,170 people in the state can be expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, and 18,740 people are expected to die. That’s slightly up from the organization’s 2023 projection of 61,170 diagnoses and 18,510 deaths. You can read the full report here which includes projects for other states as well: Cancer statistics, 2024 – Siegel – 2024 – CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians – Wiley Online Library

*Ameris Bank recently designated $20,000 in support of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Lumpkin and Habersham through the Rural Hospital Tax Credit program. The program allows individuals and business to designate their state income tax to support qualifying “rural and critical access” hospitals across the state.  Of the 53 qualifying hospitals identified by the Georgia Department of Community Health, NGMC Lumpkin tops the list as having the greatest financial need. NGMC Habersham is also in the top 10. 

*When Gainesville Police announced the arrest of murder suspect Corey Maurice Rucker Saturday they said he had been charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, and Theft by Taking a Motor Vehicle. Hall County Jail records Sunday morning listed these additional charges: Failure to Appear Felony (2 counts) and Hold for Another County. EARLIER STORY: UPDATE: Gainesville murder suspect captured 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (