Country artist and Tifton native Cyndi Thomson, whose debut single in 2001 was a Billboard No. 1 country hit, has signed a deal with Dreamlined Entertainment of Nashville, with all promotion and management being handled by In2une
Her first single with the group, "Sippin' Wine On The Water," is scheduled to be released on May 16.
"All parties are extremely excited about having
Cyndi Thomson be part of the family and are very excited to deliver her new single to country radio," said
In2une Nashville VP/Promotion
Jamice Jennings. "We cannot wait to get on the road and
introduce everyone to
What followed was a whirlwind tour with appearances on "The Tonight Show" and on the Grand Ole Opry.
She then walked away from her recording career in 2002, but resumed recording occasionally in 2006. In 2009, Thomson released her first new music album in eight years, "This Time," a digital-only EP featuring five original songs.
LUZ MARTI OF TIFTON NAMED TO LITERACY HONOR ROLL
Luz Marti was named to the Literacy Honor Roll of the Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) of Georgia on Wednesday, March 30, at the organization's annual retreat, held this year in Callaway Gardens near Pine Mountain, Ga.
"Because of you, literacy is a lifestyle," the certificate reads, signed by Billie Izard, executive director of the CLCP, and Barbara Moushon, CLCP chair.
Bonnie Sayles, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County, accepted the award on Marti's behalf. Marti is a member of the LVTTC board and started the English Language Learners class held Mondays and Wednesdays at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church in Tifton.
Luz Marti is a
wonderful champion for
literacy," Izard said. "I know Luz well, and she does
For more information on Literacy Volunteers, call
S.GA. HISTORY, ART, CULTURE
FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL SET APRIL 9
Folklife Festival, s
howcasing South Georgia's history, art and culture, is set 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 9 at the
Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The ceremonial firing of the turpentine still is at 11 a.m. Visitors will see the age-old process that is central to South Georgia's history and culture.
The Folklife Festival is about hands-on activities including tree debarking and hewing, sheep shearing, wool spinning, weaving and washing, butter-making and candle-making demonstrations. Visitors may also visit the antique and model tractors that will be on display. The blacksmith shop will be giving demonstrations, and glass blowers will be located on the porch outside of the gallery.
Saw blades will be humming as the steam-powered sawmill saws pine and cypress logs throughout the day. Special guest
Steve Cross from
Cross Sawmill in
Iron City will demonstrate the hands-on art and skill of sawing lumber on an 1892, 25-horse-power steam-powered mill. Cross, a well-known artist and craftsmen, operates one of the largest thin kerf band saws in the world. He is the fifth generation of the Cross family that has been in the powered sawmill business for more than 100 years.
Entertainment will include the
"Poultry Palace" and its
talented show chickens.
For information, call 229-391-5205.
DORMINY NAMED TO EDUCATION FOUNDATION'S HALL OF FAME
board of directors of the
Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously voted last week to induct the late John Dorminy III, M.D.,
into the foundation's Hall of Fame, joining Bob Wight, Virginia Tift Brumby and Rob Reinhardt.
Dorminy died in his sleep
March 8 at age
71. He was
an obstetrician, gynecologist and chairman of the Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation.
He was also an early and constant supporter of the education foundation.
"I knew him best as a charter board member of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence," says Mike Brumby, the foundation's executive director.
"Combining unusually strong leadership skills with commitment, Dr. Dorminy became a key player in both the creation and sustainment of the foundation. In addition to major financial support, he also contributed office space with a secretary during the start-up effort. From that 1989 beginning until his death, Dorminy provided continuous TCFEE patronage," Brumby says.
"We are proud to name
Dr. Dorminy to our foundation's
Hall of Fame," says
Frank Sayles Jr., the foundation's president. "Dr. Dorminy has been a behind-the-scenes
supporter of the foundation for many years, and I also know first-hand about his
many other community efforts and organizations. He will be missed."
TCHS STUDENTS TELL ROTARY ABOUT MECHATRONICS PROGRAM
Students Christian Moore, Garret Pierzchajlo and Noah Pierzchajlo on Wednesday spoke to the Rotary Club of Tifton about the mechatronics program at Tift County High School.
The school system looks forward to the possibility of starting a new college and career academy in the near future to involve more business and industry in local job deveopment.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS POSTPONED TO APRIL 12
Tift County Special Olympics has been
Tuesday, April 12.
Special Olympics will be held
9 a.m.-noon that day at the
E.B. Hamilton Recreation Complex.
300 special athletes are expected to compete in the games this year.
Trophies will be given to the participants, and a lunch will be served.
The oversized load convoy turns onto U.S. Highway 82 in Tifton on Tuesday. GDOT photo
OVERSIZED LOADS GO SMOOTHLY THROUGH TIFTON
Two oversized loads traveling from Brunswick to the Procter & Gamble facility in Albany came through Tifton on Monday afternoon and Tuesday.
The loads were escorted by law enforcement and accompanied by utility bucket trucks. The width of the loads required the use of two lanes.
Georgia Department of Transportation reports there were no problems with the oversized loads moving through
TCHS CAREER FAIR OPEN TO
LOCAL BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS
The Tift County High School Guidance and Counseling Department is sponsoring the 16th Annual Career Day on Wednesday, April 20.
Career Day will include a Career Informational Session with speakers in the morning and a mini-fair during all three lunches located in the Tift County High School Commons.
The school counseling department says that creating a culture of collective responsibility and encouraging education/training beyond high school are key factors toward students' academic, personal/social and career success.
Local businesses and organizations may participate in Career Day. In 2015, the fair was successful with 40 businesses and organizations participating and more than 1,500 students attending.
"You will have the opportunity to help us give the future workforce career guidance and information before they enter the workforce," says Barbara P. Bryant, school counselor.
"You can help lead our students down the path to success by sharing possible majors in college or technical college to help them realize their career goals. This will be a great opportunity for you to discuss skills training and the type of education needed to be successful in your area of business. Our goal is to connect students with leaders in our community so that we may work collaboratively for a better future for our students."
Businesses are welcome to bring job applications, tri-fold board displays, visuals such as small equipment or tools used to perform a job, hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Businesses and organizations should register by Tuesday, April 18. For information, call Barbara Bryant at 229-387-2475.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Plantation 59 Apparel Co.
135 S. Virginia Ave.
VOTE EVERY DAY FOR
TIFTON MAIN STREET
CHANCE OF WINNING $25,000 FOR INVESTMENT
Tifton's Main Street program has been nominated for the America's Main Street Contest. The Downtown Development Authority of Tifton can win up to $25,000 that will be reinvested back in the downtown area.
Scores of cities across the country are vying for the prize; anyone may vote for Tifton between now and April 24. You can vote once every day by Clicking Here.
The goal of the
America's Main Streets contest is to help
strong economic benefits of
Main Streets and the
small businesses that help them thrive. The winning Main Street will receive
$25,000 in cash and related prizes to help
revitalize that Main Street.
On the web site, it notes that the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Tifton (DDA) is a long-time member of the Georgia Main Street network and has "effectively utilized the tools of the Main Street Approach to leverage revitalization and redevelopment for our downtown. Joining the ranks of designated Georgia Main Street communities in 1986, Tifton is one of the oldest members of our state program and also one of the oldest Main Street Programs in America."
During the past decade, Tifton Main Street has seen an influx of $27.8 million in public and private investment, netting 120 new businesses, 45 expanding business and 640 new jobs. The City of Tifton and the DDA have effectively and inventively leveraged federal and state funding sources to assist in rehabilitation efforts, including the Myon Hotel complex, housing retail space, residential units and City Hall functions.
Downtown Tifton has experienced exponential growth in the past few years. With a 97 percent occupancy rate, future projections reflect that this growth will continue to expand throughout the entire downtown district. The upward trend in downtown Tifton's revitalization has resulted in economic, fiscal, civic, and cultural gains for Tifton and its small businesses
SMARTPHONE DISTRACTIONS WHILE DRIVING:
'IT CAN WAIT'
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College recently partnered to bring the
"It Can Wait" campaign to the
"It Can Wait" addresses the dangerous practice of
smartphone driving distractions.
Research shows that
seven in 10 people engage in
smartphone activities while driving, and they are not just texting. To relay this message, AT&T brought a
virtual reality simulator to the
ABAC campus so that students, faculty and staff could get the
3D experience of how dangerous it can be when you take your eyes of the road to answer a phone call or text.
"While smartphones are becoming more essential to our daily lives, we want our students and staff to be safe while they are behind the wheel. We welcome
AT&T to campus and look forward to many new pledges from the ABAC community
not to text and drive," said
ABAC President David Bridges.
"It Can Wait" campaign, begun in
2010, is a national movement that urges drivers to visit
www.ItCanWait.com, where they can
keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones, and share their pledge with others via social media. That campaign initially focused on not texting and driving but has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.