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April 29, 2016
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ARTS IN BLACK FESTIVAL 
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF ARTS AND CULTURE

Tifton's annual Arts in Black Festival, celebrating 30 years of providing arts, music and dance for the enjoyment of the Tiftarea community, opens tonight,  April 29, with a talent show.
The talent show begins 
at  7 p.m.  at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tifton

The fe stival's big day is  Saturday, April 30, beginning at 11 a.m.   in Fulwood Park. All-day entertainment includes Tifton native T.L. Pratt, the Pilot 54 band from Atlanta and Soulful Soundz.

Arts and crafts, cultural art exhibits, food and children's activities will fill the park. The festival continues on Sunday , May 1, at 2 p.m. with a  Poetry Competition at the  Leroy Rogers Senior & Community Center in Tifton.
NEW LAW TO HELP STUDENTS
WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAM WILL ALSO AID BUSINESSES

Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 402 into law this week, a measure that incentivizes employers to hire 16- or 17-year-olds in work-based learning positions

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, along with Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R - Armuchee, State Board of Education Chair Mike Royal, the Georgia Department of Education and the Department of Insurance worked together with lawmakers to pass legislation allowing students to pursue work rooted in their educational instruction while simultaneously preparing them to enter the workforce.
 
"I want to thank Governor Deal for recognizing the great value in encouraging our businesses to employ high school students in jobs that will lead them to lifelong, fulfilling careers," Cagle said. " Georgia is on the forefront of education innovation as we continue to implement public policy recognizing each child's individual goals and strengths."
 
HB 402 encourages employers to provide work-based learning opportunities for high school students by allowing insurance providers to offer a 5 percent reduction (capped at $2,500) in worker's compensation premiums. The initiative is expected to foster an environment that provides real-world experience for students.
 
The legislation becomes law July 1


COLLEGE'S 'CARRY THE LOAD' RALLY UNDER WAY

Veterans lead the way for the third annual Carry The Load Step-Off Rally on Thursday at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The goal of Carry The Load is to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of the military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel. Seven ABAC students and four ABAC nurses will be involved in the East Coast leg of Carry The Load from West Point, N.Y., to Dallas, Texas. Four more ABAC students are already on the West Coast leg which began in Seattle, Wash., on Tuesday. They will join members of the East Coast leg in Dallas on Memorial Day.

GA CHAMBER HOSTING TOWN HALL MEETING IN TIFTON
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of town hall meetings across the state -- including Tifton -- focused on "Georgia 2030," an ambitious plan to expand Georgia's role in global 
commerce, cultivate a world-class workforce, bolster economic mobility, improve long-term job creation and support diverse, thriving communities .

Facilitated by Georgia Chamber President/CEO Chris Clark , attendees will participate in a live poll designed to help create a road map for Georgia's future competitiveness . Following the event, attendees may stay and provide additional feedback in optional issue-based and region specific polls. 

The town hall meeting in Tifton is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 19 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture.

The event is free but registration is required . To register, Click Here .

GOSPEL CONCERT BENEFITS VET MEMORIAL PARK

A gospel concertpresented by the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Tifton, is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Greg Day will headline the concert. He co-wrote the song, "The Midnight Cry," and began his career his family, The Day Family, which traveled as evangelists and singers

After a stint in the Air Force, Day fell on hard times and into alcohol. A minister eventually led him back to Christ The first song Day wrote, with his brother, Chuck, was "The Midnight Cry," which has been recorded thousands of times and in many languages, and was featured in the movie, "Left Behind."

The song and the brothers were honored at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky., in 2006 with an award from the Provident Music Group in Nashville, Tenn.

The Diamonds will open the Tifton concert. Advance tickets are $10, and $12 at the door. Children under eight get in free. Tickets available at Western Auto on Main Street in Tifton. Proceeds benefit the veterans park, located downtown.
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Mother's Day Buffet
Sunday, May 8

A fabulous menu will include roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, baked ham, 
sweet potato soufflĂ©, baby butter beans, squash casserole, roast beef, mashed potatoes, 
rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, cream corn, Italian green beans, glazed carrots, asparagus, Southern fried chicken, rolls,  celebration salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad, 
24-hour fruit salad, Watergate salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad, grape salad, 
marinated vegetable salad,  chocolate pie, lemon meringue pie, pecan pie, 
carrot cake, chocolate cake, coconut cake, cheesecake, strawberry cake, chocolate Mousse -- and much more!
 
$12 per person; children age 4 & under are free

Special extended hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
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TIFT COUNTY FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
INCENTIVE GRANT TAKES STUDENTS TO NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM

Debbie Brown and Twilya Toombs, staffers at Tift County Schools' Sixth Street Academy, were awarded a $1,617 incentive grant from the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence to take students to the National Civil and Human Rights Museum (pictured here) and to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. The trip was used as a "reward for students participating in the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program who achieved a set criterion ... positive outcomes from positive behavior." Thirteen students made the recent trip.


GOVERNOR NAMES DR. SCOTT TO STATE BOARD

Dr. James Scott of Tifton has been appointed to the Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Scott, founder of Georgia Sports Medicine, has nearly 40 years of experience in treating athletes from Tift County

Scott was previously president of the Georgia Orthopedic Society and the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery. He was recognized by the Georgia Orthopedic Society for Distinguished Service in 2015

Scott earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed orthopedic training at Tulane University and the Hughston Clinic. He has three children and eight grandchildren. Scott  and his wife, Hollyreside in Tifton.


TIFT CHAMBER HOLDING CANDIDATES FORUM

The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a local candidates forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton.

Candidates invited include: Austin Scott (incumbent) and Angela Hicks, U.S. House of Representatives District 8; Tift County sheriff candidates Gene Scarbrough (incumbent) and Steve Wood; Tift Board of Education candidates Jonathan Jones and Kim Rutland (incumbent) for District 7; and Amy Johnson and John Waddell for BOE District 3; and Clerk of Court candidates Charleston Carter, Gail Drayton, Ken Dunn and Clay Pate.

The event is open to the public.



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COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER IS MEMBER OF ABAC's FIRST CLASS OF NURSES 50 YEARS AGO
To culminate the celebration of 50 years of nursing at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Suzette Cofer Alexander will be the guest speaker at the ABAC spring commencement ceremony May 5 at 10 a.m. in Gressette Gym.

Alexander was part of the first graduating class of nurses from ABAC. In 1966, ABAC took over the Nurse Training Program at Norman College. Alexander was one of five students who transferred to ABAC's program.
  
"As student nurses in training, we were assigned charge nurse positions on the medical surgical floors," Alexander said. "The nursing supervisor would spot-check our medications before they were given to patients, and we spent a lot of time preparing instruments and sterilizing equipment for patient care. 

"Our nurses' notes were done on paper. Nothing was disposable; this was before computers, plastic and disposable items."

Alexander later continued her education at California State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1976. In 1982, she completed her master's degree in nursing at Chico State University.

During her nursing career, 1967-1990, Alexander worked as a staff nurse, nurse manager, nursing supervisor, ICU clinical instructor, associate chief nursing service and chief of nursing service in the Veterans Administration.
 
At the Veterans Administration, Alexander served as a consultant on national and regional levels. She increased awareness of the role nurses play in health care research and patient safety.  She also served as an expert for the Department of Nursing Central Office in Washington, D.C. , helping write a national policy on staffing effectiveness plans, presented to Congress  in 2003 .

A captain in the Army National Guard, Alexander held professional memberships with Sigma Theta Tau, the Reserve Officers Association of the United States and the Association of Military Surgeons. She received the Army achievement medal for meritorious service in 1988.

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OLDER AMERICANS MONTH  FILLS MAY CALENDAR

A multitude of activities are planned throughout 
May for Tift County's 38th Annual Older Americans Month.

The local observance kicks off Monday, May 2, with the free senior lunch at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church's Family Life Center, entrance off Central Avenue or Fourth Street.

During the luncheon, the George A. Wright Award for community service will be presented.

For information, call 229-382-3262.
   

 
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SHERIFF'S OFFICE SERGEANTS COMPLETE
SUPERVISION LEVEL CLASSES

Tift County Sheriff's Office Sgts. William Addison, Alvin Clarkson, Shavonda Bivens and Renee King have completed the Supervision Level Class this month, what the Sheriff Office calls "a major accomplishment."

"Our supervisors are responsible for the daily operations of the Tift County Jail, the safety and security of the staff, inmates, public and facility. These sergeants are accountable for the entire facility in the absence of the jail administrator and chief of security," says Sheriff Gene  Scarbrough .
 
Supervision Level I includes supervisory roles and responsibilities, managing information, planning, communication, health and wellness, ethics, civil liability and organization. Level II includes supervisory leadership, training and development, performance evaluation, employee counseling, employment law, staffing, discipline and performance management.

The Level III class includes motivation, news media relations, high-risk supervision, stress management, interpersonal communication skills and other current issues regarding supervision.
 
"I'm proud of these dedicated professionals"  Scarbrough  says. The classes were taught by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center with each of the sergeants receiving 120 hours of training.


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YOUR WEEKEND
                 ...at a Glance

FRIDAY, APRIL 29
  • Arts in Black Talent Show 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
  • "Beauty and the Beast," 7 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 30
  • Healthy Kids Day, 9 a.m., Tiftarea YMCA Hunt Park, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • National Drug Take Back Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Moon's Pharmacy, Tifton
  • Arts in Black Festival, 11 a.m., Fulwood Park, Tifton
  • Ya Ya is Going Derby Style, Tiftarea Foundation for Women's Health, 3-7 p.m., Black Shank Pavilion, Tifton
  • Dancing Stars of South Georgia, 6 p.m., UGA-Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
  • "Beauty and the Beast," 7 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton
  • Gospel Concert to Benefit Veterans Memorial Park, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SUNDAY, MAY 1
  • "Beauty and the Beast," 3 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton

In Memoriam
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APRIL 21
Timothy "Tim" Wayne Hawkins, 59, Ashburn

APRIL 23
Thomas D. "T.D." Padgett Jr., 90, Tifton
Terry Wayne Giddens, 64, Adel
James Edward Melton, 71, Fitzgerald
Yvonne Hazel Davison Mayo, 72, Ashburn

APRIL 24
Robert Dale Gann, 62, Tifton
Marion Isabelle Pierce Golden, 90, Tifton

APRIL 25
Rodney Dewayne Young, 42, Tifton
Marvin Wayne Nix, 65, Nashville

APRIL 26
Georgia Irene Cole Moody, 96, Omega
Elizabeth Joan Baldree Hernandez, 58, Enigma
Cleveland Montgomery "Mac" McMahan, 87, Grovetown
Jacqueline Patricia Rentz, 82, Lenox

APRIL 27
Jimmie Louise Hayes Drawdy, 79, Tifton
Herbert Ricky Nelson, 59, Sycamore
Greg Johnson, 49, Valdosta

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