OCT. 4, 2016
Tifton, Georgia


More than 60 people have applied for the position of Tifton city manager, interim City Manager Hunter Walker told Tifton City Council during its meeting Monday night.

Walker noted that some of the applicants do not fit the established criteria. Mayor Julie B. Smith appointed Councilmen Jack Folk and Frank Sayles Jr. to serve on a committee to work with city human resources personnel to review the applications.

The city hopes to hire a new manager by the first of the year. Walker was appointed as interim manager following the resignation of City Manager Larry Riner in July.

Also Monday, Mayor Smith issued a proclamation honoring Lee Turner of Tifton,
Lee Turner holds proclamation with friends and co-workers, from left: Katrina Mathis, Myrtle Whittington, Turner, Monica Linguist, Dawn Hall and Jamie Mixon.
who received a national volunteer award Sept. 11 from the  American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network.

Turner, a cancer survivor whose mother and grandmother also had the disease, began volunteering with the American Cancer Society in 1998. He received the cancer organization's Ambassador Constituent Team Lead of the Year Award  during the group's annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

Turner recruits and manages other volunteers in Congressional District 8 for the Cancer Society's Action Network.

"This has meant so much to me," Turner said. "This community has been so supportive of my efforts."

Tifton orthopedic spine surgeon Dr.  Mac Sims has  invented a device which he says allows the treatment of a common spine condition more effectively and with less invasive surgery .
Sims' Syzygy Stabilization System is used in the surgical treatment of spondylolisthesis, a defect which causes part of the backbone to slip to one side of
Dr. Mac Sims, left, performs a procedure at Tift Regional Medical Center.
the body. Typical symptoms include back pain and/or leg pain.  

The screw-and-rod system has been patented and has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Admin-istration. A formal launch is scheduled this month at the North American Spine Society conference in Boston.  

A board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Sims wanted to find a way to achieve more effective mechanical alignment of the spine.
"I seek to continually improve performance and drive clinically proven care," he said.  "I have been developing this concept, device and system for seven years.  The goal for patients is reduced post-operative pain, a quicker recovery period and better outcomes."

Spondylolisthesis makes vertebrae bone compress nerve roots, Sims said, resulting in back pain, numbness or weakness in one or both legs. The Syzygy system pulls the bone back into its proper position unlike any other procedure or product.  
A Tifton native, Sims is a member of the Tift Regional Medical Center medical staff.

Tifton Rotary President Jeremy Campbell, left, accepts a Rotary flag from Sverre Stub, a former ABAC student sponsored by the Tifton Rotary Club.


On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Sverre Stub returned to the Tifton Rotary Club where he first visited 50 years before as a Rotary-sponsored student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Since his college days in Tifton, Stub returned to Norway and served all over the world as an ambassador for the Norwegian diplomatic service for more than 40 years, including assignments in the Hague, Netherlands; Washington, D.C.; Caracas, Venezuela; Geneva; Paris.; Amman, Jordan; Baghdad; Athens; and Nicosia, Cyprus.

In 1966, the Tifton Rotary Club offered Stub a scholarship to ABAC through the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP), which promotes world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities.

Through GRSP, Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students recommended by a Rotary Club in their home country. The students become adopted members of a local "host family," living on campus at the school they attend.

From the program's beginning in 1946, about 60 students annually from all over the world make friends in the United States and learn about differing cultures and lifestyles. Georgia Rotarians believe "Peace is Possible," and through GRSP promote international goodwill through friendship and understanding.

Stub, who became a Rotarian and lives in Oslo, says his responsibilities there have included the position of director of the Foreign Minister's Office and political adviser in the Norwegian government. He also has been dealing with natural resource management, environment, energy, climate change and international security issues. He is now president of a group of retired ambassadors.


It may have taken longer than expected but the expansion of the runway at the Henry Tift Myers Airport is complete, and local officials believe it will pay big dividends.

The runway has been extended by 1,000 feet to a total of 6,500. The majority of the funds for the project came from federal and state coffers while local SPLOST dollars made up about 16 percent. Discussion of the project began in 2007 but before it could gain traction, the economy took a downturn and most projects at the state level were delayed.
But local officials did not let the idea die and thanks to support from the Georgia Department of Transportation and local and state lawmakers, it was finally completed.
"From an aviation standpoint, it will improve safety," said Dr. Greg Anderson, chairman of the Tift County Airport Authority. "When you're talking about pilots trying to approach in inclement weather, that added length improves the safety margin."

Jacob Redwine, operations manager with Holt Construction, was in charge of the expansion and said, "It was completed on time and under budget." 

Because of that,  Redwine said the state allowed the Authority to use the money saved to do a lighting and signage project. He said that project is under way and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year.
"We're also still working on an overlay that will add some pavement strength which is needed to have larger, heavier aircraft here," Anderson said. "That will give us an opportunity down the road to possibly recruit an air freight company to locate here."
The runway extension also gives economic development officials something else to offer when recruiting jobs to the area, said Tift County Development Authority Executive Director Brian Marlowe.
"Some of our companies have headquarters in other places, and their top officials all fly into Tift County," he said. "The airport is vital for economic development in Tift County."


Dr. Buddy Cawley, a Tifton dentist, thanked local police, fire and emergency
personnel on Friday with a cookout he called " Burgers for the Brave."

"It's just an enormous feeling to know that we have people that support us and back us," said  Tift County Sheriff Gene  Scarbrough .

Cawley served approximately 400 hamburgers and said he hopes to make the event an annual one.


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SGBC employees, from left, Monica Watson, Kathy Campbell, Heather Barefoot, Kalya Yawn (and hiding at right, Beverly Helms) promote the bank's peanut butter drive.


The Georgia Peanut Commission and the Georgia Bankers Association are joining together this month for the 40th year to promote one of Georgia top cash crops -- peanuts.

The 40th annual Georgia Peanut Bank Week is scheduled for Oct. 17-21. Local banks and financial institutions across the state will honor Georgia's peanut farmers and their contribution made to the state and local economies during one of the biggest times of the year, the annual peanut harvest.

This year's theme, "In Georgia, Money Grows on Vines -- Peanut Vines," will showcase the importance of Georgia's official state crop. Peanut farmers contribute approximately $1.3 billion annually to the state and local economies to help maintain Georgia's largest industry --  agriculture.

The theme will also highlight the National Peanut Board's campaign "The Perfectly Powerful Peanut," showcasing the nutritional benefits of peanuts.

As part of Georgia Peanut Bank Week, South Georgia Banking Co. (SGBC) is collecting jars of peanut butter at all of its branches to be distributed to local food pantries. The peanut butter drive is from Oct. 1-21.

In the Tiftarea, local organizations benefitting from the peanut butter drive include:
  • Tifton and Omega: Brother Charlie's, Community Action Agency and Backpack Blessings
  • Cordele: Hands of Hope
  • Ashburn: Local church food pantries 
In Tifton, Len Lastinger Elementary School has joined SGBC by holding a movie night Oct. 27. Admission will be one jar of peanut butter per family.

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It has been 52 years since Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College hosted an event called Dealer Days on its campus in 1964. At that time, no one could have guessed that the farm equipment show would grow into the annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition set for Oct. 18-20 at Spence Field near Moultrie.
ABAC Ambassadors get ready for Sunbelt Expo.

The Expo moved to its current site in 1978, and Spence Field is about to come alive again with the sounds of tractors and harvesters. 

Coincidentally, ABAC once held classes at Spence Field for  soldiers returning to South Georgia after World War II.

At this year's Expo, visitors will get to look at five segments of ABAC life at the recently remodeled ABAC venue, says Lindsey Roberts, the college's marketing and communications director.

The building includes a front porch with rocking chairs and a statue of the Golden Stallion college mascot. ABAC representatives will greet visitors as they enter the exhibit, and interactive games will allow guests to learn more about the college.

Copies of ABAC yearbooks will be available so that alumni can walk through the pages of days gone by. Prospective students can get a taste of ABAC through displays, brochures, and conversations with students.

ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village interpreters will showcase blacksmithing, new Ag and Natural Resources educational programming, and the Rolling Store, where  ABAC souvenirs including T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps will be available.


The Tifton 20th Century LIbrary Club is co-sponsoring Keep Calm and Color On at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in the library's multipurpose room. 

This fun coloring party for adults will allow attendees to spend a creative relaxing time with friends. 

Coloring sheets and colored pencils and markers will be provided, along with chicken enchilada soup and snacks. 

Genie McCook, who won third place in a national competition for the arts, will read her award-winning poem. Quilts and artwork by club members will be on display. 
For information, contact Bonnie Sayles, 229-848-2366 or 229-391-9903 .


Kaylar Howard, left, a liaison from the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence to Tift County High School, presents the school a check for Accelerated Reader points earned at the foundation's Summer Reading Center this past season. Also pictured are Lehi Larger, top student reader, and Chanon Collins, the school's top staff reader during the summer program.


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