DESIGN PLANS BEGIN
FOR $15.5M ABAC PROJECT
NEW FINE ARTS BUILDING, CARLTON CENTER RENOVATION
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Plans are moving forward for a proposed $15.5 million
to build a new Fine Arts Building and to renovate the
Carlton Center at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
Friday, July 7, the
Board of Regents of the Univer
sity System of Georgia
issued requests for qualifications from companies to design the project. A selection committee will determine the qualified finalists, who will then need to submit formal
"Our focus for
2018 will be to build a
fine arts building on the front of the campus," ABAC President
David Bridges said recently.
"We have the
design money this year from the
Legislature, and I hope we will see
construction begin late in the calendar year
2018. We also want to
Carlton Center, and we have some good ideas on how to do that," Bridges said.
Construction of a
24,000 gross-square-foot Fine Arts Building
along ABAC's "Sweetheart Circle" at the front of the campus will allow consolidation of the college's arts programs in one location for the first time in the institution's history.
Currently these programs, which are part of one academic department, are spread across campus in different buildings.
"The music program is housed in a space (formerly the library) that is too small and very poorly suited for music," the Board of Regents noted in its design request. "Art is currently located in another building along with human sciences and the South Georgia Police Academy.
"Music and theatre both use the Howard Auditorium and the Drigger Lecture Hall for rehearsal space. The new facility will
replace existing Weltner Hall, which has a prominent location along ABAC's historic Sweetheart Circle. The new building will need to be compatible with the historic buildings along front campus."
Carlton Center, constructed in
1989, has approximately
61,000 gross square feet and is planned to be renovated to
consolidate learning resources and student services into one location at the center of campus. "The consolidation of programs into one building and into a
central location will increase student use and reduce overall cost of operations," the Board of Regents wrote in its design qualification request.
"Programs such as the library, student learning, academic support, academic assistance, testing, student development, financial aid, student financial services, counseling, dean of students, student media services, registrar, and the Veterans Center functions will all be housed within a newly renovated Carlton Center," according to the Regents document. "
While the building is structurally sound, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems need upgrading and/or replacement."
interior wall modifications and "a major re-working" of the Carlton Center's main entrance.
While the total ABAC project is estimated at
$15,550,000, the Board of Regents notes that
amount may change based upon such factors as
program requirements and funding availability.
ABOUT 40% OF LOCAL KIDS
LIVE IN POVERTY, CAGLE SAYS
Approximately 40 percent of children locally and regionally are at the poverty level, and Georgia must find a way to get them access to affordable health care, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Monday at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) in Tifton.
made the comments during the third meeting of the
Health Care Reform Task Force,
whose meeting was hosted by TRMC.
"Statewide, our poverty rate among children hovers at about
25 percent. In
40 counties, including right here in
40 percent or more of our kids are
living in poverty," Cagle said.
"It is up to us to find solutions that allow hard-working
Georgians to keep more of what they earn. And as our work with the
Health Care Reform Task Force continues, it will be up to us to work with issuers, providers and stakeholders in every community of our state to innovate and lower the costs of care, premiums and deductibles so that our
access to the care we need at a price we can all
afford," the lieutenant governor said.
Cagle was joined by several state senators, along with representatives from Tift Regional Medical Center, Emory University and Dr. Keith J. Mueller, the interim dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Task Force members discussed policies that could help elevate Georgia as a leader in advancing patient-centered health care reforms.
"We greatly appreciate this group and their resolve to tackle the current challenges facing healthcare in our state. Tift Regional is also proud to present to this group some of the innovative programs we have launched in order to better address common healthcare issues among rural Georgians," said William T. Richardson, president and CEO of Tift Regional Health System.
The next meeting of the Health Care Reform Task Force will be Aug. 28 in Northwest Georgia.
VIES FOR TITLE
Executive Chef David Scarbrough of Tifton's
The Local Kitchen + Bar restaurant on
Main Street is once again seeking to compete against other chefs to determine
"Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits" at the annual
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.
You can help your favorite restaurants
for the top restaurant from each
Friday, July 14, at 5 p.m.
Voters may cast a ballot a maximum of once per day. To vote, Click Here!
The chef/restaurant with the most
each region will be named
regional champion and
advance to the
Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits competition to compete against other regional winners at
11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 in
The Local's entry can be found under the
"Plantation Trace" region.
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival
is a quintessentially Southern, one-of-a-kind tradition celebrating one of Georgia's most beloved dishes -- shrimp and grits. The 2017 festival
LIBRARY FOUNDATION BRINGING
ELTON JOHN-BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE
DINNER, CONCERT IS TIFT LIBRARY FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER
Return to the 1970s for one night only as t
he Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation
to Tifton "Face2Face: The Billy Joel-Elton John Tribute."
The fundraiser for the Library Foundation will be on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. As in past years, there will be an optional dinner before the concert.
Taking turns at an
onstage piano, the dual imperson
ators of the Billy
Joel-Elton John Face2Face Tribute show conjure the
piano men in both sound and image. Backed by his band The Str
anger, Mike Santoro, a Levittown,
N.Y., native flashes his fingers
up and down the keys before he
jumps up to grab the mic to belt out such high-ener
gy Billy Joel classics as "Only the Good Die Young" and "
For the second half of
the show, Ronnie Smith dons the
and bedazzled suits of a young Elton John as he charts his
style from the 19
the present. Bittersweet anthems such as "
mix with more whimsical material such as "
Crocodile Rock" and "
Bennie and the Jets."
Guests will get the chance to dance the night away to the string of hits by both artists.
Sponsors will be able to reserve tables soon. More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
For information, call Foundation President Frank Sayles Jr. at 478-227-7126.
WOMEN'S HEALTH SEMINAR ON JULY 20
TO COVER SURGICAL OPTIONS, DIET TRENDS
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) invites all
women to attend a free
lunch-and-learn seminar on
women's health issues on
July 20, noon to 1 p.m., at the
Tift Regional Community Events Center in Tifton.
The seminar, a part of the
TRHS Rejuvenate Women's Health Series, will feature two speakers: general surgeon
Tracy Nolan, M.D., and registered dietitian
Lauren Saxena, RD, LD, CLC.
Dr. Nolan, a
board-certified general surgeon with
South Georgia Surgical, will discuss
"Women: When is it Time for Surgery?" Women who are dealing with issues such as chronic fatigue, irritation, mood swings, depression or unexplained weight loss or gain may have a disease and not even know it. Common disorders affecting women include diseases of the thyroid, breast and skin. What are the symptoms for these conditions, what are treatment options and when is surgery appropriate?
Dr. Nolan will provide the answers at this event.
registered dietitian with
Affinity Pediatrics, will provide a presentation titled
"Food and Diet Trends: What is Fact and What is Fiction?" Women are concerned about eating right, getting-in-shape and staying fit. But, sometimes, it's easy to get wrapped-up in the health trends of the moment. From magazine articles to national news segments, these food and exercise trends seem to come out of nowhere and dominate the national psyche. Registered Dietitian
Lauren Saxena will discuss what trends are legitimate and what are hype, providing advice on a true healthy lifestyle.
event is free
and includes a
. Seating is
. To register, call
or visit the
calendar of events
Tift Regional Community Events Center
is located in
1657 South Carpenter Road
, connected to the
AMERICAN TEXTILE CO. CONTINUES GROWTH
Pennsylvania-based American Textile Co., a producer of name brand and non-branded mattress protection products, pillows and bedding with a large operation in Tifton, has announced some corporate promotions and hirings as it strengthens its growing business.
Among the promotions,
Mark Milani, previously vice president of quality and engineering, has been named vice president of
distribution. In his new role, Milani oversees the company's newly constructed state-of-the-art warehousing and distribution facility in Tifton, along with four other American Textile Co. locations in North America. He joined American
Textile in 2012.
The additional Tifton facility is the first tenant in the new Tifton-Tift County Development Authority's Industrial Park and will more than double American textile's shipping capacity to keep up with growing customer demand in both traditional retail and e-commerce sectors.
After opening its
first facility in
Tift County in
American Textile Co. expanded it in
2012 and opened another
2014. This latest
384,000-square-foot building significantly expands its
The expansion comes on the heels of a
high-growth year for
American Textile Co. in which the company increased capacity at its
Dallas, Texas, and
Salt Lake City, Utah, locations.
American Textile Co. employs more than 1,100 people worldwide.
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