Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Tifton, Georgia
Tifton Grapevine

Thanksgiving Day reminds us to stop for a moment in the midst of our busy lives and give thanks for all that we have and for those around us.

If there is a roof above our heads, then be thankful . If we have something to eat today, be thankful . If we are able to take a breath , be thankful . If there is someone in the world who cares about us, be thankful .
For what else truly matters ? We should remember to be grateful for everything , every little thing, that we have. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. As the singer Willie Nelson once said, “When I started counting my blessings , my whole life turned around.”

Even when we face trials and tribulations , remain grateful to God for life, for love and for the opportunity to make the world a little better.

This time of Thanksgiving is but one chance to express our gratitude . We should learn to show our appreciation throughout the year and to thank others on a daily basis, not wait for a designated day.

By giving thanks and giving of ourselves to others, we receive much more in return. Take time to thank those who have had an impact on your life . Thank your family ; thank your friends , past and present; thank your teachers ; thank your mentors ; thank someone who did something special for you.

Don't put off showing your gratitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”

To those of you who support this local, electronic newspaper and who have expressed kind words of encouragement , I wish to say thank you . I truly appreciate you all. I am thankful to live in our town , our state and our nation .

Happy Thanksgiving , and remember to maintain an attitude of gratitude throughout the coming year .
Who wants new Christmas dinnerware? Save the Date!!!
Because we truly appreciate our customers, we will give away two eight-place settings of Christmas Dinnerware
on Black Friday, Nov. 23,
and two eight-place settings of Christmas Dinnerware
on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24.
Be sure to visit us on these two days to register.
We also have more free goodies for our wonderful customers!
All customers on these two days will receive a free 4-piece set of Christmas napkin rings and a Bridgewater candle with purchase. We may add more surprises, so stop by and see us!
Please remember to shop Local and support your local families.
Tifton City Council on Monday approved buying 5.75 acres of the Captain’s Point Mobile Home Park in South Tifton for planned rehabilitation of the neighborhood .

Council OK'd acquiring the property from owner Larry Riner at a cost of $273,585.26 , using Community Development Block Grants and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds earmarked for property acquisition .

Before the purchase is finalized, Riner has agreed to remove vacant mobile homes and relocate anyone currently residing on the property, which represents about half of the mobile home park .

The city has long-standing plans to redevelop that area of South Tifton , which has been a priority of Mayor Julie Smith and City Council members. Consultant Bruce Green has been brought in to suggest a redevelopment strategy , which was presented to council earlier this month.

The plan involves forming an urban redevelopment authority to oversee the efforts , which include creating new affordable housing and new business development .
Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has been awarded an A grade for its efforts to keep patients safe from infections, errors and accidents, and also has been named a top 10 medium-sized hospital in Georgia.

The A grade came from the Leapfrog Group , a national not-for-profit organization that strives for safety, quality and affordability of healthcare by promoting transparency .

And Georgia Trend magazine has named TRMC a top 10 medium-sized hospital in the state based on the healthcare institution’s quality indicators and clinical outcomes.
“Our providers, nurses, therapists, technicians and support staff are all committed to quality care and patient safety,” said Christopher K. Dorman , TRHS president/CEO. “These recognitions reflect the dedication of our people.
“This A grade from the Leapfrog Group validates achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud of our team. They work hard to foster a safe, compassionate environment of care,” Dorman said.
In its upcoming December issue,  Georgia Trend  recognized TRMC as part of the magazine’s annual Top Hospital Rankings . TRMC was ranked No. 9 in the medium-sized hospital category.

The magazine used publicly available data on quality indicators and patient satisfaction to determine the rankings.
Willows on Third
136 Third St. E., Tifton
Nov. 14
Just when you thought the election season was over, the Tift County Board of Elections reminds us that early voting begins Monday, Nov. 26 , for Georgia’s runoff elections.

Early voting will be available in Tifton for one week only, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, Nov. 30, at the Tift Board of Elections office at the corner of Fourth Street and Chesnutt Avenue for the Dec. 4 runoff election .

On the state ballot will be two races  in which neither Democratic nor Republican candidates received a majority of the vote in the Nov. 6 general election:

  • Secretary of State: Democrat John Barrow vs. Republican Brad Raffensperger
  • Public Service Commission District 3: Incumbent Republican Chuck Eaton vs. Democrat Lindy Miller

Absentee voting is also available for the runoffs. To request an application for absentee voting in Tift County , call 229-386-7915 or email www.sos.ga.gov/mvp

All registered voters are eligible to participate in the runoff election, even if they didn’t cast ballots Nov. 6 .
Tift County FBLA members EmmaLee Daniels, left, and Elizabeth Connell meet motivational speaker Brandon Lee White at the national leadership conference for Future Business Leaders of America.
Last week, Elizabeth Connell , Tift County High's FBLA chapter president, and  EmmaLee Daniels , Northeast Middle School's FBLA representative, attended the Future Business Leaders of America's National Fall Leadership Conference  with adviser Melissa Busbin. 

The trip was among activities  needed to complete the  America level BAA (Business Achievement Award)  and Nonstop November Chapter Challenge .

The BAA has four levels: Future, Business, Leader and the America level.  Elizabeth Connell has completed the first three .

“I completed my first two levels my freshman , and the second my sophomore year of high school and have been working the past few months to finish the very in-depth  America Level,” Connell said. 

“The main reason I would like to finish the last level of my BAA is because I would be the first at Tift County High School to do so. I also worked hard to finish the other three levels, so I thought I should complete it because I have put some much effort in to the program already.”

EmmaLee Daniels said it was a " great opportunity for me to help build the new chapter " at Northeast Middle . "With the change in our school system, we had to charter a new chapter . Everything we do this year is a first for us.”

At the conference, members met FBLA members from across the nation and learned new leadership and business skills and also how to improve a plan for the  future . During the opening session, motivational speaker Brandon Lee White talked on how to overcome obstacles that are holding you back from being successful .

The Georgia Narcotics Officers Association hosted a quail luncheon last Wednesday for all Tifton and Tift County first responders.

The GNOA , founded in 2000 , promotes professionalism, training and the exchange of ideas and information among law enforcement agencies and support groups charged with combating the misuse of illegal and controlled drugs in Georgia. 

“Thanks to our local first responders for their work with Hurricane Michael . You answered calls and cleared roadways continuously during an 18-hour period, and I’m proud of you,” Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough told the audience.
The 14th annual Kiwanis Run for the Kids 5K/one-mile run/walk is 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning near the corner of Forrest Avenue and Fourth Street in Tifton at the Spurlin/Sertoma baseball fields .

Prizes will be awarded to the fastest runners in two categories, along with prizes for the Best Christmas Costume .

Children doing one mile will receive medallions ; Christmas gifts will be available to all participants and Dr. Seuss-themed long sleeved T-shirts .

Early entry fee is $20 for adults; $10 , children; teams get $5 off per member before Nov. 24. After the date, the fees rise by $5. Call 229-388-2142 .

The Tifton Grapevine is now publishing yard sales in Friday editions . The yard sales are text only, no photos , and is part of a list linked from the Grapevine edition to our web page .

The cost is $1 per word , and yard sales must be paid in advance via credit card or PayPal .

For information , email yardsales@tiftongrapevine.com
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