Tuesday, May 12, 2020
BARS, NIGHTCLUBS, TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH MAY
BUT KEMP EASES SOME OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Brian P. Kemp
said Tuesday that
live performance venues, bars, nightclubs
amusement park rides
to "enhance health outcomes and give us the opportunity to prepare for safe reopening in the near future."
But the governor also said the state will now
allow dine-in restaurants
300 square feet
of public space and
the party size
from six to
10 to 20,
allowed in a
and also will
allow summer day camps
to re-open if they follow
Provisions in Kemp's new executive order include:
- Georgians must continue to follow social distancing, and gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned unless there is at least six feet between each person.
- People are "strongly encouraged" to wear face coverings when out in public.
- Shelter-in-place provisions for medically fragile and Georgians aged 65 and older remains in effect through June 12.
- Mandatory restrictions for sanitation and social distancing remain in place for all non-critical infrastructure businesses.
- Starting May 18, specific divisions of state agencies will begin to phase back into limited, in-person operations.
"I want to renew the
call to action
to heed the
public health officials
, avoid large gatherings, and help us
," Kemp said.
- Georgia has received its first shipment of the drug Remdesivir from the federal government. The state received 30 cases with 40 vials per case of the drug found to have some positive effects on patients with the coronavirus.
- The state reported that the Georgia National Guard has tested 46 percent of all nursing homes residents and 24 percent of their staffs. Testing is continuing for the 46,000 people remaining in those facilties.
- To streamline contact tracing across the state, officials are implementing a new online monitoring tool – the Healthy Georgia Collaborative – which allows Georgians to identify contacts and monitor symptoms.
- The state recorded 34,898 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,494 deaths as of Tuesday night, according to the Ga. Department of Public Health.
- Tift County had 161 positive cases and six deaths, as of Tuesday.
- Dougherty County has 1,643 cases and 129 deaths.
- Lowndes County had 194 cases and four deaths.
- Worth County had 188 cases and 17 deaths.
- Turner County had 78 cases and 12 deaths, most of them at an Ashburn nursing home.
- Southwell health system (which includes Tift Regional Medical Center) reported a total of 351 cases and a total of 34 deaths.
Winning First Place in the Congressional Art Competition for Georgia’s Eighth District is “The Refugee” by Katelyn Taylor from the Academy for Classical Education in Macon.
TIFT COUNTY HIGH STUDENT WINS 'PEOPLE'S CHOICE' AWARD IN CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
'HEALTHCARE HEROES' TO BE DISPLAYED IN REP. SCOTT'S D.C. OFFICE
Tift County High School
has received the
People’s Choice Award
in the 2020
Congressional Art Competition
received the award for her work
pictured at right.
, R-Tifton, announced the winners.
Congressional Art Competition
is a great way to showcase the talents of
high school students
from across the
, and this year’s submissions were certainly no exception,"
by all our
who submitted artwork and the art teachers and parents who supported and encouraged them along the way.
"As I pass by these great works, either in our
or in the
, I will be reminded that the work we’re doing today is to ensure a brighter future for them,”
People’s Choice Award
from across the
with more than
"likes" on Scott's
D.C. office lobby
"Light in the Dark.”
Academy for Classical Education
. She will receive a trip to
, to attend the
National Congressional Art Competition Awards reception
and to see her artwork hanging in the
She will also be eligible for a
Savannah College of Art and Design.
THREE TCHS GRADUATING SENIORS
NAMED GEORGIA SCHOLARS
Tift County High
Joshua Abantao, Rebekah Larger
2020 Georgia Scholars
by state School Superintendent
are among total
graduating seniors from across
who have been recognized as
. The state
Department of Education
(DOE) identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved
in school and community life.
According to the DOE, students eligible for
recognition are seniors who exhibit
in all phases of
s, and in the
“It is always special to recognize a new class of
, but I have to say it is even more meaningful to recognize these students from the
class of 2020
“In the face of
have displayed great
resilience, maturity and grace
. I am honored to recognize their
and wish them well as they proceed into futures that, despite this temporary setback, are still worthy of
ABAC MUSEUM CURATOR SOLVES SHOEMAKERS' MYSTERY; EXHIBIT OPENS JUNE 1
, curator of ABAC's
Georgia Museum of Agriculture
, recently used her sleuthing and curatorial skills to solve the
The saga started with a
of an old storage space that produced
– an entire collection from a
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College museum
had a donation record from
, and an
showing a man guiding a horse pulling a
Middleton’s Shoe Shop wagon
Through hours of combing through historical documents,
shoe shop owner
, during the late
Was Stephen related to J.L?
“As it turns out, he was
but they were both
, and they were both in the
was born in
, but he later lived in
after meeting his
Emma Jane Hutchinson
, was from neighboring
. She married shoemaker
James Monroe Middleton
, and they lived in
, before moving to
, and then eventually to
“James was listed in the
shoe shop owner
shortly before his death at
years old in late
said. “The 1920 census also lists then
as a wage earner in his
father’s shoe shop
Later in his life,
was employed by
American Shoe Machinery & Tool Co.
From there, dozens of articles were located, naming
"Tifton’s veteran shoemaker,"
"Tifton’s popular shoemaker,"
So who was in the picture, the
“We finally realized that the person in the
was, in fact,
, and the
down the road from the
Stephen worked as a shoemaker for his father and then inherited his dad’s shoe-shop collection. Since his father was buried in Tifton, Stephen offered the artifacts to the museum two years before he died.
counterparts, also named Middleton, although the Georgia shoemakers did have an Indiana link through Stephen’s wife.
Middleton Shoe Shop exhibit
and the museum’s
. The exhibit will be
to explore in person when the
VIDEO: Southwell Safely Reopens
Southwell encourages you not to delay your care!
Southwell/Tift Regional Health System says their clinics and outpatient centers are back open to safely serve you. Please click on the link below to view a video on what to expect during your visit.
ABAC RECOGNIZES TOP STUDENTS
AT VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT
top bachelor’s degree
top associate degree
student graduating this semester were recognized at the recent virtual
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Louis Mitchell Canevari
received the ABAC Alumni Association award for top bachelor’s degree student, and
Joshua Allen Wilkinson
received the George P. Donaldson award for top associate degree student.
An agriculture major from
Lake Placid, Fla.
maintained a 3.28 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during his four years at ABAC. He is the son of
majored in agriculture with a concentration in animal science. He maintained a 3.5 grade point average and is the son of
Broadcast over the
ceremony featured remarks from ABAC President
and the calling of each of the
TIFTON GRAPEVINE'S PET OF THE WEEK
is currently on stray hold at
Tift County Animal Shelter
. If not
, will be available for
. If this is your pet, please call the
The shelter is now open to the public for adoptions 1-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pets of the Week are sponsored by:
Branch's Veterinary Clinic
205 Belmont Ave., Tifton, 229-382-6055
TIFTON'S FIRST MAYOR, W.H. LOVE,
DIES AT AGE 44
– MAY 15, 1903
11 p.m., Friday, May 15, 1903
, in his
. The cause of death was listed as
"congestion of the brain."
years old. His body was carried to
the next day for
beside his father in his
family's cemetery plot
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
special private car
and free transportation for the
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