TIFTON CITY MANAGER RESIGNS
IN SPECIAL MEETING, CITY COUNCIL ACCEPTS LARRY RINER'S RESIGNATION
In a special meeting Thursday, Tifton City Council
accepted the resignation of Larry Riner from his nearly five-year post as Tifton city manager.
In a written statement, Riner said he looked forward to pursuing other interests and that it has been a
pleasure serving the city for the past 17 years. His
resignation is effective at close of business today.
Council appointed City Clerk Jessica Jones as acting city manager until an interim manager is selected.
During the special called meeting, council went into executive
session to discuss personnel and then came back into regular session and, without comment, unanimously accepted Riner's resignation and named Jones as acting manager.
Councilmen Jack Folk and Frank Sayles Jr. were both out of town and participated by conference call.
Mayor Julie Smith said that Riner has been an asset to the city and will be missed in his role.
"At this time, it is the desire of the council to
move forward in a different direction with regard to
city management. We
wish only the best to Mr.
Riner in his future endeavors and appreciate his many years of service to this community."
Prior to serving as city manager, Riner served the City of Tifton in a variety of roles, including public works director, assistant to the city manager and assistant city manager.
UGA TIFTON MENTORS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
High school students are not the only ones benefitting from the
University of Georgia Young Scholars Program on the
UGA Tifton Campus; watching students grow in knowledge and experience makes
Glen Rains' work as a
mentor during the
six-week internship worthwhile.
"My favorite part is learning where they go after (the
Young Scholars Program)," said Rains, a UGA
agricultural engineer who has served as a mentor every year the program has been offered at UGA Tifton.
Rains also keeps in touch with most of the Young Scholars he has mentored. He is currently mentoring Bailey Veeder, a rising junior from Clarke Central High School in Athens.
The job of each mentor is to help a young student or students with their research and to make sure the students' summer project is completed correctly. The
Young Scholar depends on their expert for advice and guidance, and they gain valuable experience.
"The best part is that their minds are like an empty bowl, so you can teach them from scratch. The basic things they learn here will help them in the future," said
Bhabesh Dutta, a UGA plant pathologist who specializes in vegetable diseases, specifically those diseases that affect onions and watermelons.
Dutta's Young Scholar,
Zoya Day, reported the first case of Pseudomonas syringae leaf spot disease on pumpkins in Georgia. Day, along with the other
11 Young Scholars from
UGA Tifton, delivered presentations
July 5 to showcase their work and the research they've been involved in for the past six weeks.
Young Scholars Program is offered on all three
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campuses: Tifton, Athens and Griffin.
Teri Hughes, assistant coordinator of the Young Scholars Program on the
UGA Tifton Campus, said the
scientists involved are all
volunteers. They give of their time to have an impact on the career path a student chooses.
"The Young Scholars Program would not be possible if it wasn't for the world-renowned scientists that we have here at
UGA Tifton who are willing to share their knowledge with and impart their wisdom on the next generation," Hughes said. "I hope these kids realize and cherish the opportunity they've had this summer to work alongside some of the best scientists in the world. These students have benefitted from their time here."
The mentors had words of wisdom for those students who were part of this year's program and those thinking about participating in years to come: "A key to receiving the most out of the program is to love learning new things and to be able to do your own research," Rains said. "Learning on your own is enriching and vital to the growth of a scientist."
Young Scholars and their mentors on the
UGA Tifton Campus include:
Lauren Asbell (Jennifer Tucker), Mackenzie Brown (Babu Srinivasan), Zoya Day (Bhabesh Dutta), Leilani Fonsah (Rippy Singh), Selyna Gant (Rippy Singh), Julie Jernigan (Sha Tao), Katie Kemeness (George Vellidis), Sarah King (Craig Kvien), Michaela Lubbers (Peggy Ozias-Akins/Corley Holbrook), Michael Pannell (Clint Thompson), Reaiah Tyson (Claudia Dunkley) and Bailey Veeder (Glen Rains).
QUESTIONS ARISE OVER
CAMPAIGN FUNDS SHIFTING BY REP. SCOTT,
THREE OTHER CONGRESSMAN
Austin Scott, a
Tifton Republican, is one of
four Georgia congressman who is listed as using
campaign funds, raised while they served in the
state Legislature, for their
congressional races - a practice being questioned for its legality, says the
Atlanta Journal Constitution.
AJC review of
campaign disclosures found that
Scott, and fellow GOP congressmen
Tom Graves, Barry Loudermilk and Buddy Carter all are listed as making such contributions.
Ritter said state law does not allow a candidate for the
General Assembly, for instance, to raise money for his office and then later give the money to a campaign for another office he is seeking.
Scott listed closing out his state House account by giving
$3,571 to his congressional campaign in
Ryann R. DuRant called the transaction was an
"administrative error" and that the funds were never received or deposited into his federal campaign account.
"It is clear there was an administrative error, and
Austin will work to correct it by filing the necessary amendments with the
Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission as soon as he's able to return home and review the records," DuRant said in a statement to the AJC.
SEATS AVAILABLE ON TIFTON CITY BOARDS
of Tifton has several vacancies on city boards. City residents may volunteer to fill seats on the Library Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Historic Preservation
For more information, call 229-391-3970.
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...at a Glance
- Watermelon Crawl 5K & Fun Run, 8 a.m., Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton
- Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Depot Platform, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- "Rock the Block" live music, 5-10 p.m., First Street, Downtown Tifton
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Paul Drake, 87, Fitzgerald
Mary Tillery, 77, Scooterville
Joyce Peacock Taylor, 75, Fitzgerald
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Willie Burks, 65,
Josie "Jo" Taylor
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