Jan. 17, 2017
A GROWING PROBLEM
SAY SOME TIFTON MERCHANTS
Downtown parking issues dominated much of the
Tifton Downtown Development Authority (
DDA) meeting on
Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The Big Store
addressed the board and said that while she
and other downtown merchants are glad to see new restaurants and other businesses downtown, their customers are finding it
She said customers are not going to park in the
Cato Knight Parking Lot at one end of
Main Street and walk a couple of blocks to a business.
"Parking is a good problem to have," said
John Lowe, DDA chairman, noting that it shows the vibrancy of downtown.
DDA board acknowledged there are parking issues, which have been discussed for some time. Board members said planned parking spaces on
Commerce Way could alleviate some of the problem.
The board also decided to look at the cost of resurfacing and improving the
South Main Street downtown to create more
designated parking spots.
DDA member and developer
Hal Baxley also suggested that downtown businesses look at some type of
shuttle service to bring customers
downtown from outer parking areas.
GA SENATE HONORS
TURNER COUNTY'S BURGESS
STATE'S 2nd-LONGEST SERVING BLACK COMMISSIONER
The Georgia State Senate on Thursday passed a resolution honoring
Turner County Commissioner Joe Burgess for his more than 30 years in county government
Burgess is the second-longest serving minority county commissioner in Georgia.
He is a certified county commissioner through an education program provided in cooperation with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
The resolution, introduced by state Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, notes Burgess' "
advocacy of economic development and recreation in the
Turner County community, and his service as a state contractor and funeral home director are
but a few of the many reasons he so purely defines the meaning of public service."
The resolution calls Burgess "a person of magnanimous strengths with an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, intelligence, fairness and kindness and, by his example, he makes this world a better place in which to live."
Senate Resolution 12 was adopted by the Senate without objection.
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A DAY OF SERVICE; NOT
A 'DAY OFF'
ELLA PETTIFORD RECEIVES 'SPIRIT OF SERVICE' AWARD
320 people crowded into the
Tift County Recreation Department's gymnasium
Monday morning for the annual
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Breakfast.
The breakfast is sponsored by the local
PLIGHT organization --
"Proud Loving Individuals Giving a Hand to Teens."
Ella Pettiford received PLIGHT's
"Spirit of Service" Award.
Pettiford, a former PLIGHT president, was honored for her longtime
community service. She spent more than a dozen years working with former Judge Larry Mims and currently works in the solicitor's office.
Tift County Commissioner
Melissa Hughes gave the keynote speech at the breakfast, imploring the audience to be an active
"piece of the puzzle" for the community.
Solomon Nixon III of
Tifton offered a special inspirational monologue, garnering a standing ovation.
BACK ROADS OF GEORGIA
PHOTO EXHIBIT TO OPEN
The Back Roads of Georgia photo contest and exhibit
opens Saturday, Jan. 21, with a reception from 5-6 p.m. at the gallery in the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton.
free reception, open to the public, includes the Wiregrass Farmers Market hosting locally grown foods, with ABAC professor Dr. Jeff Newberry strumming "backroads" tunes.
Awards presentations to the winning photographers and gallery tours of the new exhibit will round out the evening. There are more than 80 pieces in the exhibit; each one is available to purchase, and each purchase supports an independent local artist.
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AMERIS HELPS TO 'BANK OUT' HUNGER
Ameris Bank in Tifton recently presented the United Way of South Central Georgia with a check to help "Bank Out Hunger" -- money raised at the bank's Tifton locations to help combat local hunger.
Presenting the check is, from Ameris Bank, Jared Ross, center, Tommy Bargeron and Amy King Tatum, at right. Representing the United Way are, from left, Pat McKinnon, Wendell Morgan,
and, behind Ross and Bargeron, is Charleston Carter.
TIFTON SENIORS TO DANCE
A monthly Senior Dance is scheduled at Tifton's Leroy Rogers Senior Center this Friday.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 20. All Tifton seniors are invited.
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