SEPT. 16, 2016
GA JOBLESS RATE DROPS TO U.S. LEVEL
jobless rate is as
low as the nation's for the
first time in nine years,
state labor department announced
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was
, which is
of a percentage point from
The last time Georgia's jobless rate was lower than the national average was July 2007, when Georgia unemployment stood at 4.6 percent and the U.S. rate was 4.7 percent.
In preliminary data,
Tift County's jobless rate was
"This is the first time in nine years that Georgia's unemployment rate has been as low as the national rate," said state Labor Commissioner
Mark Butler. "When we look back to that time, we see that our
job market has made
significant improvements, not only as far as the rate is concerned but we also have more jobs and more people employed than ever before."
The state's job total reached a record 4,387,200, as the number increased by 7,500, or 0.2 percent. Most of the gains came in trade, transportation andwarehousing, 7,500; leisure and hospitality, 5,800; and local government, 3,000, as the schools reopened for the school year. The job gains were offset somewhat by losses in construction, 3,500; health care and social assistance, 2,200; manufacturing, 2,100; and other services, 2,000.
Georgia's over-the-year job growth remained strong as the state
gained 104,000 jobs, a 2.4 percent growth rate from August 2015. The national job growth rate was 1.7 percent. Most of the job gains came in trade, transportation and warehousing, 30,300; professional and business services, 25,800; leisure and hospitality, 22,900; education and health services, 12,300; construction, 9,500; manufacturing, 5,200; and financial activities, 4,400. Information services lost 5,000 jobs.
30th ANNUAL TOUR ENDS IN TIFTON
30th Annual Georgia Peanut Tour
this week involved nearly
visiting various sites to learn more about the effort, care and passion invested in producing the
the latest information on peanuts while giving a first-hand view of industry infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization. Tour stops included sites in Tift, Irwin, Ben Hill and Coffee counties.
During the final stop of the Peanut Tour on Thursday, attendees had lunch at the UGA
Conference Center and saw a slideshow highlighting the 30 years of the Georgia Peanut Tour. They also heard from representatives from the Georgia Peanut Commission, from
Kelley Manufacturing Co.
Lasseter Equipment Group.
FOR CONSTITUTION DAY
Julie Smith, Tifton mayor, speaks in the
Chapel of All Faiths for the annual
Constitution Day ceremony at
2 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 16, on thecampus of
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The event will also include the announcement of
Constitution Day essay contest
sponsored by ABAC's Student Government Association in
partnership with the Department of History and the Political Science Club.
The winner of the contest will receive more than $100 in gift cards from local restaurants.
Elected by citizens last
Tifton's first female mayor,
Smith took office in
January. She has a dual role in the community as
co-owner and Realtor for
Advantage Realty Partners LLC. A licensed Realtor since
2000, Smith is a lifetime member of the Circle of Excellence/Million Dollar Club. She is a
past president of the
Tiftarea Board of Realtors.
Before her real estate career, Smith was
executive director of the
Tifton Main Street Program, where she gained extensive knowledge about downtown development and Historic District properties. An advocate for volunteerism and making her community the best it can be, she was named the
Business Woman of the Year by the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce for her community service.
ABAC has a natural tie to the annual
Constitution Day because
Abraham Baldwin, namesake for the institution, was one of only two
Georgia signers of the historic document 229 years ago on
Sept. 17, 1787, in
Philadelphia. When the 39 men signed the Constitution, they set the stage for a quality of life in America that still exists. The Constitution is the oldest and shortest national constitution in existence.
William Few was the only other Georgia signer of the 4,543-word document.
Baldwin was born Nov. 22, 1754, served on
George Washington's staff as a chaplain during the
Revolutionary War. A lawyer,
was later elected to the Georgia House of Assembly and represented Georgia as a member of the Constitutional Convention.
He later became the
first president of the
University of Georgia.
TIFTON EXCHANGE CLUB WINS CARNIVAL OF KNOWLEDGE
More than 100 participants and observers came out Thursday night to the annual Carnival of Knowledge trivia contest sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County at Southern Regional Technical College in Tifton.
The Tifton Exchange Club team of, from left, Jimmy Cole, Chris Beckham and Nancy Bryan won the competition from among 24 teams. The evening was in honor of literacy board member and longtime community volunteer Luz Marti.
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Traditional foods, non-stop performances from La Fiesta Stage, Street Dance, Children's Area with Rides and Face Painting, Arts, Educational and Health Exhibits
The Howard Women's Health Center
Tifton Tift Co. Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center
Quality Produce, LLC
First Comunnity Bank
South Georgia Banking
City of Tifton, Tifton Police Department
Tift County Recreation Department
* Mariachi Espuelas de America
* Nuestro Folklore - Dancer's Pointe Dance Company- Cultura Latina ABAC
* Tifton County High School Spanish Club - Grupo Ninas Panderitas
* Grupo Gran Comision - Grupo de Danza Mexica Azteca Tonacuauhtl
* Street Dance with Quique Fuentes Radio Rumba from Atlanta
Children's Carnival/Carnaval para ninos
by Philgood Entertainment
Typical Foods/Comidas Tipicas
Health & Educational Activities/Actividades Educativas y de Salud
Art Exhibit/Exhibicion de Arte
TIFT REGIONAL CELEBRATES 75th ANNIVERSARY
TRHS HOSTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING
Tift Regional Health Systems hosted the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's
September membership meeting
Thursday at the
Tift Regional Community Events Center. Pictured, from left, are Hospital Authority Chairman
Jimmy Allen, Hospital Authority board member
Joyce Mims, CEO
Bill Richardson, Hospital Authority board member
John Brownlee, Chamber Chairman
Morris Tankersley and Chamber President
Claire Byrnes, Tift Regional's vice president of physician services, presented the program and discussed the growth of the
hospital and its future plans as the facility
celebrates its 75th anniversary.
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MILK AND COOKIES AT ABAC
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
scholarship recipients recently spent time
in the Alumni House at ABAC
writing thank you notes to donors of their scholarships. Members of the
ABAC Alumni Association
baked cookies and offered glasses of cold milk for the annual "Milk and Cookies" event.
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VYING FOR BEST SHRIMP & GRITS
TIFTON CHEF COMPETES THIS WEEKEND
Tifton's The Local Kitchen + Bar
restaurant competes against other chefs to determine "Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits"
at the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival this
Through online voting, The Local Kitchen + Bar was selected to represent Georgia's "Plantation Trace" tourism region at the annual festival, held
Sept.16-18, in the
Jekyll Island Historic District. The cooking competition is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
MATT WILSON ELEMENTARY WINS ROTARY READING CUP
Wednesday's Tifton Rotary Club meeting,
Matt Wilson Elementary was formally presented
the Rotary Reading Cup for earning the most accelerated reader (AR) points per student during the the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence.
From left are
Jeremy Campbell, Rotary president; foundation liaison to Matt Wilson,
Mara Dare Day;
Temeka Butts, Matt Wilson media specialist and summer AR high-point winner (1,139.3 points, which is 670 points higher than the next person); Matt Wilson Principal
Jason Clark; and
Frank Sayles Jr., foundation past president.
Students, staff and friends of schools took
computerized tests on books they read to receive
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
- "Touched" the film, 4 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
- "Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art," opening party, 6 p.m., Tifton Museum for Arts & Heritage, Tifton
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Filipino Marcias Martiniez, 63, Enigma
Thelma Joyce Grice Moore, 85, Fitzgerald
Doris Miller, Ashburn
Lucille Walker Crumpton, 78, Tifton
Ernest H. Smith, 88, Gainesville, Fla.
Jewel Inez Miller, 94, Quitman
Rubye Nell Livingston Lastinger, 74, Ty Ty
Dorothy Long Medders, 90, Sylvester
Mary Eva Nell Lasseter Johnson Mayo, 93, St. Augustine, Fla.
Clay F. Sidwell, 89, Fitzgerald
Patricia Mary Darcy, 80, Quitman
Samuel James "Sammy" Robinson, infant, Irwin County
Marie Ann Wilfred, 38, Fitzgerald
Charlotte B. Surrency, 81, Sylvester
James "Mac" Richard McMillan, 51, Mauk
Leonard Griffin, 80, Ocilla
Talmadge Farmer, 83, Ashburn
Linda Sue Parks Langdale Dailey, 70, Sycamore
Joshua Trey Dennard, 18, Tifton
Linda Cross Farris, 70, Poulan
Jean Barrow Davis, 95, Edison
Clark Griffis, 57, Boston
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