SEPT. 1, 2017
GEORGIA ASSISTS WITH
MOODY AFB DISPATCHES AIRCRAFT AND PERSONNEL
has joined other states in offering
to victims of
to assist and announced steps to help
Deal also authorized the Savannah-based
165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard to deploy a C-130 H3 cargo
aircraft and 15 personnel to aid in the emergency response efforts. The crew first flew into Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to pick up disaster recovery pallets before mobilizing to provide relief support to
and the Texas National Guard.
the 347th Rescue Group from Moody Air Force Base outside Valdosta is helping with relief operations in Texas. The 23d Wing sent aircraft and personnel in support of the Air Force's support of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster response efforts.
"To those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you are not alone. Georgia and the rest of the nation are with you. We have boots on the ground in Texas and teams working here to help coordinate response efforts and provide support," Deal said.
"Finally, I've taken steps to mitigate the effects that Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath will have on Georgia's fuel
. Earlier this week I applied for, and received, a
from the Environmental Protection Agency. This waiver will help ensure our
," the governor said.
"Further, I've issued an executive order waiving rules and regulations for truck drivers transporting motor fuel in Georgia, as well as for those carrying hurricane relief supplies. While recovery efforts continue and until normal operations resume, I urge the public to maintain regular consumption levels and travel schedules."
private businesses and organizations in
Georgia are also helping with
relief efforts in
Texas, where at least
39 people have died in the aftermath of the hurricane and severe flooding in
Southeast Texas. The
American Red Cross said money is most needed right now so that resources can go where they are most needed. It said
91 cents of every
dollar donated will go toward
To donate to the
s Hurricane Harvey effort,
PEANUT PROUD SEEKS HELP
SENDING PEANUT BUTTER
TEXAS STORM VICTIMS
a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in
hopes to send 30,000 jars of peanut butter to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, and its seeking help.
The group is asking folks to buy
peanut butter -- o
ne case is 12 jars and costs $12. One may also make a monetary donation. Every dollar donated goes straight to peanut butter; the organization says it has no overhead costs.
Peanut butter is a valuable tool in disasters because it is nutritious, shelf stable, portable and requires no refrigeration.
Peanut Proud Inc. was as a non-profit organization with the main goal of "uniting the peanut community by celebrating its pride through humanitarian efforts and the recognition of excellence."
Volunteers participate in food drives to collect peanut butter and donate to local food banks; a scholarship in food safety was established with funding from the peanut industry.
2013, Peanut Proud donated a record
210,500 jars of peanut butter to local food banks, churches, state extension service offices and other groups in need; this had a retail value of
$631,000. In response to tornadoes in
2014, Peanut Proud partnered with the state grower organizations of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi to donate more than
90,000 jars of peanut butter to food banks in those areas most storm-damaged.
One may donate
mail monetary donations to: Peanut Proud Festival, P.O. Box 547, Blakely, GA 39823
STUDY: ABAC RANKS 7th AMONG
GEORGIA'S 4-YEAR COLLEGES
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College ranks seventh on a list of the Top 10 four-year colleges in Georgia, according to the education website schools.com.
Georgia Tech was ranked No. 1, and the University of Georgia was ranked No. 2.
More than 50 colleges in Georgia were ranked for the list using data from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics. The rankings were based on several factors
including graduation rates, student retention rates, student services, degree and certificate programs offered, tuition and fees, cost of books and supplies, and amount of graduation debt.
Tifton school (
ABAC) ranked at
No. 4 statewide on
two affordability metrics: expense of average tuition and fees and cost of books and supplies. Its average net price in 2015 was low enough to qualify it for the No. 3 spot in the state in that category. The three-year student
loan repayment rate for ABAC graduates ranked
fifth among our Top 10 Georgia schools," the schools.com site noted when announcing the rankings.
"By limiting its selection of academic plans on a few specific types of degree,
aims to provide
to its students. Students in its bachelor's degree programs in agriculture, biology, horticulture, business, nursing, rural studies and natural resource management are expected to know how to take their
either directly into the
or on up the academic ladder to a
and beyond," schools.com wrote.
About Georgia Tech's ranking, the website noted: "The Atlanta campus of this nationally renowned public university came in at No. 1 for its high marks on several important metrics -- its percentage of graduates who repaid their student loans within three years was No. 1 among all Georgia schools, and its student retention rate was also top in the state. The school's graduation rate came in at No. 3 statewide. The traditional and online bachelor's degrees in Georgia Tech's portfolio are among some of the highest rated in the country. Its industrial engineering program has been ranked No. 1 for more than two decades by U.S. News & World Report, and Times Higher Education ranked its computer science program as No. 5 in the world."
The full Georgia Top 10 list is: No. 1, Ga. Tech; No. 2, UGA; No. 3, Middle Georgia State University; No. 4, the University of North Georgia; No. 5, Dalton State College; No. 6, Augusta University; No. 7, ABAC; No. 8, Georgia Southwestern State University; No. 9, Columbus State University; and No. 10, Atlanta Metropolitan State College.
Tifton First United
107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA
Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part time position.
The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble every Wednesday evening for about two hours and for playing at Sunday traditional services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.
Interested persons should contact Debbie Minton, church executive secretary, at
TIFTAREA GREENWAYS TO HOST
'COMPLETE STREETS' PRESENTATION
Tiftarea Greenways Association is hosting a presentation on
"Complete Streets," a
design for safe travel and access on roads by all users -- pedestrians, cyclists and automotive drivers.
The information program is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Tift County Recreation Department at 401 Victory Drive in Tifton. It
features a talk by
Ariel Godwin, a senior planner with the Southern Georgia Regional Commission.
Topics will include:
- What be done in Tifton to provide recreational and fitness opportunities for residents and visitors?
- Are there adequate sidewalks, bike paths, multi-use paths and appropriately marked streets, for walkers, joggers, kids on tricycles and bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers, skateboards, dog walkers, etc.?
- Are our streets friendly for all individuals, not just those in cars?
The public is invited to attend.
TIFTON MUSEUM PLACES
'PAWS ON LOVE'
The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage encourages folks to pause on Love Avenue to experience "Paws on Love,"
The exhibit opens with a
at the Love Avenue m
2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10;
will continue through
Visitors to the museum may donate one bag or can of puppy food, kitten food or a container of cat litter, and the museum will pin up one unframed picture -- up to 5"x7" -- of your pet as part of the exhibit.
For information, call 229-231-2018. The museum is located at 255 Love Ave. in Tifton.
TIFTON VA CLINIC CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR
The Tifton Veterans Affairs Clinic, which opened on Aug. 31 last year, will have a public anniversary celebration Sept. 7.
The celebration will be from
at the clinic at
1824 Ridge Ave.
in Tifton. More than
veterans, local resIdents and
state and local officials toured the facility during its grand opening one year ago at
the corner of Ridge Avenue and 20th Street.
Dr. Donna Ammons, Tifton clinic nursing manager, said the facility averages approximately 1,000 visits a month. A third physician recently joined the clinic staff, and the facility anticipates adding a fourth physician soon.
Before the Tifton VA Clinic opened, area veterans had to travel 50 miles or more to visit a VA clinic.
The Tifton Clinic is under the auspices of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.
HEAR KIP MOORE'S NEW ALBUM BEFORE ITS RELEASE
s anticipated new album
won't be released until
, but you can listen to it now, courtesy of
NPR's First Listen
has said this
reflects many of his influences, such as 1970s rock and Motown.
"That's the thing about this record, there are so many colors," Moore said recently. "You get Motown influences, you get that old Skynyrd, Black Crowes rock 'n' roll feel. This record is going to be a neat discovery for a lot of the diehard fans."
NPR's album review
, the writer notes that
as fighting for expression that's more authentic to him and more gratifying to his fans, and in the process becoming one of country music's most artful and compelling rascals. ...
There are other current country acts who style themselves as artistically heroic rebels ...
or who excel at
updating heartland rock
, or projecting
, but Moore alone filters elements of those approaches through a soulful, solitary misfit persona."
In one of the new album's songs, "I've Been Around," Moore sings, "
I come from Georgia, 90 miles from Florida; I left when I was 18"; and
that although he's been around the world, he can "spend nights at the Crowne Plaza," but still feels "right at home at the Ramada."
accessible album to date; give it a
--Frank Sayles Jr.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Stan Branch and Donnie Robbins
SPENCER STUDENTS WORKING ON
Fourth-grade students in Amanda Barksdale's and Staci Cavanaugh's classes at
Charles Spencer Elementary School
recently used engineering design and problem-solving skills to create a windmill.
Students brought materials from home and worked in groups to design a windmill that would turn by blowing on it or using a fan. If students were unable to correctly construct the windmill, they had to figure out why their design did not work and develop a new plan.
The activity was used to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities.
PATTICAKE HOUSE DIRECTOR
THANKS SUNDAY SCHOOL
Nancy Martin Bryan
he Ladies Sunday School Class at
Waterloo Baptist Church.
Bryan thanked the Sunday School Class, which has been donating funds for two years toward the Patticake House's Pediatric SANE Project, which is now being implemented.
The Pediatric SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Project provides forensic medical exams for sexually abused children. The building of this room and provision of its equipment and supplies means that children who are potential victims of sexual abuse will not have to wait for exams nor will they and their families have to travel out of town to receive this service.
Patticake House serves
child victims of severe physical or sexual abuse and/or who are witnesses to violent crime who live primarily in
Irwin, Tift, Turner and Worth counties. It offers
free services to victims and non-offending family members to ensure that they can cope and overcome their trauma.
Ruth's Cottage is a domestic violence prevention/shelter which also
family violence issues in the community.
GOLD OUT' RAISES
Tiftarea Academy's varsity cheerleaders raised more than $350 and lots of awareness for childhood cancer last Friday night at TA's varsity
The private school invited families with survivors of childhood cancer from throughout the area to participate in the "Gold Out" football game observance; a gold ribbon is the universal color/symbol for childhood cancer.
Survivors and their families were treated to a pregame meal, recognized on the 50-yard line before the game and were given yellow balloons to release. The cheerleaders sold face tattoos and balloons, and organized a halftime field-goal kicking contest to raise money for the cause.
All proceeds from the event were donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. By the way, Tiftarea Academy defeated South Georgia Academy, 23-12, at the game in Chula.
The Tiftarea Academy football Panthers tonight face Gatewood School in Eatonton.
Rotary President Shaundra Clark, from left, Vickie Hickman and Program Chairman
SPEAKER TELLS TIFTON ROTARY WHAT TO DO
IN EMERGENCIES SUCH AS HURRICANE HARVEY
By BONNIE SAYLES
"Grandmother used to tell me, 'Don't talk it up,'" said Vickie Hickman with Tift County Emergency Management, saying Program Chair Charleston Carter scheduled her talk to the Tifton Rotary Club long before Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding hit Houston, Texas.
Neither of them had any idea how pertinent her presentation this past Wednesday would be. Hickman said her department deals with "What keeps you up at night?" Their job is to be prepared for anything, such as active shooters, chemical spills, gas explosions, simple fires and pandemics like West Nile and the flu.
As a destination for evacuees from
set up three
Red Cross shelters
Good Samaritan shelters
(local churches) that housed
people each. One thing EMA deals with after flooding and storms is debris management -- what to do with all the trees and vegetation, she said. Another thing is planning how to coordinate donated goods and volunteers.
One might ask, "What do vou need to be prepared for?" The answer, she said, is "Anything."
suggested that everyone have an
with all your important
and whom other long-distance friends and family members may contact to get your status updates in emergencies.
One question always debated before and after the fact is whether to evacuate or shelter in place. In Houston's case, 30,000 people were evacuated by air or vehicle and 13,000 by boat after the storm.
"We do have low-lying, potential-for-flooding areas in Tift County," she said.
"We're in it (hurricane season) until November."
Hickman discussed items to keep in a "Go Kit," such as legal documents and battery chargers for your phone and other devices. She said people may sign up for early warnings through the Ever Bridge System by calling 229-388-6020.
PUT A RING ON IT ....
Tiftarea Academy juniors received their
class rings on
Tuesday. Upper School Principal
Michael Heitzman told the juniors that the
Class of 2019 only had
328 school days left in their
high school careers as of that day.
ceremony, the class went off
campus to celebrate with a
..at a Glance
- Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Glynn Academy, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
- Tiftarea Academy Panthers football @ Gatewood School, 7:30 p.m., Eatonton
- Community-Wide Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-Noon, downtown Tifton, Ocilla and Fitzgerald
- Irwin County Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 5th Street, Ocilla
- Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
- Youth and Young People's Convention, 9:15-11 a.m., 1001 E. Franklin St., Sylvester
Miss U.S. National Forestry Pageant, 4 & 6:30 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton
Barbara Ann Webb Davis, 67, Enigma
Evelyn Whitley Clement, 87, Tifton
MGySgt. Douglas Elmy, 66, Sylvester
Deborah Wiggins, 61, Ashburn
Johnny Danforth, 66, Leesburg
Arthell Brown, 88, Sylvester
Carolyn Henderson, 82, Sparks
Herbert Eston Taylor, 87, Lake Placid
Charles Henry "Chuck" Majeski Jr., 59, Ashburn
Edward Anderson, 81, Fitzgerald
Christine Dale Brown, 86, Fitzgerald
Ruby Lee Hiers, 86, Valdosta
Betty Catherine Howell Sowell, 80, Tifton
Jason Larry Heard, 44, Waterloo, Irwin County
Diana Mae Larson, 79, Fitzgerald
Danny Paulk, 81, Ocilla
Jackie Shively, 63, Adel
Judith Anne Brammer Bell, 84,
James Glendal "Glenn" Whitley Sr., 83, Tifton
Charles "Chuck" Thompson, 77, Fitzgerald
Thomas Lee Sawyer, 70, Fayetteville
Shirley H. Price, 70, Worth County
Shane Williams, 45, Fitzgerald
Lauvise Cribbs Hampton, 76, Ashburn
Annie Jo Bentley Baldree, 73, Tifton
Doretha Moore, Stockbridge
John W. Johnson, 85, Hahira
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