MAY 5, 2017
GA CONGRESSMEN VOTE
WITH PARTY ON HEALTH CARE
TIFTON'S AUSTIN SCOTT VOTES TO 'REPEAL & REPLACE'
Georgia's U.S. House delegation followed party lines in voting Thursday on the American Health Care Act that seeks to "repeal and replace" Obamacare -- the Affordable Care Act or ACA. All Georgia Republicans voted for the replacement, while the state's Democratic congressmen voted against it.
The legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, followed Republican leadership in voting to pass the new bill because he said it makes the
health-care system more
"Over the last several years, I've heard time and time again the
negative effects the ACA has had on hard-working families, small businesses and American health-care providers, and today the
House voted to
roll back some of the ACA's most straining provisions and inject much-needed
competition into the marketplace,"
"As this bill heads to the Senate, I look forward to continue working towards health-care solutions."
The GOP's replacement health-care bill passed in the House
by a 217-213 margin. Several medical groups, led by the American Medical Association, opposed
"None of the legislative tweaks under consideration changes the serious harm to patients and the health-care delivery system" under the bill, says AMA President Andrew Gurman. He said the "fundamental failing of the bill" is that "millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal."
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown also decried the legislation, saying,
"It's extremely disappointing that today, members of the House of Representatives failed to stand up for America's patients. ... For more than two decades, our Association has embraced the core belief and advocated that health care must be accessible, affordable and adequate for all Americans. It is inconceivable why the House majority would pass this bill since it does not meet these fundamental standards."
Donald Trump on
Thursday called the GOP bill "a
great plan" and said
"premiums will be coming down; deductibles will be coming down."
MARION CURRY, CITY OF TIFTON
FOR WORK WITH
Marion Curry of Tifton, the former director of Diversified Enterprises Inc., received the prestigious Trailblazer of the Year award from the Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) at its annual conference this week in Augusta.
The City of Tifton was also given the Employer of the Year award for giving a chance to people with developmental disabilities.
who retired in December, has been a longtime champion for human rights and self advocates. She is acknowledged as a
pacesetter in the disability field.
Upon receiving the Trailblazer award, Curry repeated her lifelong belief: "that is everybody can work, everybody can learn, everybody means everybody, everyday, all the time."
In recognizing the City of Tifton as the Employer of the Year, SPADD noted that the city in 1983 was one of the first employers to step forward to give Diversified Enterprises and two people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to prove their abilities through a "new concept" of competitive integrated employment.
Since then, the City of Tifton has become an advocate in the community for employing people experiencing disabilities. The city is said to be a model employer.
Carla Cooper, Tifton city human resources director, accepted the award on behalf of the city.
Diversified Enterprises of
is a nationally accredited provider of person-centered services and support to ensure that people with developmental disabilities can live, work and engage in their community. Diversified Enterprises serves approximately 110 people in eight South Georgia counties.
COACH DOOLEY BRINGING NEW BOOK TO TIFTON
UGA head football coach
Vince Dooley will be in
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, to share his love of history and discuss his
newest book on the
Dooley will be at
Elks Lodge, 422 Victory Drive, for a short lecture and book signing. The
His new book,
"The Legion's Fighting Bulldog," details the Civil War correspondence of Lt. Col. William
Gaston Deloney, part of Cobb's Georgia Legion Cavalry, and his wife Rosa Deloney. It is a glimpse of the struggles of life on the
Greatly loved by those who served under him,
Delony possessed three main attributes: "
bulldog courage and
A graduate of the
University of Georgia,
Delony was well educated for the period. A
lawyer prior to the war, his inherent tenacity and fighting ability made him the
"first Georgia Bulldog."
Dooley, who edited the correspondence, will also have copies with him of other books he has written.
Dooley was the University of Georgia's head football coach (seasons 1964-1988) and athletic director (1979-2004). During his 25-year coaching career at UGA, Dooley compiled a 201-77-10 record. His teams won six Southeastern Conference titles and the 1980 national championship. After the 1980 season, Dooley was recognized as college football's "Coach of the Year" by several organizations, including the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
'WOW, TAKE A LOOK
Students at Len Lastinger Primary School in Tifton recently visited the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The University of Georgia's Tifton Campus, where they learned about dairy cows, fish, chicks and horses.
Pictured are students from Jessica Peters's first-grade class.
WORLD'S LARGEST PEANUT SHELLER
peanut shelling facility is expanding operations; by September, the Douglas facility of Premium Peanut will be operating seven days a week.
The company also recently announced plans to open a $14 million peanut oil plant, which will give farmers yet another market for their crops and control of another segment of the supply chain. The new facility will also give Premium Peanut the capacity to buy more peanuts.
The oil plant, which will be finished in early
, will produce more than
3 million gallons
of crude peanut oil per year.
Together with the peanut oil plant, the expanded level of production will result in creating
80 jobs during the next 12 months.
Premium Peanut began shelling operations in early 2016 as a grower-owned cooperative shelling plant, inspired by the model of Tifton Quality Peanuts.
merican consumed an average of 7.4 pounds of peanuts last year, including four pounds of peanut butter, according to the National Peanut Board. It takes 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
WHAT'S THE 'BUZZ'?
Brent "Buzz" Williams,
head basketball coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies, speaks to the Tift County High School boys basketball team at its banquet earlier this week. Williams said the only other high school banquet at which he's ever spoken was his alma mater's. He said that's how highly he regards Tift County High's state champion basketball program.
Mother's Day Buffet
Sunday, May 14
A fabulous menu will include roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, baked ham,
sweet potato soufflé, baby butter beans, squash casserole, roast beef, mashed potatoes,
rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, cream corn, Italian green beans, glazed carrots, asparagus, Southern fried chicken, rolls,
celebration salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad,
24-hour fruit salad, Watergate salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad, grape salad,
marinated vegetable salad,
chocolate pie, lemon meringue pie, pecan pie,
carrot cake, chocolate cake, coconut cake, cheesecake, strawberry cake, chocolate Mousse -- and much more!
$12 per person; children age 4 & under are free
Special extended hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations are Suggested:
392-2913 or 382-6745
BJ's at Springhill
5 Springhill Drive E. (off U.S. Highway 82)
inside Springhill Country Club
15 LOCALS GRADUATE IN U.S. CITIZENSHIP CLASS
Fifteen local students in a Citizenship Class offered through Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County celebrated the completion of the program Thursday, May 4, with a graduation ceremony and reception at the Tifton Main office of Branch Bank & Trust Co.
The students spent 14 weeks, four hours a week, in classes on United States history, government and the English language in order to prepare themselves for the examination to become U.S. citizens. BB&T provided a grant to Literacy Volunteers to sponsor the classes, providing funds for the books and instruction.
Dina Willis taught the classes twice a week at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, which provided the space as a donation to Literacy Volunteers.
"We make America great again," said Victor Pires, BB&T banking officer and president of Literacy Volunteers. "The pursuit of your dreams is what makes our country great."
Mayor Julie Smith told the group she was extremely proud of the effort they put into the class. "Like the flag behind us, hundreds of thousands of threads weave together to make us a beautiful image."
Bonnie Sayles, executive director of Literacy Volunteers, thanked BB&T for enabling these Tifton residents to be prepared to fulfill their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens. "What a great experience for them in becoming a part of their local community as well as the state and nation.
This is a wonderful
, who cared so much about helping immigrants become acclimated to the
SYLVESTER FARMERS MARKET OPENS
Downtown Sylvester Farmers Market
from 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday, May 6
downtown train depot
Anyone interested in selling their locally grown produce or handmade products may participate in the market. There is not a requirement for part
icipants to be a full-time farmer; the market is open to everyone who grows local produce. All quantities are welcome.
For information, call Chloe Holbrook, market manager, at 229-773-7716.
BLUE DEVILS WADE INTO 'WATER BOWL'
Are you ready for some
Tift County High School Blue Devils football team is hosting its annual
"Water Bowl" tonight,
Friday, May 5 at 6 p.m. in the
mini-stadium at the
Admission is one
bottled water. The
ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity squads will be
water collected will be used throughout the
summer as the teams
Spring practice ends next Friday, May 12, when Tift County High will host Columbia High in a scrimmage game.
TIFT DETENTION OFFICERS GET BODY ARMOR
Tift County Sheriff
has authorized the purchase of
stab-resistant body armor
During the p
ast five years
six Tift County detention office
rs had been assaulted b
inmates, officials say.
Detention officers face danger and challenges every day as inmates are creative and inventive in fashioning improvised stab weapons from everyday objects or materials, even something as simple as toothbrushes. They use these weapons to attack each other and to attack officers.
The stab-resistance body armor contains body armor panels intended to provide protection against the types of knife and spike threats that detention officers face. The body armor is to assist with protecting vital organs and to help an officer avoid serious injury during a confrontation. The body armor also has a level of ballistic protection; the vest model that was purchased is rated to protect for several common caliber handguns.
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Tiftarea Academy's fourth-grade classes spent the past two months preparing for mock court. All three classes performed a different mock trial recently for Tifton Judge Herbert Benson in his court room.
Goldie Locks, Woody and the Wolfe were all put on trial as the students put their knowledge of the judicial system into play.
& THE SHERIFF
MEET AT LUNCH
State Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, left, joins Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough and his wife Melba at the Tift County Older Americans Month kickoff luncheon Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Tifton.
..at a Glance
FRIDAY, MAY 5
- Conger LP Gas Customer Appreciation, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 427 W. 7th St., Tifton
- 'Water Bowl' Tift Blue Devils football scrimmage, 6 p.m, mini-stadium Tift County High, Tifton
- Forest Lakes Neighborhood Yard Sales, 8-11 a.m., Forest Lakes, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
Sylvester Farmers Market
, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
SUNDAY, MAY 7
- Century 21 Open Houses, 1-3 p.m., various locations, Tifton
Inez Surber Walker, 87, Enigma
Jessie Ray McLeod, 79, Tifton
Sara Fields Eubanks, 79, Sylvester
Joyce Elaine Pfeifle,66, Fitzgerald
Donna Griffin Chaney, 56, Fitzgerald
Lamantha Marie "Bill" Matthews Shipley, 94, Tifton
Judith Lee Balkcom, 80, Sumner
Virgle H. Walls, 97, Warwick
LaVernon Dove, 84, Irwin County
Ray Gene McCranie, 61, Gainesville, Fla.
Christian Allen Meadows, 19, Irwin County
Marvene Parker, 61, Tifton
James W. "Jimmy" Livingston, 90, Fitzgerald
David Winston Young, 67, Montrose
Cleveland Harold "Hattie" Tawzer Jr., 60, Tifton
Mamie Ethel Collins Walker, 87, Tifton
Leslie "Roger" Carr Sr., 70, Jones County
Joy Powell Burkett, 79, Chula
Betty M. White, 85, Fitzgerald
Mary E. Gray, 70, Sylvester
James "Jim" Warren Jr. 84, Sylvester
Ronnie G. Shealey, 67, Fitzgerald
Evelyn Wilkerson, 89, Fitzgerald
Don Long, 60, Sumner
Nellie E. Thompson, 86, Tifton
Margaret Ann White, 64, Adel
Larry Ronald Whitley, 71, Ochlocknee
John Howell Jr., 72, Sparks
Ann Grantham Griffin, 85, Ocilla
John Howell Jr., 72, Sparks
Sharond Harpe, 56, Nashville
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