GA SUPT NAMES
4 TIFT STUDENTS
TO STATEWIDE STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
Tift County students have been
selected to serve on state School Superintendent
Student Advisory Council. They are among
approximately 120 students
across Georgia to serve on the 2018-2019 panel.
Kylei Cutts, an eighth grader at Eighth Street Middle School, will be part of the statewide Middle School Advisory Council. Tift County High students Haley Alexander (senior), Chase Beckham (junior) and Karoline Ponder (sophomore) will serve on the High School Advisory Council.
Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet in Atlanta with Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Student Advisory Council members will also discuss other education issues, serve as the state superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools and participate in service projects.
"Every day, I'm faced with choices that will directly affect Georgia's kids," Woods said. "Because of the students who serve on this council, I'm better able to make sound, informed decisions. I deeply value their input and involvement."
Members were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experience. The selected students attend public schools across the state.
TIFT GRAND JURY ADDS CHARGES IN ELDORADO ROBBERY/SHOOTING DEATH
Tift County Grand Jury has
indicted three people charged in the
shooting death of the
Eldorado Food Mart. The recent indictments
upgrade charges for
all three suspects.
Caleb Day, Alexis McCrary and Nathaniel Day, all 21 years old, are now each facing charges of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Initially, Caleb Day was charged with armed robbery and felony murder. Both
McCrary and Nathanial Day were originally charged with a
rmed robbery and party to the crime of felony murder in connection
with the robbery and shooting death of the owner at Eldorado Food Mart.
Akhtar "Oscar" Perveez, 55, was shot dead on the afternoon of July 30 during a robbery in his store at U.S. Highway 41 South and Omega-Eldorado Road, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
TRHS OPENS MUSCULOSKELATAL CENTER
Tift Regional Health Systems (TRHS) Board Chairman Jimmy Allen was joined by fellow board members, TRHS CEO Chris Dorman, other Tift Regional associates, community leaders, and ambassadors and staff with the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce on Friday for the ribbon cutting of the hospital's new Musculoskelatal Center at 2227 Highway 41 North on the hospital's West Campus next to Affinity Clinic.
Dorman welcomed the crowd before the ribbon cutting, and tours were offered. The new 80,000-square-foot facility consolidates orthopedics, sports medicine, rheumatology, pain management, chiropractic care and therapy services into one location.
The Musculoskelatal Center houses Georgia Sports Medicine, the Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center, Affinity Neurology, the Pain Management Center, Chiropractic Services and Outpatient Therapy.
UGA DAWG 'NUGGET
' JOINS TIFTON PACK
unleashing of a
UGA Dawg statue was
Monday night outside Tifton's
Chick-fil-A restaurant off
U.S. Highway 82.
"Nugget," pictured at left, is sponsored by Chick-fil-A and joins the Bowen family-sponsored "Farm Dawg" and Prince Automotive-sponsored "Champ" bulldog statues on Tifton's Main Street.
Another bulldog, "TUGA," is on the front circle at the Tifton UGA campus.
BALLOT HAS AMENDMENTS, REFERENDA
State Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville, notes that there will be five Constitutional amendments
and two referenda on the Nov. 6 ballot.
"I want to make the community aware of the amendments and referendums that will be on the ballot this November because it is important that voters are educated on these issues ahead of the election," she said.
Houston provides the following
- Amendment One: It would create the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to which up to 80 percent of sales taxes collected at sporting goods stores, including gun stores, would be redirected. The fund would be used to conserve and acquire land for uses such as wildlife habitats, recreation and buffering around military installations.
- Amendment Two: It would create a "statewide business court" with statewide jurisdiction in an effort to streamline and improve handling of business cases.
- Amendment Three: The amendment would change the rules for assessing the value of forest land for property tax purposes and allows the state revenue commissioner to collect up to 5 percent of forest conservation grants to cover certain costs.
- Amendment Four: The amendment, modeled on "Marsy's Law," the crime victim's bill of rights, would require the court to notify and include the alleged victims of crimes in most court proceedings.
- Amendment Five: The fifth amendment would affect counties with more than one school system and would allow the system with the most students to call for a sales tax referendum to fund school construction without getting approval from the smaller system.
- Referendum Question One: The first statewide referendum question would impose a property tax cap on the City of Atlanta.
- Referendum Question Two: The second question would expand a property tax exemption on homes for the mentally disabled.
Early voting for the general election begins on Monday, Oct. 15, and ends on Friday, Nov. 2. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
AG MUSEUM HOLDING
VOLUNTEER INFO SESSIONS
Lynn McDonald believes that volunteering your time will gain you benefits for life. And McDonald, the volunteer coordinator at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Ga. Museum of Agriculture, has some opportunities available.
"Volunteering is great for your mental outlook and physical health," McDonald said. "By volunteering, you'll make new friends, learn about history and stimulate the mind of a young person."
Two information sessions outlining volunteer opportunities will be held -- 10 a.m. Sept. 22 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Both will be in the Peanut Museum conference room behind the Country Store.
"Volunteering is very flexible," McDonald said. "You might be helping out in the Historic Village once or twice a week or assisting with one of our many festivals once or twice every couple of months."
She said other benefits for volunteers include free admission and the ability to earn tickets for friends and family.
"On a typical day in the village, you could be sharing the beauty of the Tift House, the wonder of the farm or the treats of the Drug Store," McDonald said. "On other days, you could be playing games of the 1880s, treating guests to open-fire cooking or sharing customs of the past. We also have indoor jobs including office work and flyer distributions."
Second graders in Tanesha Dotson's class at Omega Elementary have been reading "Charlotte's Web" lately.
They took time out from the story to learn a little about pigs and even made images of Wilbur out of paper mache'.
Pictured are Bo Golden, BeBe Beasley, Mollie Stone, Emmett Thompson and Piper Hawkins.
SALVATION ARMY SEEKING BELL RINGERS
The Salvation Army in Tifton is looking for people to support the organization by signing up as bell ringers for the annual holiday Red Kettle campaign.
Red Kettle season begins Nov. 23 (the day after Thanksgiving) and concludes on Christmas Eve.
If you are interested in signing up or are a member of a civic, church or school organization that would like to participate as a community project, contact the Salvation Army at 229-386-1503.
REP. SCOTT SETS MOBILE OFFICES
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., of Tifton has announced mobile office hours in his congressional district.
During these events, staff from Scott's Tifton and Warner Robins District Offices will offer constituents individual assistance with such federal issues as Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits.
The mobile offices and hours are:
Tuesday, Sept. 25:
Wednesday, Sept. 26:
Twiggs County Library
Monroe County Library
Thursday, Sept. 27:
Dodge County Library
Tuesday, Oct. 2:
Thomas County Library
Wiregrass Tech College
Wednesday, Oct. 3:
Carrie Dorsey Perry Library
Cook County Library
Thursday, Oct. 4:
Irwin County Library
Turner County Agriculture Building
Call either Scott's
Tifton office at
229-396-5175 or Warner Robins office at
questions regarding an upcoming
Literacy Volunteers President Victor Pires, from left, tutor Michael Dalton, Literacy Executive Director Bonnie Sayles, board member (and previous Carnival of Knowledge winner) Karen Hendricks, Dr. Drew Howard and The Howard Center office manager Melisa Carter.
MAYOR RECOGNIZES ALZHEIMER'S, LITERACY
Julie Smith on
Monday proclaimed the month of
Tifton Alzheimer's Month in recognition of
World Alzheimer's Month. Representatives of
Georgia's Southwest Region of the Alzheimer's Association, based in
Tifton, spoke of the number of people affected by this devastating
Also, Smith read a
proclamation for the week of
Sept. 23-29 as
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in
Tifton and named
Sept. 27 as
Literacy Day in
Victor Pires of the
Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County thanked the mayor and
City Council for the recognition.
"Literacy Volunteers works through tutors to break the cycle of illiteracy by teaching adults the value of reading and education. Too many children go to kindergarten not even knowing their alphabet. We are working to help their parents and grandparents so that children may excel as well."
Drew Howard of
The Howard Center presented
Literacy Volunteers with a giant check for
$5,000 as the first
Platinum Sponsor of the
19th Annual Howard Center Carnival of Knowledge. The center will host a
"Howard Q Trivia" audience participation portion of the program with a
Howard said the problem of literacy is close to his heart because of its effect on some of his employees and many of his patients, not to mention those in the community. About 20 percent of Tift County residents do not have a high school diploma or GED.
Mayor Julie Smith, from left, with Alzheimer's Association representatives Buffy Hankinson, Amanda Brack, Kimberly Blackstock and Dan Phillips.
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