JULY 20, 2018
MORE JOBS, MORE EMPLOYEES AND LOWER JOBLESS RATE
labor force and
June, continuing a recent trend, state
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said
state is approaching the
5-million mark for
employed residents. At the same time, Georgia posted more than
4.5 million jobs and a
labor force of almost
Meanwhile, the jobless rate dropped to a level not seen since 2001 even as the national rate ticked up 0.2 percent.
"While the nation's jobs and unemployment numbers are beginning to level off,
across just about every metric," said
. "Georgia remains one of the
in which to
live and work
June, Georgia hit a record high
4.94 million employed residents. That number was up by
15,345 over the month and by more than
123,452 since last June.
labor force continued to
climb, increasing by
June to a record high of about
5.1 million. It has grown by
97,510 over the last 12 months.
June unemployment rate came in at
4.1 percent, down
0.1 percent from the past month. The state rate was
4.7 percent a year ago. The
national unemployment rate is slightly better at
4 percent, though the gap has narrowed in the last year.
The labor department has
not yet released jobless figures for
individual counties in June;
Tift County had an
unemployment rate of
3.5 percent in
May, down from
3.9 percent in
April and a full percent
age point down from May 2017's 4.5 percent.
obs were up by 14,200 in June to more than 4.5 million, an all-time high. Over the past 12 months, Georgia added 77,300 jobs.
EARLY VOTING ENDS TODAY
Georgians continue to flock to the polls
early for the
primary runoff election.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, 845 Tift countians had voted early in Tifton. Thursday was a particularly busy day at the Tifton polls as a total of 112
citizens voted yesterday.
Early voting ends today (Friday), and the polls are open in Tift County from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the elections office (the old gym) on Chesnutt Avenue in Tifton.
There is no voting on Monday. The runoff election is on
Tuesday, July 24.
Voters will decide nominees for Tift school board District 6 and for several statewide offices, including the GOP candidate for governor.
In the Board of Education race, Rusty Harrelson faces Jimmy Cargle.
The governor's race between Lt. Gov.
Casey Cagle and Secretary of State
Brian Kemp has been heating up in recent weeks. President
Donald Trump has formally endorsed
Nathan Deal has endorsed
EARLY VOTING ENDS TODAY ~ FRIDAY, JULY 20
ELECTION DAY ~ TUESDAY, JULY 24
TIFT TEACHER RECEIVES
STATE TEACHING HONOR
Tift County High teacher
Melissa Busbin has been named
Georgia Business Education
New Teacher of the Year.
Busbin was presented with the honor at the
Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GACTE) Conference this past week in
She is a business and computer science teacher at TCHS and at the school's Tift
College and Career Academy.
The award recognizes a
business and computer science teacher who has been teaching for less than five years but has already demonstrated a strong ability to
foster excellence in education.
To be eligible for the award, the individual must be a
GBEA member currently employed as a full-time
classroom teacher in a
business and computer science program. Contributions and achievements on which the nomination is based have occurred within the past three-five years.
The awards committee considered Busbin's
recommendation letters from parents of her past students,
endorsement of Tift County CTAE Director
Craig Matthews, and her most recent
Busbin also received a nomination for
GACTE new teacher of the year at the conference. This
award recognizes new CTE teachers who have made
significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers.
TIFTAREA ACADEMY STUDENT ATTENDS
Emma Parker, a
rising eighth grader at
Tiftarea Academy, spent last week on the campus of
Emma was invited to attend a leadership summit with Ambassador Leaders, an organization
of educators, business leaders and parents who believe in global leadership education for motivated middle and high school students from across the world.
While in Boston, Emma participated in a community action project through Lead2Feed, attended workshops and toured and spent time on Harvard's campus.
TIFTON FIREFIGHTERS EDUCATING YOUTH ABOUT PREVENTION
The Tifton City Fire Department is working with the nonprofit National Fire Safety Council to distribute fire prevention materials to local youths.
The materials include activity manuals, brochures, booklets and other teaching aids. Topicscovered include: How to Report a Fire: 911, Home Fire Safety, Crawl
Low Below the Smoke, Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Fire Extinguisher Awareness and Burn Prevention.
Tifton firefighters will distribute the materials through presentations, activities and community programs.
"Fire prevention education during childhood is crucial. We use both fire prevention literature and
supplies that our youth can carry home with them and share with their friends, siblings and parents," said Fire Chief Bobby Bennett.
"It is astonishing to see their faces when we dress up in our gear. You can see it in their faces when they realize exactly what our purpose is in the community and how we strive to keep them safe."
Tifton Fire Department is seeking local
business support to help cover the
cost of the distribution
materials. Contributions are
tax deductible, and
contributors will be
listed on the materials.
"The donations we receive go to a great cause and play a huge part in providing education that helps save lives," Chief Bennett said. "Every dime received will be spent on fire prevention education for our youth and community."
For information, call Fire Administrator Beth Connell at 229-391-3972.
REP. AUSTIN SCOTT
NAMED TO PANEL
TO IRON OUT FARM BILL VERSIONS
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has named Congressman Austin Scott, R-Tifton, to serve on a conference committee to address the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill.
In the coming weeks, the conference committee will work through differences in the two
versions of the farm bill.
"I am very honored to have been chosen to sit on this bipartisan, bicameral conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill, and I am eager to get to work with Chairman Conaway and my House and Senate colleagues to hammer out the final details of this monumental piece of agriculture policy," Scott said.
"As we move through these final deliberations, we have the opportunity to bring much-needed policy changes to our agriculture sector and inject new life into our rural communities. I look forward to continuing to press my colleagues on the important farm policy issues that matter most to Georgians to bring new life, innovation and development to one of our nation's oldest and largest economic drivers."
Scott is a member
of the House Agriculture Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit.
MISSIONARY BAPTIST CONVENTION MEETING IN TIFTON
Residents may have noticed a few more
in town this week, especially around
Eighth Street Middle School
Annie Belle Clark School
2,000 people have been attending the
General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia's 56th Annual Congress of Christian Education, held at the two schools with workshops at
Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Tifton and concludes
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TO EXHIBIT
Since opening at its new location in September, Plough Gallery has hosted Shelby Evans as its artist in residence. On Saturday, July 21, Evans will display the culmination of her work in a show entitled "This is She."
The opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, and is free and open to the public.
Evans said creating the show has been an evolution and will continue to evolve long after it is de-installed.
The show features felt and fabric faces permanently secured in embroidery hoops, collages made with magazines, tinsel and animal figurines, woven pillows, drawings and scribbled notes. The studio space in which Evans has worked will be used as the exhibition space -- even the bathroom is part of it.
"I want to give people the space to practice objective
empathy. That means letting go of yourself, your feelings and perceptions, and objectively try to understand the world as someone else does," she explained.
"Yes, viewers are being challenged to see the world as I do, but I am secondary to the practice itself. This could have been done by anyone.
Objective empathy is something we should apply in every encounter we have with another person."
Evans, currently living in Fitzgerald, graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2016. In August, she will begin working in full capacity as arts coordinator for the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council.
"This is She" will be on display for approximately a
month at the gallery at
216 W Eighth St.
WORLD'S BIGGEST PEACH?
FORT VALLEY FARM'S PEACH WEIGHS IN AT NEARLY 2 POUNDS
That's heavy, man.
Peach County (naturally) just might have the
world's heaviest peach, according to a report by the Macon Telegraph.
in Fort Valley has harvested a 1.8-pound peach, surpassing the 1.75-pound fruit recorded by Guinness World Records, the newspaper reported the other day.
Guinness World Records
since the peach
the current record holder. That
in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, and was weighed in September 2016,
according to the
Guinness World Records
AMERIS BANK SUPPORTS RURAL HOSPITALS
As part of the
Georgia HEART Hospital Program,
Ameris Bank is supplying
$800,000 of financial support to seven
rural hospitals in Georgia, including
Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC).
The hospitals receiving support are
TRMC in Tifton; Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla; Coffee
Regional Medical Center in Douglas;
Colquitt Regional Medical Center
Liberty Regional Medical Center
Meadows Regional Medical Center
Georgia HEART Hospital Program
, in conjunction with the
Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit
bill, is helping
hospitals increase their funding and ability to provide for health-care needs of
of Georgians, according to an Ameris press release.
Because of demographic, economic and health-care industry challenges, Georgia's
rural hospitals have been facing a
"Ameris Bank is honored to financially support the rural hospitals that provide for the citizens within the Georgia communities we also serve," said Lawton E. Bassett III, Ameris president.
"Regardless of our bank's growth, we remain true to our roots -- a community bank grounded by the principles of character, service and value. We are proud to support an effort that enhances access to healthcare, and our hope is that our financial support will help provide peace of mind to our communities and neighbors."
Andrea Scarrow assumes her new post later this month.
UGA EXTENSION SOUTHWEST DISTRICT GETTING NEW DIRECTOR
Andrea Scarrow will lead University of Georgia
Cooperative Extension's Southwest District as director. She will oversee all
program areas --
Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR),
Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), and
4-H Youth Development -- in
41 counties in the Southwest District.
Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension, announced Scarrow's appointment to succeed
Tim Varnedore, who is retiring
Southwest District has had many leadership changes in the past several years, so I looked for a director who would bring a calming presence and stability as well as exceptional, innovative leadership," Johnson said. "
Andrea Scarrow was the perfect candidate for this position with her
experience and understanding of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, and 4-H."
Scarrow has a personal background in
"I grew up on a
Colquitt County, and was also involved in
4-H growing up," Scarrow said. "I've received so many valuable leadership experiences working in
Extension that have helped to prepare me for this position."
Scarrow will transition to the Southwest District Extension director position after spending four years as the Southwest District
FACS program development coordinator.
She began her UGA Extension career in 2007 as a county agent with a split appointment between Colquitt and Tift counties. She also was the Colquitt County FACS agent from 2009-2014.
"Seniors Enjoying Life Forever," or
"SELF," have a new dance date -- today,
Friday, July 20, at the
Leroy Rogers Senior Center in
music of the
1950s, '60s and '70s.
Doors open at
6 p.m., with dinner at
7 p.m. and dancing beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring
their favorite dish of food to share.
The event is open to all Tift County seniors.
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- SELF Senior Dance, 7 p.m., Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Tifton
SATURDAY, JULY 21
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m,-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture,
- Kids' Photography Class, 9 a.m.-Noon, Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
- "This is She" exhibit reception, 5-7 p.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton
- SWE Wrestling: Crazy from the Heat, 7 p.m., Turner County Civic Center, Ashburn
Katy Ruth Branch, 87, Fitzgerald
Evelyn Giddens, 88, Worth County
Sophia Wade Dixon, 48, Worth County
Dennis Edward Bennett, 94, Tifton
Mary Clark, 95, Nashville
Horace "Gene" Williams, 73, Adel
Larry Singletary Sr., 70, Hahira
Lillian Inez Nasworthy, 80, Rebecca
Emogene "Gene" Heninger, 92, Fitzgerald
Ralph King Sr., 85, Ashburn
Ralph Lee Chitwood Sr. 75, Irwin County
Jason Holyoak, 50, Tifton
Larry James Smith, 71, Tifton
Paul Geoffrey Harrell, 62, Nashville
Mildred Mayfield, 87, Adel
Melba Lou Whiddon, 78, Tifton
Daniel Redgnell Baker, 75, Ocilla
Henry Neal "Buddy" Swanson Jr., 81, Fitzgerald
Georgia "Grace" Apperson Watson, 85, Bishop
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