DEC. 5, 2017
CITY REVOKES CLUB'S ALCOHOL LICENSE
CITING INDECENT BEHAVIOR, DRUG USAGE
Tifton City Council on
Monday revoked the
alcohol license of a
Commerce Way following an
undercover police investigation that exposed
indecent behavior by dancers and
drug use by patrons.
The alcohol license for
Club La Estrella
331 Commerce Way
. During a
testified that they saw
dancers exposing themselves
simulating sex acts
money, and several patrons openly smoking marijuana.
After flyers circulated around town advertising a "Butt Azz Naked" party at the club, Tifton Police called in an officer from the Dougherty County Police Department to visit the club undercover. The Albany officer took videos of what he observed, which were shown to Tifton council members. Council also saw videos posted to the Internet about a nude party at the club earlier this fall in which dancers, who were nude with bikinis merely painted on them, simulated sex acts.
"I cannot tolerate this type of behavior
in my town, and I will not tolerate this," Mayor Julie Smith said to club owner Gail Cruz at the hearing. "
As a woman, you should be ashamed of yourself."
Cruz said the club has stopped holding such events. She also denied that the club looked the other way about drug use and said it is neither allowed nor condoned at the club.
Mayor Smith also chastised Cruz for allowing her young son in the club late at night. Police testified that they saw the child in the club, which Cruz denied. Smith said the Ga. Division of Family & Children Services should investigate that matter.
Cruz also told council that her lawyer could not attend the city's hearing on such "short notice." City Attorney Rob Wilmot said Cruz was formally notified during October about Monday's hearing.
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FIRST BAPTIST TO BUILD NEW MINISTRY CENTER
First Baptist Church of Tifton breaks ground on a new Ministry/Event Center at noon this Sunday behind its Family Life Center.
The state-of-the-art facility will
people seated around tables for
. In addition to the construction of a new building, the church will upgrade the existing
new sound and lighting
, upgrade a
full-sized industrial kitchen
for church meals and special events, add an
Church officials said the new center is needed to accommodate a growing contemporary worship service that is currently assembling in two separate worship services in the gymnasium. The construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.
"We are excited to see this project get started and confident in the Lord's timing of it all. I am eager to see how this building offers us
new and exciting opportunities to show His love," said
The new Ministry Center will be located on the corner of Central Avenue and 6
Street. First Baptist Church has long been known as "The Church Built on Love," referencing to its address on Love Avenue.
Since the new building will expand its facilities toward Central Avenue, the new church mantra has become "Central to Love."
Tifton's Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration
went off without a hitch as
of people flooded the
to kick off the
Parade Grand Marshals Dr. Homer and Caroline Day lit the city's Christmas tree above City Hall (pictured above) while folks enjoyed carnival rides, music and dancing entertainment -- and even "ice skating," as seen in the bottom photograph.
"A big thank you to all of the great sponsors who supported Tifton's 19th Annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration," said organizer Lequrica Gaskins, Tifton's downtown economic director. "We are so appreciative of those who partnered with us to host this great community event."
TIFT REGIONAL CEO TO RETIRE AFTER 30 YEARS
WILLIAM RICHARDSON LEAVES IN JANUARY;
CHRISTOPHER DORMAN NAMED SUCCESSOR
The Hospital Authority of Tift County announces that
William T. Richardson will retire as president/CEO of
Tift Regional Health System in
January 2018, and
Christopher K. Dorman will assume the top executive position.
"For the past
30 years, Bill Richardson led
Tift Regional with integrity and courage," said J
immy Allen, chairman of the
Hospital Authority of Tift County.
"Thanks to his vision and guidance,
in size, going from
Tift General Hospital
, a single community hospital, to
Tift Regional Health System
, a true network of care serving
South Central Georgia
. He will be missed immensely."
Dorman, who has served as chief operating officer (COO) since
2013, was mentored by Richardson to become the new president/CEO.
"Four years ago, we initiated an extensive and competitive national search for a
COO to join the administrative staff and eventually become
president/CEO once Bill retired," said Allen. "Chris is a talented, forward-thinking chief executive who shares our dedication to quality, compassionate care."
said he looks "
forward to advancing the health care delivery model established by Bill Richardson. I have learned a lot from him and appreciate his support and encouragement. I would also like to thank the members of the Hospital Authority for putting their faith in our executive team moving forward. TRHS is an outstanding organization, and I am excited about our future."
Richardson said that his time with TRHS has been an amazing journey. He
joined TRHS in 1988 as administrator of Tift General Hospital. In 2001, Tift General Hospital became Tift Regional Medical Center and adopted the umbrella name Tift Regional Health System in 2013.
In addition to Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), the flagship hospital located in Tifton, TRHS today consists of the TRMC West Campus in Tifton as well as Cook Medical Center and Cook Senior Living Center in Adel. In addition, TRHS has three surgery centers and 24 hospital-owned physician practices.
"Thanks to Bill's efforts, Tift Regional was able to bring crucial
specialty services such as
oncology, cardiovascular care, dialysis and more to our community," said
In addition to the service line growth,
Richardson led the way for TRHS to form
Care Alliance, an accountable care organization. He was also instrumental in the founding of
Stratus Healthcare, the
Southeast's largest hospital collaboration of hospitals and a clinically integrated network. Richardson was also instrumental in the
Tiftarea YMCA acquiring a
permanent facility on
Carpenter Road, moving out of a complex of temporary manufactured buildings.
"In addition to being a health care leader,
Tift Regional is an
economic engine for the community, employing over
2,000 employees at TRMC," said Allen. "This is combined with Cook Medical Center's
227 staff members. TRHS has an
economic impact of more than
Pictured from left are Georgia Power employee Don
Hutchinson; Dina Willis and Victoria Horst with the library; and Ga. Power employees Brent James, Tiffany Hall, Ebony Rowell and Chad Haynes.
GA POWER DONATES TO
'BIG GREEN READING MACHINE'
The Tifton Chapter of the Citizens of Georgia Power presented a $1,500 check to the
Tifton-Tift County Public Library for its "Big Green Reading Machine," a specially equipped RV that will begin making rounds with next summer's reading program.
The Georgia Power chapter is one of many throughout the
state comprised of Georgia Power employees and their families who work
local projects and raise money to be given back to the communities they
The Tifton library said d
onations such as this allow it to put
gasoline in "Big Green's" tank, purchase books for kids who do not
have library cards and pay for the vehicle's maintenance and
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FILLING 'SUITCASES FOR KIDS'
Tiftarea students have been participating in this event for years and is a way of teaching community service at a young age.
The items are donated to local foster children and to children who are victims of abuse.
DOT TO REPLACE DISTRICT BUILDING IN TIFTON
Dust is being kicked up at the Ga. Department of Transportation's (DOT) District 4 building in Tifton as the site is being prepared for a new district office.
The new building will be located behind the existing one at 710 W. Second St. The formal groundbreaking will be after the new year.
The DOT says m
any of its district buildings around the state are old and in need of replacement. The current Tifton structure was built in the 1950s and will be the fifth district to get a new facility that will put all of the departments on a single floor.
Ali Rippy, a bachelor's degree nursing major from Tifton, recently received an ABAC Foundation Scholarship from South Georgia Banking Co. to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
"I am very grateful for South Georgia Banking Co.'s financial contribution for my education and my future," Rippy said.
"This scholarship has allowed me to finish my degree without taking out loans. I'm very appreciative that this local bank gives to our community, and I plan to do the same after completing my education."
outh Georgia Banking Co. is a Gold Level sponsor for the upcoming An Evening for ABAC scholarship fundraising event on March 2.
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