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MAY 29, 2018
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NEW MUSIC VIDEO
FILMED IN TIFTON
HOME FREE SINGING GROUP SHOWCASES
MEMBER'S HOMETOWN, FAMILY, FRIENDS 

By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine

The a  cappella singing  group Home Free released its latest music video last Thursday, and it was filmed here in Tifton during the group's visit in mid March when Home Free was in town for a performance (click video image above to see video).

Several Tiftonites can be spotted in the video, filmed at the lake property of local veterinarian Dr. Larry and Terrie Branch, relatives of Home Free tenor Austin Brown, a Tifton native.
Home Free performs in Tifton on March 16. Tifton native Austin Brown is at center.

The song, "Good Ol' Boy Good Time," is on Home Free's latest album, "Timeless." 

"It was such a treat for us to make this video as we got to enjoy our day off tour at Austin's family's home in Georgia. It was great to play games, hang with friends and family, and enjoy a good old-fashion cookout! These kind of days on the job don't even feel like we're workin'," the group wrote on its web site.

"This was definitely one of the most fun videos we've ever done," Brown said in a press release. "I was so excited to have the shoot in my hometown surrounded by the people I've known all my life. It was like a giant reunion, and I loved getting to have my family host our Home Free road family. I hope everyone has as much fun watching it as we did making it!"

The group notes on its web site that "it's almost summer (for some of you it's already summer!!) and we thought we'd give ya a video to put you in the mood for the season."

This summer and fall is scheduled to be a busy one for the five-man vocal band On June 10, the members will perform at the CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn.; followed by a concert in Branson, Mo., on June 15; in Lincoln, Neb., on June 21 with the Oak Ridge Boys; multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry on June 20, July 10 and July 18; in Atlanta on July 21;  and in August in September, the band will tour in Hawaii, Taiwan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and England.


FOX THEATRE TO FORMALLY PRESENT GRANT TO TIFT THEATRE

The Fox Theatre Institute in Atlanta makes a "big check" presentation today to the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts. The $77,027 preservation grant is for refurbishing the 613 seats in the 81-year-old Tift Theatre.

The work began in January after Tifton City Council approved  a proposal by a Fitzgerald upholsterer for refurbishing the seats.  Council approved Seams & Things Upholstery's base bid of $160,374 for repairing and re-upholstering the historic theatre's seats; the Fitzgerald  the company also bid an additional $61,300 for powder coating all of the seats.

Along with the Fox Theatre Institute's $77,027 preservation grant, the City of Tifton committed the additional funding, having budgeted funds for theatre renovation.

"The theatre seats have been in desperate need of repair for years. It has been a project for almost every director and manager in recent history, so it almost feels like a new beginning for the Tift Theatre," said  Theatre Manager Kaylee Stokes.

"I believe that having the theatre seats repaired and reupholstered is just another sign that the Tift Theatre is loved and cherished by this city and by the community," Stokes said.
 
Mayor Julie Smith expressed thanks to the " Fox Theatre for awarding this grant to our own Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts. Having a beautiful performing arts venue in downtown is a significant part of providing an exceptional experience in Tifton. There's no question that the arts are a strong part of our economic development success, and this grant award will help us continue to build on that foundation."  
 
The Fox Theatre Institute makes the formal check presentation at 3 p.m. today.

VOLUNTEERS PLACE FLAGS ON VETERANS' GRAVES FOR MEMORIAL DAY

Tifton City Councilman Johnny Terrell, left, and Tim Wilson place flags on graves.
Volunteers gathered at Oak Ridge and Greenwood cemeteries on Saturday to place American flags at the graves of veterans, an  annual event coordinated by the  Disabled American Veterans  (DAV) Chapter 38 in Tifton.
 
Approximately 1,200 flags were placed by city officials, city fire personnel, local veterans, community volunteers and Tiftarea Academy parents, coaches and football team members.

Arthur Herin, commander of the Tifton  DAV chapter, said he was very thankful for the turnout of volunteers.

"It's an honor to work with community volunteers to make sure that our fallen heroes are remembered," said Mayor Julie Smith. "I was really glad to see so many young people today. They are not only learning the importance of the people who have served and their place in history, but also about the benefits of volunteering for a worthwhile cause."
 
For information about DAV Chapter 38 or to volunteer for future events, call 229 -585-8021.


SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
AVAILABLE  FOR LOCAL YOUTHS

The local Summer Feeding Program, a partnership among the Tiftarea YMCA, the Tift County Board of Education Nutrition Department and the Tifton Housing Authority is underway.

The Summer Feeding Program goes through July 27 during week days. This program is free and serves lunch to children ages 18 and under. The physical activities start at 11:30 a.m. until noon, and the meals are served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The YMCA program's sites are:
  • Peterson Apartments
  • Puckett Park
  • Hill/Dee's Apartments
  • Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
  • G.O. Bailey School Playground
  • Springfield Baptist Church
  • Tift Avenue Church of God
  • First United Methodist Church Activities Center
The Tift County Public School Nutrition sites are:
  • Beulah Hill Church
  • RESA - Matt Wilson School
  • Omega Elementary
  • Tift County Recreation Department
  • Tift County Public Library
  • South Tifton Learning Center
  • Lester Summer STEM Program
  • SparkIT Computing Camp
  • TCHS Northeast Campus
  • Tift County Football Program
  • Tift County Basketball Program
  • Dean's Blue Devil Den
  • Town & Country Mobile Home Park
  • Tift County Pre-K
  • Annie Bell Clark School
  • J.T. Reddick School
  • Eighth Street Middle School
For information, call  229-391-9622.


TIFT COUNTY AIR PISTOL 4-H'ers: from left, Cory Frazier, Katie Gaskins, Coach David Haire, Alexis Hodnett and Johnna Dales.

TIFT 4-H MEMBER WINS STATE AIR PISTOL TITLE  
 
Tift County 4-H'er Cory Frazier won the state 4-H Air Pistol Championship recently at Rock Eagle, the state 4-H Center

Frazier's win marks the 13th state Air Pistol Championship for Tift County in the past 20 years.  Frazier and his teammates dominated the match, with Johnna Dales placing second; Alexis Hodnett, third; and Katie Gaskins, fourth.
 
Also competing in the Air Rifle match were Tift County 4-H'ers Donnie Jensen, Luke Wise -- who placed fifth in precision air rifle -- and Zoey Brill.

TIFT COUNTY AIR RIFLE 4-H'ers: from left, Donnie Jensen, Luke Wise, Coach Tracy Homer and Zoey Brill.


SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES DEMONSTRATE VIDEO SIMULATOR RANGE AT KIWANIS

Maj. Danny Torres and Sgt. Mark Guess of the Tift County Sheriff's Office demonstrate the MILO Simulator Range to the Tifton Kiwanis Club at its meeting last week. 

The system features more than 800 fully interactive video-based training scenarios for realistic drills. The video range features high definition-quality video with surround sound audio and features handguns adapted with a laser that recoil just like the officers' duty weapons.

Members of the Tift County Sheriff's Office train monthly with the system, which was purchased through a grant.


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