TifTuf Now Available
NEWEST DROUGHT-RESISTANT TURFGRASS DEVELOPED AT UGA TIFTON
newest University of Georgia turfgrass release,
TifTuf Bermuda grass, is
now available to
TifTuf's drought tolerance and
shade tolerance make it one of the best choices for establishing a new lawn, UGA says.
TifTuf is for homeowners who are serious about maintaining carpet-type coverage.
drought-tolerant turfgrass was developed by a team of researchers led by Dr.
Wayne Hanna and Dr.
Brian Schwartz at
TifTuf has been in
testing at the University of Georgia since
1993 and was
selected for release from a pool of more than
27,700 potential cultivars because of its extreme drought tolerance and high turf quality. In tolerance testing,
TifTuf maintained its quality and green color the longest.
While other Bermuda grasses survive drought conditions by going dormant and then greening at the first exposure to moisture, TifTuf stays green because it doesn't go dormant under drought stress. In UGA tests, TifTuf uses 38 percent less water than Tifway Bermuda grass while maintaining better turf quality.
Other than drought, the most common problem seen with
Bermuda grass lawns is stress brought on by
too much shade.
TifTuf thrives in light ranging from
full sun to partial shade. While it won't grow in full shade, it is more shade tolerant than any of the other Bermuda grass varieties that have been used.
"TifTuf sets the new industry standard for sustainability and drought resistance," says Aaron McWhorter, president of NG Turf. "Not only does it actually need less water to thrive, it boasts superior wear tolerance, early spring green up, excellent fall color retention and rapid grow-in rates. TifTuf is destined to become a customer favorite for both residential and professional applications."
Ken Morrow of the Turfgrass Group, which is the exclusive licensing company for the production of TifTuf bermudagrass, says, "With the extreme drought conditions recently experienced in California and around the United States, there has never been a greater need for a drought-tolerant grass like TifTuf. We know it will create sustainable, environmentally friendly lawns, sports fields, and golf courses
around the country because it uses significantly less water than other grasses available on the market today."
NAPA DISTRIBUTION CLOSING
SYLVESTER CENTER EMPLOYS 40
NAPA auto parts distribution center in
Sylvester's industrial park will
shut down by
July 31, company officials say.
The Sylvester operations are being transferred to existing facilities in Atlanta, Birmingham and Jacksonville. On Thursday, Genuine Parts Co., NAPA's parent company, issued a statement that read:
"This was a difficult decision, but is necessary to best serve our customers and optimize our distribution network. ...
We have communicated this change to our Sylvester workforce of approximately 40 employees and are working with each of those affected by the change to ensure we provide them with the appropriate resources to help them and their families through the transition.
"These include potential job opportunities in other Genuine Parts locations as well as on-site career transition services and assistance with the State Employment Center and local staffing companies."
The NAPA facility has been in Sylvester for more than 40 years.
TIFT COUPLE CHARGED WITH MAKING METH
A couple has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the Tift
Arrested were Thomas Edward McDonald, 34, and Lyris Elizabeth Parson, 35. Bothare being held at the Tift County Jail.
On Tuesday, Tift County deputies responded to a drug tip at 4466 Highway 319 South in Tift County. When arriving at the residence, deputies spotted what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab. Agents with the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force were notified. After drug agents arrived, enough probable cause was developed to obtain a search warrant.
Agents then discovered six "one-pot" meth labs, which uses one container to manufacture the methamphetamine. The process causes an extremely high amount of pressure to build inside the container, which will cause an explosion if not
Agents also discovered five HCL gas generators inside the residence. HCL gas is made by mixing certain acids with other ingredients which then form Hydrogen Chloride Gas. The HCL gas is used to convert the methamphetamine, which is in liquid from when produced in the "one-pot" lab, to crystals and in turn crystal methamphetamine.
Agents also found numerous other materials used to manufacture methamphetamine and seized the items.
TIFT BOE FORMALLY OK's CHARTER SYSTEM
Tift County Board of Education
Georgia Charter System.
State Board of Education last week had
approved the Tift BOE's charter system application, as the
Tifton Grapevine reported
charter system is a local school district that operates under the terms of a charter between the State Board of Education and the local district, which receives
flexibility from certain state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability. There is an emphasis on
school-based leadership and decision-making.
Tift school officials say the charter program will allow the school system to focus on incorporating individualized learning and technology into classrooms, and will allow
class sizes and school starting times.
The school system also plans to reconfigure the grades within schools so that individual schools will house PreK through 5th, then 6th through 8th, and ninth through 12th, which means students will attend three schools during their public school years rather
seven-school format in Tift County.
NANCI BOWEN CHARITY GOLF WINNERS
Pictured above are the
winning teams of the
17th Annual Nanci Bowen Charity Golf Tournament held
Monday, May 9, at
Spring Hill Country Club in
Tifton. The event benefits patients of
Hospice of Tift Area and the
Anita Stewart Oncology Center at
Tift Regional Medical Center.
The tournament is named for long-time supporter and
Tifton native Nanci Bowen, retired
LPGA tour player.
The winners, pictured from left, are:
First place winners of the
women's tournament -- Joyce Corry, Karen Goes, Katie Lodge and Betty Bowen.
First place winners of the
men's tournament -- Chad Aldridge, Joe Pitts, Allen Pate and Jody Seagraves.
EARLY VOTING UNDERWAY, OPEN SATURDAY
Early voting for the May 24 primary
continues in Tift County through Friday, May 20.
Registered Tift County voters may visit the early voting location, which is the old high school gymnasium building at Fourth Street and Chesnutt Avenue, to cast their ballots from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This Saturday, May 14, early voting is available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
'STAMP OUT HUNGER' THIS SATURDAY
24th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is this
Saturday, May 14. Residents are asked to collect and
bag non-perishable food and
place it by their mailbox for
letter carriers to pick up and take to local food kitchens.
should be in
cans or unopened boxes
This the nation's largest
one-day food collection event, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to meld their forces together to conduct the drive in their local communities.
Letter carriers touch
every residential and business address in this country at least
six days a week," said
Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. "Our continued effort in the fight against hunger -- often in our own neighborhoods -- has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of
people in need."
Last year's drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food nationwide that was left in bags next to postal customers' mailboxes. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, and it brought the drive's grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected.
The drive is held
each year on the
second Saturday in
"Best-Selling Truck for 39 Straight Years"
511 West 7th Street
BROADCASTS FROM MAIN STREET
Tifton was the
fourth stop Thursday evening of a
six-city tour for
television station is
6 p.m. news show in a different
South Georgia town; residents are invited to come out and watch -- and they did
In photo at right, news anchors
Ben Roberts and
Melissa Hodges go on the air on
Tifton's Main Street in front of the
In photos below,
Roberts is surrounded by
GWINNETT TEACHERS VISIT TIFTON'S
READING RECOVERY PROGRAM
Gwinnett County teachers were in Tifton on Thursday, learning from Tift County's reading recovery program -- a literacy intervention program that provides intensive, individual instruction for children with the lowest reading performance in first grade.
Tift Tourism Director Tyron Spearman met them downtown and shared some peanut samples with them. With Spearman, at left, are, from left, Cora Baker, Sue Duncan and Hope Griffin.
Duncan said Tift County Reading Recovery teacher trainer Heidi Burns told them that Tift County is observing 20 years this month as one of the best reading recovery school programs in the state, and 4,000 children have benefited from the program.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1934 Whiddon Mill Road
VOICE-ACTIVATED TRACTORS -- THE FUTURE?
Voice-activated tractors are the
future of farming, says University of Georgia agricultural engineer
Through research on the
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campus in Tifton, and in partnership with
Georgia Tech, Rains is researching voice-activated software that will cause tractors to stop in the event of an emergency.
"Say a farmer had a heart attack or fell off of a tractor. With the
voice activation, they could stop the tractor by using just their voice," said Rains.
He envisions the tractor stopping in the event of an emergency, notifying 911 and providing the farmer's location and alerting the farmer's family.
The innovation consists of a
series of microphones that are mounted onto the tractor. Noise cancellation devices allow the farmer's voice to be heard over the sounds of the tractor or other piece of farming equipment.
The farmer must be within
10 meters -- about
32 feet-- of the microphone for it to detect his voice.
"We just need to delve into more of the broader aspects -- multiple types of tractors and voice types," Rains said. "We need to test multiple algorithms for noise cancellation and voice recognition outside the tractor."
This is challenging because the microphone is trying to pick up the volume of a person's voice over other noises, he said. Since all voices are different, the system must be trained to recognize each distinct voice.
Rains is focusing on the mechanical parts of the device that control switching the tractor off and calling 911. His colleague,
David Anderson, professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
Georgia Tech, is working on the voice activation and noise cancellation aspects of the project. Rains is also receiving assistance from the
AGCO Corp., an agricultural equipment manufacturer headquartered in
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FRIDAY, MAY 13
- Prater Music Festival Street Celebration, 6-9 p.m., N. Cherry Street, Ocilla
- Tiftarea Academy Graduation, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Tifton
SATURDAY, MAY 14
- Early Voting Available, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Gym, Fourth Street & Chesnutt Ave., Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- 4-H Car Wash, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-H Office, Carpenter Road, Tifton
- Prater Music Festival Community Worship Service, Noon, Mt. Olive AME Church, Ocilla
Terry Randall Courtoy, 72, Tifton
Hansel George Steedley, 85, Tifton
Sarah Ann Hendley, 86, O
James Newell, 32, East Dublin
Marilyn Shankweiler, 68, Americus
Semmie Dixon Wilson, 93, Ocilla
Jackie Nadine Duren Wallace, 81, Adel
Barbara Gann Goins, 75, Ty Ty
Wanda Jean Fansler Goode, 87, Deland, Fla.
Rodney "Ronnie" Judson Phillips, 65, Tifton
Betty Rose Hurst, 71, Valdosta
Randy Holloway, 59, Nashville
Stephen "Claude" Hendricks Jr., 83, Tifton
Jerry Jones, 55, Albany
Bobbie "Bob" N. Webb, 90, Tifton
Lisa Marie Bradford Tolley, 52, Nashville
Luel Buckholts Turner, 93, Lakeland, Fla.
Gary Phillip Brogdon, 63, Nashville
Earl Wayne "Wimp" Gray, 78, Nashville
Richard Chapman "Dick" Owens Sr., 89, O
Vicki Karen Hallman, 67, Doerun
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