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MARCH 24, 2017
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 PROJECT EXPECTED TO CREATE 30 JOBS

Piedmont National Corp. and the Tift County Development Authority on Thursday announced the start of construction on a 62,000-square-foot distribution facility in Tifton.

The Development Authority anticipates the project at the industrial park will create more than 30 local jobs.

Piedmont National is the Southeast's largest independent full-line distributor of high-quality packaging products, machinery solutions and facility suppliesThe Piedmont National team, in partnership with Brian Marlowe, the president and CEO of the Tift County Development Authority and the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, and Jonathan Jones of Jones Construction, developed a design to allow continued expansion and serve Piedmont into the future.

Company officials expect to be operational in Tifton by early summer.
 
"Our Tifton location will allow us to continue serving our existing customers and expand Piedmont National's ability to reach a larger geographic area with regularly scheduled delivery capabilities," said  Jerry Milner, Piedmont National's executive vice president.
 
"In association with a shift in coverage areas for our Dothan, Ala., facility, our new location will offer twice weekly deliveries into the Macon, Ga., area and weekly deliveries to most other areas in South and South-central Georgia," Milner said. "The Marx family and all Piedmont National associates are very excited to continue our growth in such a dynamic area as Tifton and look forward to being an active member of the community."
 
Marlowe said that " great things continue to happen in Tifton, and we are proud to welcome Piedmont National to our community as they expand their distribution capabilities, providing more efficient and effective services to their customers. We will continue to work very closely with company officials to ensure a successful, long-term partnership."

BEST FLAVORS OF GA
ASHBURN'S CARROLL'S SAUSAGE WINS TOP MEAT
AND PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

Carroll's Sausage & Meats of Ashburn is this year's winner in the Meats category and also received the People's Choice Award in the  University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia 11th annual contest.
Hugh Hardy of Carroll's Sausage with Flavor of Georgia Award, along with Gov. Nathan Deal and Peggy Freeman at left; and at right, Tony McBrayer, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Sam Perdue, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Carroll's  Vidalia Onion and Cheese Smoked Sausage swept its category. This was also  the second consecutive year that Carroll's Sausage has also been named the People's Choice winner.

"Wow! So blessed to win the Flavor of Georgia and the People's Choice Award," said Hugh Hardy, Carroll's Sausage owner, on Facebook. "Thank you to my home town of Ashburn, Ga., and thank you for the support of the Ashburn-Turner County Chamber of Commerce."

The winners were announced Tuesday night at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. The contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.  A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose the winners as the best of 33 finalists. They rated the products on such qualities as innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.

Among other winners,  Goodson Pecans of Leesburg took the  Snack Foods category with Toasted Sriracha Pecans; West Foods of Edison won the Confections category with its Chocolate-Covered Fried Peanut Cluster; and the Grand Prize winner was Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter from Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters of Chamblee.


YOUNG ENTERTAINER AWARDS
TIFTON NATIVE PART OF ACTING ENSEMBLE AWARD

Actress Caitlin Carmichael, 12, a Tifton native, is among an ensemble cast of child actors who won a  Young Entertainer Award for Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film during the annual Young Entertainer Awards last
Caitlin Carmichael & Luke Colombero
Sunday, March 19
at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Calif.

The event is considered the Oscars for child actors. Caitlin had also won a Young Entertainer Award last year for her leading role in the short film "Monsters."

On Sunday, Caitlin Carmichael, Tyree Brown, Luke Colombero and Jacob Guenther were nominated and won the Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film award for "Operation: Neighborhood Watch!" -- a movie released last May that also stars Denise Richards. 

Caitlin and Luke accepted the award on the group's behalf.
"Operation: Neighborhood Watch! trailer

"I think my favorite part of filming 'Operation: Neighborhood Watch!' 
is the friendships that I made with Luke and Jacob and Tyree on set. I'm an only child so it's pretty cool to have three new older brothers," Caitlin told the audience when  accepting the award on  Sunday .

The family film involves neighborhood kids who have suspicions that a new doctor who moves in may be up to no good.


TIFTAREA ACADEMY NAMES TEACHERS OF YEAR

From left, Sandra Sumner and Rhonda Sumner.
Tiftarea Academy has recognized Rhonda Sumner as Lower School Teacher of the Year, and Sandra Sumner as Upper School Teacher of the Year

Rhonda Sumner teaches fourth grade and has taught for 18 years, all of them spent at Tiftarea Academy. She and her husband, Tommy, have three sons who all attended and graduated from Tiftarea Academy, and seven grandchildren. 

Sandra Sumner teaches language arts and has 40 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching at Tiftarea for 11 years. She and her husband, Walter, have three children and eight grandchildren. 

Both teachers were nominated and voted upon by their peers, whose comments include: "Both teachers embody what it means to be a caring and compassionate teacher. They hold their students to high standards and ideals and guide them to reach their fullest potential and possibilities."

 
ALBANY SYMPHONY PERFORMS SUNDAY 

The Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO) performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center as part of ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The ASO will perform with choirs from ABAC, the Southwest Civic Chorus of Americus, Georgia Southwestern State University, Middle Georgia State University, the Albany Chorale and Albany State University.

The orchestra will perform Debussy's "La Mer" (The Sea) in three movements.  In partnership with the combined choirs, the ASO will also present French choral and orchestral works including Gabriel Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" and Maurice Durufle's "Requiem."

The Albany Symphony Orchestra performance is supported in part by Ponder's Office Supplies. ABAC Presents! is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.

 
FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL HONORS RURAL CULTURE

The annual Folklife Festival celebrates South Georgia's rural heritage on April 8 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The event will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with interactive activities. 
The ceremonial firing of the turpentine still is at 11 a.m. Museum guests' will see the age-old process that is central to South Georgia's cultural heritage. The still will be running throughout the day and discharging closer to 4 p.m.   

The Folklife Festival is about hands-on activities including tree debarking and hewing, sheep shearing, wool spinning, weaving and washing, pine needle basket-making, and quilt-square sewing demonstrations. Guests may also visit the antique and model tractors on display. The antique tractors will parade through the Historic Village at 1 p.m. 

The village blacksmith is providing demonstrations throughout the day; and face painting will be offered under the oak trees at the Wesley Chapel. The  Grassically Trained Bluegrass band from Corryton, Tenn., will provide music along with ABAC's own Dr. Jeff Newberry, English professor and poet-in-residence.

A quilting exhibit, "Linda O'Sullivan: a Celtic Perspective," opens as part of the festival in the Museum Gallery. The 2017 American Legacy Quilt Show will also take place in the Peanut Museum  April 7-8.

Food will also be available for sale.

Admission to the festival is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 5-16, and free for children under five. For information, call 229-391-5205.  

CHRISTIAN SINGER COMING TO TIFTON APRIL 9

Christian recording artist Lindsay Huggins will bring her music and ministry to Tifton at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at First Church of the Nazarene, 3024 Tift Ave N. 
 
Huggins, an award-winning soloist, will perform a worship concert with classic hymns and new songs of praise in her inspirational country style. The concert will feature music from her latest album, "Then Jesus Came," including the radio hits "Praying Women" and "Nothing He Can't Redeem." 
 
The event is free and open to the public; a love offering will be accepted. 

Huggins has worked with country music star Reba McEntire. Feeling called to music ministry, Huggins stepped out in faith to pursue her passion fulltime. The Georgia native makes her home in the Nashville, Tenn., area. 

For information on her visit, call First Church of the Nazarene at 229-402-6595.

Huggins will also be part of the  Southeastern Southern Gospel Music Convention on  April 7-8 in Tifton.


YMCA PLANNING TOUR de TIFTON
ANNUAL BIKE RIDE IS FUNDRAISER 

The Tiftarea YMCA's 8th Annual Tour de Tifton / Ilse Boyette Memorial Charity Bike Ride will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the YMCA Hunt Park Campus, 1823 Westover Road.

There will be a beginner's 11-mile course, intermediate level 25 and 45 miles, and 62- and 100-mile century routes for advanced riders.
 
All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt; event-day registrants will be eligible for T-shirts while supplies last. Participants completing either of the century courses will receive a special gift. Lunch will be provided.
 
Proceeds will benefit Tiftarea YMCA programs and scholarships for underprivileged youth, and the book fund for the ABAC nursing students in memory of Ilse Boyette.
 
Bike riders are invited to gather on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. for afternoon rides to train for the Tour de Tifton.
 
For information, call 229-391-9622 or e-mail  dpeavy@tiftareaymca.org

Dr. Brian Schwartz presents $1,000 each to the team of UGA Tifton students  Jacob Kalina, Jonathan Fox and Allison Couch.

UGA TIFTON STUDENTS 'FABricate' AND WIN




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ABAC ALUM CATHY COX NAMED MERCER LAW DEAN

Young Harris College President, ABAC alumnus and former Secretary of State Cathy Cox has been appointed dean of Mercer University's School of Law, effective July 1.

Cox, a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Mercer Law School, becomes the first alumnus to lead the school -- other than on an interim basis -- since the 1930s.
CATHY COX

" Cathy Cox brings to the Mercer law deanship an uncommon breadth and depth of experience in higher education, public service and the practice of law," said Mercer Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis.

Cox has served president of Young Harris since 2007, leading its transition from a two-year to a four-year institution and overseeing unprecedented growth. Student enrollment has doubled, as has the size of its faculty, and nearly $100 million in new facilities have been added to the North Georgia campus.

Before assuming the Young Harris presidency, Cox served two terms as Georgia's first female secretary of state A Bainbridge native, Cox began her political career as a member of the House of Representatives After graduating from Mercer Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Mercer Law Review, Cox practiced law fulltime for 10 years in Atlanta and Bainbridge. She  was a newspaper reporter for three years before entering law school, working for The Times in Gainesville and The Post-Searchlight in Bainbridge

She earned a degree in journalism, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1980 and holds an associate's degree in agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Cox was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from Mercer in 2007. Also in 2007, she held the Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Chair at the University of Georgia School of Law.



YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, MARCH 24
  • 22nd Annual Fire Ant Festival:  "Lip Sync Contest," 6:30 p.m.; Concert, 8 p.m.; Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.; Heritage Park, Ashburn
  • AET Truck & Tractor Pull, 7 p.m., Pull Track, ABAC, Tifton
SATURDAY, MARCH 25
  • 22nd Annual Fire Ant Festival: 8 a.m., 5K run; 10 a.m., Pet Parade; 1 p.m., Fire Ant Calling Contest; 1:30 p.m., Reptile Show; Music & Entertainment throughout the day and evening, Heritage Park, Ashburn
  • AET Truck & Tractor Pull, 6 p.m., Pull Track,ABAC, Tifton
SUNDAY, MARCH 26
  • ABAC Presents! Albany Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m., TCHS Performing Arts Center, Tifton

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

MARCH 16
Anne Lebby Rankin, 68, Tifton
John Samuel Grosh Jr., 92, Tifton
John William Walker, 72, Tifton
Herbert Womack, 87, Chula
Myra L. Brooks, 84, Sumner
Alton Phelps, 94, Adel
Lexia Newberne White, 95, Ashburn
 Jimmy Goff, 81, Lenox
Joann Brown, 78, Fitzgerald

MARCH 17
Boliver "Truman" Claunch, 83, Tifton
George Aubrey Reeves, 67, Baxley

MARCH 18
J.T. Goff, 76, Enigma
Robert Alvin Laramore Sr., 86, Tifton
Nikita Randell Cooper, 56, Tifton
Maurice "Pumkin" McLeod, 82, Ashburn
Clyde L. Smith, 100, Adel
Kerry Joseph Bossier, 53, Nashville
Lonnie Larry Harnage, 65, Nashville
Beverly "Sue" Tapp, 81, Huntersville, N.C. 

MARCH 19
Buck Brannen Bizzell Sr., 79, Tifton
Christine Kirkus James, 77, Sylvester
Jacquelyn Mathis "Jackie" Harden, 84, Fitzgerald
Michael "Mike" Weeks, 61, Sparks
Jo Ann Howell Dorminey, 68, Quitman

MARCH 20
Peggy Lamb Owens, 64, Tifton
Bobby Joe Dowdy, 55, Fitzgerald
Natika Marshall, 39, Warwick
Charles Peter "Pete" Farrell, 88, Adel
Pete Williams, 78, Quitman

MARCH 21
Larry M. "Marty" Strickland, 54, Fitzgerald
Keith Tillman II, 31, Adel
Bradley "Big Bubba" Steele, 59, Lenox
Virginia Smith, 74, Quitman
Mary Elizabeth Moore Dove, 94, Panama City Beach, Fla.

MARCH 22
Ruby Young, 91, Fitzgerald
Bill Rutherford, 59, Ocilla
Vera Olean Bullington, 87, Fitzgerald
Dale Robert Hand, 61, Nashville


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