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TIFTON'S CAITLIN CARMICHAEL
NEW MOVIES BEING
RELEASED THIS FALL
"A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS": click to view trailer
Tifton's biggest TV and movie star, young Caitlin Carmicheal, has a big fall season. She is having a couple of films being released, and this
week she wrapped up filming another appearance on CBS TV's long-running "Criminal Minds" drama.
"Having lots of fun on the set of 'Criminal Minds,'!" Caitlin, 9, wrote on Facebook this week. "So great to work with everyone again! ... It's a really scary episode that will air around Halloween."
Caitlin reports that she also recently "did my first episode on the Nickelodeon cartoon 'The Legend of Korra.' "
The daughter of Tifton accountant Tom Carmichael and his wife Cathy, Caitlin is
especially excited about her co-starring role in the film "A Country Christmas" being released on Oct. 29 on DVD.
"YAY!!! The Dove Foundation gives 'A Country Christmas' its highest rating as 'Dove Family Approved and Suitable for All Ages.' I can't wait for everyone to see it! It's going to be sooooooo good!!!!!" she writes.
The film is produced by Kix Brooks of the country duo Brooks & Dunn, and includes singer Trace Adkins and character actor Kevin Pollack, who has appeared in numerous movies, including "A Few Good Men" with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson.
And just this past week, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the movie "Lizzie" was released, an updated and modern-day reimagining of the Lizzie Borden story. "It's scary!!!!" Caitlin reports.
|"Lizzie" - Click above to see trailer |
The film stars Corbin Bernsen, ("LA Law" and "Psych") and Gary Busey.
Although reviews have been mixed, Caitlin's performance is noted as a bright spot: "The film does contain a child actor playing the role of a young Lizzie (Caitlin Carmichael) whose scream and horrified expression is priceless, proving the film its most authentic bloodcurdling moment," writes HorrorNews.net.
Among other upcoming roles, Caitlin has a part in the big-budget film "300: Rise of an Empire," to be released in March. It's a sequel to the 2006 hit, "300."
Caitlin can be seen at 1:29 in the movie's trailer, below.
|"300: Rise of an Empire" - trailer|
MUSIC & DANCE AT THE TIFT
INCLUDES 'TIFTON IDOL' WINNERS
This Saturday, Sept. 14, come to the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts for
"An Evening of Music and Dance Extravaganza" beginning at 7 p.m.
The show features the winner of the recent "Tifton Idol" competition, Marcus Holloway, which was a preliminary contest for "American Idol."
Also performing will be Tifton's La'Chelsea King, who came in second in the Tifton Idol contest, as well as Michael Johnson and Temekia Reese.
Dance will be provided by The Dance King J.j. Jackson & Company.
All seats are $10.
COLLEGE AN 'ECONOMIC ENGINE' FOR AREA, STUDY SAYS
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's total economic impact on the Tiftarea totaled more than $261 million during the 2012 fiscal year, according to a study commissioned by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
ABAC President David Bridges believes the economic impact of the college will be even higher next year: "Look at the facts; we have more students this fall. More importantly, we have more residential students staying on campus in ABAC Lakeside and ABAC Place and in rental properties around town. We have over 900 students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs. Those students are going to be here for four years or more."
Dr. Jeff Gibbs, a retired ABAC economics professor, analyzed the data and found that ABAC sustained 15,205 jobs in Tifton and surrounding communities during that fiscal
year. He said that is based on direct expenditures of $107,369,226 from student spending, personnel services, operating expenses and capital outlays.
"ABAC shows its importance as an economic engine for t
his area by not only educating people for future jobs but by directly supporting present jobs," Gibbs said.
He said ABAC today provides 512 direct jobs but expenditures support an additional 1,191 jobs, resulting in a ratio of 2.32 off-campus jobs for each on-campus position.
President Bridges says colleges are stabilizers to the community, no matter the economic climate.
"We have some businesses in Tift County that have been here a long time," Bridges said. "That's great. But we have other businesses that are gone before you know it. Businesses come and go," Bridges said. "Colleges come and grow."
FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR
PLIGHT Inc. sponsors a "Back to School Workshop" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Neighborhood Community Service Center at 2737 S. Central Ave. in Tifton.
The objective is to enlighten the community on survival tips for having a successful school year.
Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.
PLIGHT, or "Proud Loving Individuals Giving a Helping hand to Teens," is an organization committed to offering activities that enrich and help shape the minds of teens, to influence morals and to offer values for positive productive lifestyles.
CHAMPIONS OF HOPE
BENEFITS RUTH'S COTTAGE, PATTICAKE HOUSE
The 11th Annual Champions of Hope sporting clays tournament, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, benefits Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House in Tifton.
The tournament is being held at the Green Lakes Hunting Club, 127 Phlox Road, Ocilla.
All proceeds are used to provide services for those suffering from domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. For information, call 229-387-9697.
CMA NOMINATES KIP MOORE
TIFTON SINGER VIES FOR NEW ARTIST OF YEAR AWARD
Kip Moore, Tifton native and platinum-selling singer/songwriter, this week has been nominated for the 2013 Country Music Association's award for New Artist of the Year.
Moore has had three No. 1 hits -- "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl" -- from his first studio album "Up All Night," which was last year's top-selling debut country album.
The Chicago Sun-Times calls the Tift County High graduate, "A kind of magical cross between the songwriting talents of a Jackson Browne, the grit of a Bruce Springsteen and the twang of a Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard; Moore has taken the top spot when it comes to the title of one of country music's most promising new stars."
He says his first No. 1 hit, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," is "about a memory from Tifton. In high school there was this girl I really wanted the attention of. I drove this Izuzu Stylus. It was a piece of junk. It was the farthest thing from a chick magnet you could get and she never paid any attention to me. One day it broke down and Dad let me drive his truck. All of a sudden, this girl noticed me. We had a date in that truck and I knew it was the truck that got her there. She was driving the truck by the end of the date."
Moore is nominated for the CMA New Artist Award along with Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge,
Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves. The 2013 CMA Awards air live on Nov. 6 on ABC-TV at 8 p.m.
LEROY ROGERS CENTER OFFERS AARP SAFETY CLASS
Seniors may update their driving skills and earn a discount from their automobile insurance provider.
The Leroy Rogers Senior Center at 315 West 2nd St. in Tifton is hosting a one-day AARP Driver Safety Program on Monday, Sept. 30 from 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
AARP developed the six-hour classroom refresher to help drivers 50 years and older to improve their skills and prevent crashes. It covers age-related physical changes, rules of the road and updates on recent changes in the law.
Participants may be eligible for up to a 20 percent discount from their current automobile insurance provider. For information, Click Here!. Contact JB or Bob at 229-388-8352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $14 per person, with a $2 discount for AARP members with card.
Tift Regional Medical Center is holding a free community seminar to provide information about Lap-Band weight-loss surgery
with three opportunities to attend this fall.
Christopher Smith, M.D., board-certified general surgeon, will discuss the procedure and eligibility requirements for patients.
The seminar will be presented on
Sept. 21, Oct. 12 & Nov. 16
Tift Regional Community Events Center
located in the Tiftarea YMCA at 1657 S. Carpenter Road in Tifton
Each seminar is from
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
and is free and open to the public.
To register, call 353-2263
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 13 & 14
The 10th Annual Omega Pepper Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, at Ponder Park and Omega Clubhouse in Omega.
There will be arts & crafts, food vendors, a kids' amusement park, a 24-foot rock wall, games, contests -- and peppers!
A gospel sing on Friday will be from 5:30-10 p.m. with Southern gospel music. OnSaturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., will be a 5K run/1-mile fun walk, parade, Omega Idol contest, music, and fun all day.
On Saturday, Gary Griffin and Friends perform at 4 p.m. (Griffin is pastor at Omega Methodist Church and the band plays older country/rock and bluegrass); The Blue Factor at 6 p.m. (Beach Boys-type music); and Faith Jackson (pictured at right who now lives in Nashville and is an accomplished singer) at 8 p.m.
PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
INCLUDES SYMPHONY, SINGING, JAZZ, DRAMA
The third season of the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College features five performances ranging from the classic sounds of a symphony orchestra to a jazz saxophonist.
The series kicks off at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center with "East Meets West" by the Albany Symphony Orchestra featuring internationally renowned guzheng artist Su Chang. The guzheng is a Chinese-plucked zither with 18 or more strings and movable bridges.
Other performances in the series include:
- "It's A Wonderful Life Live from WVL Radio Theatre," 7 p.m. Dec. 5, ABAC's Howard Auditorium;
- Azalea Quartet, 7 p.m., Feb. 18, 2014, Howard Auditorium;
- Fisk Jubilee Singers, 7 p.m., March 29, 2014, First Baptist Church of Tifton;
- Roger Pemberton, jazz saxophonist, 7 p.m., April 17, 2014, Howard Auditorium.
Tickets for the entire series are $50 for adults, $20 for students under 18, and $125 for a Family Pass that includes two adults and two or more student passes, available online at www.purplepass.com/abac and by phone at (229) 391-4895.
Available tickets will be sold at the door for each show at $15 adults and $10 students under 18.
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At a Glance....
FRIDAY, SEPT. 13
- 10th Annual Omega Pepper Festival, 5 p.m., Omega.
- Tiftarea Academy Football at Southwest Georgia, 7:30 p.m., Damascus.
- Tift County High Football at Worth County, 8 p.m., Sylvester.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 14
- 10th Anual Omega Pepper Festival, 8 a.m., Omega.
- Champions of Hope Sporting Clays Tournament, 8 a.m., Green Lakes Hunting Club, Ocilla.
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
- Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
- PLIGHT's Back to School Workshop, 10 a.m., Neighborhood Community Service Center, Tifton.
- Evening of Music & Dance Extravaganza, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.
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