Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
Tifton, Georgia
Pictured from left are Turner County Commission Chairman Nick Denham, Ruth’s Cottage Executive Director Nancy Bryan, Ruth's Cottage Board President Jim Laycock, Worth County Commission Chairman Fred Dent, Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes, Tifton Mayor Julie Smith, Tift County Commission Chairman Grady Thompson, Tift County Manager Jim Carter, Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzenski, Ruth’s Cottage Capital Campaign Chair Lynn Lovett, CDBG grant administrator Bob Roberson and project architect Roy Rankin.
Local officials gathered Monday to break ground for the new Ruth’s Cottage Administration and Adult Services facility on Chesnutt Avenue .

Approximately 75 people joined leaders from Ruth’s Cottage and the Patticake House , Tifton Mayor Julie Smith and Tift County Commission Chairman Grady Thompson to formally mark the beginning of the construction project .

The new domestic violence shelter and administration offices will serve the Tift Judicial Circuit , made up of four counties – Tift, Irwin, Turner and Worth .

A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $750,000 has been awarded by the state for the project. When the CDBG was being written earlier this year, letters of support from all of the counties were instrumental in making the grant competitive.

"We were very fortunate that all three other counties in our circuit not only sent us letters of support but also pledge to support us financially ," said the project's Capital Campaign Chair Lynn Lovett .

"The collaboration between the City of Tifton and Tift, Irwin, Turner and Worth leadership is what makes this an awesome project. We are sincerely thankful for the role each played."

The expected total cost of the project is $1.6 million . The 11,200-square-foot facility will expand Ruth’s Cottage from 12 to 25 beds and bring the entire operation under one roof . Ruth's Cottage has a capital campaign underway to raise money for the project. Companies and individuals may contribute online at stopthehurtga.org

Construction is expected to start in a few weeks after the first of the year .
One of the city's original fire hydrants at left sits next to a newer one at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and 12 th  Street.
The City of Tifton is in the process of replacing old fire hydrants throughout the city. During the work, some areas are experiencing temporary loss of water and low water pressure.

Many of the fire hydrants being replaced are original hydrants dating back to the early 1900s . City officials say it is difficult to find replacement parts for the old hydrants , which also no longer meet fire protection standards because their outlets are too small to adequately attach to modern fire trucks and achieve maximum water flow .

The replacement work has been going on all week . On Wednesday, Dec. 12 , the replacement schedule tentatively has work going on at the i ntersection of Starr Street and Lake Drive (between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ) and the intersections of Park Avenue and 12th Street, and Park Avenue and 10th Street .

On Thursday, Dec. 13 , the tentative schedule is for work at the intersections of Sixth Street and College Avenue , and Sixth Street and Ridge Avenue . Updates are posted at www.tifton.net and the City of Tifton Facebook page .
After being postponed because of weather, the City of Tifton held its annual Christmas Parade on Friday evening. The usual accompanying festival will be held at a later date .

Parade participant winning floats are: First Place , Tift Avenue Missionary Baptist ; Second Place , Starbucks ; Third Place , Tift Gymnastics ; Best in Parade , UGA Tifton ; Best Depiction , Charles Spencer Elementary ; Best Walking Participant , Mallory Ward School of Dance DBA  Carolyn Ellis School of Dance.
The University of Georgia Tifton campus float promotes the campus's centennial in Tifton.
Mayor Julie Smith joins parade grand marshals Joyce and Larry Mims.
Featuring local music legends Mike Delk on Bass Guitar, Harry King on Saxophone, Tommy Barber on Lead Guitar and Davy Davis on Guitar

Please bring unwrapped gift for Family Promise children or canned/dry goods for Tifton Food Bank
Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) has announced that Joshua Jackson of Tifton is the school's 2019 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) delegate.

SRTC said Jackson's story is representative of the struggles and achievements of SRTC’s adult literacy and GED students .

The EAGLE Program celebrates adult learners in pursuit of excellence . This statewide program honors students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in adult education classes.

Every EAGLE delegate is considered an ambassador for literacy , serving local communities and the state by promoting lifelong learning . In spring 2019, Jackson will represent SRTC’s Adult Education program at the state EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta .

Education was not always a part of his life, however. When he was five years old, Jackson was pulled from preschool by his parents to be home-schooled . Their mistrust of the education system and concern about school violence made their decision permanent.  

Unfortunately, his home-school education ended after the first year out of preschool as his mother’s time became consumed with caring for Joshua’s sickly siblings , searching for employment and babysitting neighbors’ children.

While other young teenagers were going to football games and dances, Jackson took a job at a scrap metal yard at the age of 14 to help support his family . With both his parents unemployed , Joshua and his brother had no choice but to continue to work.

His childhood was spent bouncing from home to home , worrying about whether they would have access to running water and enough food to eat . As he became a young adult , Jackson continued to work entry-level jobs . He knew that he would never have the success in life that he craved without an education .  

When he met the girl that would soon be his wife, things began to change for him. While they were dating , she encouraged Jackson to get his GED . Once they were married , his wife suggested that he try the Adult Education program at Southern Regional Technical College. He enrolled and went on to spend two years attending day and night classes as well as the online program , making up for an entire childhood of not having access to formal education. 

“I was blessed to have amazing teachers who saw potential in me and were willing to work with my job schedule ," Jackson said. "There were many days that I worked 12-hour night shifts and then came the very next morning to class . I would fight through the fatigue and take tests. Sometimes , I would fail but just like in everyday life, I would pick up my ego and try again .

" ‘Never Give Up’ is one of the most important lessons that Adult Education has taught me. This has prepared me for college and the work force. I learned to balance my schedule and multitask .”

Jackson is enrolled at SRTC pursuing his computer support specialist degree .
Conger LP Gas
146 S. Ridge Avenue, Tifton
Dec. 6
Keep Tift Beautiful is recognizing Annie's Place at 1019 Love Ave. as the commercial Beauty Spot of the Month.
Keep Tift Beautiful's residential Beauty Spot of the Month is Doug and Julie Smith's home at 610 College Ave.
On this past Thursday, Dec. 6 , the Ladies Choice and Eighth Street Singing Company , two of the show choirs at Tift County High School , had the special opportunity to sing in Disney’s "Candlelight Processional" at Epcot in Orlando .

The choirs performed with the Voices of Liberty , Disney’s Choir , along with other high school choirs that were also selected to perform. 

Actor Neil Patrick Harris was the narrator for their performance. This year is the Diamond Anniversary , or 60th year of the Candlelight Processional , part of Disney World's International Festival of the Holidays .
Held nightly through Dec. 30 at  Epcot , the Candlelight Processional is a mass choir , joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator , telling the story of Christmas in words and music.

Ladies Choice and Eighth Street Singing Company performed in two of the three Candlelight Processionals . Families and friends of the students traveled to Disney World and stood in line for several hours in order to watch the performances .

The Tift students were also able to enjoy three days at the Disney parks .

Here at home , the Tift County Choral Department is presenting its “Christmas Spectacular” concerts this Friday and Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the TCHS Performing Arts Center . Tickets are $10 at the door.
The University of Georgia Tifton campus held its fall graduation on Saturday along with a special celebration. Pictured are some of the graduates – Sierra Andrews, Stefano Gobbo and William Mims .
Southern Bodies Fitness Center
604 W. Second St., Tifton
Dec. 10
The Rotary Club of Tifton is seeking nominations for its annual Rotary Ethics in Business Award , which will be presented Jan. 31 at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting .

To be considered for the award, a business must be located in Tift County and be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Also, the business must have consistently demonstrated high ethical standards of honesty and integrity in dealing with employees, customers and contractors while enhancing the economic well-being of the company and providing local jobs , opportunity and profits. 

Nomination applications must be received by Dec. 21 . The nominations may be submitted by anyone other than an owner or manager of the nominated business or their family members.

Nominations must be mailed to the Tifton Rotary Club, Attn: Ethics in Business, P.O. Box 1354, Tifton, GA 31793. To get the nomination form, Click Here!
Once again, the Keep Tift Beautiful organization will be collecting live Christmas trees for mulching after the holidays .

Live trees may be dropped off at Fulwood Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan 5.

The Tifton Grapevine is now publishing yard sales in Friday editions . The yard sales are text only, no photos , and is part of a list linked from the Grapevine edition to our web page .

The cost is $1 per word , and yard sales must be paid in advance via credit card or PayPal .

For information , email yardsales@tiftongrapevine.com
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