BAKERY'S GRILLED CHICKEN HAWAIIAN SANDWICH
STATE NAMES TIFTON SANDWICH AS ONE OF '100 PLATES LOCALS LOVE'
A sandwich at Mi-Lady Bakery, a fixture in Downtown Tifton since the 1950s, has been named one of the "100 Plates Locals Love" by Georgia Department of Economic Development's Tourism Division.
The Grilled Chicken Hawaiian Sandwich, featured in the state's new culinary guide, "Georgia Eats," has grilled chicken, all-natural Metro Deli grilled ham, sliced jalapeños, banana peppers, fresh sliced tomatoes, pepperjack cheese, and is topped with Wisham Jellies' Mango Pepper Jelly on a toasted, three-generation-old family French bread recipe made in house.
"It's Georgia's outstanding local restaurants that truly showcase the state's rich flavors that locals and visitors love," said Kevin Langston, deputy tourism commissioner at the Ga. Department of Economic Development.
"Each dish on our list of '100 Plates that Locals Love' epitomize Georgia's culinary scene with locally made and grown ingredients. These are the best of the best in Georgia, and we can't wait to share them with our visitors."
The Grilled Chicken Hawaiian Sandwich was the brainchild of two friends who wanted to showcase their talents in Tifton. Eric Wisham and Kyle Rhodes began experimenting with different flavor profiles and finally created what they thought was a good fit.
"Eric Wisham, founder of Wisham Jellies (also in Tifton), has a unique product in his pepper jellies. I wanted to use them because of the amazing flavor and to help promote a product that's made locally. I convinced him that we needed to develop a sandwich utilizing the jellies and see how the public reacted. Their response was overwhelming at first, but truly rewarding in the end," said Kyle Rhodes of Mi-Lady Bakery.
"We were truly blown away at how everyone reacted to the sandwich. We have since incorporated other Wisham Jellies flavors into our bakery and breakfast menus. The two seem togo together quite well and have become very popular menu items," Rhodes said.
Both Mi-Lady Bakery and Wisham Jellies and Marketplace are featured stops on "Georgia Grown Trail: 41," which the state says is dedicated to the "promotion, preservation and development of regional agri-tourism" in a 10-county area: Tift, Turner, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Dooly, Houston, Lowndes, Monroe and Peach.
DISTRICT 155 INCLUDES NORTHERN TIFT COUNTY
HUDGINS, PIRKLE IN GA. HOUSE
RUNOFF ELECTION AUG. 11
Last Tuesday's special election for Ga. House District 155 has resulted in a runoff between the two top vote-getters: Horace Hudgins and Clay Pirkle. Both will be on the ballot Aug. 11 to succeed former state Rep. Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla.
Pirkle received 1,386 votes in uncertified results, or 36 percent of the vote; and Hudgins got 1,201 votes, or 32 percent. Both are Republicans.
he unofficial results do not include provisional ballots. Also on Tuesday's ballot were Scott Downing of Fitzgerald, with 910
votes, or 24 percent; and Sherry Miley of Tifton, with 301 votes, or 8 percent.
Hudgins is the former mayor of Ocilla and a Georgia Power Co. manager. On his campaign's Facebook page, he posted: "I can't thank everyone enough for the help and support on our campaign. I am humbled to be chosen as a representative in the District 155 runoff. Please continue to support me as your next state House representative. Thank you."
On his campaign's Facebook age, Pirkle, a Sycamore farmer and businessman, wrote: "I am humbled and so appreciative to everyone who voted for me. ... Each and every vote counted. ... I will need your continued support and help. Together, we can win and make a difference."
Miley released a public statement saying, "We worked hard, and I would not have done as well as we did without your help. I had a lot of good people backing me, and I am so grateful. Thank you everyone for your hard work, your support, and your friendship. God bless each and everyone of you."
Downing's statement read: "Thank you all so much for your support in this campaign. I am very humbled by the words of encouragement and personal help many of you offered and gave. Thank you to the citizens of District 155 for your consideration. Good luck to Clay Pirkle and Horace Hudgins in the runoff."
GEORGIA'S JOBLESS RATE DROPS; LOWEST IN 7 YEARS
State announces unemployment rate on Thursday
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.3 percent in May. The rate was 7.3 percent in June 2014.
"The rate dropped to its lowest point in seven years as the number of unemployed Georgians fell by 8,421
FAST-GROWING SECTORS IN THE PAST YEAR
>Trade, transportation warehousing:
>Professional and business services:
>Leisure and hospitality: 21,800
>Education and health services: 17,800
Source: Georgia Department of Labor
and our employers continued to create jobs," said state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
The number of jobs in Georgia increased by 2,300, or 0.1 percent, in June to 4,254,000. The gains came in government, mostly at the local level, 3,900; trade, transportation and warehousing, 3,600; manufacturing, 1,100; education and health services, 700; and other services, 300.
But those gains were somewhat offset by losses in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, information services and construction. In the previous three years, Georgia gained an average of 8,300 jobs in June.
"As we look at the over-the-year picture, our employers created 106,000 jobs since June of last year," said Butler. "Our job growth rate of 2.6 percent remains higher than the national rate of 2.1 percent ,and Georgia continues to be a national leader in job creation."
TIFTON'S DR. JIM SCOTT CONTINUES GUATEMALAN ORTHOPEDIC MISSION
For more than 20 years, Dr. Jim Scott, an orthopedic surgeon at Georgia Sports Medicine in Tifton, has been bringing modern medicine to the developing countries of Guatemala and El Salvador.
Although it is the largest economy in Central America, Guatemala faces many social issues and is one of the
From left are Dr. Billy Claverie; Ken Wenslow, PA; Dr. Jim Scott; and Greg Hill.
poorest countries in Latin America. Nearly 75 percent of the Guatemalan population lives in poverty.
After more than a decade of visiting Guatemala and performing surgeries there, Scott joined with a
local physician, Dr. Guillermo Claverie, to create a foundation, which they named Fundaorto, to provide orthopedic surgeries to indigent patients in Guatemala.
"It was very evident that the people in this country needed proper medical care, but by no means could they afford it. Through Fundaorto, we have the capability to offer free surgeries to the patients who need it the most," Scott said.
Since its inception, the Fundaorto foundation has provided 4,000 hip and knee replacements to patients who otherwise would not have received them. Through the development of Fundaorto, American companies have donated the replacement hips and knees to be used in Guatemala.
"The first time I visited Central America (approximately 30 years ago) was eye-opening," Scott said. "The medical facilities were outdated and not equipped to handle proper orthopedic surgery. I knew we had the resources and wanted to bring them the same level of care I provide to my own patients in the United States."
Scott still visits Guatemala at least once a year.
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The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's 22nd Annual Chamber Golf Classic is set for Monday, Oct. 5 at Springhill Country Club.
The Chamber is already accepting sponsorships.
The tournament's format is Four-man Lauderdale. Shotgun will start at 8:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Morning participants may come early for doughnuts, biscuits and coffee. Lunch will be served at noon.
Planned is a Hole-in-One Contest for a new car, and Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive prizes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four teams. A revolving trophy will be presented to the top team.
The golfer's fee is $105 per person, which includes one mulligan.
All Chamber members and Golf Classic participants may attend the award ceremony reception.
THE LOCAL ART SCENE
generated some news during the past week:
ROBERT REID GOODSON
, director of the
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
, announced his resignation to return to his native
to teach theater at at an
school. Goodson's resignation is effective July 30. ...
ON THURSDAY NIGHT
Georgia Museum of Agriculture opened its 24th
"Best of Tiftarea Artisans."
The exhibit opened with a light reception hosted by
Dave's Bread and Coffee
The juried exhibit features more than 50 pieces of art: Carvings, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, basketry -- all created by area artisans. ... ON THE SPORTS SCENE, ABAC
Jennifer Martinez has been selected as the new head coach for the Fillies softball team.
She begins Aug. 1 and served three years as the assistant softball coach and pitching coach at Georgia Southwestern State University. While a student at the University of Arizona, Martinez played in the
Women's College World Series in 2009. ... AS THE GRAPEVINE previewed last week, Colony Bank had its groundbreaking Thursday for its new bank building at Second Street and Central Avenue where the old ice house/market was located. The new building will have some of the architectural features of the former structure. Construction will take approximately nine months, bank officials say.
BECAUSE STATE FLAGS HAVE BEEN IN THE NEWS...
We thought our readers may find interesting some history about our own
Georgia state flag that we came across.
Check out the
WATER & GATORADE DRIVE UNDER WAY
5th Annual Water and Gatorade Drive for the
Tifton-Tift County Fire Department is a way for residents to donate
water and thirst-aid bottled drinks to
help local firefighters combat heat exhaustion and dehydration when responding to calls during this hot weather.
The bottled beverages may be dropped off at:
- Main Fire Station on Forest Avenue
- North Station on Tift Avenue
- South Station on Union Road
- Any county volunteer station during their meeting nights
Wonder What's Going On
in the Tiftarea?
...at a Glance
FRIDAY, JULY 17
Ga. Recreation & Park Association Class B/C
State Swim Meet, 7 a.m.,
Tift County Recreation Aquatic Center, Tifton
SATURDAY, JULY 18
- Ga. Recreation & Park Association Class B/C State Swim Meet, 7 a.m, Tift County Recreation Aquatic Center, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton
Alton "A.J." Hobbs Jr., 79, Tifton
Pamela Lynn Nichols Jenkins, 55, Ty Ty
Chesley E. "Gene" Gunn, 81, Worth County
Herschel Stewart Harper Sr., 85, Ocilla
Betty Maxine Brantley, 68, Fitzgerald
Samuel (Sam) Lambert White Sr., 82, Fitzgerald
Frank Griffin, 77, Lenox
Laura Gail Lawson, 70, Sparks
Thomas Riley Kimball, 79, Irwinville
Alice Faye Bohannon Hinds, 67, Ashburn
Betty Lynch, 78, Adel
Lee Fulp, 38, Hahira
Elaine Tolbert Clark, 78, Tifton
Mason J. Currelley, Tifton
Idell R. Forte, 97, Adel
Bobbie Jean Horton, 70, Tifton
Jessie Elva Harper Dowdy, 79, Fitzgerald
Hazel Virginia Knowles, 86, Nashville
Ronnie Lewis Skinner, 54, Nashville
Norman Hale, 58, Tifton
Cleo Brady Crumley, Enigma
The Rev. Judy White, 94, Tifton
Irma Jones Kirby, 96, Adel
Dell Johnson Dove, 77, Ocilla
Jeanette Hanner, 82, Ashburn
Voncile Derrick, 86, Sparks
Sonya Denise Storey Tolar, 42, Tifton
Margaret Katherine Warren, 68, Nashville
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