Artist's rendering of Commerce Way facade with parking lot behind it.
DDA, CITY CONSIDER KEEPING BUILDING'S FACADE
Tifton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is
recommending that the
one of two
buildings slated for
The vacant structure at 327 Commerce Way, owned by downtown businessman Jack Stone and built in 1908, has been determined by the state to be of "historical significance."
Because of that finding, the city has already agreed to document the building with photographs and to erect an
"interpretive display," or kiosk, at the site to note the history of the structure.
But the DDA would like to save the front wall of the building along Commerce Way when the rest of the building, and one next door, are razed for additional downtown parking. Tifton has lost much of its history and this would be a way to save a small part of it, some DDA members say.
DDA has hired
Bret Henderson of
Henderson Structural Engineering to assess the
feasibility of saving the
front-facing wall. Henderson said the
brick facade could be
strucutral steel braces helping to support it. The
facade would be a
pedestrian gateway into the proposed
Henderson recently told DDA and Tifton City Council that the cost to retain the facade would be
The city has received a Redevelopment Fund Grant from the Ga. Department of Community Affairs in the amount of $376,887 for the parking project that includes razing the building under discussion along with the adjacent building at 325 Commerce Way currently occupied by Davy Davis' music shop.
No final decision has been made about saving the facade.
A metal threshold plate at one of the doors at 327 Commerce Way.
ABAC GETS ARTS GRANT
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is among
recipients of an
arts grant from the Ga.
Department of Economic Development's Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA).
Partner, Project and Arts Education grants
for Fiscal Year 2019, totaling
more than $1 million,
have been awarded to
organizations throughout the state.
Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"Georgia is home to a dynamic arts and culture community, and the work done by artists and arts organizations across the state fuels the cultural identity and vitality of communities of all sizes and in all regions of Georgia," said Karen Paty, GCA executive director.
"Each of the artistic programs we reviewed were extraordinary. And while we are unable to fund each one, the impact of the work we have been able to support is far reaching, providing access to the arts and spurring economic activity throughout our state."
Grant recipients include theaters, dance companies, museums, cities, colleges and multi-discipline arts entities.
SHERIFF RETURNS FROM
ISRAELI POLICE TRAINING
Tift County Sheriff
Gene Scarbrough recently completed an intensive
two weeks of
public safety leadership training with
Israel's top policing executives.
He joined police chiefs, sheriffs and public safety commissioners and officials -- and a senior corporate security manager -- in a
senior law enforcement officials
Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee
who participated in the
Ga. International Law
s (GILEE) 26th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with
While there, the group studied
best practices and the
latest advances in
advanced technologies and
homeland security policies.
26 years, our partnership with the world's top public safety experts has returned more than
720 public safety officials home with the
skills they need to keep our communities safer," said
Robbie Friedmann, GILEE's founding director and professor emeritus at
Georgia State University.
"Among the program's many benefits, our delegates return home with a
better understanding of effective ways to address
modern policing challenges and increased communications and collaboration among different agencies, external organizations and the greater community."
peer-to-peer training emphasized
community policing, the textbook definition of which was developed by Friedmann while he was a
GILEE is a Georgia
homeland security program. The organization works to improve
public safety by enhancing inter-agency cooperation, partnerships and professional educational training among the world's top law enforcement communities, most recently in
Tifton Police Chief
Buddy Dowdy attended the training in
|UGA Extension entomologists host insect scouting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center and the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville.
UGA HOSTS TRAINING
Even in a world of
, farmers haven't found anything better than the
"Insect scouting" -- sending people into a
of crops to spot
-- is both a
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
entomologists recently hosted insect scouting schools at the Tifton Campus Conference Center and the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville.
acres of Georgia were planted with
cotton, peanuts and soybeans
this year," said
, UGA Extension
. "These types of trainings and demonstrations are a great resource for scouts to learn
, and for growers to learn
before they cause crop loss."
UGA Extension has offered insect scouting schools annually for the past
years. The free
event encourages participants from all backgrounds to attend and receive the trainings.
scouts, county extension agents, growers and Georgia Farm Bureau staffers attended lectures on insect anatomy, biology, monitoring and damage as well as plant anatomy and pathology for peanuts, cotton and soybeans.
, participants headed into the
GSP: 13 DUI ARRESTS IN JUNE
Georgia State Patrol's Tifton post
13 arrests for driving under the influence
, troopers say.
Troopers in the county also issued
203 citations for
seatbelt violations and
child-restraint violations. A total of
417 warnings were also given.
GSP Post 13
also reports that troopers
during June investigated 36 traffic accidents in the county involving 16 injuries and a fatality.
TIFT SENIORS TO DANCE FRIDAY
"Seniors Enjoying Life Forever," or
"SELF," have a big dance scheduled
Friday, July 13, at the
Leroy Rogers Senior Center in
music of the
1950s, '60s and '70s.
Doors open at
6 p.m., with dinner at
7 p.m. and dancing beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring
their favorite dish of food to share.
The event is open to all Tift County seniors.
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