JUNE 22, 2018
STATE FUNDS AREA ROAD PROJECTS
The State Road and Tollway Authority this week awarded about $18.1 million for 19 transportation infrastructure projects, including projects in Ocilla and in Irwin and Worth counties.
The funding is through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB), said Gov. Nathan Deal.
"Here in the
No. 1 state for
business, we continue to make strides to keep up with and plan for Georgia's future growth," Deal said. "The GTIB program provides valuable resources to improve
local communities while also
Among the projects are:
- OCILLA -- McKinley Street Widening: $49,198.79 grant
The project will widen
McKinley Street from
East 11th Street to
Frank Road. The portion that is 21 feet in width will be resurfaced; the remaining section that is 16 feet will be widened to 21 feet. The project will improve safety and mobility by preventing vehicles from having to pull over on the shoulder to allow oncoming cars to pass and will address maintenance issues.
- IRWIN COUNTY -- Clarence Paulk Road Paving Phase I and II: $486,240.06 loan; $261,289.49 grant
The project will pave and widen
Clarence Paulk Road (
County Road 37), which is currently a dirt road, for approximately 1.6 miles. This will improve safety and make the road passable during inclement weather, improving reliability for residents and commercial businesses utilizing the route.
- WORTH COUNTY -- Medders Road Connector: $328,133.40 grant
This project will widen and pave
Medders Road for 2.2 miles from
SR 112 to
Isabella Terrell Road. The project will improve paved road connectivity and reduce travel times for residents, emergency services and the delivery of agricultural goods.
TIFTON NATIVE BECOMES
COMMAND SGT. MAJOR AT FORT RUCKER, ALA.
garrison command sergeant major
is Sgt. Maj.
Jasper C. Johnson, a Tifton native.
The change of responsibility
ceremony was held last
Friday, June 15, at the U.S Army Aviation Museum in
Fort Rucker near Daleville, Ala.
enlisted in the
and since his time in basic training has served in every
from team leader to command sergeant major.
Fort Rucker Public Affairs Office photo
Command Sgt. Maj. Jasper C. Johnson, right, accepts the garrison colors from Col. Brian E. Walsh, Fort Rucker garrison commander.
He's served in
multiple assignments across the
globe, including battery first sergeant for the 4-
319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment,
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in
interim command sergeant major operations sergeant major for the
1-37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade,
1st Armor Division in
Fort Bliss, Texas; and his most recent assignment as the
command sergeant major for
1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," in
Fort Myer, Va.
Johnson has also served on multiple deployments, including
Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian,
two tours in
Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in
Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Johnson has also received
numerous awards and
decorations during his tenure in the Army, including the
Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters,
Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters,
Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters,
Army Achievement Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters,
Good Conduct Medal (ninth award),
National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star,
Korean Defense Service Medal,
Kosovo Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars,
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star,
Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star,
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5),
Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5),
NATO Medal with one Bronze Star,
Navy Unity Commendation,
Combat Infantryman Badge,
Expert Infantryman Badge,
Master Parachutist badge,
Air Assault Badge,
Canadian Parachutist Badge and
German Parachutist Badge.
He has also been
inducted into the
Order of Saint Maurice, the
Order of Saint Barbara and the
Order of Saint George.
ALBANY AMONG WORST U.S. CITIES, NEW REPORT SAYS
ccording to a new analysis from the financial news publication "
24/7 Wall St.
," Albany ranks as the seventh worst city in America.
, released last week, notes that "
of several cities ... are
, but few are losing residents as fast as
In the last five years, Albany's population
, even as the U.S. population expanded by 3.7 percent.
"The falling population is likely attributable in part to
bleak economic conditions. Some
32.5 percent of city residents live in
poverty, more than double the state poverty rate of 16 percent and the U.S. rate of 14 percent," the report notes.
Albany has a
jobless rate of
7 percent, which the report says is the
highest unemployment rate
of any Georgia metro city.
Only one other Georgia city made the list. Atlanta is ranked as the 47th worst city in the nation because 22.4 percent of its residents live below the poverty line and the city has a high violent crime rate.
The "worst cities" at the top of the list are: No. 1, Detroit; No. 2, Flint, Mich.; No. 3, St. Louis; No. 4, Memphis; No. 5, Cleveland; No. 6, Wilmington, Del.; and
No. 7, Albany, Ga.
The financial news publication said it reviewed U.S. Census data and compared crime rates, employment, access to amenities, education levels and housing to determine the rankings.
GA PEACH CROP LOOKING GOOD
summer peach crop
, but Georgia's
, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent.
"We were very
optimistic this winter, but then we kind of got our feelings hurt because of that late-season freeze in
March. But I will say that everybody is
excited about having a lot
more peaches this year than
last year," Cook said.
The mild winter in
2017 contributed to an
80 percent loss of Georgia's peach crop. Cook estimated that about
70 percent of those losses could be attributed to a lack of
Peaches need chill hours with temperatures between
45 degrees Fahrenheit to mature. Most
trees need between
1,000 chill hours.
Peaches require chill hours to grow, though temperatures that dip below
freezing can also hurt the
quality of the crop. Peach trees
bloom in early to
mid-March, so late-season freezes can also damage the crop. Cook said a late-season freeze affected this year's crop.
"We started the season with low volume, but now that we are into our high-chill-hour peaches, that volume is picking up with
good quality and
size," he said.
With district awards are, from left, Tifton Exchange Club members Will R
oberts, President Thad Paulk, Angela Elder and Regenia Wells.
EXCHANGE CLUB WINS, PRESENTS AWARDS, NAMES OFFICERS
The Exhange Club of Tifton won several awards at a recent Exchange Club district convention.
The Best Fund
raising Award went to
Outstanding Secretary Award,
Best Newsletter Award, Angela Elder;
Community Service Project for
Public Safety Awards, Regenia Wells, the public safety chair.
The Exchange Club also presented club awards and installed its 2018-2019 officers and board members on Monday.
Joy Hill Bids for Kids Award, given to a person who went above and beyond for this year's Bids for Kids televised auction, was presented to
Wallace Bodkin Exchangite of the Year Award, given to one dedicated to meeting the needs of
the Exchange Club, was presented to
2018-2019 officers and Board of Directors members are: Betty Cromer, president; Jimmy Cole,president elect; Thad Paulk, past president; Angela Elder, secretary; and Bryan Truelove, treasurer. Two-year board members are Carla Jones, Will Roberts and Nancy Bryan. One-year board members include Regenia Wells, Kristin Morrison and Nancy Bryan.
Cromer also presented
Paulk with a
clock in appreciation for his
"time" serving as
president this past year.
FORESTRY QUEEN PAGEANT THIS WEEKEND
79th Annual Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
in Downtown Tifton.
Today (Friday, June 22) the Teeny Miss competition is at
4 p.m.; and
The pageant resumes
Saturday with the
Little Miss competition at
3 p.m.; and
Junior Miss at
Saturday, June 30, the
Teen Miss competition is at
3 p.m., with the
Ms. categories at
7 p.m. at the Tift Theatre.
In addition to receiving scholarships, queens get to serve as ambassadors with Smokey Bear in promoting the Georgia forestry industry. The Forestry Pageant is the oldest scholarship pageant in Georgia.
CHAMBER GETS REPORT ON SRTC
One third of students at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) are dual-enrolled high school
students, the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce was told Thursday.
Jim Glass, SRTC
provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the dual enrollment program allows high school students to also attend SRTC classes for college credit. He said many students at both Tift County High and Tiftarea Academy are taking advantage of the program.
Glass said SRTC is also tailoring some of its training to specified needs of local businesses. SRTC had a record enrollment last fall of 3,903 credit students. This past spring and summer semesters, enrollment increased by 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
He also said 55,000 adult students statewide are enrolled in GED® classes in the Technical College System of Georgia. Those classes are free.
HEARS ABOUT STUDENT PROGRAM
Rob Kellner, district chairman for the
Georgia Rotary Student Program, stands with Tifton Rotary Club President
Shaundra Clark at her last meeting as president of the
Tifton club in photo at left.
Georgia Rotary clubs are hosting
50 students a year from foreign countries, spending a year in the state as part of Rotary's initiative to "
promote peace through understanding." The
Tifton Rotary Club has hosted students from
Colombia, Ireland and
Norway in recent years.
Kellner said that a former student who came to
Russia became a lead anchorman on a
Russian television station. He is now working with an
international diplomatic program.
WANNA WATERMELON, ANYBODY?
Watermelon harvests are under way around the state. According to UGA Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong, at right, prices are about 20 cents per pound, which is good news for farmers.
Coolong and his research team harvested watermelons this week on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.
MUSEUM OF AGRICULTURE TO HOLD WIREGRASS FREEDOM FESTIVAL
Break out the red, white and blue on June 30 when visitors show their patriotic pride at the Wiregrass Freedom Festival at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Ga. Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.
Face painting, egg races, sack races, a hoop toss, three-legged races, tug-of-war, baseball and fishing with a cane pole. Activities are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
1914 Vulcan Steam Train
will be operating all day.
Crafts for kids and an Independence Day oration will add to the
atmosphere, enhanced by a pie-baking contest and hand-dipped ice cream.
"We invite neighbors and guests from near and far to join us in celebrating America's birthday through fun, educational and unique activities," said Museum Director Garrett
For information, call 229-391-5205.
Volunteers and children at the Tiftarea YMCA's summer camp helped 'pay it forward' Thursday, aiding in gleaning and bagging 1,800 pounds of vegetables.
VOLUNTEERS CAN HELP
GLEAN CORN FOR THE NEEDY
Society of St. Andrew is calling upon
volunteers in the
Tiftarea to help with
gleaning sweet corn today,
June 22, and
Monday, June 25, from
Gleaners will meet in front of the
First United Methodist Church activities center in
then carpool to the fields.
Volunteers are asked to call
Sandi Newman at 229-386-5800.
Since 1983, the Society of St. Andrew has salvaged fresh, nutritious produce from farms -- produce that otherwise would be left to rot -- and delivered it to agencies that serve the needy.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 22
- 'Coffee with a Cop,' 8-10 a.m., Starbucks, U.S. Highway 82, Tifton
- Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m,-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Amateur Radio Field Day, 2 p.m., Ashburn Fire Station No. 2, Ashburn
- Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant, 3 p.m., 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
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