FEB. 17, 2017
T-SPLOST ISSUE MAY RESURFACE IN TIFT
COUNTY MANAGER TELLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Tift County may eventually be faced with a referendum on
T-SPLOST -- a Transportation Special Purpose Local Sales Tax -- for
road improvements, County Manager
Jim Carter told
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce members
Carter cited statistics from the Ga. Department of Transportation about the traffic count at the
intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Interstate 75's Exit 62 across from the Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Tifton.
Nearly 8.2 million vehicles annually pass through there, and the daily traffic count is approximately 22,500 vehicles, Carter said.
"The busiest intersection south of Macon is right here," he added.
In the last regular, non-transportation local SPLOST, Carter said $23 million, or 40 percent of it, has gone toward road work in Tift County.
In 2012, local voters had defeated a T-SPLOST referendum that required approval from a majority of other counties within an 18-county region. Since then, the General Assembly
has revised the T-SPLOST to allow a single county, or a small group of counties to join and seek a T-SPLOST referendum on their own for transportation projects.
If a T-SPLOST is sought locally, Carter told Chamber members that their support will be necessary.
Also during the Chamber membership meeting, new Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzenski introduced himself and said he wants to ensure that the city is attractive and open to economic development.
NO 'BENEFIT TO CITY'
IF CITY & COUNTY FIRE DEPTS MERGE, CITY MANAGER SAYS
A Tift County proposal to merge the Tifton city and county fire departments, seven months after the county broke away from the joint department, "would not be in the best interest of the city residents," City Manager Pete Pyrzenski told City Council on Thursday night.
Since the county terminated the joint fire agreement effective last July 1 and created its own fire department, the city's "ISO" insurance rating has improved from a 4 to a 3, which means "significant savings to city residents in their insurance premiums," Pyrzenski said.
He said recombining the departments would likely result in a higher ISO rating resulting in higher insurance premiums for the city.
Also, "based on what the county is proposing, the City of Tifton Fire Department would be eliminated and operational control of fire suppression and protection would be turned over to the county," Pyrzenski said.
He noted the city fire department has been operating well with professional personnel and all necessary equipment for more than a century, while the county department is less than a year old.
"We do not believe joining the departments has any benefit to the city residents," the city manager said, noting that there are areas where the city and county can work together. Suggestions include an automatic aid agreement, sharing the Westside Fire Station, leasing to the county the Southside Fire Station, a use agreement to allow county firefighters to use city fire training facilities and conducting joint training exercises.
City Council was meeting in a workshop and took no action on the city manager's report.
NE CAMPUS PRINCIPAL RESIGNS;
TAKES IRWIN COUNTY HIGH POST
Tift County Board of Education, at its meeting
Tuesday night, accepted
resignation as principal of Tift County High School's Northeast Campus;
principal of Irwin
Friday) is his last day at the
Northeast Campus school.
Eric Holland, assistant principal at Tift County High School, will be
interim principal at the Northeast Campus for the remainder of the school year.
Russ Davis will fill Holland's position at
TCHS as interim assistant principal.
"We would like to thank Mr. Haskins for his years of service to Tift County, and we wish him all the best in his new role in Irwin County," Tift County Schools wrote on its Facebook page.
'DANCING STARS' TO SPARKLE
AT UGA CONFERENCE CENTER
"Dancing Stars of South Georgia" will pair 10 South Georgia "stars" with professional dancers for a dance competition
April 29 to raise money for the Georgia chapter of the
Supporters of each dancer may vote online by donating $1 per vote to the Alzheimer's
Association. The event at the
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
their dance routines as well as for the dancer who r
eceived the most monetary votes.
Dancing "Stars" include: Lindy Bengston, real estate agent with Century 21, Smith Branch & Pope in Tifton; Dr. Bill Buntin of Albany, retired pediatrician
and anesthesiologist; Melody Cowart, sales director, Williams Investments in Tifton; Tifton Vice Mayor Wes Ehlers; Blonese Johnson, Cook County Medical and Tifton Regional Medical Center.
Also Griffin Martin, physical therapy aide and student in Tifton; Terri
administrative assistant to Dr. William Guest in Tifton; Jennifer Spring, dental
hygienist with Longleaf Dental in
, owner of Wisham Jellies in
, business management chairman, Southern Regional Technical College in
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce Chairman
Tyron Spearman and WALB-TV anchor
Karla Heath-Sands will emcee the event.
SENIORS TO DANCE TONIGHT
"Seniors Enjoying Life Forever,"
are holding their monthly
7 p.m. today, Friday,
, at the
Leroy Rogers Senior Center
on Second Street in
All seniors are invited to attend.
CHAMBER RECOGNIZES 'STAR'
Tift County High School's
Mary Kathryn Howard and
Jake Alley, holding plaques in photo above, were recognized at the T
ifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's monthly membership meeting
The plaques are sponsored by
Tift Regional Health Systems, and they received a
$50 check from
First Community Bank. Howard will travel to the
Regional STAR banquet in
March 9, where a regional winner will be selected.
The Chamber also recognized
Tiftarea Academy's STAR Student
Madisyn Marshall and STAR Teacher
Knoxene Royal on Thursday, pictured
Both honorees also received a
plaque and a
The photos also picture school and Chamber representatives, as well as members of the honorees' families.
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SINGING VALENTINE GREETINGS
Choir members and parishioners at
First United Methodist Church in
Tifton were busy delivering
Singing Valentine Telegrams this week throughout
Valentine's Day. The project benefitted the church's music ministry.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE
GIVES SENIORS A REFRESHER
driver safety refresher course is scheduled for
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the
Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton.
The course offers up-to-date information about changes in the law, in vehicles, on roads and in ourselves as we age. The course helps boost safety awareness, minimizes crash risk, increases confidence and helps drivers prolong mobility.
Participants can update their driving skills and earn up to a 20 percent discount on auto insurance.
ost is $20 per person, with a $5 discount for AARP members with card.
For information and reservations, call
BENEFIT CONCERT ADDS T. GRAHAM BROWN
South Georgia's own
T. Graham Brown,
a native of Arabi in Crisp County who has had more than 20 singles on the country music charts including three reaching No. 1, has joined the "South Georgia Strong" concert to benefit survivors of the recent tornadoes.
Austin McAlpin of McAlpin Entertainment in Tifton made the announcement this week. Brown will join 12 other artists, including John Berry, Cyndi Thomson, Buddy Jewell, Ray Scott, Ben Wells, Daniel Parrish, Faith Jackson, Landis Frier, Derrick Dove, Ryn Crider, TJ Mauldin and Anne Cline on stage at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
McAlpin said all artists are donating their time, and 100 percent of every ticket sold goes to benefit local storm victims.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased here.
ABAC NEWSPAPER WINS AWARDS
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College received
five overall awards and
three individual awards at the recent
Georgia College Press Association competition in Macon.
, advisor to
said the publication received second place for
among four-year Georgia colleges with enrollment under
publication also got a first-place award for
Excellence in Advertising
, second place for
Excellence in Editorial
and third place awards for
Excellence in News Writing
Excellence in General Photography
In individual categories, Design Editor
Remington Miller, a writing and communication major from Tifton, received second place in Feature Writing. Lifestyle Editor
Dalton Spangler, a diversified agriculture major from Groveland, Fla., was awarded third place in investigative reporting.
Spangler was also awarded the Watchdog Award for reporting, which was voted on at the conference in a competition involving all college and university newspapers in Georgia. This is the
second consecutive year that the ABAC newspaper has received the Watchdog Award.
..at a Glance
- Two One-Act Plays, 7 p.m., Chapel of All Faiths, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton
SATURDAY, FEB. 18
- AARP Driver Safety Class, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Tifton
Henry Calvin "Cal" Lockwood, 92, Fitzgerald
Megan Ivey King, 33, Scottdale, formerly of Tifton
James R. "Jim" Walker, 77, Sumner
Samuel Wyatt Overstreet (aka Dakota Blane McBride), 61, Phenix City, Ala.
Roscoe C. Smith Jr., 82, Fitzgerald
Charles "Crow" Pitts, 66,
Mildred Pate Alberson, 91,
Louise Kelley Southerland, 88, Adel
Jewellean B. Powell, 76, Sylvester
Retha Lois Burgstaller, 96, Nashville
Mary Ellen Smith Hulett, 86, Fitzgerald
Vera Hortense Hudson, 90, Leesburg
Bonnie Lou Crissman, 59, Enigma
Janey Guy Sheffield, 69, Fitzgerald
Alan E. Carter, 63, Fitzgerald
Kenobi Atoy Jones, 38, Snellville
Willie Frank Parker, 83, Sylvester
Gladys McCranie Barlow, 89, Tifton
Rita S. Lambert, 90, Sylvester
Sarah Childs Farmer, 87,
Hunter Preston McDaniel, 22, Tifton
Jerry Allen Bruce, 67, Tifton
Billy Wayne Mock, 62, Tifton
Nelson Ira Greene, 68, Nashville
Wilson Johnson, 74, Quitman
Jordan Puryear Short IV, 73, Tifton
Charles E. Garrett, 85, Nashville
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