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 Aug. 9, 2016
        Tifton, Georgia

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BLUE DEVILS TAKE FIELD 
AGAINST TURNER IN SCRIMMAGE
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BRODIE

Graphic by Marque Milla Reese
Some would say that "it's the most wonderful time of the year": Football is back!

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Tift County High Blue Devils varsity football team faces off with the Turner County High Rebels in a scrimmage at Brodie Field.
 
Turner County went to the Class A playoffs last year and has 13 seniors returning.

Next week, on Aug. 19, the Tift Blue Devils head to Georgia Southern University and play in the Erk Russell Classic, facing South Effingham High at 5 p.m.

The Blue Devils' home opener is on Friday, Aug. 26, vs. Cook County High at the Brodie

Tift has five home games this year, ending the regular season Nov. 4 at Camden County High.
CITY FILES INJUNCTION TO STOP COUNTY'S 'ILLEGAL' ACTIONS
AFTER IT ENDED CONTRACT, TIFT COUNTY CONTINUES TO RESPOND TO TIFTON CITY EMERGENCIES, CITY SAYS 

The City of Tifton has filed a complaint in Superior Court seeking an injunction to stop Tift County from continuing to come into the city and handle vehicle extrication and rescue services even though the county had "terminated the inter-local agreement between Tift County and Tifton for the joint provision of fire suppression and protection services."

Tift County had decided to end the joint city-county agreement operating joint fire and rescue services effective July 1, creating its own separate county department. However, on June 13, the county indicated its intention to perform vehicle extrication and rescue services within Titon city limits.

According to the filed complaint, the city on June 21 informed Tift County that the Tifton City Fire Department would continue to handle extrication and rescue operations involving motor vehicle accidents as it has done since December 2010.

On June 29, the city again informed the county of that, and then again in a letter on June 30. But the city says the county continues to come into the city to provide duplicative services for motor vehicle collisions. 

"As a result ... emergency response vehicles from both Tifton and Tift County are being dispatched, many times running with emergency lights and sirens," the complaint reads. "This potentially increases personal risk to to the first responders, fire personnel and the citizenry. Moreover, when two different agencies with the same or similar equipment arrive at a particular scene, it increases traffic congestion and creates confusion among the first responders as to which agency is to take the active role at the scene."

The complaint notes that Tifton has not contracted with Tift County to provide fire protection or emergency rescue services within city limits and that Tift County's actions present a safety risk to the community and are illegal under the Georgia Constitution.


ABAC CLASSES BEGIN WEDNESDAY
 
For the third consecutive year, students have filled every living space available on Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's campus as the fall semester opens Wednesday.

Dr. Chris Kinsey, director of residence life, said about 1,350 students are occupying rooms in ABAC Place, ABAC Lakeside and are overflowing into Comer Hall. That brings a smile to the face of ABAC President David Bridges.

"We always like to have the residence halls filled and that has not been a problem the last few years," said Bridges. "Building on a theme we used last week at the fall conference, these students know life is better at ABAC."

Troy Spicer, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said applications for spots in the nursing program are the highest in three years.

"We are on track to enroll the largest nursing class ever at ABAC," said Spicer, a 1982 graduate of the ABAC nursing program. "The previous record was in the fall of 2011."

Area merchants are glad to see ABAC students return because in a recent study the college was shown to have an economic impact of $329,844,725 on the Tiftarea.

Bridges expects fall term enrollment to be about the same as the 2015 enrollment when 3,393 students from 153 Georgia counties, 25 states and 22 countries attended the college.

"The past five years have been extraordinarily rough as far as college enrollment," Bridges said. "This has been a nationwide trend. It has been brutal in Georgia, particularly South Georgia. At ABAC, we have held our own and have actually grown a bit. And we haven't had to compromise on ABAC's principles and demand for excellence. ABAC is the only college in South Georgia that has not seen a precipitous decline in the last few years."

HURRY! APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15!

TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
THANKS LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL

HOSTS SEAFOOD LUNCH AT CHAMBER

The   Tifton -Tift County Chamber of Commerce and the Tift County Development Authority hosted  a seafood lunch honoring  law enforcement officers from the Tift County Sheriff's Office, the  Tifton  Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, the Omega Police Department and ABAC More than 150 people were served.



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FAMILY PROMISE GETS SUPPORT
FROM LOCAL BUSINESS

At the Family Promise of Tift Area's planning committee meeting Monday night Phil Moody, owner of BAM Family Fun Center, told the group he will open the center free to homeless families in the program and churches hosting them. 

Family Promise, a way for  volunteers to work within their church congregations to help  families who have lost their homes, met at the family fun center for Monday's meeting.

John Ellis, chairman of Tift Area Family Promise, told the group that to get off the ground, Tifton needs
Family Promise meets Monday at Tifton's BAM Family Fun Center
13 host churches; seven have signed on as hosts, with three more as support churches. The host church commits to provide space for one or more families to stay for a week at a time. Having 13 host churches and 50 individuals at each church allows the program to thrive and lets each church host no more than four times in a year. 

During the day, families stay at a day center, where a social worker works intensively with them to on a plan to move to self sufficiency.  

"The social worker is key to making this work," said Ellis.

"The church does not have to have shower facilities or laundry," committee member Janie Hopwood added. "This is provided at the day center. Also, the day center becomes an address for the families, so they will have an address when they apply for jobs." 

Family Promise provides the beds, blankets and transportation; the church provides a space to sleep, a bathroom, a meal and a spiritual support.

Elllis described the scenario in which the families arrive at a church on a Sunday night. Two church volunteers provide a meal, two do visitations and two more come to spend the night at the church, providing assistance in case of emergencies.

He shared a story told by a Tifton woman whose daughter and children benefited from Family Promise in Warner Robins. "They were independent and didn't want to ask her for help." Two of the teenagers accepted the Lord during their stay, and now a third has, he said.

"We are well founded on the Bible," Ellis said. "It comes down to the age-old story, Do you want to be a priest or do you want to be a Samaritan? I don't know why a church would say no. It looks like a no-brainer.

"It's a controlled environment, a safe place for a child to spend the night, food for a family and way to get them on the road to taking care of themselves." 

The seven churches that have signed on to be hosts are Bethany Baptist, First Assembly, First Baptist, First United Methodist, Missionary Baptist in Ty Ty, Our Divine Savior and St. Anne's Episcopal. Support churches include Day Spring Inspirational, Grace United Methodist and Travelers Rest.

The organization meets every second Monday night at varying locations. The mailing address for donations is Tift Area Family Promise, P.O. Box 2151, Tifton GA 31793.

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