Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
The Tifton-Tift County Martin Luther King Jr. Day annual observance is planned Monday, Jan. 21 , and includes a breakfast, ecumenical service and march to the courthouse.

The community breakfast at 8:30 a.m. is at the Tift County Recreation Department on Victory Drive with the keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons , pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Albany .

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance ; no tickets will be available at the door. For tickets , call 229-326-0241 .

The ecumenical commemorative service , which is in its 12th year, follows at 10:45 a.m. at Greater Springfield Baptist Church , 507 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

"The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service takes place annually and was created to honor the ecumenical nature, message and philosophy of Dr. King . Most importantly, it was created to honor the preaching and Christian tradition of Dr. King," says Ambrose King Jr.,  the service coordinator and founder.

"It engages members of various religious traditions in the community amongst the local governing community to encourage them to invite the philosophy of love, forgiveness and civil disobedience in decision-making that affect the lives of all their citizens, parishioners and consumers ."

The service will commemorate Dr. King's 90th birthday. It is open to the public , and seating is limited . The service features former Tift County High School drum major and artist Aaron Mack and the MLK Community Choir ; a live painting by Tifton native Jason "Jhigh" Hightower , who resides in Atlanta ; contemporary Christian artist Andy Hobbs ; Morehouse College student minister-orators ; and local ministers and elected officials .

For information on the service , call 229-326-4396 .
Improvements and maintenance are scheduled Jan.18-25 on Tifton's water well No. 6 , potentially causing red water, low water pressure and milky water caused by air in the water in the Forest Lakes and Brookfield areas, the City of Tifton says.

The improvements and maintenance includes well No. 6 to be taken offline to replace its 12-inch valve . The replacement of the well meter along with a tank cleaning – originally scheduled for later in the year – have been rescheduled to coincide with the temporary outage to prevent a future disturbance in the same areas.

There are also plans to install a 12-inch isolation valve at the well house allowing
future work to be performed without the tank having to be isolated, reducing the impact to the system and the possibility of red water.

"This maintenance is recommended by the (Ga.) Environmental Protection Division and is an improvement that will positively impact our water system moving forward," the city said in a written statement .

"We apologize for some of the recent interruptions to the water system that have occurred. Our utilities department is focusing on heavy maintenance needs for the overall benefit of the system . The heavy maintenance we are working through now will alleviate some of these water issues in the future ."

If residents have questions or experience water issues outside of the stated areas , they may call the Tifton Public Works Department at 229-391-3944 .
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott , R-Tifton, is among five Georgia congressmen deferring their salaries as the government shutdown continues, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Scott of Tifton joins Republicans Buddy Carter of Pooler , Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville , Doug Collins of Gainesville and Rick Allen of Evans – along with U.S. Sen. David Perdue – who requested that their salaries be withheld , the AJC reported.

They joined more than 70 of their colleagues who have delayed their paychecks until the government is reopened , according to CNN

"The gesture is largely a symbolic one," the Atlanta newspaper reported. " Five of the state’s 16 members of Congress have net worths of more than $1 million according to Roll Call ," a legislative publication.

Roll Call estimates Austin Scott's net worth at $1.2 million .

Meanwhile , in an email to constituents , Scott said he stands with President Trump and that Democrats " refuse to work with Republicans and the White House to find a solution " to border security .
Tift County Board of Education members, from left, Rusty Harrelson, John Smith, Sam Wright and Jamie Hill are sworn in as their term begins.
Newly elected members of the Tift County Board of Education were sworn in to office last week.

Beginning their terms are Rusty Harrelson (District 6), Jamie Hill (District 4), Sam Wright (District 5) and John Smith (District 2).

Smith is starting his fifth term serving on the county school board .
Issues affecting rural Georgia are expected to be a major focus of the General Assembly during its 2019 session , says Dr. David Bridges , interim director of Georgia's Rural Center and president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College .

Bridges is urging rural Georgians to share their thoughts about rural issues with their legislators and other state officials

"Never in my recollection has there been such widely held support for rural people and places as there is in Georgia’s Capitol right now —from both political parties and a broad range of public officials," Bridges says. "The time to make specific, meaningful and positive change for rural Georgia is now ."

The Ga. House Rural Development Council has held listening sessions across the state and subsequently drafted recommendations that " focus primarily on economic development, rural infrastructure and health-care needs , and reflect some of the most pressing obstacles to rural prosperity and innovation ," Bridges says. 

"It is time to reinvest in small towns and rural communities , and there’s no better opportunity than while lawmakers are in Atlanta over the next few months. I hope you will join us in this vital work today."
Golfers with freshly scrubbed clubs at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Forest Lakes Golf Club will have Dr. Larry and Debra Moorman to thank as a new club washer is now in place at the driving range .

“The Moormans have always been so kind to us at Forest Lakes , and we really appreciate their generosity,” said Austin Lawton , Forest Lakes golf course superintendent. 

“They had previously given us a ball washer , and now the club washer will really come in handy.”
The Moormans donated the nine-hole Forest Lakes Golf Club to the ABAC Foundation in 2002 . They donated the clubhouse building to the Foundation in 2009 .

In the photo at left, Kyle Parris from Forest Lakes Golf Club uses the new club washer at the driving range.
The Faithful Servants are, from left, Brenda Saunders, Pam Purvis, Gary Graham and Steve King.
The Faithful Servants singing group has an 11th Anniversary Gospel Sing set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Victory Baptist Church , 3917 U.S. Highway 319 South, Tifton .

An appreciation meal will be served in the church's social hall after the sing. The community is invited .

The Tifton Grapevine is now publishing yard sales in Friday editions . The yard sales are text only, no photos , and is part of a list linked from the Grapevine edition to our web page .

The cost is $1 per word , and yard sales must be paid in advance via credit card or PayPal .

For information , email yardsales@tiftongrapevine.com
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