Friday, September 20, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
Tift County Schools received Gold status from the state for the Tift school system's farm-to-school initiatives .

Pictured are Vanessa Hayes , Tift County Schools' chief nutrition officer, and Tift Superintendent Adam Hathaway .

The  Golden Radish Award  is presented by the Georgia Department of Education , Georgia Department of Agriculture , Georgia Department of Public Health , the UGA Cooperative Extension , and Georgia Organics .
Tift County Schools was recognized Tuesday at a ceremony at Mercedez Benz Stadium in Atlanta as a 2019 Gold Level recipient of the Golden Radish Award.

This is the fifth year that Tift County Schools has received the honor for its farm-to-school initiatives.

The Golden Radish Award is given to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm to school.

Among the highlights of Tift County's Farm to School program that went into the selection of the award include

  • Teachers using farm to school to illustrate curriculum lessons, including how energy flows in a food chain, sorting plants into groups, observing cells and plant parts.

  • The school system's annual "Back to School with Farm to School" and "Children's Farm Day" events allowing people to tour a school and learn about garden and basic education.

  • Students enjoying oranges from Randall Webb Farms and meeting one of the farmers.
A Tift County Sheriff's Office deputy , who resigned before his arrest , has been charged with second-degree burglary, theft by taking and violation of oath of office , according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Ollin “Rocky” Carter, 55 , was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Tift County Jail . He had been employed with the Tift County Sheriff's Office for 20 years.

On Monday , Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough asked the GBI to investigate a citizen's complaint alleging theft by a Tift County deputy from Brooks Body Shop on East Second Street , the GBI said in a press release.

"After conducting interviews with the complainant and witnesses, Carter was arrested and booked into the Tift County Jail.  Prior to his arrest, Carter resigned from the Tift County Sheriff’s Office," the GBI said.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation . Once complete , it will be turned over to the Tift Judicial District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Tifton City Councilman Frank Sayles Jr . discussed the recently released City of Tifton Annual Report with members of the Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club last week.

City Council met 30 times in fiscal year 2018-2019 , he said. The city welcomed 112 new businesses and issued 1,185 business licenses

Among accomplishments during the year, Sayles cited several street repavings , including 16th Street , which he said had been "probably the worst paved road in Tifton."

“In Fulwood Park , we created two new dog parks and a walking trail ," he said. "I’m pleased to see many more residents using the park .” 

Sayles also serves as vice chair of the Downtown Development Authority .

“The Authority utilized a grant to implement new crosswalks downtown . Also we replaced what we call the old ‘lollipop lamps’ with brighter , more attractive lantern-type street lights ,” he said.

The Authority sold the former Lankford Manor , which had been vacant, to The Local Restaurant and recently facilitated the sale of the Golden Building , which is on the National Register of Historic Places . There were 30 new businesses, four new restaurants and one new apartment unit opening downtown during the past year , Sayles said.

Among future developments is the renovation of the building which housed Tifton’s first African-American hotel , where Davis Music has been located on Commerce Way , he said.

Sayles spoke of a partnership the city initiated in which Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has taken over the management of the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts. “It’s a natural fit with ABAC's performing arts ,” he said.

The city also created the Urban Redevelopment Agency to assist with development of the original urban core of Tifton from 12th Street to 17th Street, initially focusing on the south side .

South Tifton has been neglected for many years,” he said. "I've often noted that the city is only as strong as its weakest link."

Sayles also briefly touched on the Tifton Grapevine , the digital newspaper he manages with his wife, Bonnie . “We focus on local news, local events and local advertising ,” he said.
State Rep. Penny Houston , R-Nashville, was recently appointed to a House committee studying ways to distribute uncompensated health care more evenly across the different types of health-care providers .

“More than 1.3 million Georgia residents lack health insurance coverage which can be a burden on hospitals , and for this reason, I am eager to join this study committee to look at ways to better allow hospitals with higher indigent care expenses to be able to absorb those,” she said.

“As the costs of health care continue to increase in Georgia and across the country, it is critical to explore practical legislative solutions that will enable our hospitals to remain in our local communities to serve those who need their services.”

The House Study Committee on Exploring a Floor and Trade Charity Care System will explore alternatives to providing health-care coverage through a tradeable credit program for uncompensated care .
Asia Davis with Stylash Glam Bar was named the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce’ s September Ambassador of the Month at Thursday' s membership meeting.

Ambassadors represent the Chamber at a variety of functions in the community , including ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, the annual golf tournament and more. She was presented her certificate by Chris Cutts , the Chamber’s membership services chair.
When Dr. Susan Roe put together her lineup for the 18th season of the First Tuesday Concert series at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College , she decided to showcase the talented faculty and staff in the ABAC music program .

They will perform in the opening event of the series at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 , in the Chapel of All Faiths.

“This is going to be an unbelievable concert for Tifton ,” said Roe , head of the Department of Fine Arts . “I am so proud of this faculty. It has taken me years to see a program like this. All I can say is wow for these ABAC performers.”

The First Tuesday Concert Series features regional and professional artists in five concerts on selected first Tuesdays . All concerts begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee.

ABAC faculty scheduled to perform include Dr. Scott Phillips , assistant professor of jazz; Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang , assistant professor of music; Dr. Susan Kirby Roe , professor of voice; former music faculty member Gina Lawhon ; Dr. Sara Eastwood , String Ensemble director; Dr. Jordan Galvarino , instructor of applied strings; Dr. Jesse Garcia , guitar instructor; Marti Braziel Schert , instructor of applied vocals; and Dr. Jonathan Lacey , instructor of applied low brass.
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1508 Rebel Road, Tifton
Sept. 17
Grammy-nominated and CMA Award-winning country-rock band Little Texas brought their hit songs Thursday night to the stage at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The event, a fundraiser for the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, had folks swaying in front of the stage and couples dancing in the aisles as the band played an interactive show with the audience.

At one point, a band member took his guitar into the crowd and played while posing for numerous photos.
Music, Dancing, Food & More!

Taste original dishes from around the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Venezuela, Italia and the Dominican Republic.

Children's Carnival by BAM / Arts and Crafts / Exhibitors with information on Education, Health and more!
Entertainers: Peruvian Apu Inka music/dancers, Grupo de Danza MexicaAzteca Tonacuauhtli, Dancer’s Pointe Dance Company, ABAC Cultura Latina, Nuestro Folklore & Nuestro Folklore Jr., Mariachi Garibaldi, Tifton County High School Spanish Club, Aposento Alto Band, TCHS Spanish Club, 501 Legion Star Wars group, Platanito the Clown, The International MEGA DJ from Hidalgo, Banda Los Rodriguez de Nuevo Leon, Banda Los Compas de Nuevo Leon

Sponsors: Platinum – The Howard Women’s Health Center // Gold – Tifton Tift Co. Tourism Association; Tift Regional Medical Center, Coca-Cola; Georgia Power // Silver – Southwest Georgia Bank; BB&T Bank // Bronze – Tifton Merchants Association; Synovus; South Georgia Banking Co.; Ameris Bank // Supporters – Colony Bank; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Pappa John’s Pizza; Nashville Monument & Memorial, LLC // Special Thanks – Tifton-Tift County Public Library; City of Tifton; Tifton Police Department; Tifton Fire Department; Tift County Recreation Department; Tifton Gazette; Willis Signs & Graphics; Bob’s Flowers

RECUERDEN FESTIVAL de LA FIESTA DEL PUEBLO , Sabado 28 de Septiembre, En el Parque Central Fullwood de Tifton, De 10 de la manana a 10 de la noche, Carnaval para ninos, Comidas tipicas, Actividades de Arte, salud y educacion, Ademas de, Espectaculo de danza y baile, Entrada Gratis
Seniors Enjoying Life Forever (SELF) is holding its monthly dance today (Friday, Sept. 20) at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center on Second Street in Tifton.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner is at  7 p.m.; and dancing begins at  8 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to  bring a covered dish . The Fred Hand Band  will be playing the hits of yesteryear.

For information, email


  • 'SELF' Senior Dance, 7 p.m., Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Tifton
  • Tift County High Football Blue Devils @ Parkview High Panthers, 7:30 p.m., Lilburn


  • Last Chance Livestock Show, 8 a.m., Tift County Livestock Multipurpose Building, Tifton
  • Super Saturday, 9-11 a.m., Tiftarea YMCA, Tifton
  • Barrel Race for a Cure, exhibitions, 10 a.m.; jackpot, 1 p.m., ABAC Rodeo Arena, ABAC, Tifton
SEPT. 12
George Earnest Burnett, 72, Ocilla
Alfred Jackson “A.J.” Powell, 100, Quitman

SEPT. 13
Sharon Hancock Royals, 56, Adel
Margie Bennett, 51, Adel

SEPT. 14
Connie Dorminy Champion, 68, Fitzgerald
Patricia A. Moore, 66, Cobb
Kyle Breeden, 58, Cecil
Turner Johnson, 93, Quitman

SEPT. 15
Mary Joyce Moore, 69, Warwick
Jacqueline "Jackie" Bently, 91, Nashville
Alice Margaret Kincade, 88, Nashville
Lamar Jackson Porter, 62, Alapaha
Jan Purvis Goodman, 71, Alapaha
Tobias Ross Scarborough, infant, Fitzgerald
Bruce Walker, 67, Dixie

SEPT. 16
Margaret Mary Moran Shivers, 81, Tifton

SEPT. 17
Larry J. Hornbuckle Sr., 75, Tifton
Mary Jo Benson Arrington, 85, Tifton
Walt H. Hales, 62, Sparks
Kim Leverett, 84, Ocilla

SEPT. 18
Richard Hollis Corhn, 90, Tifton
Herman Otis Purvis, 85, Ocilla

SEPT. 19
Larry Martin, 76, Ocilla
John H. Felton, Ashburn
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