Friday, June 12, 2020
Tifton, Georgia
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TIFT SCHOOLS TO BEGIN ON TIME;
GOV LIFTS MOST STATE RESTRICTIONS
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine
The Tift County School System plans to start the school year on time Aug. 3 , Superintendent Adam Hathaway said Thursday ; school instruction had moved online in March because of the pandemic .

Also Thursday , Gov. Brian P. Kemp lifted widespread restrictions he had imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus , lifting shelter-in-place orders for older Georgians, allowing larger gatherings and soon letting entertainment venues reopen.

"We're planning on moving forward ... to start the school year on time," Hathaway told the Tift County Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night.

The superintendent said Tift schools are working with officials in the state education department, the Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the governor's office "to see what that (school reopening) is going to look like ."

The state Department of Education has released guidance for restarting instruction. Review the state guidelines by Clicking Here .

On Thursday , Gov. Kemp issued a new executive order to lift more restrictions in the state. The shelter-in-place order ends for residents and visitors who are 65 years old and older unless they are in a nursing home, in a long-term care facility or have health issues.

The executive order also:

  • Allows gatherings of 50 people if they are are at least six feet apart, and allows even larger gatherings under social-distancing guidelines.
  • Sets no maximum number of people who may dine together in restaurants as one party and no longer limits the number of patrons allowed per square foot.
  • Allows bars to serve up to 50 people or 35 percent of their capacity, whichever is greater.
  • Lets salad bars and buffets resume under specified guidelines.
  • Allows overnight summer camps if campers and staff have tested negative for COVID-19 within the preceding 12 days.
  • As of July 1, allows live performance venues, such as live theaters and concert halls, to reopen if they follow state restrictions.
  • Allows conventions to resume in the state under a special license if 21 requirements are followed.
  • Allows walk-ins at barbershops, hair salons, and tattoo parlors, etc.

To see the latest statewide and local statistics on COVID-19 from the Ga. Department of Public Health, Click Here.
STEPHANIE MORROW
NAMED GA's NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPAL
Dr. Stephanie Morrow , principal at Annie Belle Clark Elementary , was recognized Wednesday as Georgia's 2020 National Distinguished Principal by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals ( GAESP) .

Morrow has been principal at Annie Belle Clark Elementary in Tifton for nine years.

“Dr. Morrow’s commitment to excellence is reflected in programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all children and the establishment of community ties with parents and local business organizations,” said Hal Beaver , GAESP executive director.

“She has put the progress and the well-being of every child at the forefront of school planning and operations, and her students are on the road to a quality education because of her efforts."

Morrow is a graduate of Albany State University and Nova Southeastern University.

She has been awarded $2,000 and will be recognized, along with representatives of other states, during the 2020 National Distinguished Principals program in October in Washington, D.C.
SUMMERS
EGLER
OSSOFF
STILL NO FINAL TALLIES
IN STATE SENATE RACE
BUT SUMMERS, EGLER WIN NOMINATIONS;
IN U.S. SENATE RACE, OSSOFF GETS DEMOCRATS' NOD
Although local races in Tuesday's primary election are no longer in doubt, the Ga. Secretary of State's Office , as of Thursday night, still had not reported final vote tallies in the state Senate District 13 race.

On the Republican side, incumbent Sen. Carden H. Summers of Cordele defeated Spud Bowen of Tifton for the GOP nomination. In the Democratic race, Mary Egler of Leesburg bested Ruenett Melton of Tifton for the nomination.

With 89 percent of the vote tabulated, Summers had 57 percent ( 14,243 votes) to Bowen's 43 percent ( 10,881 ).

Egler had 59 percent of the Democratic vote ( 5,422 ) to Melton's 41 percent ( 3,841 ). Egler will challenge Summers for the District 13 state Senate seat in November .

According to the secretary of state's website, at least one precinct was still out in Worth County for those state Senate races.

In a separate statewide race, Jon Ossoff captured the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate against six other Democrats. With 92 percent of the votes tabulated in that race, Ossoff had 51.18 percent with 481,550 votes. Teresa Pike Tomlinson was in second place at 15.59 percent and 146,665 votes.

Ossoff faces U.S. Sen. David Perdue , R-Ga., in November.
BRODIE FIELD READIES FOR TCHS FORMAL GRADUATION
The chairs are six feet apart on Brodie Field, reflecting social distancing and awaiting Tift County High School 's delayed graduation ceremony Saturday morning.

Delayed by the pandemic for t hree weeks after its originally scheduled date, the formal graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, June 13, to recognize the school's largest-ever class, now up to 515 graduates.

Graduates, who have already received their diplomas, will be presented a diploma cover as they walk across the stage. Each graduate received six admission tickets, which are color-coded to indicate gate entry and seating location for social distancing. Guests are asked to be in their seats by 7:30 a.m.

At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will recess off of the field. Once the graduates have cleared the field, the audience will be dismissed through the ticket gates. No one will be allowed on the field after the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Tift County Schools' YouTube channel – Click Here!  
CANNING PLANT OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
The Tift County Canning Plant is open by appointment only through July 9 .

The canning plant is open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays - Thursdays in the back of the Agriscience Building behind Tift County High School. Visitors should enter through the bus entrance off New River Church Road.

For appointments, call 229-387-2480 . Services available at the canning plant include blanching, canning (cans and jars), juicing, and corn creaming.

Appointments are limited to four individuals per group; children under 10 are not permitted.

With the exception of tomatoes, produce must be ready for processing before arrival: Shuck and silk corn, shell peas, snap beans, wash jars, etc. Every person within a group must check in at the front of the facility, have their temperature taken, and sign a waiver.

Masks and gloves are suggested; hand sanitizer, soap and disposable towels will be provided. Patrons must provide their own supplies, including knives, salt/spices, freezer bags, etc.
ALUMNUS NAMED
BAND DIRECTOR
AT TIFT CO HIGH

Jacob Thompson has been named band director at Tift County High School (TCHS) , the school system announced on Thursday.

Thompson, a 2006 TCHS graduate, has spent the past seven years as a band director in Colquitt County .

He and his wife, Celia , have one daughter.
TIFTON NATIVE, A PIONEER IN
BALLOON ANGIOPLASTY, DIES FROM
PARKINSON'S DISEASE, COVID-19
Dr. Kenneth M. "Kenny" Kent , a Tifton native who was renowned worldwide as a pioneer in balloon angioplasty , died last month in Potomac, Md.

Kent, who was 81 , died from Parkinson’s disease complicated by COVID-19 . His sister and brother were the late Bootsie Cottongim and Joe Kent III .
Balloon angioplasty is used to reduce coronary artery blockages and prevent heart attacks. Kent was the first to use the procedure in the Washington, D.C. , area. He performed balloon angioplasties on tens of thousands of patients and taught and advised hundreds of cardiologists nationally and internationally on its techniques and procedures, according to The Washington Post .

“Kenny was a really iconic figure—one of the original angioplasty giants who took a fairly primitive technique, tried to understand it from the standpoint of scientific assessment, extended its clinical boundaries, and then, when he had access to newer angioplasty devices, really helped us to evolve the field of transcatheter therapy into a variety of new directions,” said Dr. Martin Leon of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

His obituary noted that he was " internationally renowned for patient care, a scientific approach to medicine, integrity, perseverance and education. His Southern demeanor was reassuring to patients, families, and staff."

Born in 1938 in Tifton to Joe and Allene Kent , Kent grew up at a home on Eighth Street ; his father was an electrical engineer. He learned piano under his grandmother’s tutelage, sang in a boys choir , and played the trumpet for local church services and funerals. His first job at age 13 was as an announcer at a Tifton radio station .

Kent earned his medical degree from Emory University in 1965 and joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1969 as a clinical associate where he earned his Ph.D. in physiology. After switching his focus to cardiology, he was named director of the cardiac cath lab at the NIH in 1976 .

He also served as head of cardiology at Georgetown University Hospital , was a partner at Washington Cardiology , and was chief of cardiology at Suburban Hospital .

Kent was a Fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography; a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology; a member of the District Medical Society; a member of the American Federation for Clinical Research; past president of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, and served on many other boards and associations.
TIFTON GRAPEVINE'S PET OF THE WEEK
This pooch is currently on stray hold at the Tift County Animal Shelter . If not reclaimed , he will be available for adoption or rescue. The shelter, located at 278 Georgia Highway 125 S., in Tifton, is now reopened to the public for adoptions  1-6 p.m. Mondays  through  Fridays .

For information , call 229-382-PETS (7387).
Pets of the Week are sponsored by:
Branch’s Veterinary Clinic
205 Belmont Ave., Tifton, 229-382-6055   
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JUNE 4
Janet Ruth Odom, 59, Tifton
Michael “Shane” Riggins, 45, Tifton
Lois Gibbs Gray, 99, Tifton
Elizabeth “Genelle” Decker Statiras, 96, Tift County
Betty Sue Harnage Bryan, 88, Adel
Melba Brogdon Purvis, 83, Ocilla


JUNE 5
Roy Andrew Ferrell Sr., 79, Tifton
Bernice Lewis Aplin, 90, Rebecca
Phyllis Ann Boone, 59, Tifton


JUNE 6
Carolyn Yawn Akins, 86, Enigma
Mary Lou Hart, 91, Sparks
Joel Alan Terrace, 79, Nashville


JUNE 7
Eldon Eugene "Dan" Daniel, 83, Nashville
Dennis “Papa” Rimes Sr., 81, Okeechobee, Fla.


JUNE 8
Annette Kamuda Rubright, 70, Tifton
Herman Otis Purvis Jr., 66, Ocilla
Rocco Lynn Reed Sr., 60, Valdosta


JUNE 9
Bonnie Moore Murphy, 83, Vilas, N.C.


JUNE 10
Virginia “Annette” Browning Nichols, 85, Enigma
Twila Chambers Davis, 96, Adel
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