MAY 26, 2017
Tifton, Georgia

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The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence (TCFEE) has announced the initiative for a Terri Nalls "Reading Angel Chair," honoring the longtime Tifton educator and the originator of the foundation's Accelerated Reader (AR) program.

The announcement came as Nalls' friends, family and colleagues gathered  Monday for a surprise retirement party to honor Nall's 23 years as Charles Spencer Elementary's media specialist.

Foundation Executive Director Mike Brumby has long referred to Nalls as Tifton's "Reading Angel"; Nalls  was awarded her first education foundation Incentive Grant in 1996 to purchase the AR program and five computers for Spencer school's media center. Within weeks, the school erupted with students reading scores of books. 

With the backing of the TCFEE, Nalls began running an eight-week summer program in 1997. School after school followed her lead as reading initiatives spread throughout the community with all schools -- public, private, church and home -- participating. Adults and preschoolers also came aboard.

A goal was set to earn 1 million AR points, to increase public library circulation by 50 percent and raise test scores by 25 percent by the end of the millennium. On Nov. 15, 2000, when Tifton became the undisputed "Reading Capital of the World" based on books read and AR points accumulated, the event was covered by Time magazine, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News

When Tifton's AR program ended in 2016, the community's AR point total had reached 5,695,182.
"Terri embodies the foundation's mission: 'To foster and enhance academic excellence,'" Brumby said. " Over the years, Terri has been awarded a record 23 Incentive Grants for a total of $20,512. In 1997 she was the first media specialist to be 'tapped' for the Excellence in Teaching Award, which she won again in 2009."

The TCFEE boasts 16 Academic Chairs. A Chair is endowed in perpetuity and finances annual grants on a competitive basis in specified academic fields. A minimum of $25,000 is needed to fund a Chair. Only 90 percent  of the annual interest earned may be awarded, insuring that the endowment can only grow through the years.

For those who would like to contribute to the endowment, send a check to TCFEE, P.O. Box 714, Tifton, 31793, for the Nalls "Reading Angel" Chair.


Tift County High seniors do a 'Graduate Walk' recently through Omega Elementary School.
The big day is upon us: Tift County High School graduates 415 students Saturday morning at Brodie Field.
The Class of 2017 has earned $1.44 million in scholarships, not including the Hope or Zell Miller scholarships, the school system says.

Officials ask that everyone be seated by 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the ceremony. The processional begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the p resentation of the colors and the National Anthem, sung by Malayja Tucker.
Perrine Kemerait will give the s alutatory address; Mary Kathryn Howard presents the v aledictory address.

When graduates walk across the stage, they will receive their diploma covers and will pick up their diplomas in the field house after the ceremony.

A choral group comprised of Malik Brooks, Keri Lee Futch, Travis Garrick, Hannah Helwig, Daniel Myles and Malayja Tucker will conclude the ceremony with the Tift County High School Alma Mater.


The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado with winds up to 110 mph struck Tuesday afternoon in  Crisp County.

The tornado touched down at 1:49 p.m. in Crisp, according to the National Weather Service. A tractor trailer was flipped over on Interstate 75 near mile 93 as a result of the tornado, authorities said.

Nearly a dozen homes were damaged in the storm, with one mobile home losing its roof. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Some roads were initially impassable because of downed limbs and heavy rains.

Severe storms through the region this week prompted tornado watches in several Tiftarea counties.


Georgia is ranked the No. 1 filming location for feature productions in the world, according to a new study from a not-for-profit Los Angeles film organization, and recent state legislation could entice film companies to come to more rural counties such as Tift.

FilmL.A.'s report released this week, the 2016 Feature Film Study, analyzes the 100 highest-performing U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, identifying where they were filmed and how much was spent to produce them. 

Georgia took first place with 17 projects, all live-action. The United Kingdom immediately followed, with 16 live-action projects. California had  12 projects filmed there.

Among the top movies shot in Georgia last year were " Passengers," " Hidden Figures," " Allegiant," " Captain America: Civil War," " Barbershop: The Next Cut," " Boo! A Madea Halloween," " Dirty Grandpa," " Office Christmas Party," " Ride Along 2," 
"Miracles from Heaven," " The 5th Wave," " The Nice Guys," " The Accountant," " Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising," " Almost Christmas," " The Boss," and " Mother's Day."

Parts of the new film "Baywatch" were also shot in Savannah and Tybee Island.

The FilmL.A. report notes that film incentives continue to " drive location choice for feature film production and post-production." Incentive award amounts were available for 37 films in the study and were valued at a total of $596 million.

During this past General Assembly session, Georgia  expanded tax credits for the film industry and added a new perk for post-production work, awarding an additional 5 percent tax break for post-production film work done in the state's rural and less developed counties. House Bill 199, which Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law, potentially could give film companies as high as a 35 percent tax credit if all requirements are met.

In Fiscal Year 2015, feature films and television productions in Georgia generated a total economic impact of more than $6 billion.


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Lewis Taylor Farms,  195 Ty Ty Omega Road
May 24


The Tift County Canning Plant opens June 5 for residents who wish to preserve their fruits, vegetables, soups, salsas, juices and other foods to enjoy all year long.

The Canning Plant will be open Mondays through Thursdays  from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  June 5-July 6 (and closed on July 4). It is located in the back of the Agriscience Building behind Tift County High School. Customers are asked to enter the bus entrance off of New River Church Road.

The Agriscience Building is the first building on the right. Please load and unload from the back of the building and move vehicles from the loading docks to allow access for other customers.

The only cost in canning your produce is the current cost of the metal quart can or 15 cents per glass jar (glass jars are not   provided). Cans are provided for a minimal cost. Customers must provide canning jars, lids, rings and /or freezer bags.  Can costs are subject to change because of price fluctuations, and customers are asked to inquire before processing .

Services available include canning, blanching, corn creaming, juicing and potato peelingBlanching for freezing costs $1 per blanching tray. (More than 50 ears of corn or two bushels of peas per tray). Inquire for pricing of other services such as shelling and creaming.

The Canning Plant is open to any local resident for processing food for home use only.

For information, call 229-387-2475 or 229- 387- 2400.

The Tift County Food Processing Center is an educational public service provided through the cooperative efforts of the Tift County Board of Education, the county Agriculture Education Department and the   Georgia State Department of Education


The Georgia Peanut Commission recently hosted a group of agronomists from Brazil. They learned about peanut production in Georgia along with the the research, education and promotion efforts that the Georgia Peanut Commission conducts.

Roy Moore with  Kelley Manufacturing Co. brought the group to the commission's office in Tifton.


On Tuesday, May 23, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) recognized students achieving the honor of being on the President's List

The college also recognized students with a certificate who earned Dean's List and Merit List honors.

Each semester, SRTC recognizes students who have accomplished high academic achievement through the President's List. In order to qualify, students must earn a grade of "A" in all coursework attempted and be enrolled in 12 semester credit hours or more at the college. One hundred and fifty-eight made the President's List for spring semester.

Among those receiving the  President's List designation are: Gabrielle Rucker of Tifton, Abigail Boatner of Tifton, Danette Miley of Alapaha, Joseph Fernandez of Norman Park, Michael Kinsey of Norman Park, Jeremy Walker of Tifton, Amber  Harper of Ocilla, Carlos Gonzalez of Norman Park, Richard Smith of Norman Park, Jason Anderson of Tifton, Heather Scarbor of Omega, Sheree Hamilton of Norman Park, Brooklin Grimes of Ashburn, Deanna Daniel of Sylvester, Kendall Wilson of Sylvester, Selene Belton-Allen of Tifton, Tynesia Whitehead of Ashburn, Leslie Hancock of Tifton, Edward Farley of Chula, Felix Torres of Tifton, Kaylee Timmons of Ashburn, Charles Thornton of Ocilla, David Owen of Tifton, Dustin Wilson of Tifton, Mathew Robinson of Omega, Alyssa Brown of Sycamore, Ashley Justice of Tifton, Dakyrae Holmes of Ashburn, Hunter Henderson of Tifton, Jarod Henderson of Sycamore, Jaylen Maloy of Tifton, Logan Hill of Tifton, MarQuavius Prater of Ashburn, Marlee Marlowe of Tifton, Quenterion Tennille of  Ashburn, Riley Mims of Fitzgerald,   Deja Chaney of Tifton, David Olguin of Ty Ty, and Jodine Adkins of Sylvester.

To qualify for Dean's List, students must have completed between nine and 11 semester credit hours and have earned an "A" in all coursework attempted. For the spring term 124 students achieved the distinction.  Additionally, 611 students were recognized for making the Merit List.


511 West 7th Street
(229) 382-1300
. a Glance

  • Older Americans Month Butter Bean Auction, 2 p.m., Maple Court, Tifton
  • Tift County High School Graduation, 8:30 a.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
  • Celebration of the Day They Changed the Gauge, 9 a.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton

In Memoriam

MAY 18
Amber Hope Hale, 28, Tifton
Ronnie Hall, Sylvester
James Edward Mauldin Jr., 58, Nashville

MAY 19
Cohen Jeffrey Moody, infant, Albany
Vern Alderman, 72, Adel

MAY 20
Minnie B. Davis, 77, Fitzgerald

MAY 21
Don A. Hall, 72, Sylvester 
Thomas Franklin "Frank" Bailey, 89, Sumner
Larry David Parrish, 62, Worth County
Jimmy Bryan, 77, Albany
Mildred "Millie" Karst Turner, 74, Albany
Larry Mitchell Harrod, 64, Ray City
 Albert R. Mitchell, 91, Quitman
Frances Franklin, 92, Quitman

MAY 22
Jimmie Ann Ward, 79, Ashburn

MAY 23
Sonya Hancock Vafias, 40, Tifton
Russell Smith Sr., 89, Ashburn
Jeffrey Dale Parten, 36, Adairsville

MAY 24
Gaston Elton Barton, 85, Tifton
Edward Morris, 86, Adel

MAY 25
Andre McLeod, 60, Ashburn


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