Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
Local cancer survivors and caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tift County at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 , at the E.B. Hamilton Complex
Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers are encouraged to join the celebration. As survivors walk, other participants will cheer in support and celebration . Following the lap will be numerous activities , including turkey bowling , a cake walk and a solemn luminary ceremony at 9 p.m.   
The Relay For Life of Tift County is a community event where teams and individuals come together to honor, celebrate and raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from cancer. Money  raised helps the Cancer Society provide information and support while funding cancer research

The Tift County Relay of Life can be found on Facebook by clicking here .
Tifton City Council members and city staff gather Tuesday morning at Mi-Lady Bakery to have coffee and conversation with local residents.

Tifton City Council members kicked off Georgia Cities Week on Tuesday with a "Coffee with the Council" event at Mi-Lady Bakery .

In photo at right, Mayor Julie Smith welcomes folks to the event.

Among Cities Week activities this week in Tifton are a mock City Council meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Tift County High students playing the roles of council members; "Touch-a-Truck" and ribbon-cutting of Tifton's new dog park at 5 p.m. Thursday ; a free showing of the movie " A Dog's Way Home " at 8:15 p.m. Friday in Fulwood Park ; and a cleanup and recycling event Saturday .
Tift County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 120 people, some on multiple charges, during March .

Sheriff Gene Scarbrough said the arrests included two fraud charges, 42 charges of parole/probation violation, 38 drug charges, 21 failure-to-appear charges, two child support cases, six obstruction cases, 12 crimes against a person charges, 24 property crimes charges and 16 non-traffic cases.

Traffic stops conducted by deputies led to three charges of driving under the influence, seven  drug charges, 24 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver’s license as well as the arrest of one wanted person.

Deputies responded to 3,033 calls for service, conducted 645 business and property checks, 1,290 mobile home park and subdivision checks with 27 school checks.
Scarbrough said deputies served 152 warrants, 114 civil papers and 268  subpoenas.

He added that deputies completed 531 reports, completed 21 domestic reports, worked 28 accidents and patrolled 72,658 miles. The sheriff also said that deputies provided 78 transports, totaling 209 hours and 9,016 miles.
Drs. William Hancock and Cameron Dixon  cut the ribbon on Tift Regional Health Systems' new  Mobile Clinic  at the hospital's Community Events Center on Carpenter Road Thursday afternoon.

The new mobile clinic will travel to communities served by Tift Regional to conduct medical exams. The clinic was funded by the  Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation .

The six-wheeled unit, about the size of a bus, will include such services as sick and well visits, screenings, education and referrals to specialty care.  

For information on the new mobile health clinic , call 229-388-5690 .
The City of Fitzgerald is hosting the daughter of the late civil rights advocate Morris Abram , a Fitzgerald native , when the city dedicates a mural to Abram at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 , at the Carnegie Center courtyard.

Ruth J. Abram will give a short lecture on the legacy of her family . She is a well-known speaker and conceived and directed New York's Lower East Side Tenement Museum , the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience , the National Women's Agenda and Coalition and the Institute on Women's History .

The mural depicting Morris Abram and his civil rights legacy was painted by Douglas native Dylan Ross (pictured).

Abram had fought a 14-year battle ending at the U.S. Supreme Court to overthrow the Georgia system that gave rural votes more weight than urban votes . In 1963 , the high court declared the rule unconstitutional , striking a blow against segregation and upholding the principle of one person, one vote .

President Kennedy had appointed Abram as the first general counsel to the Peace Corps , and he also served as president of Brandeis University , national president of the American Jewish Committee , chairman of the United Negro College Fund , and founder and chairman of the UN Watch .
The Tifton Rotary Club's Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) student Alberte Dalsro Jørgensen of Denmark, third from left, poses with, from left, club President Marion Curry; Jørgensen's sister Victoria, 16; her father Erik Jørgensen ; Rotarian Andy Marzen; statewide GRSP Chair Rob Kellner; and Tifton GRSP Chair Jeff Gibbs.
The Tifton Rotary Club's Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) student Alberte Dalsro Jørgensen of Denmark told Rotarians Wednesday about her school year in the United States .

"I tasted boiled peanuts , and I liked them very much," Jørgensen said, "along with fried chicken and grits ." While attending ABAC , she went to a football game , a homecoming parade , competed on the winning trivia team in the Carnival of Knowledge , attended the Tifton-Tift County Library Foundation's Beach Bash and met the Swingin' Medallions and experienced Hurricane Michael .

She also traveled to Savannah, Lake Blackshear, Jekyll Island, Plains – where she met former President Jimmy Carter – the Kennedy Space Center, Washington, D.C., New York City – where she ice-skated in Rockefeller Center Miami, Key West, the Everglades (seeing her first alligator ) and Cuba .

She said she was glad she attended ABAC , where she experienced the "real" Georgia
Also at Wednesday's Rotary meeting , the Tift County High School Drama Club , represented by  Maddie Malcom, Claudia Brown, Julia Ryland and Director Jake Alley , shared songs from their upcoming programs.

"The Sound of Music" will be presented April 25-28 at Tift County High's Performing Arts Center with tickets $10 for adults and $5 for students. Showtimes are 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, and Saturday, April 27, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28 .  

The next weekend , the Drama Club will present "Steel Magnolias" May 2-5 in the Drama Room 703 . Tickets will be $15 , and reservations must be made by emailing  jake.alley@tiftschools.com

On May 2 and 4 , the show will be at 6:30 p.m. , and May 5 at 3 p.m.

Claudia Brown of the Drama Club is the current State Champion Female Soloist in Region 7A .
Volunteers are being sought for the Georgia Cities Week Cleanup scheduled for this Saturday Keep Tift Beautiful and the City of Tifton are hosting the Volunteer Cleanup from 8:30 a.m.-noon

Volunteers will meet at the downtown Cato Knight Parking Lot for assignments . A free lunch will be provided for all volunteers following the cleanup at Fulwood Park

City residents are also encouraged to drop off tires and electronics at the Cato Knight Parking Lot for disposal between 8:30 a.m. and noon

To volunteer for the cleanup event, please signup Here!
The Georgia Legal Food Frenzy kicked off this week and runs through May 3 .

This two-week food and fund drive competition is in partnership with the Georgia attorney general, the State Bar, the Young Lawyers Division and the Georgia Food Bank Association . The competition is open to anyone in the legal community .

Everything raised stays local and benefits the regional food bank .

One in five children in Georgia lives in a food-insecure household. While nearly 63 percent of Georgia’s public school students are eligible for either a free or reduced breakfast or lunch each day, only 17 percent have access to the lunch program during the summer .

The competition among the legal community is timed to help the food banks move into summer prepared and well-stocked to meet the increased demand for food from working families.
Tina “Mama Tina” Strickland has been awarded with a Distinguished Service Award for her years of dedication to Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL).

As Southern Regional Technical College’s (SRTC) assistant vice president for academic affairs and dean for School of Professional Services, Strickland takes ownership of being “Mama Tina” to students, faculty and staff alike.

As a teen , she first became involved in the nationwide student leadership organization when she joined high school’s FBLA chapter. After graduation, she sought out her college’s PBL chapter.

It was when she returned to high school as a teacher that she first received the nickname “Mama Tina.” She had found her way back to FBLA , becoming a chapter advisor .

In 1998 , she became an instructor on the Tifton campus of the former Moultrie Tech , the college that merged with Southwest Georgia Technical College to form SRTC . While in a faculty position, she originated the Tifton chapter of PBL , which continues to nurture emerging business leaders .
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