Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tifton, Georgia


Work has begun to replace old, deteriorated water lines along Chesnutt Avenue before the street is resurfaced.

Chesnutt Avenue south of Fulwood Park is among the streets scheduled to be resurfaced in the
City of Tifton this year.
Work has begun to improve several more streets in the City of Tifton , beginning with the replacement of deteriorating water lines and resurfacing of Chesnutt Avenue .

Chesnutt will be resurfaced between Fourth and Eighth streets after the water lines are replaced . Currently , the street has galvanized lines more than 40 years old that have had numerous leaks in recent years. One of the blocks on Chesnutt has a 1.25-inch water line and other blocks have 2-inch lines.

The lines are being replaced with 6-inch water lines , says City Manager Pete Pyrzenski.

Based on a recommendation from city public works contractor ESG Inc. , Tifton City Council approved the list of street resurfacing projects for 2019 ; in May , council OK'd the low bid of $573,870 from Reeves Construction Co. for the projects.

Among the streets to be resurfaced are portions of Forrest Avenue, John Howard Way outside the U.S. Post Office, Wilson Avenue, Belmont Avenue, Crescent Drive, Twila Drive, Pehler Drive, 22nd Street, Branch Street, Old Omega Road, Lakewood Drive, and Brookhaven Drive.

The city is receiving $241,184 this year in Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds for road work from the Ga. Department of Transportation . The city will cover the remaining costs of the project.
Smalltown Poets , the Grammy -nominated Christian rock band that was formed in Tifton , is returning to the Friendly City this Saturday, July 27 , for a concert at the Howard Auditorium at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College .

Doors open at 6 p.m. , and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Created in Tifton in 1996 by high school friends Michael Johnston, Danny Stephens and Byron Goggin – along with Nashville musicians Kevin Breuner and Miguel DeJesus – the band has had 10 singles in the top 10 .

Along with two Grammy Award nominations , the group has also had seven Dove Award nominations (including Best New Artist ) and a Billboard Music video award

Opening for Smalltown Poets is Brittany Dené Braswell of Albany . Braswell is working on releasing her first album and will sing a selection of contemporary Christian songs and popular Gospel tunes.

Tickets are available by clicking here . Part of the proceeds will benefit Pink Heals Tifton/Tift County , whose mission is to support people on a personal level in partnership with public safety, medical professionals and local businesses.

For information about the show, email code3media1@gmail.com
The Tift County Board of Education (BOE) on Monday approved a maintenance and operation budget millage rate of 16.940 for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 .

The rate , recommended by Superintendent Adam Hathaway , represents a rollback of 0.006 mills from the previous year. Each mill , however, will generate a little more money than in the past fiscal year, with a total additional net tax generation of $164,213 – a revenue boost of 0.96 percent.

The BOE previously approved a $96.4 million budget for the fiscal year.

The first day of classes for Tift County school students is Monday, Aug. 5 .
Tifton First United Methodist Church
i s in search of a Financial Secretary who will maintain all general accounting and payroll functions of the church. 

General duties will include: record and deposit all contributions, prepare payroll and associated withholdings for church employees, maintain record of sick leave and vacation for employees, pay accounts payable bills and prepare monthly financial reports for Finance Committee and Church Council as part of annual budget process. 
This position is currently available as a part-time position with the possibility of being full-time depending on the experience, expertise and interest of the candidate. 

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Financial Secretary will report to the Senior Pastor and the Finance Committee Chairperson to provide financial accounting and payroll for all church activities.

Service attendance averages 100+ at 9 a.m., 200+ at 11 a.m. 
and 65+ at 10:42 a.m.  

Tifton, Georgia, is located on I-75 north of Valdosta and south of Macon.
 The population of Tifton is approximately 17,000
with an additional 23,000 living in the surrounding county.

Please mail resume and contact information for three references to:
Tifton First United Methodist Church 
107 West 12   th  Street
Tifton, GA 31794
Several Tiftarea Academy students recently participated in prestigious leadership programs at Harvard and Emory universities.

Rising ninth-grader Ann Catherine Walker , pictured above, and rising eighth-grader Tim Nolin , below at left, recently participated in the Ambassador Leaders Summit at Harvard University .

The summit helped participants develop leadership skills and learn more about community service and diversity as they worked with other young leaders from around the globe .

Student Emma Parker , pictured below at right, just returned from a week at Emory University where she participated in Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum –Explore STEM camp.

Tiftarea Academy's first day of school is Friday, Aug. 9 .
Tift County High School's computer science program has been selected as an Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) program – a partnership between Amazon and Edhesive to improve access to computer science education in communities under-represented in the technology field.

The course curriculum will be implemented in "Introduction to Digital Technology" and "Computer Science Principles" courses for the upcoming school year .

“We couldn’t be more excited to have been selected as one of the schools to participate in the Amazon Edhesive program. This is a great opportunity for our students and our computer science program,” said Melissa Busbin , Tift County High computer science teacher.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the necessary skills .

Many students eager to fill that gap and obtain a technology job do not have access to computer science courses in their high schools.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Chula, Ga., is seeking a part-time Worship Pastor. Persons interested in the position should submit a letter of interest and a resume by mail or email.
Mt Zion Baptist Church
ATTN: Worship Pastor Committee
293 Mt Zion Church Road
Chula, GA 31733

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will perform "The Pirates of Penzance" during the ABAC performing arts series on Feb. 7.  
The local community is invited to a preview of arts and cultural events planned during the coming academic year at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College .

The preview will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Ga. Museum of Agriculture conference center. The event will highlight new additions and spotlight the returning series such as the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series, the First Tuesday concerts, An Evening for ABAC, the Baldwin Players’ productions, the Georgia Poetry Circuit, the ABAC Lecture Series, and all musical performances at the college.

New this year are the "ABAC at the Tift" concerts spotlighting popular music and bands from the past in the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts , which ABAC manages for the city.

ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said the preview includes a look at many free events and those requiring admission. The evening will include recognition of sponsors and a video highlighting all performing arts events available to the community. Refreshments will be provided following the video, and sponsors will also have information tables .

Although the preview is free , attendees are asked to RSVP by Aug. 6 at 229-391-5234 or by emailing  ric.stewart@abac.edu
Kirsten McAlpin of Tifton led the Georgia 4-H Performing Arts Group “Clovers & Company” in singing the National Anthem on Sunday before the Atlanta Braves baseball game at SunTrust Park in Atlanta .

"I’m so proud to be an alumnus of such a great organization and to be asked to come back and lead the singing with the kids. Go Braves and Georgia 4-H ," McAlpin said.

The singers were invited to the ballpark for "4-H Day."

Georgia 4-H’ers from across the state have gathered in Atlanta this week for state competition and recognition events at the Georgia 4-H State Congress , which allows 4-H’ers to meet with donors, elected government officials, University of Georgia administrators, national 4-H administrators and other Georgia 4-H advocates to celebrate their achievements throughout the year.
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