JUNE 1, 2018
Tifton, Georgia



Tifton Grapevine

Actress Caitlin Carmichael, a Tifton native, is the female lead in a new  adventure comedy series being filmed right now in Salt Lake City for BYUtva family entertainment network.

"Dwight in Shining Armor," a 30-minute TV show, is expected to debut in 2019. Carmichael plays the role of Gretta, a gothic warrior princess who has been sleeping for a thousand years
and is awakened by Dwight, a 21st century teen who falls into an ancient, underground chamber. Dwight also awakens Gretta's court magician, Baldric, and scores of medieval villains -- all who have no understanding of the contemporary world around them.

Carmichael has recently had a recurring role on Fox TV's "The Mick" and has appeared in numerous feature films and TV shows including "300: Rise of an Empire," the Netflix original movie "Wheelman," CBS' "Young Sheldon" and ABC's "Agent Carter." 

She has starred alongside Pierce Brosnan and has worked with such stars as Danny DeVito, Jack Black and Betty White. Carmichael is also in the feature film "Life Itself," to be released in September and starring Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening and Samuel L. Jackson.

Last Friday, Deadline Hollywood, a top entertainment website for industry insiders, publishedheadline feature on Carmichael landing the role on the new TV series.

Sloane Morgan Siegel, from Amazon Studio's award-winning original TV series  "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street," plays the role of Dwight in the new BYUtv series.  Siegel had a recurring co-star role on the CBS sitcom "Partners" and appeared in such shows as "Modern Family," "Big Time Rush," "The Neighbors" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Veteran actor Joel McCrary plays Court Magician Baldric; his past roles include Prime Minister Motaz in "The Princess Diaries 1 & 2," Don the mechanic on "Seinfeld" and Bobby Wasabi on Disney XD's "Kickin' It."

In a scene from 'Dwight in Shining Armor" are, from left, Joel McCrary as Baldric, Sloane Morgan Siegel as Dwight, and Caitlin Carmichael as Gretta.


Tifton City Council members said Thursday they hope that they and Tift County commissioners can agree on a joint service delivery strategy by June 30 to allow a proposed state grant to be approved for a new facility for Ruth's Cottage, the local domestic abuse organization.

In a special meeting, City Council approved a resolution to add transitional housing to the current service delivery strategy to enable the state to consider the Community Development Block Grant for Ruth's Cottage, which offers a shelter for domestic abuse victims. Tift County would also need to approve a similar resolution.

The current service delivery strategy among Tift County and all its municipalities ends June 30, and the state requires a new agreement for the next 10 years. The governments must work out who provides specified services, such as airport and library funding, and water and sewer.

Council voted to request a joint meeting to be held by June 15 with the Tift County Commission and the Ty Ty and Omega city councils to hammer out the remaining issues in a joint service delivery strategy. City Council members directed City Attorney Rob Wilmot to get with County Attorney Tony Rowell and develop the list of issues to be discussed.

Tift County Manager Jim Carter had requested that the City of Tifton simply agree to the
existing 2008 service strategy and submit it to the state without changes along with a form adding transitional housing. The reasoning was that it would allow the state Department of Community Affairs to move forward with the grant for Ruth's Cottage.

However, city officials said they cannot sign and submit to the state a service strategy that is inaccurate and that may lock in the city for the next 10 years. For example, Mayor Julie Smith said the 2008 agreement has a joint city-county fire department and sets joint funding, but the county already has  terminated that part of the agreement and the funding mechanism has changed.

"We must do this truthfully," Smith said. The current joint document "does not reflect the honest, truthful service delivery as it stands on May 31."

At the 'Big Check' presentation Thursday in the Tift Theatre are, from left, state Sen. Greg Kirk, Tifton Mayor Julie Smith, downtown developer Harold Harper, City Councilman Jack Folk, Downtown  Director Lequrica Gaskins, City Manager Pete Pyrzenski, Fox Theatre board member Carolyn Wills, Fox Theatre Institute Director Leigh Burns, Tift Theatre Manager Kaylee Stokes and City Councilman Frank Sayles Jr.


Atlanta's Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) formally presented a $77,027 grant to the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday for the recent refurbishment of its seats.

The grant to the Tift Theatre is the Fox Theatre Institute's largest single-amount grant awarded in the history of the 10-year program. Since FTI's launch in 2008, the Fox Theatre has committed more than $1 million to the program.

The Fox Theatre Institute Preservation Grant Program's goal is to award funding for historic theatres in Georgia. The grants are awarded to projects designed to provide significant economic and cultural impact to their communities.

Fox representatives were on hand for the "big check' presentation Thursday along with local officials. The City of Tifton also committed more than $100,000 to the theatre renovations.

The Tift Theatre opened in 1937 with the premiere performance of the film "Pennies From Heaven."  After the Main Street theater closed in the mid 1980s, the community came together to restore it to its original grandeur, including  the circus-themed wall accents originally created by a Ringling Brothers Circus artist.


Goodwill retail store
 1915 Larkin Road, Tifton, GA
May 31


Josh McDuffie, the 2018 SkillsUSA Georgia Post-Secondary State Champion in Electrical Construction Wiringcredits his training at Southern Regional Technical College for his success in the competition.

"This school has been good to me. I appreciate the leadership that I received from Mr. (Lynn)
Josh McDuffie, left, with SRTC instructor Stephen Mathis.
Tanner in automotive, and now Mr. (Stephen) Mathis has taken me under his wing and has taught me so much. There were guys there who were four and five year apprentices. I've just barely been in class a year, but I was prepared." 

Klein Tools has also named McDuffie the Outstanding Graduate of the year. 

Later this month, he will travel to Louisville, Ky., to compete in SkillsUSA's 54th annual National Leadership and Skills ConferenceSkillsUSA provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education

While he is optimistic about his chances at the national level, McDuffie also has his mind on even loftier long-term goals, thanks to his training.

"Maybe one day, later on down the road, I'll have my own business. Maybe, this trade will be something I can share with my two sons. That would be nice."

After serving as a Bradley mechanic in the U.S. Army, he never really found his footing in the civilian world until he decided to go back to college. At first, he went to what he already knew; he started working toward his automotive technology diploma.

In the last semester of his automotive course, he took an electrical systems class and suddenly, everything clicked into place, taking courses to earn both the construction and industrial specializations available at SRTC.


Milestones Therapy
117 E. 3rd St., Tifton, GA
May 21

GLEANING TODAY: The  Society of St. Andrew is seeking  volunteers to help harvest  red  potatoes and snap beans in Chula today, Friday , from 8 a.m.-noon , and again on  Tuesday, June 5. The gleaners harvest produce to help feed the
 local   hungry. C all 229-386-5800 for details. ... GA BANKING SCHOOL:  Eric Hughes, vice president and commercial lender  with Colony Bank in Ashburn, recently attended the 2018 on-campus session of the Georgia Banking School as a second-year student. The three-year specialized school, run by the Georgia Bankers Association, prepares bank managers to serve their hometowns by developing a thorough understanding of banking practices, regulations and management principles.  


During the month of April, the Tift County Sheriff's Office reports that  52 people were arrested, some on multiple charges
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough  said that 55 drug charges were filed, 42 parole/probation violation charges, 12 charges of failure to appear, 10 property crime charges, seven crimes against person charges, five child-support violation charges, four weapons charges and 12 other non-traffic charges.

Scarbrough said traffic stops led to the filing of 11 charges of driving with revoked or suspended license, three charges of driving under the influence and two drug charges. D eputies completed 505 reports, 34 accident reports, 631 citations, 126 traffic warnings, patrolled 58,122 miles and verified the home addresses of 65 registered sex offenders living in Tift County.

Deputies conducted 2,225 business and property checks, 839 mobile home park and subdivision checks, 67 school checks and answered 2,727 calls for service. D eputies also served 169 warrants, 82 civil papers and 160 subpoenas. 
The sheriff said deputies handled 66 transports, totaling 206 hours and 7,537 miles.  


Three former administrators at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have been awarded emeritus status for their contributions at the college.  

Dr. Gail Dillard, Dr. Tim Marshall and Dr. Bobbie Robinson have been selected for the emeritus 
status, says  ABAC President David Bridges.
" Emeritus status is an honor bestowed upon individuals who have made significant positive  contributions over time to an educational institution,"
Bridges said. "I know that I speak on behalf of many colleagues and students in expressing appreciation for their long and distinguished careers."  

Dillard and Robinson were named Professor Emerita of English, and Marshall was named Professor Emeritus of Agriculture.  

Marshall, an ABAC alumnus, began his professional career at ABAC in 2006 as a division chair/professor in agriculture and forest resources. He was 
promoted to dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2009. He retired in 2017.  

Dillard served in various capacities at ABAC from 1980 until her retirement in 2017. She began as a part-time instructor of humanities and retired as vice president of academic affairs. She also has served as executive director of ABAC on the Square and the Early Admissions Program.   

Robinson was hired as an assistant professor of English in 1992 and became division chair of humanities in 2002. In 2009, she was promoted to dean of the School of Liberal Arts and continued to teach, retiring in 2017.


Keep Tift Beautiful is recognizing the yard of  Tommy and Bobbi Fresh at 2614 Hall Ave., as  recipients of the Residential Beauty Spot of the Month award.

Each month, the KTB board recognizes property in the city that stands out because of its exceptional landscaping.


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In Memoriam

MAY 24
Victor Manuel "Chico" Velez, 68, Tifton
Annie Goodman, 68, Tifton

MAY 25
Dwight Edwin Hogan, 79, Alapaha
Agnes Martiel Henderson, 91, Irwin County

MAY 26
Patsy Oliver Crumley, 72, Omega
Alton Bailey, 74, Nashville
Betty Ruth Mays Arthur Pope, 86, Fitzgerald
Irma Abbott Young, 88, Irwin County

MAY 27
Dolores Alligood "Dee" Bailey, 80, Thomasville

MAY 28
Glenn C. Clussman Jr., 56, Albany

MAY 29
Saylor McKinleigh Bloxsom, infant, Lenox
Jean Marie Stover Moore, 78, Chula
Joe Gordon, 75, Dixie

MAY 30
Leonard "Lamar" Pate, 81, Tifton
Owen John "O.J." Jacobs, 89, Alapaha
Flonnie Long, 103, Quitman

MAY 31
Velva Faye Bledsoe, 97, Tifton

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