JUNE 1, 2018
TIFTON NATIVE LANDS TV SERIES
CAITLIN CARMICHAEL TO STAR IN NEW FAMILY COMEDY-ADVENTURE
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Caitlin Carmichael, a
Tifton native, is the
female lead in a new
adventure comedy series being filmed right now in Salt Lake City for BYUtv, a 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."
Last Friday, Deadline Hollywood, a top entertainment website for industry insiders, published a headline 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.
CITY PUSHES FOR GRANT TO FUND RUTH'S COTTAGE
Tifton City Council members said
Thursday they hope that
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,
the state to consider the
Community Development Block Grant
, which offers a
domestic abuse victims
need to approve
a similar resolution.
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
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.
Manager Jim Carter
City of Tifton
existing 2008 service strategy
it to the state
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
for Ruth's Cottage.
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
"We must do this
Smith said. The current joint document "does
not reflect the
truthful service delivery as it stands on
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.
'BIG' DAY AT THE TIFT AS
FOX THEATRE INSTITUTE
PRESENTS 'BIG CHECK'
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.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Goodwill retail store
1915 Larkin Road, Tifton, GA
SRTC STUDENT COMPETING IN
SkillsUSA NATIONAL COMPETITION
Josh McDuffie, the 2018
SkillsUSA Georgia Post-Secondary State Champion in
Electrical Construction Wiring,
credits his training at Southern Regional Technical College for his success in the competition.
to me. I appreciate the
that I received from Mr.
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 Conference.
SkillsUSA provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education.
While he is optimistic about his chances at the
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.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
117 E. 3rd St., Tifton, GA
GLEANING TODAY: The
Society of St. Andrew
to help harvest
, and again on
Tuesday, June 5. The gleaners harvest produce to help feed the
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.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS 52
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.
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.
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
ABAC BESTOWS EMERITUS STATUS TO
THREE FORMER ADMINISTRATORS
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have been awarded
emeritus status for their contributions at the college.
Gail Dillard, Dr.
Tim Marshall and Dr.
Bobbie Robinson have been selected for the emeritus
ABAC President David Bridges.
is an honor bestowed upon individuals who have made
over time to an educational institution,"
Bridges said. "I know that I speak on behalf of many colleagues and students in expressing
for their long and distinguished careers."
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
agriculture and forest resources. He was
dean of the
School of Agriculture and Natural Resources in
2009. He retired in
Dillard served in various capacities at ABAC from
1980 until her retirement in
2017. She began as a part-time
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
1992 and became division
chair of humanities in
2009, she was promoted to
dean of the
School of Liberal Arts and continued to teach, retiring in
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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- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m,-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
- Wiregrass Market's Car to Farm Tour, 2-5 p.m., various sites, Tifton
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