APRIL 25, 2017
ON NEW RURAL COUNCIL
representatives will be serving on the new
Ga. House Rural Development Council that the
General Assembly created this session to
to improve rural Georgia's economy.
State Reps. Sam Watson, R-Moultrie, and Clay Pirkle, R-Asburn, who both represent part of Tift
County, will serve on the council -- Watson as vice chairman. Watson, who represents southwest Tift County, already chairs the
House Rural Caucus.
Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville, who also represents part of Tift County, is among the ex-officio members of the new Rural Development Council because of her role as chair of the Economic Development Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.
, R-Blue Ridge, announced the appointments last week. Ralston made the rural council one of his top priorities for this year's General Assembly session.
"Georgia is a growing and prosperous state, and we are thankful for that," Ralston said. "But that
prosperity isn't being felt in every community across Georgia. Some of our
rural areas are still
struggling, and we must do everything we can to help private businesses grow jobs in every corner of our state."
Pirkle said he is "
proud to be appointed by the speaker of the House to the House Rural Development Council. In
my campaign, I emphasized that I grew up on a farm and that I continue to farm that land as the fourth generation inour family. I've lived in rural Georgia my entire life, and I have a passion to help my neighbors."
Pirkle said the council will not only address economic development but revitalization: "I understand the need and difficulty rural areas in Georgia are having to bring new jobs and growth. It is vital that we work to change this before we lose population in these rural areas in the coming years."
15-member council of House lawmakers will look to improve the state's rural economy by focusing on
educational achievement, infrastructure needs, access to health care and economic growth incentives. It plans to issue an initial report of findings and recommendations by the end of this year and a follow-up report by the end of 2018.
SONNY PERDUE SWORN IN
Former Georgia Gov.
Sonny Perdue was
sworn in as the 31st U.S.
Secretary of Agriculture today (
Tuesday, April 25) by
Clarence Thomas, fellow Georgian and associate justice of the
U.S. Supreme Court, in a brief ceremony at the Supreme Court building.
U.S. Senate confirmed Perdue by a vote of
Monday evening. After Perdue took the oath of office,
Secretary Perdue is sworn in Tuesday morning at the U.S. Supreme Court by Justice Clarence Thomas, a Georgia native. Holding the Bible is Perdue's wife, Mary Ruff Perdue.
addressed employees at the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
"The only legacy that I seek is the only one that any grandparent or parent seeks -- to be good stewards and to hand off our nation, our home, our fields, our forests and our farms to the next generation in better shape than we found it," Perdue said.
"Making sure that Americans who make their livelihoods in the agriculture industry have the ability to thrive will be one of my top priorities. I am committed to serving the customers of USDA, and I will be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture."
During the Senate's vote, Perdue's first cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the voting.
Sonny Perdue, 70, who grew up on a farm in
will oversee the nation's food and farm programs, while managing a department with more than 100,000 employees.
Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long offered congratulations to the former Georgia governor, saying it is a
great day for Georgia farmers and those connected to the agriculture industry
Perdue is the first U.S. agriculture secretary from Georgia.
TCHS's HOWARD NAMED
NO. 2 STAR STUDENT IN GA
Tift County High School senior
Mary Kathryn Howard has been named
Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student
She chose her drama teacher
Jake Alley at Tift County High as her
The announcement naming Howard the No. 2 student in the state was made Monday at the state PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) STAR Banquet in Duluth.
Howard was presented a $1,000 scholarship. She is a daughter of Drew and Kaylar Howard of Tifton.
Alley of Lenox was presented with a $500 award from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the $500 Mozelle Christian Endowment Award.
Twenty-three PAGE STAR Student Region Winners were
finalists in the culminating event of the annual STAR (
Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program for high school seniors. Among those 23 finalists,
1600 on one administration of the
SAT, and all were in the
top 10 percent or top 10 of their class.
The search for the State PAGE STAR Student began earlier this year with the naming of
523 local STAR Students from each of the participating public and independent high schools across the state. In turn, those STAR students then recognized the teacher who had the most influence on their academic success as their
Bill Zhang, a senior at Fulton County's Northview High School, was named the 2017 State PAGE STAR Student. He named Ashley Ulrich, his AP Language teacher at Northview High, as his State PAGE STAR Teacher.
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Miss Rita's Tutor Room has been operating in Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida for the past 40-plus years.
She brings to Tifton her teaching talents as a Reading Specialist through Miss Rita's School Mobile, and is eager to build a strong foundation in the youths who are struggling readers.
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TIFTON FIRE DEPT GETS BRAGGING RIGHTS
Members of the
Tifton City Fire Department celebrate after winning a
softball game over the
Tifton Police Department on
Monday. The game, sponsored by the
U.S. Army Reserves and the
City of Tifton, was all in
good fun as part of
Georgia Cities Week.
Army Reserve members
grilled hamburgers and
provided drinks to the crowd. Both teams played hard, and the
police say just wait until next year!
NE CAMPUS SOLOISTS GET TOP STATE SCORES
Seven Tift County High Northeast Campus band students recently received "Superior" ratings -- the highest score possible -- in the Georgia Music Educators' Solo Evaluation.
The students worked individually during the past eight weeks putting in extra after-school time to learn a difficult solo to perform for a judge and receive individual comments and scoring.
After the la
st Northeast Campus student performed, the judge commented how much she was impressed at how all of the Tift students were well prepared for the event and performed at such a high level.
In photo on the front row, from bottom to top are: Reyna Balderas, Gloria DelToro and Elizabeth Preciado. In the second row are: Madison Newell, Jha'Lin Pittmon, Daniel Torres and Jonathan Mendoza.
TIFTAREA ACADEMY JV PANTHERS
VISIT UGA SPRING FOOTBALL GAME
The 2017 Tiftarea Academy Junior Varsity Panthers and Coach Danny Acord set out on a team-building journey this past weekend. The team visited Athens to watch the University of Georgia's spring football game.
Several parents helped make the trip possible by carpooling.
' next team-building journey begins this
when they start practice for the upcoming
TIFTONITES DON THEIR DERBY ATTIRE
FOR TRMC FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER
Golf Club of South Georgia
may not exactly be
, but one couldn't tell much
evening as the
Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation hosted a Kentucky Derby Gala to benefit the not-for-profit foundation.
Guests dined, danced and donned their best Derby attire. The "Kentucky Derby Gala" succeeded what used to be known as the "Hearts & Diamonds Gala" fundraiser for the foundation.
Laura Bland, left, with Mandy Brooks
'CARRY THE LOAD STEP-OFF'
TAKES FIRST STEP ON WEDNESDAY
For the fourth consecutive year, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host a "Carry The Load Step-Off" event beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, and continuing for 24 hours, a prelude to the National Carry The Load Relay that seeks to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day.
The community is invited to participate in the local event, which involves a constant
2.5-mile relay through the campus.
The Carry The Load Step-Off culminates in front of Herring Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 27, with a send-off for the eight ABAC students who will participate in the National Carry The Load Relay.
The goal of
Carry The Load is to restore Memorial Day's meaning by
connecting Americans to the
military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel. Carry The Load was established in
2011 by former members of the Navy's Sea, Air, and Land (
The national relay which begins in
West Point, N.Y., on
May 1 and ends in
Dallas, Texas, on
participating in the national relay this year are
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