MAY 16, 2017
TIFTON COUNCIL APPROVES
FESTIVAL 'CONTROL ZONES'
ZONES ALLOW SALE, OPEN CONTAINERS OF ALCOHOL
A new festival ordinance that Tifton City Council approved Monday will allow the city to create "control zones" within festivals for the sale of alcoholic beverages and to allow open containers.
The ordinance will allow licensed businesses within a designated control zone to sell alcohol to appropriately aged patrons who may take one alcoholic beverage, up to 16 ounces, off premises within the designated zone.
The participating businesses and vendors must sell the beverages in an approved container, and the patron must wear an approved wristband.
Controls zones could be designated by
fencing, gating and/or signage, and could include restrictions such as prohibiting coolers, bikes, skateboards, sparklers or "bang snaps."
City Attorney Rob Wilmot said the city cannot prohibit firearms within control zones, based upon state law. Councilman Jack Folk said he has an issue will allowing guns and alcohol in the same place.
Councilman Frank Sayles Jr. asked if businesses, such as a bars, can prohibit firearms. WIlmot said businesses may legally prohibit guns on their premises but the city can't stop people with legal weapons from entering festival "control zones."
Vice Mayor Wes Ehlers moved to approve the ordinance, which passed unanimously.
60 PERCENT ARE HONOR GRADUATES
Tiftarea Academy in
Chula celebrated the
Friday night. Of the
42 in the
Class of 2017,
The class earned more than
$1 million in merit-based
scholarships. Eight different
counties were represented within this year's graduating class:
Tift, Worth, Turner, Ben Hill, Berrien, Irwin, Cook, and Dougherty.
The ceremony was held at
First Baptist Church in
Tiftarea Academy honor graduates 'turn the tassel' at Friday's ceremony in First Baptist Church in Tifton.
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GEORGIA CHAMBER OPENS TIFTON OFFICE
Georgia Chamber of Commerce President
Chris Clark, fifth from left, and members of his Georgia Chamber team join local officials
Monday to formally open the state
organization's first office outside
Georgia Chamber's new office in
Tifton is in the former
Georgia Power building on
The office will serve all of
Second from left is Tifton-Tift County Chamber President
Brian Marlowe; fourth from left is Tift County Commission Chairman
Grady Thompson; at far right is Tifton Chamber Chairman
ABAC NAMES DISTINGUISHED AMBASSADOR OF YEAR
Kaycee Aultman has been selected as the 2017
Distinguished Ambassador of the Year for the student organization at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Aultman is a rural studies -- writing and communications major from
Tifton. This is her
first year as an
Aultman, the 2016
Tift County High School, is the daughter of
Stacy and Jerri Kaye Aultman of Tifton. Her
mother is a former
ANNIE BELLE CLARK'S READERS OF THE YEAR
Annie Belle Clark Primary School's 2017
Readers of the Year were recently honored by the
Tift County Reading Council.
On the front row from left are:
Emerson Toews, Max Nelson, Olivia Davis and
Brady Sellars. Back row from left are: Principal
Stephanie Morrow, Michelle Boney, Kristy Gibbs, Kelly Merritt and
Olivia Davis was also the
first-grade county winner.
The Tift County Reading Council is part of the
Georgia Reading Association, a membership organization whose mission is promoting
literacy in Georgia and a
ssisting in implementing the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
WITH SPIRIT AWARD
has been recognized with the
Tiftarea YMCA's 2017 Lamar Jackson Spirit Award.
Named for the local YMCA's late
founder, the award is given to an individual who goes
above and beyond for the
Tiftarea YMCA and the
The Y says
Wood is highly involved in Y
activities, donating her time and skills to many special events. And she is the mastermind behind all the Y's
Father Daughter Dance decorations each year.
YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer
Tom Pritchett presented Wood with the award.
'SELF' DANCE FOR SENIORS ON FRIDAY
"Seniors Enjoying Life Forever,"
" are having their monthly
Friday, May 19
, at the
Leroy Rogers Senior Center
Doors open at 6 p.m.
All local seniors are invited and are asked to bring their favorite dish with them to share.
POLICE OFFER WOMEN
FIREARM SAFETY TRAINING
Fifteen local women attended a
firearms safety course on
Saturday, May 13, at the
Tifton Police Department.
lecture covered the use of force, current carry laws, licensing, weapon selection, firearms safety and the
fundamentals of marksmanship.
participants were taken to the
firing range for more dynamic training. Offiers say the women were
"pretty good shots."
Among trainers were Sgt. Brian Shockley, Lt. Steve Hyman, Sgt. Ferron Yi, Detective Jacob Teter, Officer Knight, and Sgt. Mark Guess from the Tift County Sheriff's Office.
In the photo at right, Detective Teter works with a participant at the firing range.
AIDING THOSE FIGHTING THE FIRES
Kane Staines, who runs the cotton gin on the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus, recently helped collect supplies to deliver to firefighters working to control the wildfires in southeast Georgia.
CITRUS CULTIVARS DEVELOPED AT UGA TIFTON
PLANTED IN CAMILLA GROVE
Citrus fruit cultivars recently released by
University of Georgia scientist
Wayne Hanna of
Tifton are part of a new
citrus grove planted in
Camilla. The grove will serve as an
education site and provide homegrown
fruit for the
inmates who will care for the grove.
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Mitchell County Board of Commissioners, Georgia Citrus
Association and Mitchell County 4-H and FFA programs collaborated to start the
MitCo Grow program
. The mission of the program is to
state's citrus industry
As part of the program,
100 citrus trees were planted in a grove located next to the Mitchell County UGA Cooperative Extension office. Mitchell County Correctional Institute
90 of the trees. The remaining
10 were planted during an event recognizing the program on
Thursday, May 11.
Among the trees planted,
30 consisted of
Hanna's three patented, seedless,
cold-hardy citrus tree cultivars: A
tangerine, "Sweet Frost;" a
lemon, "Grand Frost;" and a
grapefruit, "Pink Frost."
Hanna released these cultivars last
November after studying them extensively in plots on the
UGA Tifton campus.
"This is a great program because it really sheds light on an up-and-coming industry like
citrus. For the past few years, citrus fruits have become more popular because farmers and homeowners are finding success growing these in
"In the type of climate we are used to in South Georgia, I feel confident they will grow and produce consistently."
inmates will tend the grove. They will also enjoy the literal fruits of their labor when the plants bear fruit in a few years.
"The grove will not only teach inmates a new trade, but will also be used by other county agencies to provide students and their local communities with information and exposure to this new commodity," said
Lindy Savelle, president of the
Georgia Citrus Association.
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