TIFTON'S KIP MOORE 'COMES HOME'
WELL, IN A WAY
Tifton native, current
country music star and former
Valdosta State University golfer
Kip Moore is returning to
South Georgia for a
concert, performing at
VSU's The Complex on
Saturday, April 11.
The concert, billed as
Kip Moore "Coming Home,"
brings Moore back to Valdosta State, where he played
from 2000 through 2002 and began his singing career. He had
played basketball for Tommy Blacksheer at Tift County High School in the 1990s before turning his focus to collegiate golf.
Doors for the concert open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Special guest
Michael Ray will open the evening.
Moore released his debut album, "Up All Night," in April 2012 and saw it become the best-selling debut album by a male artist in both 2012 and 2013. His single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," soared up the country charts, reaching No. 1 a month after the album's release and eventually achieved Double Platinum status, marking sales and online streams of more than 2 million.
Subsequent releases "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl" also reached No. 1 as the most played songs in the nation, with "Hey Pretty Girl" garnering platinum status last December.
Moore's success has earned him widespread recognition, including being honored with the
"Breakthrough Artist of the Year" award at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards. His newest single
"I'm to Blame," released in February, is the first release off his upcoming sophomore album, due out later this year.
FREE COMMUNITY CARE DAY RESOURCE EXPO,
BIKE RODEO SATURDAY AT REC DEPT
Community Care Day Resource Expo
featuring free resources in the areas of health, fitness, safety, and disability information will be
Saturday, March 21,
Tift County Recreation Department
, beginning with a
"We have 62 vendors signed up!" exclaimed
, planning committee member, at Thursday's Chamber membership luncheon. "It is always inspiring to
see a community pull together with caring efforts to support one another and meet the needs of others. We know it is often difficult for individuals and families to locate and access the resources they need, and this event is a tremendous opportunity to discover the resources available in our community."
The Community Care Day is sponsored by the
Tift County Recreation Department, Tift Regional Medical Center, South Georgia Georgia Learning Resources System, Tift County Commission on Children and Youth and Tift County Board of Education.
Visitors will have access to a variety of resources including health screenings, recreational and personal development programs, fitness, disability information, counseling, financial guidance, employment, education and Social Security.
The Community Care Day Resource Expo will be an event the whole family can enjoy, Lewis said. "We will offer free food, a bike rodeo and safety demonstration, a bounce house and the Chick-fil-A cow. We encourage the community to bring the whole family to the event for a day of fun."
For information, contact Craig Sowell at 229-382-3262 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
TIFTON'S BILL WELLS VISITS ALL 50 STATES
AND HAS SLEPT IN 39 OF THEM
By BILL WELLS
For the Tifton Grapevine
When I was five years old, almost six, my family took me out of Tifton, Ga., where I was born, to Fernandina Beach, Fla. This was in 1938.
I did not do any out-of-state traveling again until 1950, when I was accepted to be on the staff at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly in North Carolina. Of course, we drove through South Carolina. In 1951, I moved to Charleston, S.C., to enter college, but lost most of my credits, so I moved back home and in 1952 joined the U.S. Navy.
While at Ridgecrest, I visited a friend in Bowling Green, Ky.
During my Navy time, I was in many states: San Diego, Calif., Chicago, Ill., and Newport, R.I., where I attended Naval Justice School. I married in 1956 and my wife was originally from Connecticut, so we drove there to visit her family.
From Georgia, South Carolina; Virginia; Delaware; Maryland; King of Prussia, Pa.; Atlantic City, N.J.; New York City, N.Y.; to New Haven, Conn. We later visited Brookline, Mass.; Plymouth, Vt.,; Concord, N.H.; and Wells, Maine.
Being a member of several clubs, we attended conventions and visited Auburn, Ind., Dayton, Ohio; Nashville, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Independence, Mo.; Austin, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Natchez, Miss.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Seattle, Wash.; Inner Passage of Alaska, (slept on cruise ship); Kihei, Maui, Hawaii; Wichita, Kan.; Kearney, Neb.; and Grand Rapids, Mich.
In 2008, I took a bus tour from Georgia to Pheonix, Ala.; Tennessee; Kentucky; Illinois; Missouri; Adair, Iowa; Keystone, S.D.; Gardiner, Mont.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; stepped into Idaho; Colorada Springs, Colo.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Little Rock, Ark.
States I have walked into or drove through are Arizona -- I walked across the Hoover Dam into Arizona -- and rode through Salt Lake City, Utah, on the Vista Dome train. I visited the Aztec Ruins in New Mexico, and a friend drove me to Williamson, W.Va., where we ate lunch.
In 2013, I flew to Minneapolis, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., and on March 14 -- this past week -- I flew to Portland, Ore., and slept in a hotel near the airport, completing my 50-state "bucket list!"
By the way, I have a shot glass from every state in the union.
Ronald Norman, left, receives award from the Chamber's Curtis Akins
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS
Ronald Norman of
J&R Lawn Care was honored as the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Ambassador of the Month for March during its monthly membership meeting on Thursday at the
Ga. Museum of Agriculture.
Also at the meeting, the Chamber named
Pediatric Dental Center of Georgia and
Captain D's restaurant as its Businesses of the Month.
Tyron Spearman of the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association
presented a program about tourism's impact on Tifton and Tift County.
Capt. D's and Chamber representatives
|Pediatric Dental Center and Chamber reps
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SET FOR APRIL 3
Tifton Special Olympics is scheduled for
9 a.m., Friday, April 3, at the track at
Eighth Street Middle School with a variety of sporting competitions.
In the event of
Special Olympics will be
April 14, organizers say.
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TIFT CHAMBER YOUTH LEADERS VISIT THE GOLD DOME, GOV. DEAL
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Youth Leadership Class
"TAL-K," (Tomorrow's Aspiring Leaders--
Kids) visited the state Capitol in Atlanta recently. They met with Gov. Nathan Deal, and members of the local legislative delegation. On the front row from left are Tift Schools
PREGNANCY CARE CENTER OF TIFTON
'DEFEND, RESCUE, DELIVER' ANNUAL BANQUET
Pregnancy Care Center of Tifton holds its annual fundraising banquet from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
To make a reservation or more more information, call or email Erica Jones at 229-339-1384, or email@example.com
...at a Glance
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
- An Evening with Local Authors, 7 p.m., Tifton City Hall at the Myon, Tifton
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
- Community Care Day & Resource Expo, 9 a.m.-noon,, Tift County Recreation Department, Tifton
- Veterans Gospel Sing, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
Arbedella Handley Cooksey, 78, Tifton
Bettye Lunsford Holland, 81, Sylvester
Andy Julian Croft, 89, Nashville
James Pearlie "J.P." Rowe, 85, Ocilla
Iris B. Dorminy, 95, Blackshear
Charles Raye, Tifton
Thelma Marie Johnson, 83, Fitzgerald
Eugene "Gene" Bentley, 72, Adel
Audrey Nell Stripling, 78, Adel
Charlie H. Carter, 77, Sycamore
Curtis Mathis, 84, Adel
Robert Lee Holifield, 79, Brookfield
Marilyn Faye King, 84, Enigma
Doris Davis Lewis, 96, Leesburg
Ronald Art McCabe, 65, Ashburn
Troy F. Yawn, 69, Adel
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