May 31, 2016
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The multimillion-dollar renovation of the historic H.H. Tift Building at the front of the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus is complete, and the building is back in service after sitting vacant for years.

In 2013, the state had allocated  $4.7 million for the renovation.  "This project has been in the works for a long time," Dr. Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said then. 

"It is important to preserve this important part of our legacy. We wanted this building to return to its original grandeur and to be reflective of the stature of the University of Georgia," West said. "This building will provide important space for the administration, staff and scientists to better do their jobs in support of campus activities and agriculture in general."

The Tift Building was built in 1922, four years after the Coastal Plain Experiment Station was founded in Tift County, thanks mostly to the efforts of H.H. Tift. Appointed by Gov. Hugh Dorsey, Tift was the first chairman of the board for the experiment station. He was instrumental in bringing the campus to Tifton to serve agriculture in South Georgia.

The project consisted of the complete renovation of the Tift Building to accommodate faculty, 
VIDEO: Tift Building Renovation Slideshow
departmental offices, conference space and classrooms. The work included the addition of an elevator and exteriorramp, full system upgrades, a new sprinkler system, restoration of existing wood windows, select masonry repointing and replacement of the roof. 

The existing building had largely avoided any upgrades during its lifetime, so much of the original historic fabric remained. The renovation project retained as much of the existing wood wainscot, wood ceiling, wood trim and plaster walls as feasible. Original doors, damaged by exposure when the building was derelict, were replicated. Consideration was given to routing of mechanical ductwork to maintain as much of the historic ceiling heights as possible.

The newly renovated Tift Building houses several campus support offices, including the assistant dean's office, business office, development office and campus public relations office. The campus's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is also being relocated to the renovated building.

West has said that the Tift Building renovation is part of a grand renovation plan for the front of the campus. Funding has already been appropriated for renovating the adjacent Animal and Dairy Sciences Building. A campus master plan and landscape plan are underway,  which  will result in an extensive renovation of the campus.


On  Monday, Memorial Day,  solemn observances were held  throughout  the country, including Tifton, in honor of servicemen and women who gave their lives for their nation.

Citizens gathered Monday at the municipal courtroom in the Tifton Criminal Justice Center for the local ceremony held by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 38 of Tifton. Dr. David Bridges, president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, was the guest speaker.

Photos by Hayward Fowler of Your Local Tifton Channel 

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Final plans have been announced for the 2016 South Georgia Annual Methodist Conference session, June 8-11 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton.

"The Annual Conference Planning Committee and the Local Arrangements Committee look forward to welcoming everyone to Tifton for the 2016 South Georgia Annual Conference Session," said Dr. Jay Harris, conference secretary. "We are especially excited about this year's conference for several reasons."

Tyron Spearman, Tift County tourism coordinator, said this is an "exciting time for Tifton. We are the 'Friendly City,' and when 2,000 visitors come to town we get fired up."

Lamar Martin of First United Methodist Church in Tifton is coordinating the event.

Harris  said the conference theme of "Testify and Multiply," based on Acts 2:40-41, "lends itself to the celebration of good news." 

This year's conference is also the 150th session of the South Georgia Conference, and attendees will be led in moments of inspiration and reflection around significant moments in mission and ministry throughout the years as an annual conference. 

A free concert is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9 featuring Buddy Green , co-writer of "Mary Did You Know," a Christmas favorite. The concert is  open   to the public through a grant from the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association.

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The 10th Annual Loop the Lake run and walk will  again be held at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, allowing runners to take advantage of courses along the Lake Blackshear shore and through Georgia Veterans State Park

Loop the Lake, a top fundraiser for GraceWay Recovery Residence for Women, will be held Saturday morning, June 11, and this year includes 5K, 10K, half-marathon, one-mile fun run and stroller roll events.
The fundraiser is primarily supported by Dr. Ed Hellman and his wife at The Spine and Scoliosis Center in Tifton.  The GraceWay substance abuse recovery program for women relies on monetary and in-kind donations.

Participants may register on the day of the event, but it is recommended they register in advance.  The half-marathon and 10K runs begin at 7:30 a.m, the 5K and one-mile events at 8 a.m. The course closes at 11 a.m., shortly after a cookout is set to start. Awards, to be issued after the cookout, include ones for all half-marathon and 10K runners who complete the race.  Additional awards will ice given to overall male and female winners and, masters male and female winners and grand masters male and female winners. Medals will be presented to the top three men and women in several age divisions.

Race check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. at the resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West in Cordele

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