This Week in Tifton, Georgia  
Nov. 8,

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Veterans Day is Monday but Tifton begins its observance on Saturday, Nov. 9, with a pancake breakfast, a parade, other events around town and fireworks.


The "Veterans Day Celebration" is hosted by the city of Tifton and the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association. The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village is also holding Veterans Day events on Saturday.


Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a Veteran's Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Tifton, at the VFW on Victory Drive. Veterans and children under age 5 eat free.


The city's Patriotic Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Third and Main streets, heading down Main to 8th Street, turning left and traveling to Central Avenue. Turning left on Central, the parade ends at Veterans Park with the national anthem and a veterans salute.


Also Saturday, the All that Glitters Fall Affair starts at 9 a.m. at 304 West 20th St with a 

flag ceremony honoring veterans.


The Georgia Museum of Agriculture at ABAC begins its Veterans Day activities at 5 p.m. and includes fireworks at 8 p.m. The fireworks were postponed from Independence Day because of weather. There is a fee to enter the agriculture museum. Veterans and active military personnel will be admitted free.


On Monday, Nov. 11, which is officially Veterans Day, the city has a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park in downtown Tifton.


For information about the city's celebration and parade, call 229-386-0216For information about the agriculture museum activities and fireworks, call 229-391-5205.

Tifton Grapevine - Tift Goes Purple!
Tifton Grapevine - Tift Goes Purple!

After a month of "going pink" for breast cancer awareness, all of Georgia is now "going purple" for national Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month -- and Tifton is leading the way.


On Nov. 4, Tifton Mayor Jamie Cater proclaimed November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month in Tifton, and Tenneson Nissan of Tifton was the first business in the state to sign on as a "Purple Partner" with the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, for November.  

The Georgia Chapter, based in Atlanta, is spearheading the awareness campaign called "Go Purple 4 Alzheimer's Georgia." 

Tiftarea businesses may become Purple Partners by having fundraising events with percentage of sales going to the Alzheimer's Association or accepting donations with point-of-purchase Forget-Me-Not signs at their business. Companies not involved in service or retail may schedule Casual for the Cause days in which employees make a donation to dress in purple and jeans one day a week.


Tenneson Nissan is donating $50 to the Alzheimer's Association for every new or used car sold during November. And in just the first week of November, customers of Tifton's Waffle House #1490 at 1009 W. Second St. have donated about $300 to the Alzheimer's Association through Forget-Me-Not flower signs posted in the windows of the restaurant near Tifton Mall.


Waffle House manager Mary Gaines encouraged employees to suggest the customer donations and the response has exceeded expectations, said Bonnie Sayles, Alzheimer's regional programs director for South Georgia. The employees give donors the opportunity to pop a balloon for a coupon hidden inside for discounts on future purchases. 


"The idea is taking off and spreading to Waffle Houses across Georgia," Sayles said. "We're so proud this started right here in Tifton."  


"Purple Partners" will be listed on a statewide website: Partnership agreements are available on the website and may be submitted by fax to 229-238-9945 or scanned and emailed to Purple Partners and their events and services will be posted on this site and on the Facebook page:


For information, call 1-800-272-3900 and ask for Dan Phillips, regional development director.



The 2nd Annual Harmony Jubilee, including colorful hot-air balloon rides, is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at Paulk Park Campground in nearby Fitzgerald.


Visitors get a chance to ride in a hot air balloon and see Fitzgerald and the surrounding area from above. Both tethered and untethered rides will be offered, weather permitting.


On Friday, Nov. 8, balloon rides will be available during the mid-afternoon. And at 6:30 p.m. is a Wine & Cheese Tasting and Balloon Glow at Turkey Creek in Fitzgerald. 


On Saturday, Nov. 9,  hot air balloon rides will be available throughout the day, weather permitting. Following a Pancake Breakfast, the Artisan Market showcases quality handmade and homemade goods and wares crafted by local artists. A Kid Zone will include a bouncy house, coloring and hot air balloon photo-op station, a rock wall and dancing. The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library will be providing Curious George character greetings and story times about every hour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Paulk Park closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 6:30 p.m. for the "Balloon Glow" and concert with the Lance Price Band.


On Sunday, Nov. 10, if the weather cooperates, hot air balloon rides will be avail during the day, beginning with a sunrise ride at 7 a.m.


For information, call 229-426-5035.


During last week's city election, Tifton voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by a margin of about 58 percent. That means restaurants and stores may begin selling alcohol this Sunday.

Starting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, restaurants may sell alcohol by the drink and retailers may sell beer and wine between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

Tuesday's vote for the alcohol by-the-drink referendum was 481 for it and 343 against. For retail alcohol sales, the vote was 475 for it and 343 against.
Also Tuesday, voters in District 1 elected Wes Ehlers to succeed the retiring Marianna Keesee on City Council and voted overwhelmingly to extend the homestead property tax exemption for residents age 65 and above.

Participate in Tift Regional's Community Needs Survey
We value your input! Participate in Tift Regional Health System's Community Needs Survey by December 13. The survey, which asks your thoughts on the health status of our community, only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Your input will help shape the role of medical care in our region. You can participate anonymously, but all participants who provide their name will be entered into a drawing for the following items:
  • iPod Touch
  • $100 Walmart Gift card
  • $50 Longhorn Gift Card
All responses remain confidential and are used for a blinded study only. Remember: the survey closes December 13, 2013.
The Concert Choir at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton will perform a variety of choral music at its annual fall concert, 7 p.m. Nov.12, in Howard Auditorium on the ABAC campus.
Directed by Dr. Susan Roe, the choir has 75 members from around the Southeast. The concert is free and open to the public.

Among selections will be "The Star Spangled Banner," "Laudate Dominum" (Psalm 117), "Psalm 23," "We Are the Music-Makers," "Sing Your Way Home," "Sing Me To Heaven," "Wade In The Water" and "The Battle of Jericho."


 For information, contact Roe at 229-391-4943.



A tribute Beatles band entertains during an evening of great music, great food and great fellowship as Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundation North presents its 28th Annual Meeting and Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 , in the Charles Harris Learning Center on the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus of Wiregrass Georgia Tech in Fitzgerald.


Following a prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, "The Return" band will perform as a reproduction of a live Beatles concert. Tickets are $50 each ($25 is tax deductible). A few tickets may still be available. Contact Mona Paulk at 229-468-2012. 

Tifton Mall opens at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving day, Nov 28
and will stay open through 10 p.m. Friday night, Nov. 29

Santa arrives at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and will be giving away free toys to the first few visitors. 
Santa will be at the Tifton Mall until Dec. 23.  
We will be offering photos. Sorry; no cameras or cell phone pictures are allowed, unless you buy a package of photographs.

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A group of teachers, staff, community supporters and members of the Tift County Board of Education recently traveled on a school bus to Vidalia for a "Legislative Listening Session" with members of the Ga. House and Senate education committees. 
Participants voiced concerns about issues facing schools, such as state funding reductions, government mandates and proposed legislation. A second group is visiting Albany for another session. 
Pictured from left are Alan Smith, Marian Richbourg, Gene Fandel, Shelley Fandel, Donny Hobby, Stacey Beckham, House Education Chairman Brooks Coleman, Senate Education and Youth Chairman Lindsey Tippins, Jodi Roberts, Melissa Busbin, Joanna Crossgrove, Klinton Guess, Mickey Weldon and Patrick Atwater. Not pictured are Spud Bowen and Teresa Bridges.
Annual Tree of Life lighting ceremony on Dec. 12


Purchase a light in honor or memory of a loved one, friend or co-worker, all for a

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Area residents will honor family and friends and remember lost loved ones at the Tree ofLife lighting ceremony to be held on the front lawn at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.


An annual holiday tradition in its 28th year, the Tree of 

Life is sponsored by the Tifton Junior Woman's Club, raising money for a special fund benefiting patients of the TRMC Oncology Center and Hospice of Tift Area with special needs.  With various giving levels, lights for TRMC the tree are purchased in memory or honor of a special family member or friend. The Tree of Life provides much needed aid to cancer, hospice or seriously ill patients who are feeling financial pressures while undergoing treatment or care. The fund helps to pay for utility bills, groceries or special comforts.


The decorative tree will be illuminated with a ceremonial pull of the switch by family members of patients who have received services from Hospice of Tift Area and the TRMC Oncology Center.


The evening will also feature live holiday music, a poignant candlelight ceremony and  a visit from Santa Claus, as well as a free dinner presented by the TRMC Food Services Department. "Real" snow will even cover the ground.


"Tree of Life is a reflective event, but we also wanted it to be a celebration," said Joy Davis, event coordinator. "We'll remember those we've loved and lost, honor those still with us and celebrate the joy of life."


Donations to the Tree of Life are being accepted until the end of December. To make a contribution, visit or call the Tift Regional Outreach and Development Department at (229) 353-6316.

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               At a Glance.... 
  • Wine & Cheese Tasting/Balloon Glow, 6:30 p.m., Turkey Creek, Fitzgerald.
  • Tiftarea Academy Football at Westfield, 7:30 p.m., Perry.
  • Tift County High Football vs. Brunswick, 8 p.m., (Senior Night), Brodie FIeld, Tifton. 
  • Harmony Jubilee, 8 a.m., Paulk Park, Fitzgerald.
  • Veterans Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m., VFW, Victory Drive, Tifton.
  • Veterans Patriotic Parade, 11 a.m., Downtown Tifton.
  • Veterans Day Fireworks, 8 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Harmony Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Rides, 7 a.m., Park Paulk, Fitzgerald.

In Memoriam


Nov. 2
Cynthia Elizabeth Lindsey, 53, Tifton
LeRoy Smith, 86, Ocilla 

Nov. 3
Theodore Smith Sr., 59, Tifton
Freddie Juston Davis, 72, West Berrien
Nov. 4
Shea Lynn Giddens Moore, 43, Tifton
Herman Grantham, 70, Tifton 

Nov. 5
Carlene Goff Gill, 86, Tifton
Mary Jo Veal, 90, Irwin County

Nov. 6
Juanita Mott Pertilla, 90, Tifton
Sammie Washington, 64, Tifton
Edwin Earl "Buddy" Pomahatch, 67, Tifton
Carol Faye Hill Sharpe, 64, Tifton 
Norma Jean Coleman Morrison, 89, Tifton 
Nov. 7
Rev. Steve E. Johnson, 77, Sumner 
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