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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

AUTHORITIES SAY IT TOOK ABOUT NINE HOURS TO CLEAR UP A TRACTOR TRIALER ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE SIX-30 THIS MORNING.
THE ACCIDENT SHUT DOWN INTERSTATE 75 BETWEEN HARTLEY BRIDGE ROAD AND SARDIS CHURCH ROAD.

VIEWER CHRIS MYRICK SENT US THIS VIDEO AND SOME PICTURES.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS A TRACTOR TRAILER HAULING PLASTIC... WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES... AFTER THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL... AND HIT THE CONCRETE DIVIDER THAT SEPARATES THE NORTH AND SOUTH BOUND LANES OF I-75.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS NO ONE WAS INJURED... AND THE TRACTOR TRAILER WAS THE ONLY VEHICLE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT.

LIVE ON THE PHONE RIGHT NOW IS BIBB COUNTY'S CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS... WHO WAS AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.
THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT... CHIEF DAVIS... COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SCENE THIS MORNING?
TOOK SEVERAL HOURS TO CLEAR THE ACCIDENT... COULD YOU EXPLAIN WHY IT TOOK SO LONG?

ALRIGHT THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION CHIEF DAVIS.
WE APPRECIATE IT.

A BIBB COUNTY MAN TURNED HIMSELF IN AFTER AN OFFICER FIRED AT HIM WHEN HE REFUSED TO DROP HIS SHOTGUN LAST NIGHT.

MACON POLICE SAY 53-YEAR OLD JEAN ARTHUR BARKER IS CHARGED WITH DISCHARGING A FIREARM WITHIN CITY LIMITS.
THEY SAY OFFICER JOEL WILDER RESPONDED TO SEVERAL CALLS... ABOUT SHOTS FIRED ON PONCE DE LEON CIRCLE SOUTH AROUND 9-O-CLOCK.
THAT'S NEAR HOUSTON AVENUE AND NEWBERG AVENUE.
POLICE SAY WILDER TOLD BARKER TO DROP HIS WEAPON... BUT HE DIDN'T.

THAT'S WHEN WILDER FIRED ONE SHOT AT BARKER THAT MISSED... AND TOOK COVER BEHIND HIS VEHICLE.
BARKER DROPPED THE WEAPON AND TURNED HIMSELF IN.
THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL SAYS BARKER POSTED A SIX-HUNDRED-50 DOLLAR BOND THIS MORNING.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA COUPLE RANG IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A NEW BUNDLE OF JOY.

CRYSTAL AND DAVID WILSON OF JONES COUNTY WELCOMED MACON'S FIRST BABY OF 2011...SETH MATTHEW WILSON.
THE PARENTS SAY THE BABY CAME AT THREE TWELVE THIS MORNING... HE'S WRAPPED IN THE BLANKET MADE BY HIS GRANDMOTHER.
SETH WEIGHS EIGHT POUNDS AND 14-POINT TWO OUNCES.
HE WAS BORN AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THE WILSONS SAY THEY WERE NOT EXPECTING HIM UNTIL JANUARY 12TH... BUT THRILLED HE CAME JUST IN TIME FOR A NEW YEAR'S BIRTHDAY.

CRYSTAL WILSON: "ITS EXCITING I DIDNT EXPECT ALL OF THIS, WE WERENT TRYING TO BUT IT JUST HAPPENED."
DAVID WILSON: "ITS VERY MUCH A FEELING OF STARTING OVER AGAIN IN A WAY, YOU KIND OF FEEL LIKE A NEW PARENT ALL OVER AGAIN. YOU HOPE YOU REMEMBER ALL THE THINGS YOU LEARNED FROM THE FIRST TWO, BUT I THINK WE'LL CATCH ON PRETTY QUICK."

THE WILSONS SAY SETH IS THEIR THIRD CHILD.

OTHERS CELERATED THE START OF 20-11... AT CHURCH.

ABOUT 100 PEOPLE CAME OUT TO MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN MACON... FOR A PRAYER BREAKFAST THIS MORNING.
THE THEME FOR THE BREAKFAST WAS HEALING OUR CITY THROUGH PRAYER.
CHURCH MINISTRY LEADER CARRIE WHITBY (WHIT-BEE) SAYS THEY USUALLY HAVE THE PRAYER ON NEW YEAR'S EVE... BUT SINCE MANY EVENTS TOOK PLACE LAST NIGHT...THEY DECIDED TO HAVE IT THIS MORNING.
WHITBY (WHIT-BEE) SAYS SHE HOPES THIS EVENT WILL INSPIRE MORE PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER... AND PRAY FOR THE COMMUNITY.
CARRIE WHITBY: "MY HOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR IS THAT WE CONTINUE TO LOVE EACH OTHER AND NOT DO ANYONE HARM, JUST CONTINUE TO LOVE EACH OTHER AND BECOME MORE CHRIST LIKE."
WHITBY (WHIT-BEE) SAYS THIS IS THE FIFTH YEAR THEY'VE HELD THE PRAYER BREAKFAST.

GEORGIA POWER CUSTOMERS WILL SEE SOME CHANGES IN THE NEW YEAR... TO THEIR BILLS.

THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION VOTED LAST MONTH TO LET THE COMPANY HIKE RATES... TO COMPENSATE FOR FALLING REVENUES AND UPGRADES TO POWER PLANTS.
THE AVERAGE BILL WILL INCREASE MORE THAN FOURTEEN DOLLARS.
GEORGIA POWER SAYS THE INCREASE WILL COVER BOTH FALLING REVENUES... AND UPGRADE POWER PLANTS.
IT'S ONE OF THE SHARPEST RATE CHANGES IN RECENT YEARS... AND AFFECTS TWO POINT FOUR MILLION CUSTOMERS.

YOU CAN HELP TAKE CARE OF HOMELESS ANIMALS THIS WINTER.

THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES YOU'LL FIND ON THE PERRY PAGE IN OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
SOUTHWOOD ANIMAL HOSPITAL IN WARNER ROBINS AND PERRY ANIMAL HOSPITAL IN PERRY... WILL ACCEPT DONATIONS UNTIL FIVE-O-CLOCK TOMORROW AFTERNOON.
STAR BRIGHT ANIMAL RESCUE AND SANCTUARY WILL PASS OUT THE DONATIONS... TO LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITIES IN HOUSTON COUNTY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A COMPLETE LIST OF THE ITEMS NEEDED... JUST LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION.
TO FIND IT... SELECT PERRY IN THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" BOX IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.
THEN... CLICK ON MORE NEWS TO HEAD OVER TO THE PERRY PAGE.

THESE WATER-LOVERS KEPT A 25-YEAR-OLD NEW YEAR'S DAY TRADITION GOING... BY HITTING THE LAKE TODAY.
PAUSE FOR NATS= 5 SEC
MEMBERS OF MACON'S WATER SKI CLUB TURNED OUT TO LAKE TOBOSOFKEE FOR THEIR ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S DAY CELEBRATION.
THE WATER SKIIERSAND TRIED SOME TRICKS... LIKE SKIING IN A PYRAMID.
ORGANIZER QUINTON COTTON SAYS THIS YEAR... SKIIERS BRAVED COLD WATER... BUT TEMPS WERE NOT AS LOW AS SOME YEARS.
EIGHT YEAR OLD CIERA SCHULTZ SAYS AFTER FOUR YEARS OF WATER SKIING... SHE HOPES TO LEARN NEW MOVES THIS YEAR.

CIERA SCHULTZ, BIBB COUNTY 0-5: "IT'S FUN AND YOU AND YOU CAN GET IN THE WATER AND PLAY WITH THE WATER."
QUINTON COTTON: "WE'VE HAD ALL KINDS OF CONDITIONS FROM VERY COLD BREAKING ICE TO NOT QUITE SO COLD, WATER COLD AND RAINING, SO WE'VE HAD ALL KIND OF CONDITIONS, IT'S BEEN FUN."
ABOUT 20 WATER SKIERS... TOOK PART IN TODAY'S EVENT.

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER WITH METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON.

ADLIB WEATHER

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.
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BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU TONIGHT... HERE'S ANOTHER LOOK... AT LAST NIGHT'S NEW YEARS CHERRY BLOSSOM BALL DROP.
ENJOY.

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