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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
TONIGHT'S TOP STORY... CENTRAL GEORGIA FACES ANOTHER DAY OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYED BUSINESS OPENINGS.

AS OF RIGHT NOW WE'VE HEARD FROM THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS.
HOUSTON..MONROE... AND JASPER COUTNY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW...AS WELL AS DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS.

BIBB AND TREUTLEN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW.

BLECKELY COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TOMORROW FOR STUDENT...STAFF SHOULD REPORT AT 10 A-M....LAURENS. CRAWFORD...AND WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL ALL BE CLOSED TOMORROW.

JONES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS...UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA...BRENTWOOD SCHOOL AND... JOHN HANCOCK ACADEMY WILL ALL BE CLOSED TOMORROW.

TWIGGS AND TAYLOR COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TOMORROW...AS WELL AS THE DUBLIN AND EATONTON CAMPUSES OF THE HEART OF GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE ARE CLOSED TOMORROW.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL...SINCLAIR CHRISTIAN ACADEMY...TWIGGS ACADEMY...AND WESTSIDE BAPTIST ACADEMY ARE CLOSED TOMORROW.

JOHNSON...PEACH...AND PUTNAM COUTNY PUBLIC SCHOOLS...AS WELL AS FULLINGTON ACADEMY.

 

MACON PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN WORKING ON STREETS AROUND THE CLOCK TRYING TO KEEP TRAVELERS SAFE.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... IT'S A CHALLANGE THEY EXPECT TO GET EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TONIGHT...

GATEWOOD ACADEMY...PIEDMONT ACADEMY...AND PUTNAM COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW.

WE'VE ALSO GOT SOME GOVERNMENT DELAYS TO TELL YOU ABOUT.
BIBB COUNTY SUPERIOR AND STATE COURT AND PEACH COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT...JURORS SHOULD REPORT FOR DUTY AT 1 P-M TOMORROW.... AND BYRON CITY HALL IS CLOSED UNTIL 2 P-M.

CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY EMPLOYEES ARE TO REPORT TO WORK AT 11 A-M TOMORROW.

HOUSTON... CENTERVILLE.. PERRY AND WARNER ROBINS WORKERS ARE TO REPORT TO WORK AT NOON.
THOSE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE CLOSINGS AND DELAYS WE'VE HAVE RIGHT NOW...

FOR AN UP TO DATE LIST OF ALL THE CLOSING AND DELAYS LOOK FOR THE TUESDAY'S CLOSING AND DELAYS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13 W-M-A-Z DOT COM.

NATS
PUBLICS WORKS EMPLOYEES CRANKED UP THE SPREADER TRUCKS MONDAY AFTERNOON... AND HIT THE STREETS...
TRYING TO LAY DOWN THIS GRITTY MIXTURE...TRYING TO KEEP SLUSHY STREETS... FROM BECOMING ICY STREETS...
NATS
STREET MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR RICHARD BULLOCK SAYS THE TRUCKS HAVE BEEN OUT SINCE EARLY MONDAY MORNING...
"SINCE ABOUT 10:30 THEY'VE BEEN FAIRLY PASSABLE IF EVERYBODY JUST SLOWS DOWN AND TAKES THEIR TIME."

MARK BRADLEY... AND HIS CO-PILOT LUCY... PUT THEIR CAR IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE MONDAY AFTERNOON TO CRUISE AROUND TOWN...
:STILL A LITTLE ICE ON THE ROADS, STILL A LITTLE SLICK."
IT WASN'T UNTIL ABOUT THREE THIRTY MONDAY AFTERNOON THAT THE TRUCKS MADE IT TO THE HILLS IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD ...BUT HE SAYS HE WAS PLEASED WITH HOW THE CITY TOOK CARE OF THE ROADS..
"ANY SLIPPING AND SLIDING?
A LITTLE, BUT NO LOSS OF CONTROL."

"BULLOCK SAYS THE CITY'S BRIDGES AND OVER PASSES ARE THE FIRST PRIORITY BECAUSE THEY'RE THE FIRST TO FREEZE... HE SAYS THE CITY'S THREE SAND TRUCKS HAVE BEEN TREATING THE ROADS SINCE ABOUT ONE A.M... USING A MIXTURE OF SALT TO MELT THE ICE AND PEA SIZED GRAVEL TO PROVIDE TRACTION..."

HE SAYS THEY MANAGED TO GET TO THE CITY'S THIRTY THREE BRIDGES TWICE BEFORE FIVE A.M...
BUT HE SAYS THEY'RE KEEPING THE TRUCKS GASSED UP AND READY TO GO FOR TONIGHT... WHEN BULLOCK SAYS THE REAL TROUBLE STARTS...

"THAT'S WHEN THE REAL PROBLEMS GOING TO COME IN WHEN THE TEMPERATURES DROP BELOW FREEZING."

BULLOCK SAYS DRIVERS CAN EXPECT TO SEE THE TRUCK OUT ON THE ROADS AGAIN MONDAY EVENING... AS THEY TRY TO GET ANOTHER LAYER OF SAND AND GRAVEL DOWN BEFORE TEMPERATURES DROP.
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BULLOCK SAYS PUBLIC WORKS WILL REMAIN ON CALL UNTIL THE WEATHER IMPROVES..

PEOPLE IN HOUSTON COUNTY ALSO HAD THEIR SHARE OF WINTRY WEATHER CONDITIONS...
E-M-A DIRECTOR JIMMY WILLIAMS SAYS THE COUNTY HASN'T SEEN ANY ROAD CLOSURES AS OF YET.
BUT THEY ARE STILL ENCOURAGING DRIVERS TO STAY OFF THE ROADS.
MARVIN JAMES HAS THE STORY FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CITY.

<<IT WAS A NORMAL DAY OF WORK FOR ROBIN MONEY MAKING PIZZAS IN WARNER ROBINS BUT THE ROAD CONDITIONS WERE ANYTHING BUT HOT AND FRESH AS HE MADE DELIVERY AFTER DELIVERY.
ROBIN MONEY; ITS BEEN DIFFICULT OUT THERE DRIVING NOT AS ROUGH AS THE SNOW WE GOT A FEW YEARS AGO BUT PRETTY ROUGH.
ROUGH ENOUGH FOR BJ JONES AND HER DAUGHTER TYRA TO CALL CENTRAL GEORGIA THEIR HOME AWAY FROM HOME WHILE THEY WAIT OUT THE WINTRY WEATHER.
BJ JONES: IT HAS DEFINETLY KEPT US IN THE AREA OF COURSE.WERE IN A LOCAL HOTEL. THE ROADS ARE PRETTY SLICK ITS VERY COLD AND PRETTY DANGEROUS SO WE'RE TRYING TO STAY OFF THE ROADS FOR SAFETY REASONS OF COURSE.
NAT OF EMA
HOUSTON COUNTY EMA DIRECTOR JIMMY WILLIAMS SAYS THE 911 CENTER IS AT FULL STAFF WITH AN ADDITIONAL DISPATCHER ON HAND TO HANDLE THE EXTRA CALLS THEY MAY RECIEVE..
AND WITH THREE DISPATCHERS ON STANDBY.. WILLIAMS FEELS THE COUNTY IS PREPARED TO WEATHER THE STORM.
JIMMY WILLIAMS; ITS BEEN PRETTY MUCH BLANKET COVERAGE FROM ONE END OF THE COUNTY TO THE OTHER. PERRY HAS THE SAME PROBLEMS WARNER ROBINS HAS AND CENTERVILLE AND ALL THOSE SO THERES REALLY NOT ONE SPOT THAT STANDS OUT.
WITH MORE SLUSH ON THE ROADS THAN CARS.. CHIEF WILLIAMS SAYS THAT IS THE KEY TO FEWER ACCIDENTS ON THE ROADWAYS.
CHIEF JIMMY WILLIAMS: OUR CITIZENS HAVE BEEN RESPONDING VERY WELL TO WHAT WE'VE ASKED FOR. THEYVE STAYED AT HOME.WEVE HAD VERY LITTLE ACCIDENTS IN THE AREA.
AND WITH 10 YEARS IN THE PIZZA DELIVERY BIZ.. ROBIN MONEY SERVES THIS SOUND ADVICE TO FELLOW DRIVERS.
ROBIN MONEY: DRIVE MORE SLOWLY AND LOOK OUT FOR OTHER CARS BECAUSE THOSE FOLKS MAY NOT BE USED TO DRIVING IN THESE CONDITIONS.
IN WARNER ROBINS MARVIN JAMES EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>

WILLIAMS ALSO SAYS LOCAL POLICE ARE BEING PLACED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY AT MAJOR INTERSECTIONS TO DETER SPEEDERS AND OFFER ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED.
THE MACON-BIBB E-M-A IS TELLING PEOPLE TO EXPECT SLIGHTLY WORSE WEATHER CONDITIONS TOMORROW THAN WHAT THEY SAW TODAY.
DEPUTY EMA DIRECTOR MARK WYNN SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE FREEZING RAIN... WHICH WILL SLICK THE ALREADY WET ROADS AND SIDEWALKS.
IN A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON... HE SAYS EMERGENCY CREWS WILL PROCEED WITH THE SAME PLAN THEY HAD TODAY.

MARK WYNN, EMA "FIREMEN, COPS, OR SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES GOING OUT AND DOING WINDSHEIDL SURVEYS, REPORTING WHAT'S OUT THERE, GETTING BACK WITH PUBLIC WORKS, LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT THEY SEE AND ADVISING THE POLICY GROUP WHAT WE NEED TO DO."
WYNN SAYS TODAY THEY HAD 2 REPORTS OF MINOR INJURIES DUE TO CAR ACCIDENTS.
AUDREY KING WITH GEORGIA POWER SAYS MACON HAD LESS THAN 50 REPORTS OF POWER OUTAGES... SHE SAYS OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE TOMORROW AS WELL.

AUDREY KING "THERE IS NO WAY TO GUARANTEE THE OUTAGES WONT HAPPEN BUT WE HAVE OUR MANPOWER STAFFED IN THE EVENT THAT ANYTHING SHOULD ARISE, WE'RE READY TO TAKE CARE OF IT AT MOMENTS NOTICE"

KING SAYS GEORGIA POWER CUSTOMERS WITH OUTAGES CAN CALL 1-888-891-0938.
EMA OFFICIALS SAY THEY ONCE AGAIN ADVISE PEOPLE NOT TO DRIVE ON THE ICY ROADS.
WE HAVE AN UPDATE FOR YOU ON COURT PROCEDINGS THIS WEEK... ALL STATE AND SUPERIOR COURT JURORS IN BIBB COUNTY HAVE BEEN EXCUSED FROM DUTY FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO PRESS RELEASE FROM DIANNE BRANNEN..CLERK OF THE BIBB COUTNY SUPERIOR COURT.

TODAY'S SLICK ROADS AND WINDY WEATHER DIDN'T STOP SOME FOLKS FROM HEADING TO THE GROCERY STORE.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU WHAT SOME MACON STORES STRUGGLED TO KEEP ON THE SHELVES... AND WHAT SOME FOLKS SAY THEY JUST HAD TO HAVE ON THIS WINTER DAY.

AT THE BACONSFIELD KROGER ON GRAY HIGHWAY IN MACON MONDAY... SHOPPERS LIKE ROBERT JENNINGS STOCKED UP ON STAPLES LIKE BREAD... AND EGGS.

ROBERT JENNINGS, MACON:JUST EVERYTHING THAT I WOULD NORMALLY HAVE IN THE HOUSE FOR THE WHOLE WEEK.

SOME SHOPPERS SAY THE STORE RAN LOW ON A FEW ITEMS.

ROBERT JENNINGS, MACON: BAKING STUFF BISCUTS WATER...I HAD TO GO WITH A DIFFERENT BRAND

SALLY HEURICH, BIBB COUNTY: WE WERE GOING TO GET SOME HAMBURGER MEAT FOR HAMBURGER HELPER BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY HAMBURGER MEAT."

OTHERS STOPPED IN FOR THEIR WINTER FAVORITES.

MARISSA ROBINSON, GRAY: HOT CHOCOLATE, SOME COOKIES AND A LOT OF SWEETS LIKE THAT STUFF"

NATS BAGS ITEM

STORE MANAGER WILL BUTLER SAYS STAFF KEPT BUSY REFILLING SHELVES... AS SHOPPERS...UNAFRAID OF SLICK ROADS...STREAMED IN.

WILL BUTLER: "OUR TRUCKS HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD MAKING DELIVERIES TO US AHEAD OF TIME."

LAUREN DISPIRITO, EYEWITNESS NEWS: "TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DIDN'T RUN OUT OF STAPLES LIKE BREAD AND WATER, MANAGERS HERE SAY THEY TOOK EXTRA DELIVERIES LATE LAST NIGHT, AND THEY SAY THEY HAD MORE STAFF ON CALL TO DEAL WITH THE AFTERMATH OF MONDAY'S STORM.

UP THE STREET AT SAVE A LOT FOOD STORE... MANAGER TED DUBOISE SAYS ABOUT 80 CUSTOMERS ENTERED THE STORE MONDAY... JUST A QUARTER OF THEIR TYPICAL BUSINESS. -+

TED DUBOISE: JUST LITTLE THINGS THEY FORGOT OR JUST DIDN'T PICK UP OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT THEY PREPARED FOR IT BECAUSE THEY WERE BUYING EVERYTHING OVER THE WEEKEND.

DUBOISE SAYS THE STORE STAYED STOCKED UP ON MOST ITEMS...BUT RAN LOW ON BANANAS.

NATS GROCERY CART

JENNINGS SAYS HE DECIDED IT MADE SENSE TO MAKE A FOOD RUN SOONER... RATHER THAN LATER.

ROBERT JENNINGS, MACON: GET SOME GROCERIES BEFORE IT STAYS LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED.
SAVE A LOT ON GRAY HIGHWAY SAYS IT PLANNED TO CLOSE FOUR HOURS EARLY TONIGHT....AT 5 O'CLOCK... BECAUSE OF WEATHER.
THEY'LL REOPEN ON TIME TOMORROW...AT 8 A-M.

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