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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.


     A DODGE COUNTY WOMAN RELEASED A YEAR EARLY...AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF KILLING AN INFANT... WILL REMAIN FREE FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER SIX WEEKS.
     THAT'S ACCORDING TO TIM VAUGHN...DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR THE OCONEE JUDICIAL DISTRICT.
     IN 2009....AMY ROGERS JONES WAS CONVICTED OF KILLING A THREE-MONTH-OLD GIRL THAT SHE WAS BABY SITTING. INVESTIGATORS CALLED IT A SHAKEN-BABY CASE.
     BUT A CLERICAL ERROR BY THE DODGE SHERIFF'S OFFICE...SET HER FREE LAST MONTH...A YEAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
     VAUGHN SAYS HE FILED A MOTION THIS WEEK ASKING A JUDGE TO SEND JONES BACK TO PRISON.
     TODAY HE SAID...JUDGE SARAH WALL SET A HEARING DATE ON HIS MOTION FOR MARCH 1ST.
     HE SAYS THE JUDGE'S LETTER SAID JONES SHOULD GET AT LEAST 30 DAYS NOTICE ON THE HEARING.


FOUR CITIES MADE THEIR PITCH TO HOST THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME TODAY.
BOFTA YIMAM SAT IN ON THEIR PRESENATATIONS.
SHE'S JOINING US NOW WITH A LOOK AT WHAT EACH OF THEM HAD TO SAY.... BOFTA?
THE BOARD ASKED EACH CITY HOW THEY WOULD MAKE THE MUSEUM SELF-SUSTAINING... AND WHETHER THEY HAVE HARD DOLLARS COMMITTED TO THE PROJECT.
THE DUNWOODY MUSIC CONSERVANCY  SAYS THEY WOULD PLACE THE HALL AT THE PERIMETER MALL FOR THREE YEARS.. WITH PLANS TO BUILD THE SPRUILL CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN 20-15.
THEY SAID THE BUSTLING LOCATION... THAT TAPS INTO ATLANTA'S POPULATION.. AND MALL FOOT TRAFFIC.
THE DUNWOODY TEAM SAYS THEY HAVE FOUR MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF ASSETS... AND WOULD SECURE FUNDS -- ONCE THEY'RE SELECTED.
THEY PLAN TO USE CORPORATE.. AND INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS.
THE ATHENS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNCTION PITCHED  A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA... TO CREATE A WORLD CLASS COLLECTION LIBRARY.
THEY PLAN TO ARCHIVE AND DIGITIZE ARTIFACTS AT U-G-A'S LIBRARY... WITH ROTATING EXHIBITS PLACED AT MUSEUMS ACROSS THE STATE.
THEY SAY THEY WON'T NEED TO BUILD ANYTHING... AND PLAN TO RAISE PRIVATE DOLLARS TO MAINTAIN THE LIBRARY.
THE ATHENS GROUP SAYS SPREADING THE PROJECT ACROSS THE STATE... WOULD DRAW MORE PEOPLE.
THE MAYOR  OF WOODSTOCK SAYS THEY WOULD CAPITALIZE ON THEIR LOCATION NEAR ATLANTA... AND PARTNER WITH SCHOOLS... TO PROMOTE MUSIC EDUCATION.
THEY WOULD USE A 17-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING IN A DOWNTOWN PARK...AND RENOVATIONS WOULD COST NEARLY A MILLION DOLLARS.
SO FAR... THE WOODSTOCK TEAM SAYS THEY HAVE A COMMITMENT OF NEARLY 850-THOUSAND... FOR FIVE YEARS.
THEY SAY THEY'LL TRY TO USE A SPLOST... AND A HOTEL TAX TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
MACON SAYS THEY'RE THE LOGICAL CHOICE... SINCE THEY WON'T HAVE TO BUILD.
HALLS OF FAME CHAIRMAN MIKE DYER SAYS THE MACON SITE HASN'T BEEN A SUCCESS ... LARGELY BECAUSE IT WASN'T PROPERLY FUNDED.. AND THEY HAVEN'T WORKED HARD ENOUGH TO DRAW PEOPLE STATE-WIDE.
HE SAYS THE NEW GROUP WOULD RUN THE HALL THEMSELVES... WITH SOME RENOVATIONS...A DESIGNATED OUTREACH STAFF... AND A FOCUS ON EDUCATION.
DYERS SAYS THEY HAVE COMMITMENTS FOR ONE-POINT-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FUNDS.
HE SAYS THEY AIM TO BE SELF-SUSTAINING WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
BUT ALL FOUR GROUPS SAY THEY COULD MAKE THE HALL OF FAME WORK IN THEIR CITY.
Mike Dyers, Macon Music Hall of Fame  1-7
"We actually have the museum here, we actually have the collection here  and we think we can bring the visitors here to support it."
Danny Ross, Dunwoody Music Conservancy Chairman  11-17
"Having access to a thousand to a million students and 5 and 1/2 million people within 30 minutes is a big big asset that would make this thing sustainable."
Matt Forshee, Athens Economic Dev. Function 22-28
"By siphening off the collection and spreading it around the state to various museums and so we 've reduced our overall requirement for a budget standpoint."
Mayor Donnie Henriques, City of Woodstock  32-38
"We know where the dollars are coming in, where they're coming from, how much is coming in, we know we can dedicate it to the source, so to me it's a no brainer.
MEMBERS OF THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY ARE SCHEDULED TO RANK THE FOUR PRESENTATIONS... BY THE END OF TUESDAY.
FRANK... LEAH?
IF THE BOARD ISN'T SATISFIED... THEY COULD REOPEN THE BIDDING PROCESS.


     SEVEN CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AT A MACON COUNTY PRISON ARE SUSPENDED WHILE THE STATE INVESTIGATES AN INCIDENT LAST MONTH.
     THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS...WHICH DOES NOT SAY WHAT THE GUARDS ARE ACCUSED OF.
    EARLIER THIS MONTH THE STATE SAID THEY WOULD INVESTIGATE ALLEGED ABUSE AT SEVERAL PRISONS INCLUDING MACON STATE PRISON IN OGLETHORPE.
     THOSE PRISONS WENT ON LOCKDOWN AFTER  INMATES SAID THEY WOULD PROTEST FOR BETTER LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS.
     THE NEWS RELEASE SAYS THE G-B-I IS HANDLING THE INVESTIGATIONS AND THAT THE SEVEN GUARDS WERE SUSPENDED WITH PAY.


SEVERAL GROUPS ARE FOCUSING THEIR EFFORTS ON AN ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN IN MACON. 
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKS... ALONG WITH THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HELD A MEETING TO DISCUSS THE EFFECTS OF SECOND-HAND SMOKE AND WHAT COULD BE DONE TO SOLVE THOSE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS US WHAT THE "BREATH EASY" CAMPAIGN HOPES TO ACCOMPLISH.
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DISCUSSIONS IN THE WORKS TO TRY TO MAKE MACON A SMOKE-FREE CITY...
Greg Dent, "It's important we get the awareness out there and see if Macon is ready to do something about second-hand smoke."
THE GROUP MAY PROPOSE AN ORDINANCE BANNING SMOKING IN ALL RESTAURANTS AND BARS, AND WITHIN 20 FEET OF ANY PUBLIC BUILDING.
THIS MEETING MARKS THE FIRST STEP OF THE PROCESS.... NEXT THEY PLAN TO SEND OUT SURVEYS TO PEOPLE AND GET FEEDBACK FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.
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AMONG SMOKERS... THE OPINIONS DIFFER ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE REGULATIONS.
Ed Lash, Macon: "It would be bad for me and anyone else that smoke. I mean where do you draw the line?"
Jody Bentley, Macon, "People don't want to be bothered with smoke especially those who don't smoke."
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SAVANNAH RECENTLY PASSED A SMOKING BAN... ONE OF THE STRICTEST IN THE STATE. AND ORGANIZERS SAY THAT SHOWS SOME CITIES UNDERSTAND THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF SECOND-HAND SMOKE ON PUBLIC HEALTH. 
Dr. Nannette Turner, Mercer School of Medicine, "As a public health official we're always looking to do things to improve the health of the community. It can only be beneficial to Macon to go through something like this."
SEVERAL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS LIKED THE IDEAS THEY HEARD.
Nancy White, Macon City Council, "In communities and states that have done this it has been a plus for the economy. Sales tax receipts increased a result."
AND ONE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT THAT'S ALREADY BANNED SMOKING...CAN ATTEST TO THAT.
Chad Evans, The Rookery: "Business has doubled. Our numbers look good. I think people appreciate the clean smoke free atmosphere."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> AFTER THE MORNING MEETING... ORGANIZERS HELD A STRATEGY SESSION. THEY PLAN TO MEET AGAIN WITHIN A NEXT MONTH.
      TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... DOES SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES BOTHER YOU?
     SO FAR 67 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT DOES.
     AND 33 PERCENT SAY IT DOESN'T.
      YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


A GROUP OF TEENAGE HEROS FROM WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL... WANT WOMEN TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT.
AND THEY DON'T WANT THE PRICE TAG FOR BEAUTY TO BREAK THE BANK.
THE STUDENT COUNCIL STARTED COLLECTING GENTLY USED LADIESFORMAL WEAR IN AUGUST.
THEY DRY CLEANED... PRICED AND ORGANIZED MORE THAN 350 DRESSES.
ALL OF THEM WILL GO ON SALE NEXT SATURDAY... JANUARY 29TH.... AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL DEMON DRESS DRIVE.
STUDENTS SAY SHOPPERS WILL FIND HIGH DOLLAR LOOKS AT BARGAIN PRICES.
Karen Degraphenreid, Warner Robins: (6:25) "It's not just old, ratty dresses from the 80's and 90's. These are new, pretty dresses. All of them that come are never disappointed."
Kristine Martin, Warner Robins: (8:50) "Some of these dresses are brand new, and they're only $45, which is definitely a bargain."
AGAIN... THE DEMON DRESS DRIVE IS NEXT SATURDAY... JANUARY 29TH AT WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL ON SOUTH DAVIS DRIVE.
DOORS OPEN AT 10 A-M...AND CLOSE AT 3 P-M.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME... AND ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE FOSTER CHILDREN'S FUND OF HOUSTON COUNTY.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO GRAB A BITE TO EAT THIS WEEKEND... WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS DID WHEN THE INSPECTORS STOPPED BY.
AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEKS RESTAURANT RATINGS.
THIS WEEK WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY.
WAFFLE HOUSE AT 62-80 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON... SCORED A 69... OR "U"... THAT'S DOWN 29 POINTS FROM THE 98 THEY MADE PREVIOUSLY. 
ACCORDING TO AN INSPECTOR... THERE WAS NO SOAP AT THE HAND WASH SINK.
HE ALSO SAYS MILK WAS STORED BELOW RAW MEAT.
ON RE-INSPECTION... WAFFLE HOUSE GOT A PERFECT SCORE.
ROMAN DELIGHT PIZZA AT 36-61 EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON SCORED A 71 OR"C".... LAST TIME THEY MADE AN 80... OR A "B."
AN INSPECTOR FOUND EMPLOYEES TOUCHING PIZZA INGREDIANTS WITH THEIR BARE HANDS.
HE ALSO SAYS SEVERAL PASTA DISHES WERE BEING REHEATED IMPROPERLY.
MCDONALD'S AT 62-10 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON SCORED AN 81 OR "B."... THAT'S DOWN A LETTER GRADE FROM THE 91...OR "A" THEY MADE LAST TIME.
THE INSPECTOR FOUND MOLD ON SOME OF THE LIMES BEING KEPT IN THE COOLER.
HE ALSO SAYS THE HAND WASH SINK DIDN'T REACH A HOT ENOUGH TEMPERATURE... AND THERE WEREN'T ANY PAPER TOWELS AT THAT SINK.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK..
FRANCAR'S AT 13-65 LINDEN AVENUE IN MACON GOT A PERFECT SCORE... THAT'S AFTER SCORING A 100 LAST TIME... AS WELL.
TROPICAL FLAVA AT 52-01 HOUSTON ROAD IN MACON ALSO SCORED TWO 100S.
AND ZANDER'S MARKET AT 15-68 FOREST HILL ROAD IN MACON ALSO GOT DOUBLE 100S ON T JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE TAKE THESE PERFECT SCORES... AND LOOK BACK TO FIND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER... FRANK... LEAH?HEIR LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE NEWS TAB.. THEN LOOK FOR FEATURES... THEN CLICK ON THE RESTAURANT RATINGS LINK.


ONE OF MACON'S OLDEST NIGHTCLUBS CELEBRATES FORTY YEARS OF MUSIC HISTORY THIS YEAR.
OWNERS OF GRANT'S LOUNGE... ON POPLAR STREET... ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION IN MARCH.
KNOWN AS THE HOME OF SOUTHERN ROCK... CLUB PERFORMERS INCLUDE ROCK LEGENDS LIKE THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND... LYNYRD SKYNYRD... WET WILLIE AND CHARLIE DANIELS.
THE CLUB OPENED ITS DOORS ON FEBRUARY 16TH....NINETEEN -SEVENTY-ONE.
EVENTS KICK OFF MARCH SECOND... WITH CONCERTS AND A CHANCE FOR FOLKS TO TELL THEIR GRANT'S LOUNGE STORIES.
EDWARD GRANT... WHOSE FATHER STARTED THE CLUB... SAYS SOME OF HIS BEST MEMORIES ARE FROM JAM SESSIONS.
Edward Grant, Jr., Owner, Grant's Lounge: "...it was just awesome."
OWNERS SAY THEY PLAN TO HONOR SEVERAL TYPES OF MUSIC WITH BLUES... SOUTHERN ROCK... DISCO... AND BIG SHOW BAND PERFORMANCES.


      LOTS OF YOU JOIN US ON FACEBOOK EACH DAY... AND YOU SHARE PLENTY OF NEWS TIPS WITH US.
      BUT OUR FANS ALSO LIKE TO RELAX AND JUST CHAT.
      TODAY... WE SIMPLY ASKED THEM... WHAT ARE YOU HAPPY ABOUT?
      PATSY GADDY SAYS "I AM HAPPY THAT I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND THAT I HAVE THE BEST HUSBAND THE THE MOST AMAZING CHILDREN THAT YOU COULD EVER ASK FOR. I LOVE MY LIFE!"
      CYNTHIA WILDS COMMENTED THAT SHE'S "HAPPY TOMORROW IS SATURDAY AND I CAN SLEEP IN..."
      SHEILA CLAXTON IS EXCITED BECAUSE THERE'S "SUNSHINE AND NO ICE!"
     AND BRANDI GOODSON  REPLIED... "2 A'S ON BOTH TESTS THIS WEEK, ME AND MY SISTER IN-LAW FOUND $140 LAST NIGHT AND I HAVE A HAPPY HEALTHY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!
WHY NOT BE HAPPY?!"
      JOIN US ON FACEBOOK AND LET US KNOW WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
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    THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
   THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.
   HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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