Saturday, January 22, Eyewitness News at 11

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

THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL SAYS ALCOHOL MAY HAVE CAUSED A FATAL WRECK IN DODGE COUNTY EARLY THIS MORNING.
TROOPER JEFFERY TAYLOR SAYS MILAN'S (MAY-LEN) POLICE CHIEF SPOTTED A FORD F-ONE-50 SWERVING... WHEN HIS CRUISER GOT BEHIND THE TRUCK... IT STARTED TO SPEED... AND LOST CONTROL.
TAYLOR SAYS THE CRASH HAPPENED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
THE TRUCK CRASHED AT THE INTERSECTION OF SWEET HOME CHURCH ROAD AND OLD MILAN (MAY-LEN) ROAD.
TAYLOR SAYS 24-YEAR OLD TRAVIS JOHNSON OF EASTMAN DIED ON THE SCENE.
HE SAYS ANOTHER MAN WAS IN THE TRUCK... HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.
TAYLOR SAYS THEY'RE NOT SURE WHO WAS DRIVING.
NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

MACON POLICE SAY TWO MASKED MEN ROBBED A BUSINESS LAST NIGHT.

THEY SAY IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE EIGHT-30 AT EL CARNAVAL LATIN FOOD STORE ON PIO NONO AVENUE.
THAT'S NEAR ROCKY CREEK ROAD AND SAINT CHARLES PLACE.
POLICE SAY TWO MASKED MEN WITH GUNS ENTERED THE STORE... DEMANDED THE TWO WORKERS OPEN THE CASH REGISTERS... AND THEN TOOK THE MONEY.
THE TWO MEN ALSO TOOK MONEY FROM ONE OF THE STORE CLERK'S WALLET'S AND TOOK ANOTHER EMPLOYEE'S PURSE WITH MONEY INSIDE.

POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME... AGAIN THAT'S 1-877-68-CRIME.

SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS SAY THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE STATE'S JUVENILE LAWS.

ABOUT A DOZEN PEOPLE CAME OUT TO THE JUVENILE COALITION MEETING HOSTED BY "JUST-GEORGIA" ADVOCACY COALITION.
THE COALITION WORK TO IMPROVE SOCIAL SERVICE SYSTEMS TARGETED TOWARDS CHILDREN.
PEOPLE RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CURRENT JUVENILE CODE... INCLUDING STATUATORY RAPE LAWS.
THEY ALSO TALKED ABOUT HOW NEW LAWS MAY AFFECT THOSE ALREADY IN JAIL.
SENATOR ROBERT BROWN SPOKE AT THE MEETING... AND SAYS GEORGIA IS IN PROCESS OF REVISING THE ENTIREJUVENILE CODE.
HE SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS... THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN REVIEWED. SENATOR ROBERT BROWN, (D-MACON): "ITS IMPORTANT FOR A US TO TAKE THIS COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT OUR JUVENILE CODE TO SEE WHERE WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES THAT ARE CONSISTANT WITH NOT ONLY THE CURRENT LAW OF THE LAND AS FAR AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED, BUT ALSO THE BEST PRACTICES OF PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS THAT ARE STUDYING CHILDRE AND THEIR BEHAVIOR."

BROWN ALSO SAYS THEY PLAN TO HOLD ANOTHER MEETING AT THE STATE CAPITOL.
NO DATE HAS BEEN SET.

SOME PEOPLE IN PEACH COUNTY SAY THEY WANT TO RAISE EDUCATION LEVELS... TO HELP STRENGTHEN THEIR WORKFORCE.
THE PEACH ALLIANCE FOR A STRONGER WORKFORCE PLANS TO GATHER IDEAS... AT A FORUM NEXT WEEK.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SPOKE WITH TWO PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY'RE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL... TO BETTER THEIR CHANCES AT LANDING A JOB---A MOVE SOME IN PEACH COUNTY HOPE OTHERS WILL CATCH ON TO.

TWENTY-FOUR YEAR OLD KENYA WILLIAMS SAYS SHE'S GOT A GOOD GUESS AT WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR.

KENYA WILLIAMS, FORT VALLEY: "THEY LOOK AT YOUR EDUCATION BEFORE THEY LOOK AT YOU"

WILLIAMS... AND CLASSMATE PAXTON ALLEN... LEFT HIGH SCHOOL WITHOUT GRADUATING.
A FEW MONTHS AGO... THEY DECIDED TO ENROLL IN A PEACH COUNTY G-E-D DIPLOMA PROGRAM.

PAXTON ALLEN, FORT VALLEY: "WITHOUT NO GED PROGRAM A PERSON WOULD REALLY HAVE NOTHING"
KENYA WILLIAMS, FORT VALLEY: "THEY WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS, AND I FELT COMFORTABLE AS SOON AS I HIT THE DOOR."

ALLEN SUSPECTS MORE PEOPLE MAY WANT TO TAKE THE SAME PATH.

PAXTON ALLEN: SOME WANT IT BUT THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO APPROACH IT

MILDRED LINDSEY RUNS LITERACY EDUCATION FOR ADULTS IN PEACH... THAT HELPS PEOPLE EARN A GED...AND IMPROVE THEIR EDUCATION.

GRAPHIC
SHE SAYS 2009 DATA SHOWS 31 PERCENT OF PEACH RESIDENTS DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL OR G-E-D DIPLOMA.

PERRY SWANSON: "TO THINK THAT ITS A SMALL PROBLEM OR ITS GOING TO GO AWAY IS A FALISY, IF YOU IGNORE IT, IT WILL GET WORSE

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT PERRY SWANSON SAYS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF EDUCATED PEOPLE IN THE WORKFORCE COULD MAKE PEACH MORE ATTRACTIVE TO INDUSTRIES THAT MAY LOOK TO MOVE THERE THIS YEAR.

WE'RE LOOKING AT CLOSE TO 100 JOBS OR MORE.. AND SEVERAL HUNDRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT

SWANSON AND LINDSEY HOPE THE NEW PEACH ALLIANCE FOR A STRONGER WORKFORCE... FINDS WAY TO RAISE THE EDUCATION LEVEL...AND PROVIDE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES.

MILDRED LINDSEY, LEAP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: "TRYING TO LET THEM SEE THAT THERE IS HOPE THERE IS A SECOND CHANCE FOR THEM

NATS

WILLIAMS SAYS THE PROGRAM HELPS HER FEEL ENCOURAGED.

KENYA WILLIAMS, FORT VALLEY: "IF YOU OPEN YOURSELF UP TO MORE, AND YOU LEARN MORE, IT WILL BE EASIER FOR YOU TO MAYBE LAND A JOB...

ALLEN SAYS IT TOOK DRIVE TO RETURN TO SCHOOL... BUT KNOWS HIS JOURNEY'S JUST BEGUN.

PAXTON ALLEN: LOSS OF WORDS REALLY... I FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT... BUT I DON'T HAVE NOTHING TO SAY UNTIL I COMPLETE IT"

THE PEACH ALLIANCE FOR A STRONGER WORKFORCE SAYS IT WANTS TO HEAR FROM BUSINESS... COMMUNITY... AND CHURCH LEADERS... ON WAYS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY.

THE PEACH ALLIANCE PLANS TO HOLD A FORUM TO DISCUSS STRATEGIES... THAT'S THIS TUESDAY... JANUARY 25TH.
THE EVENT RUNS FROM 6 P-M TO 7-30 P-M... AT THE BLUE BIRD BODY COMPANY... AT 4-0-2 BLUE BIRD BOULEVARD... OFF HIGHWAY 49.
TO R-S-V-P... CALL 478-825-3733... AGAIN THAT'S 478-825-3733.

JASON...

WE JOIN METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON IN THE WEATHER CENTER.





THANKS JASON WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

MORE THAN 200 GEORGIA TEACHERS SPENT THEIR SATURDAY... ADDING UP WAYS TO BETTER ENGAGE THEIR STUDENTS.

THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION NASA RESOURCE CENTER HOSTED AN ALL-DAY WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS.
THE EVENT TARGETED THOSE WHO FOCUS ON SCIENCE... ENGINEERING AND MATH.
NASA EDUCATION SPECIALISTS USED HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES... LIKE CREATING MOCK GLAZIERS IN THE CLASSROOM.
THE EDUCATORS ALSO LEARNED HOW TO PROGRAM ROBOTS FOR TEACHING DEMONSTRATIONS.
TEACHERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE WORKSHOP... SAY THEY PLAN TO INCOPORATE TODAY'S TOOLS... INTO THEIR SCHOOLS.

LINDA CRAYTON MILLER ELEMENTARY " IT HELPS US UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT SCIENCES AND OUR EXPLORATIONS IN SPACE AND I THINK IT WOULD BE ENJOYED BY ALL"
SANDRA WOODFOLK PRINCIPLE HOUSTON COUNTY CROSSROADS "WE HAD EXLAENT PRESENTERS HOW GAVE US A WEALTH OF HANDS ON MATERIAL THAT OUR TEACHERS CAN USE THAT WILL MEET THE STANDARDS THAT WILL GET OUR STUDENTS ENGAGED AND KEEP THEM LEARN"

THE EDUCATION SPECIALISTS WERE FROM THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND NASA PROGRAMS MEMBERS FROM GEORGIA.
THE PROGRAM WAS FREE FOR THE TEACHERS.

COMING UP ON EYEWITNESS NEWS ...

TIRED OF THE SAME-OLD HOME DECORATIONS?
WE'LL SHOW YOU WHERE YOU CAN SNAG SOME TIPS TO TOUCH UP YOUR PLACE... RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.

PLUS... WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE THE REHAB GYM... WHERE ARIZONA CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS WILL SOON BEGIN TREATMENT.
STAY WITH US.

YOU STILL HAVE SOME TIME TO GRAB TIPS.. ON SPRUCING UP YOUR HOME.

HUNDREDS CAME OUT TO THE MACON COLISEUM FOR A HOME EXPO TODAY... TO GETS HOME DECOR AND REMOLDELING IDEAS.
ABOUT 80 VENDORS GAVE INFORMATION AND PRODUCT DEMONSTRATIONS.
PEOPLE PICKED UP THINGS LIKE SOIL...PLANTS... AND SOME BUILDING MATERIALS.
THE EVENT CONTINUES TOMMORROW AT THE MACON COLISEUM.
ORAGNIZER AMANDA ROLAND SAYS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE EVENT... IS FEWER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS... BUT THOSE WHO TURN OUT... ARE FILLING UP MORE IN THEIR CARTS.
CATHY BARNES SAYS SHE PLANNED AHEAD TO REMODEL HER HOME... AND SAYS THEY'RE READY.

CATHY BARNES, FORSYTH: " I THINK ITS JUST A MATTER OF WE'RE AT THE POINT WHERE WE KIND OF KNOW WHAT WE WANT TO DO, WE'VE BEEN IN OUR HOUSE 9 YEARS, SO ITS TIME TO REFRESH IT AND CHANGE IT UP."

AGAIN... IF YOU MISSED TODAY'S EXPO...YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT TOMMORROW AT THE MACON COLISEUM.
THE EVENT WILL WRAP UP AROUND SIX-O-CLOCK AT NIGHT.

HERE'S JASON WITH A QUICK LOOK AT YOUR WEATHER.

JASON ADLIB WEATHER

MERCER'S OT WIN OVER JACKSONVILLE ON THURSDAY CAME AT A COST... LEADING SCORER JEFF SMITH TORE HIS ACL LATE IN THE GAME... LIKELY LEAVING THE BEARS SHORTHANDED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR...

MERCER TAKING ON NORTH FLORIDA WITHOUT SMITH... THE OSPREYS ONE GAME AHEAD OF THE BEARS IN THE A-SUN...

EARLY 1ST HALF... BRANDON MOORE AROUND THE CURL... HITS MIDRANGE J... BEARS UP 2...

SHOT CLOCK RUNNING DOWN... WILL WILSON GETS IN THE LANE... HITS FLOATER... 11-10 MERCER...

8 MINUTES IN... LANGSTON HALL AND BRIAN MILLS RUN PICK AND POP... MILLS DRAINS THREE... BEARS UP 4... HE HAD 16

BRAD HAUGABROOK DRIVES... KICKS TO EAST DUBLIN NATIVE JIMMY WILLIAMS... HITS TRE... 18-14...

UNDER 8 TO GO IN 1ST... PARKER SMITH FROM WAY BEYOND THE ARC...

NORTH FLORIDA GOES ON TO WIN IT 74-64.... MERCER FALLS TO 3-AND-6 IN THE A-SUN...

IN PEACH BELT PLAY... MONTEVALLO OUTLASTED GEORGIA COLLEGE IN OVERTIME 80-79...

GAME 1 WENT TO GC... WITH THE LADY CATS WINNING THEIR 4TH STRAIGHT... 57-42...

COMING UP... FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS...

....WILL GET THE CHANCE TO STRETCH THEIR MUSCLES ON SOME NEW EQUIPMENT.
FIND OUT WHERE YOUR DOGS CAN GET-IN ON THE ACTION.
STAY WITH US.

SOME LOCAL DOGS MAY BARK ABOUT THE NEW THINGS... AT TYLER'S DOG PARK.


ABOUT 200 DOG OWNERS AND THEIR FURRY FRIENDS... CAME OUT TO CELEBRATE THE NEW OBSTACLE COURSE
AFTER THE RIBBON CUTTING... THEY TESTED OUT SOME OF THE UPDATED EQUIPMENT AND CHECKED OUT COURSE DEMONSTRATIONS.
THE AGILITY COURSE... IS AN IDEA OF WORLD KNOWN ARTIST DWAYNE BASS.

BASS SAYS HE CREATED THE COURSE USING RECYCLED CONSTRUCTION WASTE... BROKEN WATER HOSES... AND PLASTIC DRUMS.
BASS SAYS HE'S NOT ONLY GLAD TO SEE HIS WORK OF ART BUT THRILLED... PEOPLE AND THEIR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS... WILL ENJOY IT.

DWAYNE BASS:"ITS AMAZING TO SEE PEOPLE THE AGILITY COURSE AND THEN KNOW THAT WE'RE SAVING LANDFILLS AT THE SAME TIME."
JOSH ROGERS: "IT'S A REALLY COOL THING TO BE ABLE TO TURN TRASH INTO ART AND TO MAKE IT FUNCTIONAL FOR PEOPLE TO COME AND EXERCISE THEIR DOGS."

THE PARK'S CONSTRUCTION WAS FUNDED BY THE KNIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE .

IF SOME OF YOU ARE HEADING DOWN TO TYLER'S DOG PARK...DONT FORGET TO SNAP A COUPLE PHOTOS OF YOUR PET PALS AND POST THEM TO OUR ONLINE PHOTO GALLERIES.
THESE PHOTOS WERE NOT TAKEN AT THE PARK BUT HERE ARE SOME OF YOUR FURRY FRIEND PHOTOS.

HERE IS CADI AND HERE NEW LITTLE PUPPY.

AND HERE'S A PHOTO OF DUKE ALL SNUGGLED UP AND WARM.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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