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David Crutchfield: "Don't get mad if you see a big truck going down the highway with 12  Clydesdale horses. It's not budweiser. It's just me trying to save a penny."
     BIG RIG DRIVERS SAY THE RISING COST OF FUEL... COULD DRIVE THEM RIGHT OUT OF BUSINESS.
 HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
 AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
   WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.. BUT FIRST... TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.


      SEVERE WEATHER SWEPT THROUGH PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA THIS AFTERNOON... AND IT LEFT ITS MARK ON A SOUTH HOUSTON COUNTY HOME.
     ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF KEVIN NOLES SAYS LIGHTNING STRUCK A HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 41... JUST NORTHOF HIGHWAY 26.
     HE SAYS LIGHTNING TOOK OUT THE FAMILY'S TELEVISION SET... BUT DIDN'T CAUSE ANY OTHER MAJOR DAMAGE.
     NOLES SAYS WINDS ALSO BUSTED UP A COUPLE OF SHEDS IN THE AREA.
     HE SAYS THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED.


       CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE WEATHER SITUATION ALL AFTERNOON.       HE'S JOINING US FROM THE WEATHER CENTER WITH A LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING.      Showers and thunderstorms will continue to move through central georgia this evening, most of which will be gone by midnight.   THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.


      GAS PRICES ARE STILL ON THE RISE... WITH THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED HITTING THREE DOLLARS AND 52 CENTS TODAY.
      THAT'S ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A.
      IN MACON... THE AVERAGE GAS PRICE IS 3-47... UP FROM 3-45 YESTERDAY.
      BUT THE PRICE OF DIESEL FUEL IS EVEN HIGHER... NEAR FOUR DOLLARS A GALLON.
      BRITTINY BARBER WENT TO A BUTTS COUNTY TRUCK STOP TO SEE HOW PRICES ARE AFFECTING DRIVERS THERE.<<David Crutchfield, Dallas: "If the wind blows hard the prices go up."
HIGHER PRICES AT THE PUMP ARE HITTING BIG RIG DRIVERS ESPECIALLY HARD...
ACCORDING THE TRIPLE A THE COST OF DIESEL HAS JUMPED ALMOST ONE DOLLAR IN THE LAST YEAR... THE COST OF UNLEADED INCREASING ABOUT 75 CENTS.
Brittiny Barber, Eyewitness News: "Drivers say tracker trailers get an average of five miles to the gallon. With a 200 gallon tank and gas nearing $4 a gallon, you can see it gets pretty pricey to keep these rigs on the roads."
David Crutchfield: "For what? 280 some odd gallons $930. That's one tank and it's going to take us two tanks to get back to Texas."
 SKYROCKETING FUEL COSTS FORCES SOME DRIVERS TO TRY MAKE EXTRA MONEY WHERE THEY CAN.
Mike McKinney, Sanford, Florida: "I have to stay out extra time. I don't get to spend as much time at home cause I need that extra run a week."
  ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS... 70 PERCENT OF ALL FREIGHT TONNAGE IN THE U-S IS MOVED BY TRUCKS....
DRIVERS SAY AS THE PRICES GO UP... THEIR PAY DOES NOT.
Mike McKinney: "My compensation has maybe gone up three oR four percent at the most. We get a fuel surcharge but it's not enough to cover the increase of what we are paying." 
BECAUSE OF THAT.. THEY SAY THEIR ONLY OPTION...MAY BE PUTTING THE TRUCK IN PARK.
Mike McKinney: "I've talked to several friends of mine who are already ready to park their trucks."
David Crutchfield: "Don't get mad if you see a big truck going down the highway with 12  Clydesdale horses. It's not budweiser. It's just me trying to save a penny."
BRITTINY BARBER 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>>
ECONOMISTS SAY HIGHER FUEL PRICES WILL DRIVE UP THE COST OF FOOD....AND LOTS OF OTHER COMMODITIES.
THE U-S-D-A SAYS IT EXPECTS AMERICAN FOOD PRICES TO RISE 4 PERCENT THIS YEAR...AND THAT'S BEFORE YOU FIGURE IN THE RISING GAS COSTS.


HOSTAGE SITUATIONS... RAIDS... AND SERVING DRUG WARRANTS.
THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE SITUATIONS SWAT OFFICERS RESPOND TO.
NEARLY 30 GEORGIA AGENCIES SUITED UP IN BIBB COUNTY... FOR A TWO-DAY STATE TRAINING CONFERENCE.
AS BOFTA YIMAM EXPLAINS... THE TRAINING HELPS SOME OF THE SMALLEST AGENCIES... PREPARE FOR THE WORST.NATS "flash bang"


 THOMAS KENT KEEPS HIS EYES FOCUSED... AND FEET READY--- FOR THE UNKNOWN.


NATS FEET


Kent,
"We don't know where a gunmen will be at in the truck, what kinda weapon he may have."


THE 5-YEAR BIBB DEPUTY... ALONG WITH OTHER STATE-WIDE SWAT OFFICERS... PRACTICE POSSIBLE ENTRY POINTS INTO A TRACTOR TRAILER ASSAULT.  INSTRUCTOR HEATH HOLCOMB SAYS ITS NOT A COMMON SCENARIO... THAT'S WHY HE CALLS THE TRAINING ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT.


Holcomb,
"work as a team in a short amount of time, come up with a plan and implement the plan."


THE TWO-DAY TRAINING... AIMS TO BOOST KENT'S EXPERTISE... ALONG WITH ABOUT 200 OTHER GEORGIA SWAT OFFICERS.  INSTRUCTORS POINT OUT DISTRACTION TECHNIQUES LIKE THE FLASH BANG... AND HOW TO PROPERLY SCAN SURROUNDINGS BEFORE FIRING.


NATS shots


Kent,
"It's training I can take back to my agency that even some of the veteran guys haven't been through."


NATS "we call this an atomic push up."


ALPHARETTA SWAT OFFICER MARK TAPPAN SAYS HIS AGENCY... MADE UP OF 100 SWORN OFFICERS... GAINS STRENGTH... BY PULLING TECHNIQUES FROM OTHERS... WITH MORE EXPERIENCE.


Tappan,
"It really helps out to see guys who did it every day and how they handle it."


INDOOR SESSIONS OFFER MOCK MEDICAL SITUATIONS... LIKE GUN SHOT WOUNDS.


Bofta Yimam:
"If a bullet hits an artery, Swat paramedics say it takes about 3 to 4 minutes to bleed out, that's why they say it's important Swat officers who typically enter the home first know how to do advanced first aid, like properly placing pressure on  a wound, to help slow down the bleeding."


KENT SAYS HE LOOKS FORWARD TO CATCHING THE BAD GUYS.. WITH THE GOOD ONE'S IN MIND.


Kent,
"I want to be the guy that goes to help people"


BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS 
THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THE GEORGIA TACTICAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION HELD THE CONFERENCE IN BIBB COUNTY.
THEY SELECTED BIBB COUNTY... DUE TO ITS CENTRAL LOCATION AND COOPERATION AMONG... MACON... BIBB AND WARNER ROBINS LAW ENFORCEMENT.


THE PERRY FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS FINDING MONEY TO HIRE TWELVE NEW FIREFIGHTERS IS KEEPING THE CITY FROM BRINGING A FIRE STATION TO KATHLEEN... WHICH HAS A RESPONSE TIME OF TEN MINUTES OR MORE.
CHIEF JOEL GRAY SAYS A SERIOUS FIRE AT THE HOUSTON LAKE APARTMENTS THREE WEEKS AGO IS AN EXAMPLE OF A CALL THAT WOULD HAVE BENEFITTED FROM A CLOSER STATION.
HE SAYS THE CITY HAS PLANNED FOR YEARS TO BUILD ONE OFF HIGHWAY 127.
THEY HAVE THE LAND... AND MOST OF THE MONEY NEEDED TO BUILD THE STATION.
BUT STAFFING IT IS THE NEXT OBSTACLE.
Gray "We've been working on different ideas on how to come up with that funding. We're looking at 650 and 800 thousand dollars depending on the number of people you put out there and the benefits."
GRAY SAYS THE CITY IS CONSIDERING STARTING A "PUBLIC SAFETY FEE" TO PAY FOR THE EXTRA STAFFING.
HE SAYS IT COULD BE ATTACHED TO HOMEOWNERS' YEARLY PROPERTY TAXES... WHICH COULD BE LOWERED TO OFFSET THE CHARGE.
HE SAYS IT WILL COST ABOUT ONE POINT TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD THE STATION... PAID FOR WITH A LOCAL SALES TAX.


     AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE FIRE PROTECTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
     SO FAR 81 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
     AND 19 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
      VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


  BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT PLAN TO UNVEIL THE LONG-AWAITED DETAILS OF THE CITY-COUNTY AGREEMENT ON SERVICE DELIVERY TOMORROW.
  THEY'VE SCHEDULED AN ELEVEN-THIRTY A-M NEWS CONFERENCE IN THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD ROOM TO ANNOUNCE THE PLANS.
      BECAUSE OF A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT.. NEITHER SIDE WOULD SAY WHAT'S IN THE DOCUMENT THAT'LL OUTLINE WHICH GOVERNMENT PAYS FOR WHAT SERVICES FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS.
     BUT THOSE SERVICES INCLUDE MANY THINGS SUCH AS ENGINEERING PROJECTS.. PLANNING AND ZONING.. AND PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.
     COMMISSIONER ELMO RICHARDSON SAYS THE AGREEMENT HELPS THE CITY AND COUNTY PROVIDE SERVICES FAIRLY.  Elmo Richardson, Bibb Commissioner: If there's any tax inequities that we've worked through those and we've established some sense of sharing services.  RICHARDSON ALSO SAYS THE AGREEMENT HELPS KEEP STATE MONEY FLOWING IN.  Elmo Richardson, Bibb Commissioner: I think it's real important too from the state standpoint. Macon and Bibb County would be cut off from any state funding if this is not finalized soon.  CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS STRUGGLED OVER DETAILS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.. AND ASKED FOR EXTENSIONS A COUPLE OF TIMES.
  THEY HIRED THE CARL VINSON INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA TO PUT TOGETHER A STRATEGY.. BUT BICKERED OVER THOSE DETAILS UNTIL REACHING THE AGREEMENT THEY WILL UNVEIL TOMORROW.


THE LATE LILLIAN CARTER... ONCE ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S BEST-KNOWN "FIRST MOTHERS".... WILL SOON RECEIVE... YET ANOTHER TITLE.
A CEREMONY TOMORROW AT WESLEYAN COLLEGE WILL HONOR CARTER AS A "GEORGIA WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT."
AMY AUBERT TELLS YOU WHY ONE MACON COUNCILMAN...WHO WORKED ALONGSIDE LILLIAN CARTER FOR FOUR YEARS... SAYS IT WAS HER PERSONALITY... AND SERVICE... THAT EARNED HER THE TITLE.<<
IN 19-76 WHEN PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER TOOK OFFICE... HIS MOTHER BECAME KNOWN AS AMERICA'S "FAVORITE GRANDMOTHER."
BUT MANY KNEW HER BETTER... SIMPLY AS... "MIZ LILLIAN."


Interview: "Does it surprise you that people love you?"
    "No. Because I'm so sweet."


BORN IN 18-98.... THE PLAINS NATIVE WORKED AS A NURSE IN A TIME OF RACIAL SEGREGATION.... AND IS PERHAPS BEST-KNOWN FOR PROVIDING CARE FOR THOSE WHO COULDN'T AFFORD TREATMENT.


Rick Hutto, Councilman: "It didn't matter to her if you were black, it didn't matter to her if you didn't have any money, she was still there."


DURING THE CARTER PRESIDENCY... MACON COUNCILMAN RICK HUTTO WORKED AS THE FAMILY'S APPOINTMENT SECRETARY....AND SAYS... MISS LILLIAN WAS THE TYPE... WHO KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SHE WANTED.


**Miss Lillian: "I would like you to hang it here."
"Yes, for sure, for sure."


MISS LILLIAN JOINED THE PEACE CORPS WHEN SHE WAS 67... TRAVELING TO INDIA... TO HELP THOSE IN NEED.
TEN YEARS LATER... SHE BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN COVENANT OF PEACE AWARD.


BUT HUTTO SAYS... YEARS BEFORE THAT... IN A TIME OF INEQUALITY... MISS LILLIAN HAD A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON EACH OF HER CHILDREN.


Rick Hutto: "She really was responsible for a lot of the feelings from human rights that the President really inherited from her."


AND HE SAYS THAT SAME EQUALITY... WAS BROUGHT HOME.


Rick Hutto: "A journalist said to her, 'Are you proud of your child?' and she immediately said, 'Which one?'"


DURING HIS PRESIDENCY... MISS LILLIAN OFTEN TIMES TRAVELED ALONGSIDE HER SON... AND SERVED AS HIS REPRESENTATIVE.
SHE DIED IN 1983....AT THE AGE OF 85.
BUT MANY SAY THEY'LL REMEMBER "AMERICA'S GRANDMOTHER" FOR HER SPUNK... AND LOVE OF LIFE.


AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>


LILLIAN CARTER IS ONE OF THREE WOMEN BEING HONORED IN THURSDAY'S CEREMONY.
THE AWARD HONORS WOMEN FROM GEORGIA WHO HAVE MADE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTIONS.
PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND HIS WIFE... ROSALYNN CARTER... ARE BOTH SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. 
ROSALYNN CARTER WILL SPEAK.


ASH WEDNESDAY... WHICH IS TODAY... MARKS THE FIRST DAY OF LENT.
IT'S THE FORTY DAYS BEFORE EASTER... IN WHICH MANY CHRISTIANS.... ESPECIALLY CATHOLICS... MAKE A SACRIFICE FOR JESUS. 
FOR A GROUP AT ST. PATRICKS CATHOLIC CHURCH IN KATHLEEN... THEIR SACRIFICE THIS SEASON... WILL BE THEIR CELL PHONES.
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WANT TO LEAD CHURCH MEMBERS IN HANGING-UP THEIR PHONES WHILE DRIVING.... FOR SAFETY REASONS.
JIM DRESCHER AND HIS WIFE KATHY... SAY LENT LASTS FORTY DAYS... BUT THEY HOPE TO CONTINUE THIS EFFORT BEYOND THE LENTEN SEASON.
Kathy Drescher, Houston County: (5:15) "It's any everyday way of life, it will be hard for me, but I am going to do it."
Jim Drescher, Houston County: (3:30) "The easiest strategy is just don't turn on your phone, when you are in the car. You won't get any incoming calls, and you can't make any outgoing calls."
DRESCHER SAYS THE 52 KNIGHTS IN HIS CHAPTER... PLUS MANY OF THEIR WIVES... AGREED TO THE CELL PHONE SACRIFICE.
THEY'RE ENCOURAGING OTHER CATHOLICS TO DO THE SAME.


    YOU CAN PLEDGE TO HANG UP THE PHONE FOR GOOD WHILE YOU'RE DRIVING... BY JOINING THE GREAT HANG UP.
     JUST VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND LOOK FOR THE PLEDGE IN THE DON'T MISS BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.
      YOU'LL FIND THE LINK TO SIGN THE PLEDGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.






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