Monday, April 25, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

THIS AFTERNOON... A SAD ENDING TO A THREE DAY SEARCH... FOR A MISSING LAURENS COUNTY TEEN.
DIVERS FOUND THE BODY OF 18-YEAR-OLD HUNTER MIMBS... JUST AFTER 4 O'CLOCK TODAY.
AMY AUBERT WAS AT THE SCENE... AND SHOWS YOU HOW THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER... FOR THREE DAYS OF HOPE.
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Nats, boat pulling in.

FOR SEARCH CREWS... THREE DAYS OF SCOURING THE OCONEE RIVER... LIKELY... BECAME SECOND NATURE.

Nats, boat

BUT AROUND 4 P-M MONDAY... THAT SEARCH... CAME TO AN END.

Nats, getting out of boat.

DIVERS FOUND THE BODY OF 18-YEAR-OLD HUNTER MIMBS... SLIGHTLY DOWNSTREAM... FROM WHERE CREWS SEARCHED EARLIER.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES.

Joey Diers, Bake Baptist Church: "Just loved by everybody that knows him, ya know? Anway, it's just, him and my son are the exact same age, they went to nursery together."

JOEY DIERS WAS MIMBS' COUSIN... AND THE PASTOR AT THEIR FAMILY'S CHURCH.
HE SAYS IT'S WHAT VOLUNTEERS DID ONSHORE...

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...THAT KEPT THE FAMILY GOING.

Joey Diers: "If you had been here and seein' it, it just, you know, you can't say enough about it. It changes you inside. It just makes you see what's really important in life."

NEARLY 100 VOLUNTEERS CAME OUT EACH DAY... WITH FOOD... WATER... AND A LITTLE HOPE... AND HE SAYS... THAT WON'T END... ANYTIME SOON.

Joey Diers: "To have at least that added strength that they're gonna need to get through this time. And to have all the love of the friends and family and to see all that, I know it helps them be able to get through to the next moment."

AND AS THE LAST OF THE SEARCH BOATS MOTORED IN...

Nats, boat pulling in

ONLOOKERS WATCHED IN REMEMBERANCE OF THE LAURENS COUNTY TEEN.

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> MIMBS' WENT MISSING EARLY SATURDAY MORNING... WHEN HE FELL INTO THE OCONEE... WHILE FISHING.
LAURENS COUNTY CORONOR... RICHARD STANLEY... SAYS THEY PLAN TO TRANSPORT MIMBS' BODY FROM THE LAURENS COUNTY MORGUE... TO THE MACON CRIME LAB TUESDAY MORNING.
FRIENDS SAY MIMBS WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO GRADUATING FROM WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL NEXT MONTH..

DOZENS OF PARENTS... TEACHERS AND STUDENTS SPOKE TO BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR ROMAIN DALLEMAND TONIGHT DURING THE FIRST OF SIX COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS...
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... IT WAS A CHANCE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO TELL DALLEMAND THEIR PRIORITIES....AND THEY SAY THEY HOPE HE WAS LISTENING.<<
MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PARENTS... STUDENTS AND TEACHERS CAME TO HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL MONDAY NIGHT... TO TELL BIBB COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND WHAT WAS ON THEIR MINDS.

"Once I got the email, I wwas llike, oh yes this is what we need."

SHANTRICE MORRIS WAS ONE OF THE PARENTS... WHO ASKED DALLEMAND QUESTIONS FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR AND HALF.

MORRIS ASKED DALLEMAND TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PARENTS TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN WITH HOMEWORK... BY GIVING THEM TEXTBOOKS TO TAKE HOME.

BUT SHE AFTER LISTENING TO ALL OF THE PARENTS... SHE HOPES HE WALKS AWAY WITH A BIGGER MESSAGE.

"I hope that he heard we want to be involved, we don't want the board just running the schools."

MANY OF THE EVENING'S QUESTIONS FOCUSED ON FUNDING FOR THE ARTS... URGING DALLEMAND TO KEEP THEM OFF THE BUDGET'S CHOPPING BLOCK.

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HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE DANIELLE LASKER WAS THE ONLY STUDENT TO SPEAK. SHE ASKED DALLEMAND IF HE PLANNED TO HIRE MORE COLLEGE PREP COUNSELORS.

"Basically people are just ready for change that they've been promised but hasn't been delivered."

THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ART CLUB ALSO TOLD HER SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT TEACHERS HAVING TO USE THEIR OWN MONEY TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES...

"We definitely need more funding and to be better managed."

DALLEMAND SAYS HE HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO... BUT HE'S ENCOURAGED BY THE PARENTAL PARTICIPATION.

HE SAYS THAT'S A SIGN THAT THE DISTRICT IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

STD DALLEMAND DIDN'T RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONS TONIGHT.
HE SAYS HE'LL ANSWER SOME OF THEM IN HIS BLOG... AND USE OTHERS TO HELP MAKE A STRATEGIC PLAN THAT HE'S WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THIS SEPTEMBER.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SESSIONS... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE.

THE FAMILY OF LATE BLUESMAN EDDIE KIRKLAND HELD A MEET AND GREET AT THE HUMMINGBIRD TONIGHT IN HIS MEMORY.
KIRKLAND'S DAUGHTER JOANN KINNEY-WILLIAMS CAME FROM MICHIGAN TO MEET HER FATHER'S FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS.
THEY RAFFLED OFF T-SHIRTS AND PHOTOS OF KIRKLAND... AND SOLD C-D'S.
THE MONEY WENT TO KIRKLAND'S WIFE... BECAUSE HE WAS HER SOLE PROVIDER.
WILLIAMS SAYS SHE WANTS TO CARRY ON HER FATHER'S LEGACY... AND REMEMBERS WHEN HE TAUGHT HER TO PLAY GUITAR.
Joann Kinney-Williams, Daughter of Eddie Kirkland "He would never let us use the pick he wanted us to use our hands because he wanted us to feel the music so but he loved his music he did I'm sixty-one years old and he's been playing music for sixty-one years of my life."
EDDIE KIRKLAND DIED IN FEBRUARY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN FLORIDA.

CITY CREWS HOPE TO HAVE GRAFFITI DAMAGE AT MACON'S HISTORIC ROSE HILL CEMETARY CLEANED UP BY TOMORROW.
PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR DALE DOCKERTY SAYS IT HAPPENED SOMETIME SUNDAY.
SOMEONE PAINTED GRAFITTI IN TWO SPOTS....NEAR THE FRONT GATE...AND ON A BACK WALL.
HE SAID IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE GANG SYMBOLS BUT RATHER RANDOM STUFF.
MACON POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING.

A JONES COUNTY WOMAN SAYS HER LOVE FOR HER HOMETOWN INSPIRED HER TO SET UP SHOP ON A QUIET CORNER IN HADDOCK.
AS LAUREN DISPIRITO FOUND OUT... HER SAVORY DISHES... COULD HAVE JUST THE RIGHT RECIPE TO STIR NEW LIFE INTO HISTORIC HADDOCK.
Nats server "ya'll gonna save room for that bread pudding?"

LOCALS AND VISITORS HEAD TO TRISH ANN'S TEA ROOM IN HADDOCK... LOOKING FOR A TASTE OF HER SWEET BREAD PUDDING.

Nats chops walnuts
Nats shakes fryer

SOUTHERN FAVORITES.. LIKE FRIED CHICKEN.. DRAW DINERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.. AND AS FAR AWAY AS ENGLAND.

Nats Trish walks into store

OWNER PATRICIA JORDAN... KNOWN TO MOST AS TRISH ANN... OPENED HER RESTAURANT AND ANTIQUES SHOP FIVE YEARS AGO.

Patricia "Trish Ann" Jordan: "I wanted people to be able to come and enjoy themselves and just feel like they were at home."

SHE'S BUILT A LOYAL FOLLOWING.

Nats hugs Trish "I came in to see you"

HER 60-SEAT DINING ROOM FILLS UP MOST LUNCH HOURS.. Piquing PEOPLE'S INTEREST IN A TOWN THAT MANY HAD FORGOTTEN.

Patricia "Trish Ann" Jordan: "Unbelievable, it's unbelievable, i just you know i just never thought when I first started I had seven tables

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WHEN JORDAN MOVED BACK TO TOWN IN 2004... MUCH HAD CHANGED.

Patricia "Trish Ann" Jordan: "Haddock just looked so bad, I mean it was dead"

SHE JOINED FOLKS TOGETHER TO FORM THE HADDOCK REVITALIzATION COMMITTEE.. AND IN FOUR YEARS... LED THE EFFORT TO SPRUCE UP STREETS AND BRING BACK BUSINESSES.

Patricia "Trish Ann" Jordan "You know it was just in your heart to try to do something better for it."

SHE BREATHES LIFE INTO HADDOCK HOWEVER SHE CAN... HARD WORK THAT'S NOT LOST ON THE PEOPLE WHO GET A TASTE OF HER PASSION.

Alice Childs Golson, Gray: "I'm just so proud of her I don't know what to do, it's just wonderful to see one of your former students make of herself what Patricia has

Nats outside

Patricia "Trish Ann" Jordan: I love it, it's where I was born, this is a good community, it's a quaint Southern community"

HER CUSTOMERS' SUPPORT...

Nats Trish reads thank you note

SUMMED UP IN A THANK YOU NOTE.. OVERWHELMS HER.

Patricia "Trish Ann" Jordan "I cried, I cried because that's what it's all about to me"

AND HER POPULAR HELPINGS OF HADDOCK LOVE MAY BE A SIGN THAT the TOWN'S BEST DAYS.. ARE NOT BEHIND.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
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TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HADDOCK REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE.. AND UPCOMING HADDOCK EVENTS... LIKE THE *UNDER THE STARS AT STANDING ROCKS* CONCERT ON APRIL 30TH... VISIT OUR WEBSITE... 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

THE BATTLE OF THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND CAME DOWN TO A FACE-OFF BETWEEN A TALKING BIRD FILM... AND A SASS-TALKING GRANDMA.
HERE'S BEN TO LET YOU KNOW HOW IT TURNED OUT... IN THIS SCENE 13 SNIPPET.
FIRST... COMING IN THIRD PLACE THIS EASTER WEEKEND... ROBERT PATTINSON'S "WATER FOR ELEPHANTS."
DESPITE MOSTLY POSITIVE REVIEWS FROM CRITICS... THE FILM PULLED IN 17 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS ON OPENING WEEKEND... LANDING IT IN THE MIDDLE OF ITS MODEST EXPECTATIONS.
SECOND PLACE WENT TO TYLER PERRY'S "MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY."... WHICH DREW 25 POINT EIGHT MILLION BUCKS THIS WEEKEND.
IT WAS ANOTHER SOLID OPENING FOR WRITER-DIRECTOR PERRY... WHO ALSO STARS AS BOISTEROUS... OPINIONATED GRANDMA MADEA.
AND EDGING OUT BOTH FILMS FOR THE TOP SPOT... ANNE HATHAWAY AND JESSIE EISENBERG'S TALKING PARROT ADVENTURE "RIO".
THE ANIMATED FEATURE HELD THE TOP SPOT FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEKEND... BRINGING IN NEARLY 27 MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT BRINGS ITS TEN-DAY TOTAL TO MORE THAN 81 MILLION.
ROUNDING OUT THE TOP FIVE... THE EASTER CARTOON "HOP" WITH 12 AND A HALF MILLION AT THE BOX OFFICE... AND WES CRAVEN'S "SCREAM 4" WITH 7 POINT TWO MILLION.

AND THE COUNTDOWN IS ON TO THE ROYAL WEDDING ON FRIDAY.
THE GUEST LIST INCLUDES FOREIGN ROYAL DIGNITARIES, AND CELEBRITIES LIKE ELTON JOHN... AND DAVID AND VICTORIA BECKHAM.
THE BEST SPOT FOR THOSE WITHOUT AN INVITE TO WATCH IS OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE, WHERE THE PROCESSION TO WESTMINSTER ABBEY WILL BEGIN.
HALF-A-MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO LINE THE ROUTE - MANY WILL CAMP OUT TO SCORE A PRIME SPOT.
AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ESTIMATES TWO BILLION VIEWERS AROUND THE WORLD WILL WATCH THE NUPTIALS LIVE ON TELEVISION.
IT'LL EVEN BE BROADCAST ON YOUTUBE.

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SOME BIBB COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN BUGGING OUT WITH CURIOSITY OVER AN UNUSUAL SOUND.pause :02 for cicada nats
EXPERTS SAY THESE LITTLE RED-EYED BUGS ARE TO BLAME...
THESE CICADAS GROW UNDERGROUND AND ONLY COME OUT ONCE EVERY 13 YEARS.
MACON STATE PROFESSOR JEFF BURNE SAYS THE CONSTANT WHIRRING NOISE IS A MATING CALL... THE MALES SING TO ATTRACT THE FEMALES DURING THE DAY.
BURNE SAYS THE CICADAS WON'T BE AROUND MUCH LONGER... THEY ONLY LIVE 3 TO 6 WEEKS.

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