HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US...
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
NEARLY A WEEK AFTER AN EF-THREE TORNADO DEVASTED PARTS OF LAMAR COUNTY... WORKERS... VOLUNTEERS.. AND HOMEOWNERS ARE STILL CLEANING UP.
LAMAR IS ONE OF A DOZEN GEORGIA COUNTIES QUALIFYING FOR FEDERAL DISASTER RELIEF... WITH MORE THAN A HUNDRED HOMES DAMAGED IN THE STORM.
AS VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS... THE WORK IS FAR FROM OVER.
NATS, debris moving
Gore "We're working 11 hours a day, trying to get this squared away, along with most of the companies out here."
NATS, limbs dumping
IN ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT PLACES IN LAMAR COUNTY..
WORKERS FILL TRUCK... nats ... AFTER TRUCK WITH DEBRIS.
White "Oh it's probably about twenty percent better... as far as the roadway."
FOR MANY... THE DEVASTION HERE ON BARNESVILLE'S GROVE STREET IS UNLIKE ANYTHING THEY'VE SEEN.
White "Most people I've seen over the weekend are just lost..."
NATS, moving tin roof
NATHAN BENSON... PICKS UP THE PIECES OF HIS DESTROYED WORK SHED... WITH A LITTLE HELP.
NATS, cleaning up
HE STILL HAS A HOME... AND FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD... THAT MEANS A LOT.
Benson "Oh we did really well. We were the last house with relatively minor damage in this direction. Everything past us is really messed up."
Felton "Just trying to help him cover what I can."
A HELPING SPIRIT WAS EASY TO FIND... IN AN AREA -- OTHERWISE DESOLATE.
NATS, food prep
NATS, "We just came over from Thomaston from our church. We just thought we could see if there was anything we could do."
Standup "Several volunteer organizations have taken it upon themselves to dish out aid to families and volunteers helping cleanup. This station stands where the Gunter home used to sit. Paul and Ellen Gunter were the Barnesville couple killed during the EF3 tornado."
Walden "This just kind of became the command center over the weekend."
TENTS OFFERING SIMPLE THINGS... LIKE FOOD... WATER... AND A LITTLE SHADE... GO A LONG WAY FOR PEOPLE PULLING LONG HOURS...
NATS, trees clearing
... ON A CLEAN-UP MISSION WITH NO END IN SIGHT.
Gore "They brought us biscuits this morning. The community's really come together. I'm real proud of them."
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> MONROE COUNTY E-M-A DIRECTOR MATTHEW PERRY SAYS A FEMA OFFICE WILL OPEN THURSDAY AT 7 A.M. IN BARNESVILLE.
STORM VICTIMS CAN APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE PAYING FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING... AND HOME REPAIRS... NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE BY CALLING...
800-621-FEMA... THAT'S 800-621-3362.
WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO MORE INFORMATION ON FEDERAL DISASTER RELIEF AT OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM... .JUST LOOK FOR THIS STORY.
PEOPLE IN MONROE COUNTY ARE ALSO WORKING TO GET LIFE BACK TO NORMAL.
THE COUNTY TODAY SAYS THEY'RE STILL WORKING TO CLEAR TREES OFF 16 ROADS.
BUT AS CANDACE ADORKA EXPLAINS.... THINGS LIKE HOME OWNERS INSURANCE....AND JUST PAYING THE BILLS CAN BE SPEED BUMPS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.
THE SOUND OF CRUSHING METAL....
...IS WELL OVERDUE FOR MACK HOGAN.
"i don't like living in a motel."
HE'S BEEN LIVING IN A MOTEL SINCE TREES PARTIALLY CRUSHED HIS RENTAL HOME.
Hickman: "We started yesterday cleaning up."
HOGAN'S LANDLORD, MIKE HICKMAN, SAYS CLEAN UP WAS ON HOLD UNTIL THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER CAME TO SEE THE DAMAGE.
""The process of dealing with the insurance company and getting sombody out here is a nightmare. I realise they have a lot of claims to assess but we're getting to the point where we need to clean up people can get back to their home.
CHRIS LANDERS' HOME WAS LEVELED IN THE STORM.... HE SAYS DEALING WITH INSURANCE HAS BEEN TEDIOUS BUT THAT'S NOT THE ONLY THING.
"dish network...dealing wth them has been a hassle. They're tryign to tell us that we owe them 600 dollars for thier equipment... which was taken in a tornado..."
HE SAYS WHEN YOUR HOME IS DEMOLISHED, THERE ARE A LOT OF TINY DETAILS TO TAKE CARE of... BEFORE LIFE CAN GO ON.
"it's a long checklist and we're not even done making the ckecklist.... trying to remember which bills were due, calling people like the power company and telling them hey look our house got levelled..."
HOGAN HAS A HEART CONDITION THAT'S PUT HIM IN HOSPICE CARE.
"They don't give me no certain time to live you know..... I'm what they call terminally ill."
HE SAYS THAT'S WHY HE HOPES HIS APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE FROM FEMA GOES THROUGH QUICKLY."
"i hope they get us back in a place to live..."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE GEORGIA STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER HAS TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY BEFORE...AND AFTER....A NATURAL DISASTER.
FIRST.....MAKE A LIST OF ALL YOUR VALUABLES...INCLUDING FURNITURE AND ELECTRONICS. KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE.
KEEP INSURANCE POLICY NUMBERS...AND YOUR AGENT'S NUMBER...IN A SAFE PLACE AS WELL.
KNOW IN ADVANCE WHAT'S COVERED BY YOUR POLICY AND WHAT'S NOT...LIKE FLOOD DAMAGE.
AND TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY AFTER THE INITIAL DAMAGE....LIKE USING TARPSIF YOU HAVE PROPERTY INSURANCE QUESTIONS...YOU CAN CALL THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS CONSUMER LINE AT 1-800-656-2298.
AGAIN THAT'S 800-656-2298.
THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THE PHOTOGRAPH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S BODY IS "GRUESOME" AND COULD BE INFLAMMATORY IF RELEASED.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY SAID THE WHITE HOUSE IS STILL DISCUSSING WHETHER TO MAKE THE PHOTO PUBLIC... BUT HE SAID OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SENSITIVITY OF DOING SO. THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO SAYS BIN LADEN WASN'T ARMED WHEN HE WAS KILLED.
ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THAT BIN LADEN RESISTED DURING THE RAID... AND CARNEY SAID RESISTANCE DOESN'T REQUIRE A FIREARM.
CARNEY ALSO SAYS BIN LADEN'S DEATH WON'T AFFECT PLANS TO BEGIN WITHDRAWING U-S TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN THIS SUMMER.
HE SAYS THE PLAN IS ON TRACK TO BEGIN PULLING TROOPS OUT IN JULY... AND TURNING RESPONSIBILITY OVER TO THE AFGHANS IN CERTAIN AREAS.
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THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL ADD FOUR NEW PATROL OFFICERS TO THE FORCE..
MONDAY NIGHT CITY COUNCIL APPROVED AN ORDIANCE TO ELIMINATE TWO LEADERSHIP JOBS IN FAVOR OF ADDING THE FOUR NEW POSITIONS.
ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER...TABITHA PUGH THERE ARE CURRENTLY 50 PATROL OFFICERS IN THE DEPARTMENT.
MAJOR JOHN WAGNER... SAYS THEY NEED TO GET THEIR NUMBERS UP ON THE PATROL SIDE TO ALLOW FOR QUICKER RESPONSE TIME..
Major John Wagner, "We have a tremendous amount of calls that we go on and the officer are running pretty hard themselves, so adding another officer on there will certainly help out"
THE NEW OFFICERS WILL MAKE JUST OVER 28 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS NINE OTHER POSITIONS OPEN.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY FOR THESE POSITIONS AND OTHERS AT THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT... VISIT 13MAZ DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK ATTACHED TO THE STORY.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNED A BILL DESIGNED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO PROSECUTE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS AND KEEP THEM IN PRISON LONGER.
THE MEASURE WOULD INCREASE MINIMUM SENTENCES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS TO 10 YEARS.
IT TACKS ON FINES OF UP TO 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A CONVICTION.
IF THE VICTIM IS A MINOR... THE TRAFFICKER WOULD FACE NO LESS THAN 25 YEARS IN PRISON.
IT ALSO SAYS THAT A PERSON CANNOT BE FOUND GUILTY OF A SEX CRIME... IF IT TOOK PLACE WHILE THAT PERSON WAS A VICTIM OF TRAFFICKING.
THE STATE IS LAUNCHING A NEW MONTH-LONG EFFORT TO HELP JOB SEEKERS IMPROVE THEIR CHANCES OF LANDING A JOB.
STATE LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK BUTLER SAYS THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WILL START UP THE RESU-MAY PROGRAM...
IT OFFERS A LIVE ON-LINE CHAT ON MAY 25 DEVOTED TO RESUMES... A SERIES OF NEW ONLINE RESUME-WRITING PODCASTS.. AND NEW ONLINE RESOURCES AND MARKETING MATERIALS FOR JOB SEEKERS.
LOCAL CAREER CENTERS AND OTHER ONE-STOP CENTERS WILL ALSO OFFER RESUME-WRITING SERVICES.
PEOPLE HEADED TO CENTRAL CITY PARK THIS AFTERNOON FOR FREE LUNCH ADMISSION TO THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR.
THE SMELL OF FUNNEL CAKE AND THE SIZZLE OF THE FRYLOLATOR WERE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS TO ENJOY AT THE FAIR.
FOLKS RELAXED WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY... AND CHECKED OUT SOME OF WHAT THE FAIR HAD TO OFFER.
THEY SAY THE FREE ADMISSION HELPS THEM HAVE A LITTLE FUN... WITHOUT PUTTING A DENT IN THEIR BUDGET.
Stephan Rowan Macon "we have got a little girl so it gives us an opportunity to actually come down and we dont have to worry about paying it is nice to be able to come down and be able to walk around get a snow cone or something get some fair food pretty much"
Sarita Dillard Macon " I remember growing up looking forward to coming to the fair and it is convietant for the parents you know, cause it is in the heart of the city for the parents that dont have a ride."
YOU CAN GET FREE ADMISSION BETWEEN 11 A-M AND 2 P-M THROUGH FRIDAY.
YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY TO GET IN DURING THOSE HOURS OVER THE WEEKEND.
MOTHER'S DAY IS COMING UP THIS WEEKEND... AND IF YOU'RE FRETTING OVER THE BEST GIFT TO GET MOM THIS YEAR... LET OUR TECH EXPERTS HELP YOU WITH SOME INSPIRATION.
WE'LL GET YOU CONNECTED TO SOME HIGH-TECH GIFTS FOR MODERN... AND NOT-SO-MODERN MOMS WITH GEEK 13.... TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
ONE MACON CHURCH HAS PARTNERED WITH A LOCAL CHARITY TO JUMP START A NEW FOOD MINISTRY FOR THOSE IN NEED.
"Those are some blossoms and that's an indication that yellow squash is not far behind."
THIS COMMUNITY GARDEN IS ON IT'S WAY TO FEEDING FAMILIES . REVEREND TOMMY MARTIN... PASTOR OF MULBERRY STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SAYS THE PROJECT WAS PAID FOR WITH A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION.
HE SAYS RECEPIENTS OF MACON OUTREACH HAVE HELPED TO BUILD THE GARDEN AND GROW VEGETABLES.
HE SAYS THE GARDEN AT THE CORNER OF 'U' STREET AND WALNUT STREET HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER MEMBERS OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
"All the produce will go to clients of Macon Outreach, the poor, the disadvantaged. They are the ones that will reap the benefits of the harvest, but we feel it will also help the community as we work together in cooperation with members of the church, other members of Outreach and the community."
REVEREND MARTIN SAYS THEY'RE HOLDING AN EVENT THIS WEEKEND AT 8:30AM AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS.
FOR MORE DETAILS... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ.COM.
STARTING NEXT MONTH... THE C-B-S EVENING NEWS WILL GET A NEW FACE.
TODAY... THE NETWORK ANNOUNCED THAT SCOTT PELLEY WILL TAKE OVER AS ANCHOR AND MANAGING EDITOR OF THE SHOW.
PELLEY WILL MAKE HIS DEBUT ON JUNE 6TH... BUT WILL CONTINUE REPORTING FOR "60 MINUTES."
THE TEXAS NATIVE HAS WORKED AT CBS FOR TWO DECADES.
CURRENT ANCHOR KATIE COURIC IS PURSUING A SYNDICATED TALK SHOW... BUT HASN'T SAID WHERE SHE WILL WORK NEXT.
AND TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
WILL YOU MISS KATIE COURIC AS CBS EVENING NEWS ANCHOR?
SO FAR 71 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU WILL NOT MISS HER.
AND 29 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.. YOU WILL.
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