Friday, May 6, 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.
GEORGIA'S TOP TEACHER CALLS CENTRAL GEORGIA HOME..
NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL'S JADUN MCCARTHY TOOK HOME THE TOP HONOR TONIGHT..WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY A LITTLE LATER IN THIS NEWSCAST..

BUT FIRST THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE OUT AT SHRINE PARK TONIGHT FOR THE BIBB COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE.
THE EVENT RAISES MONEY FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... THE EVENT ISN'T ONLY ABOUT SUPPORTING CANCER RESEARCH... BUT ALSO CANCER SURVIVORS.
"All the support you get it so important."
FRIDAY NIGHT WAS REBECCA JACKSON'S FIRST RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT.
"It's pretty exciting, there's a lot of people out here."
DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE FOUR COLON CANCER IN 2007... JACKSON WENT INTO REMISSION SIX MONTHS AGO.
"It's pretty amazing to me... it seems to surreal."
TO CELEBRATE... JACKSON'S CO-WORKERS ESTABLISHED A RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM...
Taylor: "You feel like you can't do enough to help her."
Andrea: "Just the feeling that she has support."
Rebecca: "I wouldn't be here without that support."
THIS YEAR'S RELAY FOR LIFE THEME WAS CANCER IS NOT GAME... SO LETS SCORE A CURE. IT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR A SUPERSIZED TAILGATE PARTY...WITH THIRTY FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.
A COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE LIFE... AND KNOCK OUT CANCER...
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"Going into Friday night organizers say they've already raised about $320,000. Their goal is $420,000 and with 174 tents here, most of them operating a fundraiser, organizers have their fingers crossed that by saturday morning they'll have made up the difference."
"I'm a almost 18 year cancer survivor."
JACKSON'S CO-WORKER... ANN MARIE DAVIS HAS BEEN TO RELAY FOR LIFE BEFORE.
"It gives you a sense of hope, you know? That there's life after cancer."
AND IT'S LIFE THAT JACKSON CAN'T WAIT TO GET ON WITH...
"I'm getting my port out a week Monday."
BUT FRIDAY IT'S TIME TO REFLECT...
TO CELEBRATE SURVIVAL... HONOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR BATTLE... AND RAISE MONEY TO SCORE A CURE FOR THE FUTURE.
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THE RELAY FOR LIFE CONTINUES UNTIL 8 A-M TOMORROW AT SHRINE PARK.
13WMAZ'S AMY AUBERT WILL BE LIVE AT THE EVENT DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS WEEKEND MORNIN'.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA STUDENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LOADED UP ON SUPPLIES FOR FAMILIMES IN NEED IN TUSCALOOSA.
MADELINE JACKSON... ALONG WITH VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY PITCHED IN TO STOCK A LARGE TRUCK WITH PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS AND OTHER NECESSITIES FOR TORNADO VICTIMS IN ALABAMA.
JACKSON WHO'S A COLLEGE FRESHMAN SAYS THE CONDITIONS NEAR HER SCHOOL ARE DEVASTATING.
SHE SAYS SHE'S THANKFUL THAT PEOPLE FROM HER HOMETOWN HERE IN MACON HAVE SHOWN HUGE SUPPORT.
JACKSON SPENT THIS WEEK ORGANIZING VOLUNTEERS AND SORTING SUPPLIES FOR STORM VICTIMS AT EMMANUEL CHURCH IN MACON.
"This has just been a great experience.....just been great!

THE TALIBAN SAY OSAMA BIN LADEN'S DEATH WILL ONLY SERVE TO BOOST INSURGENT MORALE AND ENCOURAGE THEM IN THE WAR AGAINST THE U-S AND NATO.
IN A STATEMENT TODAY... THE TALIBAN SAID ANYONE WHO BELIEVES HIS DEATH WILL UNDERMINE THE CURRENT CONFLICT IS DISPLAYING A "LACK OF INSIGHT."
TODAY... AL-QAIDA CONFIRMED BIN LADEN'S DEATH IN AN INTERNET STATEMENT.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION... DO YOU BELIEVE BIN LADEN IS DEAD?
SO FAR 66 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
12 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 22 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU NEED PROOF.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A NORTH GEORGIA MAN IS KEEPING THE POT STIRRED OVER AN E-MAIL CONTROVERSY... POSSIBLY LINKED TO MACON SENATOR... CECIL STATON.
ARCH ADAMS FROM HARTWELL VISITED SEVERAL MACON MEDIA OUTLETS TODAY... HE SAYS TO PROMPT STATON TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.
NATS (13:58) "This was our first surpise. She signed her e-mail, 'regards, Cecil Staton."
ADAMS SAYS IN APRIL... HE SET-OUT TO FIND INFORMATION ON A WOMAN NAMED BETH MERKLESON.
MERKLESON WAS SENDING E-MAILS TO A MASS LIST OF REPUBLICANS... INCLUDING ADAMS.
THE E-MAILS CONTAINED ALLEGATIONS THAT LT. GOVERNOR CASEY CAGLE WAS WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS... TO REGAIN POWER STRIPPED FROM HIM LAST FALL... BY THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS... INCLUDING STATON.
ADAMS SAYS THE ALLEGATIONS... PLUS SOME RELIGIOUS REFERENCES IN THE E-MAILS... MOTIVATED HIM TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MERKELSON.
HE SAYS USING I-P ADDRESSES.... HE DETERMINED... MERKELSON AND STATON APPEARED TO BE SENDING EMAILS FROM THE SAME ADDRESS.
Arch Adams, Hartwell: (7:25) "The two obvious scenarios are, most people have concluded, it was him. He was Beth Merkleson. That's the most obvious scenario. Then, you could say someone else in his office did this. That's the second scenario. (cover-8:40) "We encourage him to tell us how it happened."
STATON WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT TODAY... BUT TOLD 13WMAZ... THE DAY AFTER THE CONTROVERSY BROKE... THAT HE "DIDN'T DO IT".
THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS HIRED AN INDEPENDENT FIRM TO INVESTIGATE THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST STATON... BUT IT'S NOT COMPLETE.

DOWNTOWN MONTEZUMA COULD HAVE A CHANCE AT WINNING 10 GRAND... TO GIVE SOME OF THEIR LOCAL SHOPS... A FACE LIFT.
THEY ENETERED A NATIONWIDE READERS' DIGEST SWEEPSTAKES... COMPETING AGAINST TOWNS WITH LESS THAN 100 THOUSAND PEOPLE.
ONE OF THE TOWN'S BIGGEST HITS... JOSIE'S RESTAURANT... WEATHERED THE STORM OF A DOWN ECONOMY... BY REGULARS SAY THEY'RE READY TO SEE SOME RENOVATIONS.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT MANAGER... CAMILLE BIELBY SAYS... IF MONTEZUMA GETS THE GRANT... THEY'D FIX UP SEVERAL DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES THAT FLOURISHED THROUGH THE YEARS... AND NEED A LITTLE SPRUCING UP.
Camille Bielby: "You'll see, growing out of the top molding, are trees growing out of the mortar. And that's because the mortar and the brick has moisture in it. And that moisture is a very bad thing. It's decaying the brick and it's chiseling away the mortar."
YOU CAN VOTE FOR MONTEZUMA TO RECEIVE THE 10 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT... AND SUGGEST WHICH DOWNTOWN SHOPS YOU THINK NEED REPAIRS.
YOU CAN FIND A LINK TO DO SO... AT OUR... AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
VOTING ENDS MAY 16TH.

YOU MAY NOTICE SOME MACON POLICE OFFICERS....TRIMMING DOWN.
CHIEF MIKE BURNS SAYS THIS YEAR THEY'RE STARTING TO ENFORCE PENALITIES TO THE LONG-TIME POLICE PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST.
BURNS SAYS OFFICERS GET THREE CHANCES TO PASS.
IF THEY FAIL THE SECOND TIME... THEY COULD FACE DISCIPLINE... THE THIRD TIME... THEY COULD BE FIRED.
BURNS ESTIMATES ABOUT 30-PERCENT OF HIS OFFICERS ARE OVERWEIGHT.
15-YEAR OFFICER CHRIS GARRISON SAYS WORD ABOUT THE NEW PENALTIES...PUSHED HIM TO BOOST HIS WORKOUT.
Chris Garrison, Macon Police
"You might have the difference between life and death, and the last thing I want to do is have something happen to me because I wasn't in shape mentally and physically and so when you're working out it's kinda impossible to have one without the other"
OFFICER GARRISON SAYS HE PASSED THE TEST A FEW WEEKS AGO.
AFTER THIS YEAR... OFFICERS WILL GET JUST ONE CHANCE TO PASS.
THE TEST INCLUDES SEVERAL PHASES... INCLUDING RUNNING A QUARTER MILE.. JUMPING OVER A CHAIN-LINK FENCE... SPRINTS... AND CLIMBING THROUGH A WINDOW.

GEORGIA'S NEXT TEACHER OF THE YEAR... COMES FROM RIGHT HERE IN BIBB COUNTY.
JADUN MCCARTHY WAS CHOSEN AS THE STATE'S 2012 TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
STATE EDUCATION LEADERS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT A CEREMONY IN ATLANTA TONIGHT.
MCCARTHY... AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.. EARNED THE TOP HONOR AFTER BEING SELECTED BIBB'S TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
FAMILY.. FRIENDS.. STUDENTS AND BIBB SCHOOL OFFICIALS CELEBRATED WITH MCCARTHY.
A PANEL OF JUDGES SELECTED HIM FOR HIS COMPELLING STORY.
A PRODUCT OF BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS... MCCARTHY DECIDED TO BECOME A TEACHER ON THE NIGHT OF HIS LAW SCHOOL GRADUATION TO KEEP KIDS AWAY FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM... RATHER THAN PUT THEM THERE.
MCCARTHY WAS CHOSEN FROM 10 FINALISTS... INCLUDING HOUSTON COUNTY'S BETH SCIARRO... AND MORE THAN 150 DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR.
HE'LL SERVE AS THE TOP REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL GEORGIA TEACHERS... BEGINNING JULY FIRST.

IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND IS AHEAD OF US... SO YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO DINE OUTDOORS.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.<<
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....HONG KONG BUFFETT... AT 14-06 SAM NUNN BOULEVARD IN PERRY... SCORED A 65... THAT'S A "U"... DROPPING FROM A PERFECT SCORE... LAST TIME.
KIM'S KITCHEN AT 17-54 WATSON BOULEVARD... SCORED A 66... ALSO A "U"... COMING AFTER AN 86... OR A "B"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.AND MALAYA FILIPINO AMERICAN RESTAURANT AT 17-46 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT AN 82... A "B"... THAT'S AFTER SCORING A 99... OR AN "A" THE LAST TIME AROUND.NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...2 GUYS AND A PIE PIZZERIA... AT 4-02 HIGHWAY 247 IN BONAIRE... WHIPPED UP A PERFECT SCORE... COMING AFTER A 95... ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
BURGER KING AT 2-01 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS... ALSO SERVED UP A PERFECT SCORE... AFTER A 96... AN "A"... LAST TIME.
AND HARDEE'S AT 28-29 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED A 98... AN "A"... FOLLOWING ANOTHER 98... LAST TIME.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FOUR SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
2 GUYS AND A PIE PIZZERIA IN BONAIRE... WITH A FOUR SCORE AVERAGE... OF 98 POINT 75.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT 2 GUYS AND A PIE... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY... FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS.
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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