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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
FOR MORE THAN A YEAR..A BONAIRE COUPLE HAS BEEN PLANNING A HEROES MUSIC FESTIVAL TO HONOR OUR MILITARY... AND THE HEROES RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES.
THE 4 DAY EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR A FARM IN HOUSTON COUNTY... BUT AS AMY AUBERT FOUND OUT... THOSE PLANS CHANGED.
Amy Aubert: "Six weeks ago, the location of the Heroes Music Festival switched from a Houston County farm, to here, the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Charles Dejournett already spent months planning for the early September event. He says he's expecting a large crowd-- a couple hundred thousand people. He says the Speedway here has a better capacity to hol that number. The Heroes Music Festival has nearly 650 friends on Facebook, but he says the interest goes beyond that number."
Charles Dejournett, Warner Robins: "First of all, they look at it and say, 'Wow, what a great thing to do for our troops, for our military, and heroes, and fire rescue, and all these people who have been dedicated. What a great thing to do, but then they look at the big picture and everything we got rolling into the event, They Just stand back in awe pretty much."
Amy Aubert: "Dejournett says the high turnout expectation isn't based off of ticket sales, but instead talking to other event organizers who have put together concerts like this before. In Hampton, I'm Amy Aubert, 13 WMAZ, Eyewitness News."
>> THE EVENT IS SCHEDULED AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN HAMPTON...IN HENRY COUNTY... FROM SEPTEMBER 8TH THROUGH THE 11TH.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FESTIVAL... AND FOR A LINK TO THE HEROES SITE... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
THE TEACHING PROGRAM AT A CENTRAL GEORGIA COLLEGE ONCE AGAIN HAS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION.
FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY LOST BOTH STATE AND NATIONAL ACCREDITATION IN 2005...
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WHAT THIS MEANS FOR STUDENTS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS.
THE HUBBARD BUILDING AT FORT VALLEY UNIVERSITY.. MAY BE EMPTY THANKS TO SUMMER BREAK... BUT STUDENTS IN THE EDUCATION PROGRAM NOW HAVE SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT.
Dr. Judy Carter, DEan College of Education Fort Valley State University: "It means that they can now put on their resumes that they graduated from and NCATE accredited institution."
THE PROGRAM LOST BOTH THE STATE AND NATIONAL ACCREDITATION IN 2005.....BECAUSE A NATIONAL AGENCY SAID THE SCHOOL'S TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM WASN'T MEETING ALL THE TRAINING STANDARDS.
Dr. Judy CArter, "When we lost accreditation most of those students left and went to other institutions. When I came in January of 2006 there was no program."
S/U Brittiny BArber: "Fort Valley started accepting students again in 2006-- and started with less than 10 student. Now Carter says they have about 300 student who want to be educators."
THEIR TRAINING INCLUDES SPENDING TIME IN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS STUDENT TEACHERS.
Trey Seagraves, Assistant Superintendent Crawford COunty :"It lends credibity and validity to their program. "
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT TREY SEGRAVES SAYS NOW THAT FORT VALLEY STATE HAS THE SEAL OF APPROVAL... IT'S GOOD FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES AND HIS DISTRICT.
TRey Seagraves: "Sometimes you have to search far and wide for candidates, so it's nice it's nice to have someone locally you can go to. As well as the opportunity for us to do professional develoPment."
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>> JUDY CARTER... DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SAYS THEY FOUND OUT THEY RECEIVED THE ACCREDITATION ON FRIDAY.
SHE SAYS LARRY RIVERS... PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY... MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE THE GRADUATION CEREMONY ON SATURDAY... AND THAT THOSE GRADUATES ARE THE FIRST CLASS TO GRADUATE WITH THE DISTINCTION.
BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS SURPRISED THEIR AWARD-WINNING TEACHER TODAY.
THEY THREW A PARTY HONORING NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL'S (Jah-DON) JADUN MCCARTHY... THE 2012 STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU WHY STUDENTS SAY THEY'LL REMEMBER MCCARTHY'S LESSONS LONG AFTER NEXT WEEK'S GRADUATION.
Nats reads card "aright we have my favorite person in the world on the front of the card, President Barack Obama"
NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TOOK THEIR TURN... TO SAY THANKS.
WEDNESDAY THEY SURPRISED THE STATE'S NEW TOP TEACHER WITH A PARTY... AND FILLED JADUN MCCARTHY'S OFFICE WITH TOKENS OF THEIR APPRECIATION.
Nats reads card "Everything you are, talented, accomplished, passionate, is everything the world is waiting for"
MCCARTHY'S ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE CLASS CELEBRATED HIS AWARD... AND A SCHOOL YEAR COMING TO AN END.
Nats "we all pitched in and bought this food for Mr. McCarthy"
Jadun McCarthy, 2012 Ga. Teacher of the Year "I thought everything was pretty much over and this was completely a surprise... it's better than any award I could have ever gotten."
STUDENTS SAY HIS ASSIGNMENTS BROADENED THEIR PERSPECTIVE.. LESSONS ON LIFE THEY'LL TAKE AWAY WHEN THEY GRADUATE.
Quintessa Solomon, student: "he tells us all the time that if we don't go out and try to find things that we'll never know what the world has to offer us"
Alissa Smith, student: "he's such a great person at it, he teaches well, he speaks well"
Daikeen Lockett, student "there's a lot of things that distract people in the city of Macon, the crime, the violence, it's crazy you know and for him to come up on this side of town and make it like that is a big accomplishment
MCCARTHY FIT IN ONE MORE LESSON.
Nats Jadun "as a Raider graduate, you all will be joining that group that fraternity that sorority May 20th and so I want you all to know that when you have that red and gold diploma cover that's your ticket to do whatever you want to do"
THEY CELEBRATED A TEACHER... WHO THEY SAY MAKES A LASTING IMPACT.
THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS IT'LL CONTINUE TO HONOR MCCARTHY WITH A CEREMONY NEXT MONTH.
PROBLEMS AT THE MACON WATER AUTHORITY'S TREATMENT PLANT... SENT MORE THAN 21 MILLION GALLONS OF UNTREATED SLUDGE INTO THE OCMULGEE RIVER.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO AN M-W-A- SPILL REPORT.
THEY SAY ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS AFFECTED THE GEAR THAT TREATS SLUDGE BEFORE IT'S RELEASED INTO THE RIVER.
IT WAS OUT OF ORDER FOR FOUR DAYS...AND THAT MEANS THE SLUDGE DIDN'T MEET NORMAL TREATMENT STANDARDS.
THE WATER AUTHORITY SAYS IT STARTED WATER TESTING ON MONDAY.... TO FIND OUT HOW THE SPILL IS AFFECTING WATER QUALITY IN THE RIVER.
YOU ALWAYS HEAR THAT CRIME DOESN'T PAY... BUT FOR ONE CENTRAL GEORGIAN... TURNING IN A CRIMINAL DID.
GEORGIA ARSON CONTROL AND INSURANCE COMMISSIONER RALPH HUDGENS GAVE MACON-BIBB FIRE A CHECK FOR 45 HUNDRED DOLLARS.
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE THE MONEY TO AN ANONYMOUS TIPSTER WHO HELPED SOLVE THREE ARSON CASES FROM LAST SUMMER.
OFFICIALS SAY ALL THREE FIRES HAPPENED IN SOUTH MACON.... AND WERE STARTED BY A TEENAGER.
THEY SAY THAT ARSONIST WAS CAUGHT BECAUSE SOMEONE SPOKE UP...
Marvin Riggins "What they see and what they know can mean valuable help and save us lots of man-hours as far as putting closure to what actually occurred surrounding a fire."
GEORGIA ARSON CONTROL OFFERS REWARDS OF UP TO 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR TIPS THAT LEAD TO THE CONVICTION OF AN ARSONIST.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT AN ARSON FIRE IN GEORGIA...
YOU CAN CALL 800-282-5804.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS... 800-282-5804.
WE HAVE A UPDATE ON A STORY WE BROUGHT YOU YESTERDAY. REGARDING DISASTER FOOD ASSISTANCE FOLLOWING THE TORNADOES HERE IN GEORGIA.
PEOPLE LIVING IN 25 STORM-AFFECTED COUNTIES -- INCLUDING MONROE AND LAMAR -- CAN APPLY FOR FOOD STAMPS.
IF YOU LIVE IN MONROE COUNTY YOU NEED TO APPLY AT THE MONROE COUNTY D-FACS OFFICE..
IF YOU LIVE IN LAMAR COUNTY - YOU WILL APPLY AT THE LAMAR COUNTY D-FACS OFFENSE..
IF YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THE APPROVED COUNTIES... HAD DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME... LOST FOOD AND INCOME... AND MEET INCOME ELIGIBILITY... YOU CAN APPLY FOR THE FOOD ASSISTANCE NEXT TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.
TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY.. CALL 866-371-8222.
AGAIN THAT'S ... 866-371-8222.
IF YOU'RE DOING MORE THINKING ABOUT RETIREMENT... THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP ON YOUR MENTAL CHECKLIST.
SHERRI GOSS WITH ROSENBERG FINANCIAL GROUP IS HERE WITH SOME ADVICE.
SHERRI... WHAT'S THE AVERAGE RETIREMENT AGE THESE DAYS? ARE PEOPLE WORKING LONGER BECAUSE WE'RE LIVING LONGER?
You would think so, but that's not what I'm seeing. The average American who retired last year was 62, and if you have a couple, and they both retire at 62, and neither of them smoke, odds are that one of them will live to age 92. That can be a problem.
I'm seeing a lot of folks who can retire now, and they can make ends meet now, but they're going to run out of money as they get older. Their retirement decision is based more on emotion than on fact. They want to retire because they're tired of their job, or they feel they deserve it, not because they can afford to. I'm concerned for these folks as nobody wants to be 92 and broke, but retiring too early can get you there.
What people need to realize is that employment has changed. When we started going through this market downturn, a lot of jobs were lost, and employers depended on the remaining employees to do more with less. That's been going on now for about 3 1/2 years, and it's stressful. And, it's everywhere. All across the country people are working harder with fewer resources, and not getting the raises they used to get. So don't think you're in a unique situation--or that you can necessarily escape it by changing jobs.
A recent Wall Street Journal article called this the new era of the "superjob", and some think this change of doing more with less is permanent, because of the cost savings.
That means we need to change to deal with it. The human tendancy is to become negative, and look for an escape hatch. If you're in one of these tough job situations, it's more important than ever to think positive, take good care of yourself, and find healthy ways to manage stress. If you think things are stressful now because of your job, imagine being 92 and not having enough money to live on. Now that's stressful.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR SHERRI CALL HER AT 752-1374 OR EMAIL HER AT EYEWITNESSNEWS@13WMAZ.COM.
SHE'LL BE HERE UNTIL 6:30..
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SOME PEOPLE IN WARNER ROBINS WANT TO GET THE COMMUNITY AND ITS ONE OUTDOOR WALKING TRAIL IN SHAPE.
Jennifer Scheffer, Warner Robins: (2:10) "This is our only one in Warner Robins. If you have access to Robins Air Force Base, they have trails on the base, but as far as the City of Warner Robins. This is our only area."
JENNIFER SCHEFFER AND HER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEADERSHIP CLASS WANT TO IMPROVE THE WELLSTON TRAIL... BY ADDING EXERCISE STATIONS FIRST.
THEN... THEY HOPE TO RAISE MONEY TO ADD TRAILS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY... STARTING AT THE MACON STATE COLLEGE CAMPUS.
THEY'RE FUNDRAISING THROUGH THE "GET UP AND GO" 5K RUN-WALK THIS SATURDAY... MAY 14TH.
THE RACE STARTS AT 8 A-M AT THE MACON STATE CAMPUS... THAT'S OFF WATSON BOULEVARD.
REGISTRATION IS 25 DOLLARS.... ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE TRAIL PROJECT.
CALL 478-718-8537 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
POLICE DEPARTMENTS AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA HIT THE PAVEMENT TO SUPPORT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PASSED THE TORCH TO THE MACON POLICE S.W.A.T TEAM THIS MORNING... AT BROADWAY AND PIO NONO AVENUE.
THE EVENT STARTED AROUND 9 AM WITH WARNER ROBINS POLICE HANDING OFF TO THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
FREDDIE POOLER OF THE MACON SWAT TEAM SAYS HE'S PRACTICED FOR THE EVENT... AND IS EXCITED TO GET INVOLVED FOR A GREAT CAUSE.
Freddie Pooler "I'm very thankful for the people that participate in Special Olympics, that help the kids that have special needs. We have a guy on the team that has a special needs child, so I'm very thankful for the people.
AFTER THE TORCH IS PASSED ON TO MACON POLICE OFFICERS AND FRIENDS AT CITY HALL.... THE TORCH RUN WILL END AT WESLEYAN COLLEGE.
PERRY, CENTERVILLE AND HOUSTON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT ALSO TOOK PART.