Wednesday, May 18, Eyewitness News at 11

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

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART WANT VOTERS ON BOARD WITH THE COUNTY'S NEXT ATTEMPT AT PASSING A SPLOST.
THAT'S WHY THEY'RE HEADING OUT ON CITY AND COUNTY TOUR TO GET FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY ON HOW THE SPLOST MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT..
ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS WHY THIS SPLOST COULD BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.
WHEN IS A PENNY NO LONGER JUST A PENNY? WHEN IT ADDS UP ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY MILLION DOLLARS.
CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER GO AT GETTING BIBB COUNTY VOTERS TO PASS A SPLOST.
"There are certain things that can only be accomplished, because of cost, with that one penny." (H)
DURING AN INTERVIEW ON 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX... MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART EXPLAINED... THAT WHILE THEY HAVE IDEAS ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH THE POWER OF THE PENNY.
"Countywide recreation program... addressing needs at the courthouse."
THIS TIME THEY SAY... IT'S IN THE PUBLIC'S HANDS.
"This is your chance for input" (H)
stand up: "Hart and Reichert say they want to hear from the voting public about which issues to put on a SPLOST. They'll be going on a listening tour around the city and county to get input from the public. The first stop will be here at East Macon Park Thursday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.
THE POTENTIAL TO RAISE CLOSE TO TWO MILLION BUCKS FOR PROJECTS LIKE NEW RECREATION FACILITIES... OR COURTHOUSE RENOVATIONS... IS ENTICING FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
BUT IN THE PAST... SPLOSTS HAVE BEEN TOUGH TO GET BY VOTERS. THE PAST TWO FAILED.
UNLIKE LAST YEAR... REICHERT SAYS THE CITY WILL SUPPORT THIS SPLOST.
"That was the big reservation the city had last time, was that we need the service deliver strategy."
NOW... THE SERVICE DELIVERY STRATEGY NEEDS THE SPLOST. AS PART OF THE STRATEGY... IF THE SPLOST DOENS'T PASS... THE COUNTY WON'T FUND AND MANAGE RECREATION...
"The mayor and I are on the same team, the same side."
AND THEY'RE BOTH HOPING THIS ONE CENT WILL ADD UP TO GOOD SENSE TO VOTERS...
STDREICHERT AND HART WILL MAKE THEIR FIRST STOP ON THE LISTENING TOUR TOMORROW NIGHT.
THEY ARE INVITING THE PUBLIC TO JOIN THEM AT SEVEN P.M. AND EAST MACON PARK.

WE ALSO SPOKE WITH HART AND REICHERT ABOUT THE LASTEST ON FATE OF THE GEORIGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME.
THE HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY VOTED LAST WEEK TO GIVE SUPPORTERS ANOTHER TWO WEEKS TO FIND THE MONEY TO KEEP THE MUSEUM IN MACON ANOTHER YEAR.BUT BOTH HART AND REICHERT SAY THEY'LL ONLY SUPPORT THE DEAL... IF THE AUTHORITY AGREES TO KEEP THE MUSUEM PUT FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS.
THEY SAY THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE LETTING AN GROUP CALLED HALLS OF FAME INCORPORATED... LEAD THAT INTIATIVE.
Hart:"We are still committed if we are looking at a three year kind of deal to give us an opportunity to see if we can operate the halls of fame."
Reichert: The city remains committed to the funding we pledged over a three year period. But I think to abbreviate that down to one year would be counterproductive."
THE CITY PLEGED HALF A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE PROGRAM OVER THREE YEARS... BUT REICHERT SAYS HE DOESN'T BELIEVE COUNCIL WILL STAND BY THAT PLEGE IF THE AGREEMENT IS REDUCED TO ONE YEAR.

THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT HOPES A NEW IDEA SPEEDS UP HELP FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.
THE DEPARTMENT IS JUST DAYS AWAY FROM ROLLING OUT ITS NEW MOBILE OFFICE.
THE RV.. FILLED WITH COMPUTERS AND DESK SPACE... OFFERS PEOPLE A PLACE TO SIGN UP FOR FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT HELP PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN LAID OFF AND ARE UNEMPLOYED.
WORKFORCE SPOKESMAN HOWARD SCOTT SAYS MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR JOB TRAINING... MONEY TO PUT TOWARD SCHOOL.. AND CAREER COUNSELING.
WITH HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND GAS PRICES... SCOTT SAYS TAKING THE RV TO THE STREETS.. SAVES PEOPLE TIME... AND MONEY.
Howard Scott, Macon-Bibb County Office of Workforce Development: people can come in here and be in our office without coming all the way downtown if they live way out in areas so its a way for us to make sure that the community knows we're here that we're trying to extend our services out in the community"
SCOTT SAYS THEY HOPE THE MOBILE LAB WILL HIT THE STREETS NEXT MONDAY.

IF YOU'RE HUNTING FOR A JOB... YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOUR RESUME SHINES.
SO WE'RE TEAMING UP WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S RESUMAY CAMPAIGN TO GIVE YOU SOME TIPS.
TOMORROW... YOU CAN CALL OUR PHONE BANK WITH YOUR RESUME AND JOB SEARCH QUESTIONS.
CERTIFIED DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RESUME WRITERS WILL BE MANNING THE PHONES FROM 4 UNTIL 6-30 TOMORROW AFTERNOON.
NOW... IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE NUMBER TO CALL... TUNE IN TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT FOUR WHEN THE PHONE BANK FIRES UP..

MACON'S LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL WELCOMED SOME SPECIAL VISITORS TODAY..
AS PART OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK CANDACE ADORKA TELLS US LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS AND FAMILIES OF FALLEN BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES GATHERED TO HONOR THOSE WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY..
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***nats: They have paid the ultimate price..."
BRYANNA MCDONALD REMEMBERS HER UNCLE, A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY, AS A HERO....
"he had went and locked people up and saved people's lives...."
CHAD MCDONALD DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2007.
HIS SON TYLER WAS ONLY TWO BUT HE STILL REMEMBERS.
"i didn't want him to go to work last time. I didn't want him to go to work I knew that would happen."
CHAD MCDONALD AND DEPUTY MICHAEL THOMAS ARE THE MOST RECENT NAMES ENGRAVED IN THE MEMORIAL OUTSIDE THE MACON COLISEUM
***nats: It's an honor to be here today***
CITY COUNCILMAN ED DEFORE PUSHED FOR THE MEMORIAL... AND SAYS EVERY FALLEN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIAL NEEDS TO BE REMEMBERED.
"I've got the names of the first Macon policeman that was killed in 1921 and the rest of them through this year."
***nats: We thank you lord for their lives and what their lives meant to their families."
CHAD'S BROTHER TRACY MCDONALD IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE CHAD'S NAME ON THE MEMORIAL... BUT HE DOESN'T NEED THE ENGRAVING TO REMEMBER HIS BROTHER.
""He was larger than life. He had a big heart. It feels good to know that he is honored for this right here because he gave his life. Everyday you wake up and you wish you had him back."
MCDONALD SAYS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK REMINDS PEOPLE TO CHERISH... NOT ONLY THOSE WHO'VE PASSED, BUT ALSO THOSE WHO STILL SERVE.
"People don't undertsand when they leave their house they may not return home that night to their wives to their son to their mothers or their fathers."
THE MCDONALDS KNOW THAT ALL TOO WELL.... BRYANNA SAYS IF SHE HAD ONE MORE MOMENT WITH HER UNCLE...
"i would be hugging him and kissing him."
CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE NAMES OF ALL THE FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM BIBB COUNTY ARE ALSO CARVED ON THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON D-C.

SOME EMPLOYEES AT THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE TRYING OUT A FOUR DAY WORK WEEK.
ABOUT 25 ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEES MADE THE SWITCH THIS WEEK TO TEN HOUR DAYS... FOUR DAYS A WEEK.
POLICE CHIEF BRETT EVANS SAYS HE'S TRYING IT OUT TO INCREASE SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.
HE SAYS THE TEN HOUR DAYS ALLOW THE RECORDS AND COURT DIVISIONS TO OPEN AN HOUR EARLY AND CLOSE AN HOUR LATE.
EVANS SAYS HE WILL EVALUATE THE PROGRAM FOR ITS PRODUCTIVITY... AFTER TWO PAY PERIODS... OR 28 DAYS.
Brett Evans, Police Chief: (19:16) "If a ten hour day is too long and the employee productivity goes down or their having issues as far as sick leave usage, then ofcourse, we will take all that into account."
EVANS SAYS THE FOUR DAY WORK WEEK COULD LOWER GAS COSTS... BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF COMMUTES FOR EMPLOYEES WHO DRIVE POLICE VEHICLES.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION... WOULD YOU PREFER TO WORK FOUR 10-HOUR DAYS INSTEAD OF A REGULAR WORK WEEK.
SO FAR 87 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... YOU WOULD.
13 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU'D RATHER HAVE THE REGULAR WORK WEEK.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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