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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 THE FOURTH TIME IN A YEAR...COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS' NAME APPEARED ON A WARNER ROBINS POLICE REPORT.
TODAY...A POLICE REPORT SAID WILLIAMS ARGUED WITH ANOTHER CITY OFFICIAL AT A WATSON BOULEVARD WAFFLE HOUSE.
IT SAYS WILLIAMS THREW FOOD...COFFEE..AND WATER...AT DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT BOARD CHAIRMAN TONY ROBBINS.
NO ONE WAS ARRESTED...AND NO ONE WAS INJURED.
A YEAR AGO...WILLIAMS WAS CHARGED WITH FILING A FALSE REPORT....AFTER HE ACCUSED A HOMELESS WOMAN OF STEALING HIS CELL PHONE...AT THAT SAME WAFFLE HOUSE.
WILLIAMS PLEADED NOT GUILTY...AND HE'S STILL AWAITING TRIAL.
ALSO LAST YEAR... A TENANT ACCUSED WILLIAMS OF POINTING A GUN AT HIM DURING AN ARGUMENT.
AND A CONSTITUENT SAID WILLIAMS VISITED HIS HOME....UNINVITED...AFTER HE SENT WILLIAMS A CRITICAL EMAIL.
LORRA LYNCH JONES SPOKE TO WILLIAMS TODAY...TO GET HIS SIDE OF THE MOST RECENT EVENT.

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Lorra Lynch-Jones: "So what's your version of events of what happened this morning?"

John Williams: "This morning a good friend of mine Tony Robbins and I were here having breakfast together and we got into a discussion about the parking lot downtown at Commercial Circle which incidently he has been a part of, he's been a chairman DDA for years to get this parking lot done. So I finally managed to get a parking lot put down there but he wasn't happy about the design of it and he was blaming me for it. He said I was spending tax payers' dollars for a private parking lot which is not so its on RDA property its RDA funds its for the benefit of all downtown its what people have been wanting for a long time, but somehow he felt that he was being slighted and he was very very offended by it and he became very verbal and abusive toward me for it and I tried to say i'm sorry Tony i'm sorry you feel that way. And after taking so much I said I don't get paid enough to deal with this and I got up to leave and I guess I rushed too much because my legs were hanging up under the table and it shook the table real bad and I spilled a cup of water on him and I apologized to him and i'll apologize again. I'm very sorry but just because i'm elected doesn't mean I have to take the abuse from the public."

Lorra Lynch-Jones: "He said that he felt threatened and he felt like you might be carrying a gun because of incidents in the past and that's why he took it as far as to call the police."

John Williams: "That's not really the reason, he just took it that far in order to be on the news tonight. Back before when I had that altercation about the cell phone and the police chief charged me with two felonies and two misdemeanors trying to get me out of office. I had to give up my permit to have a weapon. I don't own one anymore, I don't carry one, I don't intend to, because if you remember on that incident the police came to my house that night I felt very threatened that they were intending to shoot me because I was armed. So therefore I don't carry a pistol anymore, I don't intend to, if they shoot me i'll be totally unarmed."
>> POLICE SAID THEY COULDN'T TELL FROM WAFFLE HOUSE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO WHETHER WILLIAMS ACTED INTENTIONALLY.
THEY SAID THE CASE WILL GO TO A MAGISTRATE JUDGE...WHO'LL DECIDE WHETHER THE COUNCIL MEMBER WILL BE CHARGED.

MACON ANIMAL CONTROL NOW HAS A NEW TEMPORARY DIRECTOR....AS IT GOES THROUGH A POLICE INTERNAL AFFAIRS AUDIT.
ACCORDING TO MAYORAL SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY... ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTOR... JIM JOHNSON... WAS TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER DEPARTMENT LAST WEEK.
MURPHY SAYS THIS COMES AS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AUDITS PROCEDURES AT THE ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER.
IN A SEPARATE INVESTIGATION....THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING INTO THE ARREST OF AN ANIMAL CONTROL WORKER... BRUCE ROZIER.... AND REPORTS THAT HE LET A STRANDED DOG DIE LAST MONTH.
ROZIER WAS CHARGED WITH VIOLATING THE STATE'S ANIMAL PROTECTION LAW.
AFTER HIS ARREST.... MACON CITY COUNCILWOMAN NANCY WHITE SAID THE ANIMAL CONTROL DEPARTMENT NEEDED NEW LEADERSHIP... DUE TO A FIVE-YEAR PATTERN OF PROBLEMS.
MURPHEY SAYS SAID MACON SERGEANT ROBERT CARR WAS APPOINTED INTERIM-DIRECTOR.

IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS... AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE HAVE DROWNED IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THE LATEST WAS A MACON-BIBB FIREFIGHTER.
HE DROWNED SATURDAY IN LAKE TOBESOFKEE TRYING TO RESCUE THREE CHILDREN... TWO WERE HIS OWN.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... ONE WARNER ROBINS SWIM INSTRUCTOR SAYS WITH THE WEATHER HEATING UP.....WATER SAFETY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER... FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS.
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***nat pop: that's terrific, fantastic!***
BRIAR LEE HUNNICUTT IS ONLY 4... BUT HE FLOATS LIKE A PRO.
"Flip over on my back and breathe, then swim to the wall and that's not hard. Do a flip in the pool, that's not hard either. then go the the stairs, climb up the stairs, that's not hard at all!"
HIS SWIMMING INSTRUCTOR... VICTORIA CAMPBELL... SAYS BECAUSE BRIAR CAN FLOAT, HE'LL BE MUCH SAFER IN DEEP OPEN WATERS.
"When you're in a vertical position in the water, it's exhausting to try to keep your head above water, especially when youre unable to touch the bottom. when you're able to maintain a floating position, it's effortless."
CAMPBELL SAYS AS FAMILIES SPEND MORE TIME AROUND WATER THIS SUMMER... PARENTS SHOULD MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS CAN AT LEAST SWIM IN THE DEEP END OF THE POOL.... WITHOUT FLOATIES.
"Just because your kid can paddle in the shallow end of the pool, that's not good enough.... Children, they're like houdini. They're very quick and it only takes an instant for a child to escape supervision."
BRIAR'S MOTHER DAWN HUNNICUTT SAYS EVEN WITH SUPERVISION... WRANGLING KIDS IN WATER CAN BE A CHALLENGE.
"They are thrashing around slashing... You're trying to hold them up and tread water.... It's hard...I had to do it with our little one this weekend and it took my breath away."
CAMPBELL SAYS THAT'S WHY ADULTS ALSO NEED TO SHARPEN THEIR SWIMMING SKILLS AND TEACH KIDS SAFETY HABITS... LIKE SWIMMING WITHIN BOUNDARIES... SWIMMING WITH A BUDDY... AND REMEMBER...
Briar: "No diving... because the police man will come get the kids. "
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THREE OF THE PEOPLE WHO DROWNED SINCE MARCH WERE TEENAGERS.
CAMPBELL SAYS TEENAGERS TEND TO TAKE RISKS AND PARENTS SHOULD MAKE SURE THEIR TEEN'S SWIMMING SKILLS MATCH THEIR RISK-TAKING... OTHERWISE THEY SHOULD BE SUPERVISED.

MACON WON'T GET A GRANT TO RENOVATE THE TINDALL HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD.
THE CITY APPLIED FOR A HOPE SIX GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT LAST YEAR.
TODAY... THE MACON HOUSING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED MACON WAS NOT ONE OF THE EIGHT CITIES CHOSEN FOR THE GRANT.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOHN HISCOX SAYS THEY DON'T CONSIDER THE EFFORT WASTED... BECAUSE IT HELPED THEM DEVELOP PLANS AND PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE PROJECT... WHICH WOULD REPLACE THE CURRENT TINDALL HEIGHTS AREA WITH A VARIETY OF MIXED INCOME HOUSING.

ANOTHER UNDER CONSTRUCTION SIGN... HANGS ON THE GEORGIA COLLEGE CAMPUS.
5 ADDITIONAL DINING AREAS ARE THE NEWEST OF THE SCHOOL'S RENOVATION PROJECTS... THIS ONE... THEY SAY... TO BRING BETTER EATS.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... ONE OF THE SUMMER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS... HAS STUDENTS ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO FALL.
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Nats, tearing up floor

NOW... A HARD HAT AREA...

Nats, machine

...AND DEBRIS... FILL ONE OF GEORGIA COLLEGE'S MOST POPULAR CAMPUS... "QUICK EATS."

Abby Gibson, Vidalia: "Usually it's like a realy big line trying to get in, and because we only have that small space all the tables are pretty close."

ABBY GIBSON... NOW A GRAD STUDENT... SAYS THE DINING COMMONS... NEEDS A FACELIFT... AND SHE'S READY TO SEE CHANGES...

Nats, rolling ladder

...ROLL THROUGH.

Kyle Cullars, Auxiliary Services: "We've eliminated the old servery, which used to be in this area."

KYLE CULLARS RUNS THE 3 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT... THE FIRST MAJOR RENOVATION FOR THE DINING COMPLEX....SINCE IT WAS BUILT IN THE 60S.
HE SAYS COME AUGUST... STUDENTS CAN FEAST AT FIVE EATERYS... INSTEAD OF ONE.

Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "Cullars says they plan to knock down this wall at the far end of the cafeteria, it leads into a large banquet room, which he says will provide more student seating."

Nats, pulling debris out of trash can

BUT THAT CONSTRUCTION... HITS THE STREETS.

Nats, Cars

Christopher L. Carter, Juliette: "It takes the buses an extra few minutes, which could pose as a problem because then you could be late."

CHRISTOPHER CARTER TAKES THE BUS TO CLASS EVERYDAY...

Nats, bus leaving

...THE CONSTRUCTION... HE SAYS... SLOWS THE SCHEDULE.

Christopher Carter: "It's doing some wierd loop-de-loops around all the parking lots now."

PARKING... SOME STUDENTS SAY... A DOWNSIDE... TO AN UPGRADED CAMPUS.

Abby Gibson: "Your best bet is to park in a gravel lot, on a good day, and walk."

FOR NOW... SUMMERTIME BRINGS BIG CHANGES FOR GEORGIA COLLEGE...

Nats

... BUT COME FALL... STUDENTS SAY... THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SAVORING THE DIFFERENCE.

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AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE DINING COMMONS RENOVATIONS STARTED THIS MONTH... AND SHOULD WRAP UP BY THE START OF FALL SEMESTER.

A HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL IS PREPARING ITS YOUNG STUDENTS TO THINK ABOUT THEIR FUTURES AND A CAREER PATH.
WE SPENT TIME AT WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO SEE HOW SOME BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS INSPIRED THE STUDENTS.
NATS: You guys planning on going to college? Yes, Good...

Professionals stopped by Westside Elementary Monday to share a little knowledge on building a career.

NATS:

From Physical Therapists to law enforcement...it was a wall to wall career fair for young job seekers.

Malik Brown, "You can learn about different careers and when you grow up, you can no what career you want to do"

School counselor Linda Morse says the career fair works as a hands on motivator for student career success.

SOT: It's really important for students to make the connection that what they're learning in school is directly related to their future careers that they'll have some day.

Third grader Jullian Smith says he has dreams of working in the military.

sot: We got to learn about how to use the generator, how to get in the trucks and how to control them.

Business owners also shared their experiences.

NATS: 15:15 If you want to own your own salon like I own mine, you have to go back to college and get your business degree. It doesn't stop there and then you can make all the money you want to make.

William Asbury is the Postmaster for Warner Robins.

NATS; 15:36 There are three things you have to have when you coem to the post office..

He says this is his first time taking part in a career fair.. and is excited about the chance.

SOT: 15:35:08 I think back and I was telling them how when I was growing up, I had motivation just like this and I still remember the people that came to my school.

He says he hopes his time here will help put students on the fast track to success.

NATS: Applause
SCHOOL COUNSELOR LINDA MORSE SAYS THIS IS THE SCHOOL'S 4TH ANNUAL CAREER FAIR FOR 3RD... 4TH ...AND 5TH GRADERS.
SHE SAYS STUDENTS WILL WRITE AND SEND PERSONAL THANK YOU LETTERS TO ALL THE PROFESSIONALS WHO TOOK PART.

WE'RE DOWN TO THE FINAL TWO EPISODES OF OPRAH'S FAREWELL SEASON.
TOMORROW AFTERNOON YOU CAN WATCH THE SECOND HALF OF OPRAH'S SURPRISE FAREWELL SPECTACULAR.
THEN... ON WEDNESDAY SHE'LL SAY A FINAL GOODBYE TO HER VIEWERS ... AFTER 25 YEARS.
BOTH EPISODES WILL AIR RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ AT 4 P.M.

AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL YOU WATCH OPRAH'S FINAL SHOW ON WEDNESDAY?
SO FAR... 76 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU WILL NOT WATCH.
WHILE 24 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU WILL.
TO CAST YOUR VOTE.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
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YOU ASKED US FOR MORE NEWS FROM WHERE YOU LIVE... SO WE'RE HITTING THE ROAD TO GET YOUR INPUT.
OUR COMMUNITY PRODUCER JACQUELINE HARNEVOUS IS BRINGING THE NEWSROOM TO A MONROE COUNTY COFFEE SHOP.
Jacqueline Harnevious, Where You Live " I'm coming to Forsyth on wednesday. I will be at Cool Beans Coffee working from 11:30 to 3:00 PM and you can stop by and learn how to blog. I'll show you the Forsyth-Monroe page you can stop by, sit down for a few minutes and i'll show you exactly what to do. Blogging is really simple and fun you can share it with other people and if you want to stop by and share news tips or story ideas just for Forsyth you can share those with me. But stop by Cool Beans Coffee on wednesday I want to hear from you."
SO COME OUT WEDNESDAY... HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE WITH JACQUELINE AND BE A PART OF THE NEWS WHERE YOU LIVE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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