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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.

AFTER NEARLY 15 YEARS ON DISPLAY... SOME ARTIFACTS REPRESENTING MACON'S RICH MUSIC HISTORY WILL RETURN TO THEIR OWNERS. AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... ONE MACON WOMAN SAYS GETTING BACK FAMILY MUSIC GEMS... MAKES THE HALL OF FAME'S CLOSING... A REALITY.
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JESSICA WALDEN IS NO STRANGER... WHEN IT COMES TO MACON MUSIC.

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ESPECIALLY ARTISTS WHO GREW UP... AROUND THE BLOCK.

Jessica Walden, Macon: "We all have enjoyed the music of the Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, Little Richard, and so many who have walked the streets and called Macon home."

SHE'S THE DAUGHTER OF MUSIC LEGEND... ALAN WALDEN... WHO MANAGED OTIS REDDING AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD... AMONG OTHERS.

Jessica Walden, Macon: "My first memories are with this band, either on the hip of my father or mother, listening to them play live."

A TODDLER-SIZED TOUR JACKET STITCHED WITH EARLY MEMORIES... OF MACON'S MUSIC SCENE.

Jessica Walden: "We're gonna hold on to this as long as we can."

FOR MANY YEARS... IT HUNG IN A DISPLAY CASE... AT THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

Jessica Walden: "This little bitty jacket fit in it really nice, next to my Dad's, you could actually see father and daughter."

IT'S JUST ONE OF THE FAMILY'S PIECES... THEY'RE GETTING BACK... AFTER THE HALLS SHUTS ITS DOORS.

Jessica Walden: "You can see little burns in it, and those are actually from his cigarette."

OTIS REDDING'S PIANO... ANOTHER ONE.

Jessica Walden: "Otis was so involved with his music, that'd he be leanin' over the piano player, trying to capture those notes."

Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "The museum's executive director, Lisa Love, says they have about 30 thousand artifacts here, only one to two percent of them are from lenders."

WALDEN SAYS THE FAMILY STARTED RE-COLLECTING DONATED PIECES... ABOUT A MONTH AGO... WHEN BUZZ OF THE HALLS CLOSING... FIRST STARTED.

Jessica Walden: "I think it's going to be very bittersweet for people to receive their memorabIlia back."

NOW... DISPLAYING MACON'S MUSIC HISTORY ON HER OWN WALLS... SHE SAYS... BRINGS THE REALITY OF THE CLOSED MUSEUM... HOME.

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> MOST OF THE MUSEUM'S MEMORABILIA WILL RELOCATE TO ATHENS GEORGIA.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR... LISA LOVE...WOULD NOT COMMENT ON HOW SOON THAT WORK WOULD BEGIN.
SHE SAYS THEY'RE ALSO WORKING WITH LENDERS TO RETURN HUNDREDS OF PIECES TO THEIR ORIGINAL OWNERS.

THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME BUILDING COULD STAY EMPTY FOR A WHILE.
ONCE THE MUSEUM CLOSES.... IT GOES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE STATE PROPERTIES COMMISSION.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WHAT THE FUTURE COULD HOLD FOR THE BUILDING AND THE MUSIC HERITAGE OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
<< ON JUNE 12TH.. THE DOORS CLOSE AT THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME FOR THE LAST TIME.
Anthony Harris, Macon: "It was a valiant effort for everyone around here to want to save the halls."
ANTHONY HARRIS LIVES DOWNTOWN WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO KIDS....
HE SAYS WITH THE MUSEUM MOVING OUT.... MAYBE THE 43-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING COULD BRING BIG THINGS TO DOWNTOWN.
Anthony Harris, "An empty building, I think it's an opportunity to use it for maybe a bigger grocery store down here, not necessarily a chain. It doesn't have to be a Kroger, or a Publix or any Aldi, something like that."
FOR OTHERS DOWNTOWN... LOSING THE MUSEUM LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN THEIR MOUTH
Cole Tidwell, Macon: "Hopefully it's not too much of a stumbling block. It's obviously a negative and I hate that and I'm sure most Maconites feel the same way."
NEWTOWN MACON PRESIDENT MIKE FORD SAYS HE'S UPSET ... BUT EXCITED FOR WHAT THE FUTURE COULD HOLD.
Mike Ford. President NewTown Macon: "You can't take away Macon's music. You can take away the Georgia Hall of Fame, but you can't take way little richard. you can't take away the allman bros. You can't take away GRant's Lounge and you can't take away Capricorn Records."
HE SAYS NEWTOWN PLANS TO OPEN THE OLD CAPRICORN RECORDING STUDIO IN THE NEXT YEAR... AND DRAW PEOPLE DOWNTOWN WITH A STORE.
Mike Ford. President NewTown Macon: "A plan to open Capricorn Records Store front on Cherry street which would then be a bridge to the new buildings, so immediately we could start and have souvenirs, cd's and small events"
AS OF NOW.. THE BUILDING AT THE CORNER OF FIFTH AND M-L-K FACES A UNCERTAIN FUTURE... MORE THAN LIKELY WITHOUT THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC.
BB 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> ONCE EVERYTHING MOVES OUT... THE BUILDING GOES INTO THE HANDS OF THE STATE PROPERTIES COMMISSION.
SPOKESPERSON KATIE PANDO SAYS THEY'LL SEND CREWS DOWN TO ASSESS THE PROPERTY... THEN RECOMMEND WHAT'S THE BEST OPTION FOR THE BUILDING.
THEIR RECOMMENDATION THEN GOES TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR APPROVAL.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... WILL YOU VISIT THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME BEFORE IT CLOSES?
RIGHT NOW... 83 PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY NO... THEY WON'T.
17 PERCENT SAY THEY WILL VISIT.
VOTE RIGHT NOW.... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

TENNIS PRO AND LEUKEMIA SURVIVOR JAIME KAPLAN MAY HAVE A NEW LINE FOR HER RESUME... MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER.
IN AN EMAIL... COUNCIL MEMBER LAUREN BENEDICT SAYS SHE AND NANCY WHITE AGREED TO PICK KAPLAN FOR THE SEAT VACATED BY BEVERLY BLAKE.
KAPLAN SPENT YEARS ON THE PRO TENNIS CIRCUIT... ONCE REACHING WIMBLEDON'S ROUND OF 16.
NOW... SHE COACHES TENNIS AT STRATFORD ACADEMY.
FULL COUNCIL MUST VOTE TO APPROVE HER NOMINATION.

OPRAH'S 25 YEAR RUN AS A DAYTIME TALK SHOW HOST CAME TO AN END TODAY... WITH HER FINAL EPISODE.
FOR SOME PEOPLE IN MACON... HER GOODBYE BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF HER 2007 SHOW TAPING.
nats full- Oprah show file "Ho, Ho, Ho, It's my favorite things 2007" (7 SECONDS)
OPRAH BROUGHT HER "FAVORITE THINGS" EPISODE TO THE MACON COLISEUM.... STOPPING AT SEVERAL LOCAL LANDMARKS.
AT NU-WAY WEINERS... VERONICA SMITH SAYS A COLLAGE MARKS THE BOOTH WHERE OPRAH ATE ONE OF THEIR FAMOUSE HOTDOGS.
AT THE GINGER MICHELLE BOUTIQUE... THEY STILL SELL THE 125-DOLLAR BAG OPRAH BOUGHT.
SHE STAYED AT THE 1842 INN... WHERE EJ NOBLES SAYS OPRAH'S VISIT STILL ATTRACTS BUSINESS.
EJ Nobles, 1842 Inn: (20:40) "When someone calls to make a reservation, the want to stay in the room Oprah stayed in."
Veronica Smith, Nu-Way: (8:08) "When she came in, I froze. I just stopped doing what I was doing, just sat there. I was smiling. I couldn't believe it. I was like Lord have mercy. I was just smiling. I didn't know how to act."
OPRAH CALLED HER FINAL EPISODE A "LOVE NOTE" TO HER FANS.
SHE CALLED EACH EPISODE FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS... THE "GREATEST GIFT" HER FANS COULD GIVE HER.

THE MACON-BIBB FIRE DEPARTMENT IS PAYING TRIBUTE TO ONE OF ITS OWN.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS THE FAMILY OF 24-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL DEWAYNE JONES IS HOLDING A VISITATION UNTIL SEVEN TONIGHT AT BENTLEY AND SONS FUNERAL HOME ON MONTPELIER AVENUE.
HIS FUNERAL WILL BE TOMORROW.... AT 11 A.M..... AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM.
THAT'S ON FIRST STREET.... DOWNTOWN.
MICHAEL JONES DROWNED SATURDAY AT LAKE TOBESOFKEE WHILE SAVING THREE CHILDREN... TWO OF THEM HIS OWN.
HE WAS A FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAINEE.

IF YOU NEED MONEY... SHOULD YOU BORROW FROM YOURSELF?
SHERRI GOSS WITH ROSENBERG FINANCIAL GROUP IS HERE WITH SOME ADVICE ABOUT BORROWING FROM A RETIREMENT PLAN.
SHERRI... I GUESS THIS MIGHT SOUND LIKE A GOOD IDEA... TO PAY THE INTERESET TO YOURSELF SO TO SPEAK.


Sherri: That does make it sound good, but the bottom line is it is not good. And, because of the recession, more people than ever are borrowing money from their retirement plans. Currently, 27% of participants have loans, and the average loan balance is $7,860. And, three out of ten people have two loans outstanding.

Borrowing from your retirement plan really hurts you in a number of ways.

1. Once you take the money out, that money isn't growing any more.

2. You'll probably stop making regular contributions to the plan, as now you'll be repaying a loan.

3. Money in your retirement plan is pre-tax, but when you pay back the loan, you are using after-tax dollars.

The worst-case scenario is a person with a loan outstanding who loses his or her job. Most retirement savings plans require employees to repay the loans in full, usually within 60 days of termination. If you don't have enough money to pay back the loan, this counts as a distribution to you, or taxable income.

I know sometimes we have to do things we don't want to, but I encourage people to avoid borrowing from their retirement plan.
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..

THE HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL BELLS RANG FOR THE LAST TIME THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
STUDENTS ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ON SUMMER VACATION.
Nats of Kids Cheering
BEFORE CHILDREN A NORTHSIDE ELEMENTARY HEADED HOME... THEY PILED INTO THE CAFETERIA TO RECEIVE THEIR END OF THE YEAR AWARDS.
THAT INCLUDED CERTIFICATES FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE AND OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS.
AT LAKE JOY PRIMARY... SECOND GRADE STUDENTS CHOWED DOWN ON BAR-B-QUE LUNCH ON THE PLAYGROUND.
TEACHERS ALSO THREW PARTIES IN THEIR CLASSROOMS.
THE STUDENTS WERE EXCITED ABOUT THE SUMMER... BUT A LITTLE SAD ABOUT LEAVING THIS SCHOOL YEAR BEHIND.
Karen Kinsaul, Northside Elementary School "It's going to be sad because I'm leaving all my friends and stuff and I'm not going to see them"
Aquivious Burnette, Northside Elementary "I'm going to middle school and I'm excited and I feel so wonderful"
Kenneth Langston, Northside Elementary "I'm kind of excited but I'm going to miss my friends and teachers and everyone here"
ABOUT 16-HUNDRED-70 STUDENTS WILL GRADUATE FROM FIVE HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. ALL CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR .GROUNDS IN PERRY.

SOME OF YOU ARE HEADING OUT TO YOUR FLOWERBEDS WITH CAMERA IN HAND TO SNAP PHOTOS OF THE FLOWERS IN YOUR YARD.
LET'S LOOK AT A COUPLE THAT HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY INTO OUR NATURE'S BOUNTY GALLERY.
THE CAPTION ON THIS ONE SAYS... "PURPLE PINWHEEL."
AND THIS IS ANOTHER FLOWER FROM THE SAME COLLECTION... THE CAPTION HERE SAYS "PASSION FLOWER."
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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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