"The minute you first met him, he just glowed with personality. You could really tell he wanted to be a firefighter."
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED IN MACON THIS MORNING TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY FIREFIGHTER WHO DROWNED WHILE TRYING TO SAVE THREE CHILDREN... TWO OF THEM HIS OWN.
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A MERCER UNIVERSITY MARKETING RESEARCH CLASS SAYS A LACK OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY-ORIENTED EVENTS HURT ATTENDANCE AT THE SOON-TO-CLOSE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME.
MERCER UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR TAMMY CRUTCHFIELD SAYS HER CLASS TOOK ON THE NINE-MONTH PROJECT AFTER STATE OFFICIALS BEGAN DISCUSSING THE HALL'S FATE.
RANDALL SAVAGE TALKED ABOUT THE FINDINGS WITH CRUTCHFIELD AND ONE OF HER STUDENTS.
<<7:55:21 Tammy Crutchfield, Mercer Marketing Professor: They really appreciated the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. They just had no reason to go there.
MERCER UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR TAMMY CRUTCHFIELD'S MARKETING RESEARCH CLASS CONDUCTED TWO STUDIES ON THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME IN DOWNTOWN MACON.
ONE STUDY CENTERED ON FAMILES LOOKING FOR ENJOYABLE OUTINGS.. THE OTHER ON PEOPLE WHO MIGHT VIEW THE MUSIC HALL AS A SOCIAL SETTING.
8:21:12 Tammy Cruchfield, Mercer Marketing Professor: What we wanted to do was to make the Georgia Music Hall of Fame a fun place of entertainment.
AND THE STUDENTS CAME UP WITH SEVERAL WAYS TO DRAW PEOPLE TO DO THAT.
5:14:10 Tammy Crutchfield: Mercer Marketing Professor: The students put together a summer jam series and they wanted to do an open mike night, family karoake, teach the kids how to write music, just things that revolved around music.
RECENT MERCER GRADUATE JOSH HARNEVIOUS PARTICIPATED IN THE STUDY.. AND SAYS PUSHING HALL MEMBERSHIP WOULD'VE HELPED THE HALL SUSTAIN ITSELF.
4:23:02 Josh Harnevious, Mercer Student: A lot of people had never been asked to be members of the hall of fame. They had never considered that they should be members just because it never popped in their minds.
HARNEVIOUS SAYS FUN SEEKERS DIDN'T SEE THE MUSIC HALL AS A DESTINATION.
6:05:10 Josh Harnevious, Mercer Student: When they looked at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, it was, you know, kind of middle of the road. It wasn't anything that really jumped out at them as being really fun.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> CRUTCHFIELD SAYS HALL OFFICIALS SHOULD'VE GOTTEN THE COMMUNITY MORE INVOLVED WITH ACTIVITIES THERE.
SHE SAYS HER STUDENTS SUBMITTED THEIR FINDINGS TO MUSIC HALL DIRECTOR LISA LOVE.. WHO PLANNED TO TURN THE STUDY OVER TO THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY.
EARLIER THIS WEEK.. THE AUTHORITY VOTED TO CLOSE THE HALL JUNE 12TH.
SOME OF OUR FACEBOOK FANS WEIGHED IN WITH SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME BUILDING SHOULD BE USED FOR AFTER THE MUSEUM CLOSES.
GARRY COMMENTED... "TEAR IT DOWN, AND MAKE MORE PARKING."
JAY WROTE... "HOW ABOUT A NEW TRAIN DEPOT FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO RIDE THE TRAIN TO ATLANTA?
EVENTUALLY... WE WILL SEE THAT HAPPEN. YES, WE HAVE THE TERMINAL STATION STILL, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE OCCUPIED."
IN BRENDA'S OPINION... "WHAT'S THE USE?
IT PROBABLY WON'T LAST EITHER.
AND SHELLEY SUGGESTED.. "HARD-ROCK CAFE... MACON STYLE... AND LEAVE MUSIC MEMORABILIA IN IT."
YOU CAN JOIN THE DISCUSSION AT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ AND SHARE YOUR OPINION.
MACON-BIBB COUNTY FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL DEWAYE JONES RECEIVED A HERO'S FAREWELL THIS MORNING.
JONES DROWNED IN LAKE TOBESOFKEE LAST WEEKEND...WHILE RESCUING THREE CHILDREN.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... HUNDREDS FILLED THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM TO MOURN THE FAMILY MAN AND HONOR THE FIREFIGHTER.
***nats beginning of sax solo***
MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED GATHERED AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO MICHAEL JONES...
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FRIENDS... FAMILY...COLLEAGUES... EVEN PUBLIC OFFICIALS... GATHERED TO BID FAREWELL TO THE FIRE FIGHTER TRAINEE
HIS FAMILY SAT ON THE RIGHT... AND HIS FAMILY IN UNIFORM ON THE LEFT...INCLUDING TYLER JOLISSAINT WHO SAT NEXT TO JONES IN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING CLASS.
"He's a brother fo mine. I've only known him for a week but the little bit I got to spend with him I found out he was a class act. He was a grade-a guy."
JONES RECIEVED A TRADITIONAL FIREFIGHTERS' FUNERAL... INCLUDING THE CEREMONIAL "LAST ALARM."
KATRINKA HEAD... A FRIEND OF JONES' GRANDMOTHER... SAYS THAT WAS ONE OF MANY TOUCHING MOMENTS.
Katrinka: "When the fire truck began to sound off the siren, that was in a sense like god calling his son home to say well done my good and faithful servant."
CITY COUNCILMAN VIRGIL WATKINS WROTE A POEM FOR THE FAMILY
***nats of poem**
Katrinka: "Love covered it. And you felt warmth when you came in. It was not a sad funeral, it was a celebration."
THE FUNERAL REACHED AN EMOTIONAL HIGH WHEN CITY COUNCILMAN CHARLES JONES DELIVERED THE EULOGY.
HE SPOKE ABOUT JONES' DETERMINATION TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER.... HE HAD BEEN APPLYING FOR 5 YEARS.
" he would not be denied because no was not an option."
Tyler: "The minute you first met him, he just glowed with personality, you could really tell he wanted to be a firefighter."
A POLICE ESCORT LED JONES' FUNERAL PROCESSION .
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AND PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS TO SAY GOODBYE TO MICHAEL DEWAYNE JONES... PUBLIC SERVANT.... HUSBAND.... AND FATHER....
CANDACE ADORKA...13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE FIRE TRUCK CARRIED JONES TO THE PRIVATE BURRIAL.
MICHAEL JONES LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND THREE SONS..
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED THIS MORNING TO HONOR MILITARY AND CIVILIANS WHO SERVED AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
THE 35TH ANNUAL CAMELLIA GARDEN MEMORIAL CEREMONY WAS HELD IN HONOR OF 55 PEOPLE WHO DIED IN THE PAST YEAR.
AFTER EACH PERSON'S NAME WAS READ... A BELL RANG IN THEIR MEMORY.
THE ROBINS HONOR GUARD FIRED A 21 GUN SALUTE AND PLAYED TAPS... AS FAMILY AND FRIENDS REMEMBERED THEIR LOVED ONES.
THE CEREMONY HONORED 16 RETIRED OR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEMBERS.
THE OTHERS WERE CIVILIANS WHO WORKED AT ROBINS.
Patrick Bowen, (16:10) "What a better way, what a more beautiful day than today to honor those who did lay down thier lives for us, so we can enjoy what we do."
Casey Lyle (pink shirt) "It's a real honor to be out here as a civilian on Robins Air Force Base to honor a loved one."
THE CAMELLIA GARDEN WAS DEDICATED IN 1976... AND MORE THAN 17-HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE THEIR NAMES ETCHED ON THE MEMORIAL WALL THERE.
IF YOUR MEMORIAL DAY PLANS INCLUDE SOME DRIVING... THEY MIGHT ALSO INCLUDE A STOP OR TWO AT THE GAS PUMPS.
MACON'S AVERAGE GAS PRICE IS DROPPING AS WE APPROACH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND...
ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A... THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED SITS AT 3-61 TODAY.
THAT'S A TWO-CENT DROP FROM YESTERDAY.
AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL LOWER GAS PRICES ENCOURAGE YOU TO DRIVE MORE THIS WEEKEND?
SO FAR 74 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... IT WON'T.
26 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... IT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO GET ON THE ROAD.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
MEMBERS OF A BLECKLEY COUNTY CHURCH LACED UP THEIR TENNIS SHOES AND HIT THE ROAD WITH ONE GOAL IN MIND.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS HOW WITH A CROSS ON HIS BACK... THE PASTOR OF NEW LIFE CHURCH OF GOD.. AND HIS HEROES...
HOPE TO BRING WATER TO THE CHILDREN OF AFRICA.
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PASTOR RYAN CARNES... SAID A PRAYER WITH SOME OF HIS CONGREGATION... BUT THEY'RE NOT AT CHURCH.
Ryan Carnes: "I thought I would take a cross and I'd put it on my shoulder. I'm a heavy set guy. This is not something I would do for fun.
THE PREACHER AT NEW LIFE CHURCH OF GOD IN COCHRAN TOOK A NATIONAL FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN IN ETHIOPIA... TO THE STREETS OF BLECKLEY COUNTY.
Ryan Carnes: "I started the trek at pulaski county line and walked the entire way to laurens county line, and then we started at the twiggs county line and walked all the way to dodge county line."
HIS FOUR DAY JOURNEY COVERED 38 MILES... WITH A MISSION TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUILD TWO WATER WELLS AT AN ORPHANAGE...
FRIENDS AND FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH... JOINED IN WITH A GOAL OF 10 -THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Gail Griffiths: "Those people over there that work in the orphanage have to tote water from a water source in large jugs and walking."
WITH EACH STEP... THESE WALKERS LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE CAUSE...
Gail GRiffiths: "We're all walking with a bottle of water as if we can't do without water and really the body needs it,a nd so it makes it, it reminds you of these other children that are living over there with very little."
Ryan Carnes "The road gets hard sometimes and you know there are a lot of spiritual implications about the cross. Also along this journey I've also thought about the family of our church and the team atmosphere. How everyone pitched in."
BARING THE HEAT AND MAKING THE TREK.... TO EASE THE BURDEN ON CHILDREN IN NEED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.
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>> SPONSORS DONATED 100 DOLLARS TO HAVE THEIR NAMES DISPLAYED ON A SIGN THAT FOLLOWED THE WALKERS.
SO FAR... THEY'VE RAISED ALMOST SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PROJECT... GO TO OUR WEBSIRE 13WMAZ-DOT-COM AND LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON THE HOMEPAGE.
HUNTING FOR A JOB SHOULD TAKE AS MUCH OF YOUR TIME AS ACTUALLY *HAVING* A FULL-TIME POSITION.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SOME CAREER EXPERTS.
IN THIS WEEK'S CAREERBUILDER TIP FOR JOB SEEKERS... WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE NOT SLACKING IN YOUR SEARCH.
ACCORDING TO CAREER AUTHOR MICHAEL FARR... THE AVERAGE JOB SEEKER SPENDS ABOUT 15 HOURS A WEEK LOOKING FOR WORK.
BUT HE RECOMMENDS SPENDING AT LEAST 25 HOURS ON THE SEARCH.
TO DO THAT... HE SUGGESTS THAT JOB SEEKERS MAKE A DAILY SCHEDULE TO KEEP THEM ON TRACK.
INCLUDE TIME FOR MEALS AND BREAKS EACH DAY... AND SET ASIDE TIME TO REVIEW AND UPDATE YOUR SCHEDULE.
YOU SHOULD ALSO SET A TIME TO FOLLOW-UP ON OLD LEADS... AND ANOTHER TIME TO SET UP INTERVIEWS AND MEETINGS.
TO SEE THE FULL SAMPLE SCHEDULE... AND FIND OUT ABOUT JOBS AVAILABLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY... VISIT THE JOB MARKET THURSDAY PAGE ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THE CHECK IT OUT BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE.
FOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM HOUSTON COUNTY EARNED RECOGNITION AS THE LOCAL OFFICERS OF THE YEAR.
THE OPTIMIST CLUB OF WARNER ROBINS CHOSE THEM FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS.
FROM THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT... INVESTIGATOR AUNDRAY BARNES ACCEPTED THE AWARD
DEPUTY JAMES TAYLOR FROM THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECIEVED THE HONOR
FROM CENTERVILLE... THE CLUB RECOGNIZED SERGEANT MICHAEL SMITH.
AND FROM THE PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT... THEY HONORED OFFICER JASON HEATON.
THE OFFICERS EACH RECEIVED A 100 CHECK.
THE OPTIMIST CLUB SAYS ITS THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATED SERVICE CLUB IN WARNER ROBINS.
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