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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX..
LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF..
TONIGHT'S TOP STORY... TWO CHILDREN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A MINIVAN HIT A HOUSTON COUNTY DEPUTY'S CAR THIS AFTERNOON.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 2 P.M. JUST SOUTH OF PERRY.
THE OFFICER'S CAR WAS PARKED IN THE EMERGENCY LANE... WHEN HOUSTON COUNTY LIEUTENANT M-J STOKES SAYS THE MINIVAN'S- DRIVER MAY HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.
THE MINIVAN HIT THE OFFICER'S CAR FROM BEHIND... AND ROLLED OVER INTO A DITCH.
THE OFFICER AND DRIVER WEREN'T SERIOUSLY INJURED.
STOKES SAYS TWO CHILDREN ARE BEING TREATED AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
HE SAYS THEIR INJURIES ARE NOT LIFE THREATENING
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS SAYS HE'S DOING WELL AFTER SUFFERING A HEART ATTACK SUNDAY NIGHT.
THE 61-YEAR-OLD LUCAS SAYS DOCTORS OPERATED ON HIM TO PUT TWO STENTS INTO CLOGGED ARTERIES.
LUCAS SAYS HE FEELS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER DOCTORS TOLD HIM A MAJOR ARTERY WAS OVER NINETY PERCENT BLOCKED.
HE IS NOW RECOVERING AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA
DAVID'S WIFE ELAINE LUCAS SAYS... HE WAS AT HIS ANNUAL SOUL JAM CONCERT AT HENDERSON STADIUM IN MACON... WHEN HE BEGAN SUFFERING FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION AND DEHYDRATION.
DAVID LUCAS SAYS HE EXPECTS TO BE RELEASED SOMETIME LATER THIS WEEK.
REPRESENTATIVE LUCAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO RUN FOR ROBERT BROWN'S STATE SENATE SEAT WHEN BROWN STEPS DOWN TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF MACON.
IT WAS A HOT ONE TODAY.... BUT THE HEAT DIDN'T STOP PEOPLE FROM ENJOYING THEIR DAY OFF AT LAKE TOBESOFKEE.
JENNIFER MOULLIET (MOOLAY) SHOWS US HOW ONE FAMILY TRIED TO BEAT THE HEAT... AND STAY SAFE.
<<Yvonne Shaw, Macon: "It's really hot."
YVONNE SHAW AND HER FAMILY VISIT LAKE TOBOSOFKEE EVERY YEAR... BUT THIS TIME THEY BROUGHT SOMETHING NEW
"nats putting up tent"
Yvonne Shaw, Macon "We even got a tent so that when they are out of the water they can sit in the shade."
SHAW SAYS HER FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED A HEAT STROKE BECAUSE SHE MAKES SURE TO BRING A LOT OF WATER AND JUICE.
Yvonne Shaw, Macon: "Just to keep ourselves hydrated you know, because once we're in the sun, you're sweating a lot so you use a lot of water, so you need to put that back in. So we make sure we have a whole case of water."
OTHERS AREN'T AS PREPARED FOR THE HEAT...
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS THERE ARE DIFFERENT DEGREES OF HEAT STRESS.
HEAT STROKE HAPPENS WHEN THE BODY BECOMES UNABLE TO CONTROL ITS TEMPERATURE... THE C-DC SAYS THE BODY TEMPERATURE CAN RISE TO 106 OR HIGHER WITHIN 10 TO 15 MINUTES.
IT SAYS HEAT EXHAUSTION IS THE BODY'S RESPONSE TO AN EXCESSIVE LOSS OF THE WATER AND SALT, USUALLY THROUGH EXCESSIVE SWEATING.
Jennifer Moulliet "According to Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Director they haven't seen many heat exhaustion cases yet this year but it is still early and in the past they've seen it happen more to women than in men."
Doug Furney, Director of Recreation at Lake Tobesofkee: "They will lay out in the heat more than the men will and they get overheated and not realize it and when they stand up the blood will rush to their head or away from their head and they'll pass out."
FURNEY SAYS IF YOU START FEELING DIZZY... QUICKLY COOL YOUR BODY HEAT...LIKE THESE VISITORS WHO ENJOYED MAKING A SPLASH
nats playing in water
JENNIFER MOULLIET (MOOLAY) 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION THE ELDERLY... THE VERY YOUNG... AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES HAVE A GREATER RISK FOR A HEAT-RELATED SICKNESS .
THEY RECOMMEND DRINKING TWO TO FOUR GLASSES OF WATER EACH HOUR WHEN IN HOT WEATHER.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES TOOK PLACE ALL ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA AS MANY PEOPLE CAME OUT TO REMEMBER THOSE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US...
A LANDMARK AND HISTORIC SITE IN MACON COMMEMORATED THE DAY BY HONORING SOLIDERS.... WHO'S FINAL RESTING PLACES REMAIN UNKNOWN.
Sequence of Ceremony reading names
A SPECIAL CEREMONY AT FORT HILL CEMETERY TO HONOR SOLIDERS (Nats of REading Names)..... WHO DIED SERVING THEIR COUNTRY..
Nats of Prayer
GUESTS PRAYED FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE TODAY AND THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFACE.
Jack Caldwell "This is a small token of what we can do as a citizen, as a people to come to something like this and pay our respects"
JACK CALDWELL IS AN AIR FORCE VETERAN..HE SAYS TODAY IS A TIME TO REFLECT.
Jack Caldwell "The importance of anything like this is to remember who we are and where we are from and the people that have dedicated their lives for us to have what we have today"
Nats of Ceremony
FORT HAWKINS PRESS OFFICER... MARTY WILLETT SAYS THE COMMISSION WANTED TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE 20 TO 200 U.S ARMY SOLIDERS WHO LIE BURIED AT FORT HILL CEMETERY IN UNKNOWN GRAVES.
Marty Willett "They served on the frontier 200 years ago, they have been lost in time"
THE CITY OF MACON PLACED THESE GRAVESTONES AT FORT HILL TO HONOR THE SOLIDERS BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW THE FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR THE FALLEN.
Marty Willett "They're known, yet unknown, so we call their names today and we hope to find their families, but we thought not only is this the first time that the servicemen that served at Ft. Hawkins are remembered and honored on memorial day but the first time these veterans have been remembered also"
Nats of Ceremony
SANDRA ADAMS SAYS SHE WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE CEMETERY.
Sandra Adams "Most people do not know it's here unless they have family here and they don't know how beautiful it is, and the men and women who are buried here they all have a story to tell"
Nats of Processional
A STORY WILLETT SAYS HE WANTS EVERYONE TO KNOW AND REMEMBER.>> AFTER THE CEREMONY GUEST TOURED FORT HAWKINS..
MACON CITY LEADERS... RETIRED SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN... AND DOZENS OF OTHERS ATTENDED A MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT LINWOOD CEMETERY.
THE CEREMONY KICKED OFF WITH PATRIOTIC SONGS FROM A LOCAL VIOLINIST AND AN INTRODUCTION OF THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER... RETIRED LIEUTENANT COLONEL JACQUELINE G. SCOTT.
SCOTT SPOKE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBERING WHAT THE DAY REPRESENTS.
SOME PEOPLE ALSO WATCHED A WREATH LAYING AND RETIRING OF COLORS... WHILE OTHERS WALKED AROUND TO VISIT GRAVE SITES OF THE FALLEN.
SOME PEOPLE AT THE EVENT SAY IS A DAY TO REFLECT--
ALICE B. JACKSON, ORGANIZER
"its not about the bar b q the hot dogs the hamburgers the beer the wne, its about our fallen heroes they gave the ultimate price for us to have this freedom."
JACKSON SAYS THE CEMETERY IS ALSO THE BURIAL SITE FOR MACON'S CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT RODNEY DAVIS.
PEOPLE GATHERED IN BYRON THIS MORNING TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS...
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE STARTED OFF WITH THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE... FOLLOWED BY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.
PEOPLE REMEMBERED AND HONORED THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND CONTINUE TO SERVE.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDED GUEST SPEAKER SERGEANT MAJOR CHRISTOPHER EDMONDSON... OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.
GUESTS SAY THEY WANT TO REMEMBER THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO PROTECT US.
Barbara Ray "It's just a great heritage that we have and a great honor that we have so many men and women who go off to serve our nation and so many of them don't come back and we need to always remember them"
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD AT THE BYRON MUNICIPAL COMPLEX ON MAIN STREET IN BYRON.
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE OFFICIALS PLAN TO PRODUCE A NEW VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE IN 20-12..
AND THEY'RE HAVING A CONTEST THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES AROUND THE STATE TO COME UP WITH THE NEW DESIGN.
ENTRIES MUST PROMOTE GEORGIA AS THE PEACH STATE..
WE SENT RANDALL SAVAGE OUT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS UNUSUAL COMPETITION..
<<PENNY REITZ SERVES AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TAGS IN THE BIBB COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE..
REITZ. AND HER BOSS.. TAX COMMISSIONER TOMMY TEDDERS.. LIKE THE IDEA OF HAVING A CONTEST TO DETERMINE THE NEW TAG DESIGN.
AND REITZ BLENDS HER SENSE OF HUMOR AND LOVE OF THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS WHEN SUGGESTING HER DESIGN.
39:08 Penny Reitz, Deputy Tax Commissioner: I think it would be pretty neat to do that. Maybe a peach tree with a big bulldog sitting under it with a gator in its mouth and a yellow jacket under its foot.
REITZ ISN'T PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE CONTEST.
1:26:16 Penny Reitz, Deputy Tax Commissioner: They're encouraging everybody in the state including employees to contribute designs.
BUT REITZ DOESN'T KNOW HOW OTHERS FEEL ABOUT HER BULLDOG PROPOSAL.
53:24 Penny Reitz, Deputy Tax Commissioner: I sort of don't think that's gonna fly. But it would be cute.
SO REITZ'S ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEES TO TELL TAG CUSTOMERS ABOUT THE CONTEST.
1:48:02 Penny Reitz, Deputy Tax Commissioner: If they hear about it through the news media then they would be informed and be able to tell them which website to go to and we actually have information here in the office that if they need them we can give to them also.
TAX COMMISSIONER TEDDERS EXPECTS LOTS OF CREATIVE SUGGESTIONS.
3:35:03 Tommy Tedders, Tax Commissioner: I think you'll have a large number of tags submitted. This is a new contest. that's open and it's open to all the citizens of Georgia. So I think you're going to see some folks present some nice art work.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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