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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.
THE E-P-A SAYS PEOPLE IN MACON CAN NOW BREATHE A LITTLE EASIER.
IN A NEWS RELEASE... THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SAYS... MACON'S AIR QUALITY... IS GETTING BETTER.
AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... ONE ACTIVIST SAYS A LOT OF PEOPLE PITCHED IN ....TO REACH THE AIR QUALITY STANDARD.
Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "In a news release Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Macon's air quality is getting cleaner. According to the release, the Macon area and a portion of Monroe County now meet the 1997 federal fine particulate matter standard. Charise Stephens is the executive director with the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition, she says things like driving hybrid cars and carpooling likely helped to reach that goal."
Charise Stephens, Executive Director: "One of our plans was to clean up the school buses and we did retro fitting and are using bio diesel and alternative fuels for that to clean it up."
Amy Aubert: "Stephens describes particulate matter as tiny particles, often from things like diesel fuel, that can stick to your lungs. She mentions premature deaths, asthma and cancers all as health risks of particulate matter. Meeting the standards, she says, means a lot to Central Georgia."
Charise Stephens: "Every small thing makes a huge difference. We've really had a public outreach on people using public transit and carpooling and just imagine if you get 50 people not driving solely and carpooling; that makes a big difference. But the school buses, some of our school buses are very old, so to have retro fitting and use the clean fuel, all that really adds up."
Amy Aubert: "In Macon, I'm Amy Aubert, 13 WMAZ, Eyewitness News."
>> STEPHENS SAYS IN 2007... MACON MET THE STANDARD FOR SMOG.
SHE SAYS USUALLY... CARS CREATE SMOG... DIESEL TRUCKS... USUALLY CAUSE PARTICULATE MATTER.
FOUR DAYS BEFORE QUALIFYING BEGINS FOR THIS YEAR'S MAYORAL RACE THINGS ARE ALREADY HEATING UP BETWEEN CANDIDATES ROBERT BROWN AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.
BROWN HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY QUESTIONING THE TRUTHFULNESS OF REICHERT'S LATEST CAMPAIGN AD..
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... REICHERT'S AD TALKS ABOUT WORKING TO BRING JOBS TO MACON.
BUT BROWN SAYS THOSE JOBS ARE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND.
"I'm mayor robert reichert... and for the past four years my focus has been on bringing high quality... high paying jobs to macon."
BUT STATE SENATOR AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE ROBERT BROWN SAYS... THE JOBS ARE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND.
Brown: "The only place he's an impact on jobs is where he has increase the salaries of his top staff."
IN A RECENT T.V CAMPAIGN ADD... MAYOR REICHERT STANDS IN FRONT OF A BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND TALKS ABOUT JOBS.
"That means bringing employers like this one."
THURSDAY MORNING BROWN SAYS THEY'VE LOOKED.
"We have searched."
BUT THAT BUILDING ISN'T WITHIN CITY LIMITS.
WE SEARCHED TOO... AND FOUND IT HERE... IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY.
"Last August First Quality... a diaper manufacturering plant... announced that they'd add to their existing operation over on industrial parkway by building this new one on Avondale Mill Road in the unincoporated area of Bibb County. They promised a two hundred million dollar investment into the local community... as well as one hundred and fifty new advanced manufacturing jobs."
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THE MAYOR CALLED BROWN 'DISINGENUOUS' BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THE PLANT IS OUTSIDE THE CITY... IT EMPLOYES CITY RESIDENTS.
"We don't need to shoehorn everything that comes here within the city limits in order for it to benefits the residents and the tax base."
HE SAYS HE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN CONVINCING FIRST QUALITY TO STAY IN BIBB COUNTY.. WHEN THEY WERE CONSIDERING MOVING.
"I certainly wouldn't claim single handed success for this, but I was a player on the team."
BUT BROWN SAYS... IF IT'S NOT IN THE CITY... IT DOESN'T COUNT.
BROWN SAYS HE WANTS TO DEBATE THE MAYOR ON THE ISSUES....REICHERT SAYS...HE'S READY.
QUALIFYING FOR CITY ELECTIONS BEGINS AT EIGHTY-THIRTY A-M MONDAY AT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE ON PIO NONO AVENUE.. IT ENDS AT NOON FRIDAY.. JUNE 10.
OTHER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR THE CITY'S TOP JOB ARE FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS AND MACON FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON.
REPUBLICAN DAVID COUSINO IS ALSO RUNNING.
A TENNILLE WOMAN COULD SERVE LIFE IN PRISON...AFTER ADMITTING SHE MURDERED A NEIGHBOR.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY HEYWARD ALTMAN SAYS
SAKETHA LATOYA JONES TODAY PLEADED GUILTY TO MURDER...FOR KILLING 58-YEAR-OLD LINDA MILLER LAST OCTOBER.
THE CRIME HAPPENED AT MILLER'S HOME ON EAST SECOND AVENUE IN TENNILLE.
INVESTIGATORS SAID MILLER WAS STABBED SEVERAL TIMES AND BEATEN IN THE HEAD AND FACE POSSIBLY WITH A PORCELAIN FIGURINE OR STATUE.
ALTMAN SAYS JONES WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE TODAY... BUT WILL EVENTUALLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE.
THE CITY OF FORSYTH....IS ASKING PEOPLE TO LIMIT THEIR WATER USE FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR MATT PERRY SAYS A CITY WATER PROJECT IS MAKING IT HARDER FOR THE CITY TO REFILL ITS WATER TANKS.
THAT'S WHY THEY'RE PUTTING AN OUTDOOR WATERING BAN FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS... AT LEAST.
IT AFFECTS ANYBODY WHO LIVES IN THE CITY....EXCEPT THOSE WITH WELLS. IT ALSO AFFECTS THOSE WHO LIVE OUTSIDE THE CITY AND PAY FORSTYH WATER BILLS.
PERRY SAYS ANYONE WHO JUST INSTALLED NEW SOD CAN WATER IT FOR 30 DAYS...AFTER THE INSTALLATION DATE.
HE SAYS MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW....ON THE CITY OF FORSYTH'S WEB SITE.
FARMERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE MET IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... ASKING FOR BETTER WEATHER.
TORNADOES... WILDFIRES AND NOW A DROUGHT HAVE RAVAGED THE STATE THIS SPRING... THAT LED THE GEORGIA FARM BUREAU TO HOLD A PRAYER SERVICE TODAY.
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS YOU WHY SOME FARMERS DECIDED TO LOOK TO A HIGHER POWER FOR RELIEF.
<< FARMERS SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS BATTLING WEATHER CONDITIONS TO MAKE A LIVING...
FOR GLEN WALLER AND HIS WIFE.... THE WORK'S GONE ON FOR 48 YEARS..
Glenn Waller, Washington County:" We just work all the time. Don't take nay vacations. We haven;t had a vacation in five years."
THEY CAME FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY TO JOIN WITH FARMERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE... TO RAISE THEIR VOICES FOR RAIN.
nats of song....
Glen Waller, "The most trying thing you depend on is rain on a farm. If you do everything else and you don't get water you're in trouble."
SOUTH GEORGIA FARMER TIM BURCH... SAYS CONDITIONS IN BAKER COUNTY ARE THE WORST HE'S SEEN IN 35 YEARS.... HE SAYS THE LAST MEASURABLE RAIN CAME ON APRIL FIRST....
Tim Burch, Baker County, "I've never gone two months during the late spring and early summer without rain."
THOSE SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS.... BROUGHT ABOUT 75 PEOPLE ...TOGETHER FOR A PRAYER SERVICE.
Zippy Duvall, President Georgia Farm Bureau, "Most of our people here are Christian people and they believe in the lord and we know that when a farmer puts a seed in the ground he has to have great faith."
THE FAITH THAT GUIDES FARMERS LIKE THE WALLERS
Glen Waller, " This is one of the best ways I know if to get some rain."
AND ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO LOOK TO A HIGHER POWER FOR DIRECTION.
tim Burch, "It's just some adverse condition all over the United States and maybe it's time a lot of people come together and have prayer."
GIVING THEM HOPE THAT SOON THE SKIES WILL BRING THE RAIN THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>> THE GEORGIA FARM BUREAU SAYS SEVERAL COUNTIES INCLUDING MONROE.. JONES... BALDWIN... WASHINGTON ARE IN AN EXTREME DROUGHT.
SINCE OCTOBER FIRST... THE INSURANCE AGENCY SAYS THOSE COUNTIES HAVE RECEIVED 70 PERCENT OR LESS OF NORMAL RAIN TOTALS.
MACON'S BOEING PLANT SAYS IT WON'T CUT JOBS AFTER ALL.
IN JANUARY - THE COMPANY SAID THEY CONSIDERED CUTTING AS MANY AS 100 JOBS AT THE PLANT IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY.
BOEING SPOKESMAN JERRY DRELLING SAYS THAT WON'T HAPPEN.
HE SAYS MACON'S PLANT WAS ABLE TO MOVE WORKERS TO NEW PROJECTS LIKE THE CHINOOK HELICOPTER AND ELIMINATED OTHER JOBS BY ATTRITION.
IN JANUARY... THE COMPANY SAID ABOUT 450 PEOPLE WORKED AT THE PLANT ON AVONDALE MILL ROAD.
A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IS TRYING TO HELP CENTRAL GEORGIA GET BACK TO WORK.
THE GOODWILL CAREER CENTER..... PART OF GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF MIDDLE GEORGIA HELD A CAREER FAIR TODAY AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY.
JOB SEEKERS DRESSED TO IMPRESS AND CAME READY TO FIND A JOB.
Nats of People Walking In
APPLICANTS ENTERED AT TEN THURSDAY MORNING AND RIGHT AWAY GOT TO WORK....
Nats of Fair
TALKING TO EMPLOYERS AND FILLING OUT APPLICATIONS.
Samantha Darley "Very competitive right now"
SAMANTHA DARLEY SAYS IT'S COMING UP ON 6 MONTHS THAT SHE HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR A JOB... SHE GRADUATES FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE THIS MONTH.
Samantha Darley "I thought it would open me up to a lot more opportunity to get a diploma but it's been slow"
Nats of Employer
Patricia Duncan "What I'm looking for is someone with a positive attitude"
PATRICIA DUNCAN OWNER OF WONDERLAND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY IN MACON SAYS THE FAIR IS ALL ABOUT HELPING THE COMMUNITY.
Patricia Duncan "Anytime we can empower the community or be in the community to let the community know that we're here. We are looking for you as well as you looking for us"
Nats of Linda Roberson "I have years of experience in food services"
LINDA ROBERSON HAS BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR A YEAR AND DECIDED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL... SHE SAYS THE SEARCH HAS BEEN HARD... ESPECIALLY BECAUSE SHE IS OLDER.
Linda Roberson "It won't be long before it's the retiring age for me but I still have some good years left"
BUT SHE SAYS THE GOODWILL CAREER FAIR GAVE HER A BOOST IN HER DETERMINATION.
Linda Roberson, Byron "It gave me new hope. I'm going to keep trying. I'm motivated"
Nats of Girl "Thank You, Good meeting you"
>> ABOUT 200 PEOPLE CAME OUT TO THE CAREER FAIR ACCORDING TO GOODWILL JOB CONNECTION COORDINATOR....MARIE NEEL.
14 COMPANIES WERE REPRESENTED..... INCLUDING LOWES, CUMULUS BROADCASTING, REEVES CONSTRUCTION AND GEICO.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GOODWILL CAREER CENTER CALL 478-471-4816..
AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 478-471-4816.
IF YOU'RE INTERVIEWING FOR A JOB... THERE ARE SOME COMMON QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD PREPARE FOR.
ONE OF THEM... "WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?"
IN THIS WEEK'S JOB MARKET THURSDAY CAREERBUILDER TIP... WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT A FEW WAYS TO ANSWER THE QUESTION WITHOUT LOSING POINTS.
FIRST... TRY HONESTY WITH A TWIST.
ANSWER WITH A STRENGTH BUT GIVE IT A DIFFERENT INTERPRETATION.
FOR EXAMPLE... "MY INITIATIVE IS SO STRONG THAT I SOMETIMES TAKE ON TOO MANY PROJECTS AT A TIME."
YOU COULD ALSO NAME YOUR WEAKNESS... BUT ALSO INCLUDE WAYS YOU'VE ATTEMPTED TO OVERCOME IT.
THAT WILL SHOW EMPLOYERS YOU'RE NOT PERFECT BUT YOU ARE WORKING ON IMPROVING.
IF NEITHER OF THOSE WORK FOR YOU... PUT YOURSELF IN THE INTERVIEWER'S SHOES.
FRAME YOUR ANSWER IN A WAY THAT MEETS THEIR NEEDS FOR THE JOB YOU'RE APPLYING FOR.
FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH LOOK AT HOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION... AND TO FIND OUT ABOUT JOBS AVAILABLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY... VISIT THE JOB MARKET THURSDAY PAGE ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.
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IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE.
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TODAY WE'RE LOOKING AT THE GRAY-JONES PAGE... KEMA CLARK BLOGS THAT THE DAYLILY FESTIVAL STARTS FRIDAY EVENING AT 5 PM. AND LASTS ALL DAY SATURDAY.
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