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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF...

ADD A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE TO THE GROWING LIST OF ITEMS THAT WILL COST PEOPLE MORE MONEY IN BIBB COUNTY.
TODAY.. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A TWO-MILL INCREASE.. SAYING THEY NEEDED TO MAKE UP A THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL FOR NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.
COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART JOINS RANDALL SAVAGE NOW TO EXPLAIN.
RANDALL AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART TALK ABOUT THE MILL INCREASE IN BIBB COUNTY.
THANKS GENTLEMEN... WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

AS MACON PREPARES TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME THIS WEEK... SOME WONDER IF THE CLOSING WILL ADD ANOTHER EMPTY MUSEUM TO MACON'S TOURISM DISTRICT.
AT A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY... MAYORAL CANDIDATE C. JACK ELLIS SAYS HE HAS A PLAN.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... ELLIS WANTS THE BUILDING TO BECOME THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN MACON.
"I believe that is the highest and best use."
MAYORAL CANDIDATE C. JACK ELLIS SAYS HE WANTS THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME... TO BECOME A ONE STOP SHOP FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
"It only makes sense to me that those responsible for economic development activities in our city would have a permanent address."
ELLIS SAYS IF ELECTED MAYOR... HE'D WORK TO MOVE THE GREATER MACON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FROM EAST MACON....NEAR THE CONVENTION CENTER....TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOULEVARD.
HE'D ALSO MOVE OTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES LIKE PLANNING AND ZONING AND INSPECTIONS AND FEES INTO THE MUSIC HALL ....FOURTY THREE THOUSAND SQUARE FEET THAT WILL SOON BE EMPTY.
"It only makes sense that we house all of them together under one roof."
THE TWO TERM FORMER MAYOR SAYS THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR BUSINESSES TO SET UP SHOP IN MACON.
HE SAYS SINCE THE CITY DONATED THE LAND FOR THE MUSEUM... THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THE STATE TO GET IT BACK.
HE ALSO TOOK A JAB AT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT... SAYING IF HE WERE MAYOR HE'D HAVE SECURED THE BUILDING'S FUTURE LONG AGO.
BUT REICHERT SAYS HE THINKS THE STATE SHOULD KEEP THE BUILDING AND PUT AN AGENCY IN THERE.
"I'm reluctant to take on the responsiblity of maintenance and operation of a building that size without more of an identified purpose."47
REICHERT SAYS MOVING DEPARTMENTS LIKE PLANNING AND ZONING COULD BE COSTLY AND UNNECESSARY.
"Especially when the Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Authority and other are comfortably housed in the chamber building."
BUT ELLIS SAYS QUICK.... AND DECISIVE ACTION IS CRUCIAL TO KEEPING THIS HALL..FROM BECOMING ANOTHER EMPTY BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN MACON'S MUSEUM DISTRICT.
JUST AS UNCERTAIN AS THE BUILDING'S FUTURE ... IS THE FUTURE OF ITS EXHIBITS.
THE DOORS OF THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME CLOSE IN FOUR DAYS.
AS BRITTINY BARBER SHOW YOU.... THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MUSEUM CLOSING.... BROUGHT DOZENS OF PEOPLE OUT FOR ONE LAST LOOK.
<< AS THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME'S FIFTEEN YEARS OF SHOWCASING THE STATE'S TALENT WRAPS UP.... THE MUSEUM FILLED WITH VISITORS...
STUDENTS FROM SACRED HEART SCHOOL'S SUMMER PROGRAM... CAME FOR ONE LAST LESSON ABOUT GEORGIA'S MUSIC HISTORY.
Savannah Mckleroy, Sacred Heart, "I didn't know who wrote "Sittin on the dock of the bay" and I just found out."
PROGRAM DIRECTOR ANA LUWIG SAYS BECAUSE OF LESSONS LIKE THAT... SHE MADE SURE TO BRING HER STUDENTS BEFORE IT SHUTS DOWN.
Ana Ludwig, Sacred Heart: "Normally we come in July or the end of June, but I pushed it up, you know i didn't want to miss the opportunity being the last week."
ON WEDNESDAY... MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE CAME OUT... SOME FOR A LAST VISIT AND OTHERS FOR A FIRST AND FINAL LOOK AT THE DISPLAYS.
Mark Howington, Hogansville: "That's the thought that came to my mind is it's about to close down and I want to get in here and see it before a piece of history is gone."
Marvin Ellis, Macon: "We're getting ready to lose a very important, a very important place, a very important piece of history a very important icon."
THE MUSEUM CLOSES ON SUNDAY. SOMETIME AFTER THAT.... THE MOST OF THE ARTIFICTS WILL BE MOVED TO THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA.
A REPRESENTATIVE SAYS THE COLLECTION WILL THEN BE STORED UNTIL A FUTURE CAN BE DECIDED.
Marvin Ellis, Thats' going to really be a waste to store it. All this paraphernalia it's too much."
Savannah Mckleroy: "It makes it so sad because all these Georgia singers are in here and some people haven't got a chance to see them.
HALL OF FAME STAFF SAYS THE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE IN PEOPLE COMING IN SINCE THE CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENT... WHICH IS HITTING HARD MUSIC FANS BOTH YOUNG AND OLD... AS THEY THINK OF A FUTURE WITHOUT THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC RINGING IN MACON.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THE COLLECTION WILL MOVE TO THREE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN THE STATE... BUT MOST OF THE ARTIFACTS WILL GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA.
U-G-A LIBRARY REPRESENTATIVE TOBY GRAHAM SAYS.... THERE'S NO TIMELINE SET FOR WHEN THE COLLECTION WILL BE MOVED.

IF YOU SEE RETIREMENT IN THE NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE... YOU MIGHT WANT TO START MAKING A FIVE-YEAR PLAN.
SHERRI GOSS WITH ROSENBERG FINANCIAL GROUP IS HERE WITH SOME TIPS.
SHERRI... WHAT'S THE MAIN THING MOST PEOPLE FOCUS ON AS THEY GET NEAR RETIREMENT.. AND WHAT SHOULD THEY BE THINKING ABOUT?

Sherri: Most people focus primarily on saving for retirement, which is a good thing to focus on, but not the only thing. I'm seeing a lot of people who have saved, but they also have a lot of debt. For example, let's say a person has saved $1m. If they invest that money, and withdraw 4% a year, that's a gross income of $40,000. Is that enough to live on? Maybe, maybe not--if they still have a mortgage payment, a car payment, and credit card debt.

Here's a retirement to-do list:

1. Every year, evaluate the income you will have in retirement, your expenses, and your debt. I created a simple spreadsheet for myself, which I update annually. Understand how much income you can expect to have in retirement, including pensions, social security benefits, and withdrawals from retirement accounts. Understand what it costs to live each month, and work toward getting those two numbers in sync.

2. Pay off debt. More and more people are carrying debt into retirement, and the problem is that you have to have more cash flow, so you can make the debt payments.

3. Consider purchasing long-term care insurance, and understand what benefits you will lose (health insurance and life insurance) when you quit your job. If you retire before age 65, you'll need to cover your health insurance out of pocket until you can go on Medicare.

4. Think about what you want retirement to be like. How will you spend your time? What will these activities cost?

A clear picture and accurate numbers can help you creat a successful retirement.
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 HEAT OUTSIDE HAS SOME OF YOU STAYING IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER... AND CHATTING ABOUT IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
JENNIFER COMMENTED... "I LOVE THE HEAT... AND ONE THING I ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE DRYNESS IS MOSQUITOS HAVENT' BEEN SO BAD AS SAY LAST YEAR OR EVEN LATE WINTER WHEN IT WAS RAINING A LOT."
LESLIE WROTE... "THE HEAT IS HORRID... PLEASE BRING WINTER BACK!"
AMANDA SAID IT'S "BLAZING... WITH A SIDE OF MISERABLE."
ROBIN THINKS "IT'S LIKE YOU'RE A CINNAMON ROLL. HOT AND STICKY!"
JAMIE COMMENTED... "I NOW KNOW WHAT A PICNIC TABLE UNDER A SHADE TREE ON THE SURFACE OF THE SUN FEELS LIKE.
AND MISSY WROTE SIMPLY... "WELCOME TO THE SOUTH!"
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PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THIS WEEK THAT AMERICANS WERE ON THE PATH TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
MEANWHILE... FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN BEN BERNANKE SAYS HE EXPECTS HIRING TO PICK UP LATER THIS YEAR.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION... DO YOU AGREE WITH ECONOMISTS WHO SAY THE RECESSION IS OVER?
SO FAR 6 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES YOU DO AGREE.... AND 94 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU DO NOT THINK THE RECESSION IS OVER...
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.. AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

SOME YOUNG WARNER ROBINS FOOTBALL PLAYERS GOT A CHANCE TO GET SOME TIPS FROM THE PROS THIS WEEK.
THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES YOU'LL FIND ON THE WARNER ROBINS PAGE IN THE 'WHERE YOU LIVE' SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
JIMMY AUTRY WRITES ABOUT THIS WEEK'S KIDS AND PROS YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP.
HE SAYS NFL NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DARYL HOLMES AND BUDDY CURRY FROM THE ATLANTA FALCONS WERE A PART OF THE CAMP.

WE'RE SHARING YOUR "BEAT THE HEAT" PHOTOS.
THIS IS MAKAYLAH STAYING COOL IN THE WATER AT TYBEE ISLAND.
AND THIS IS JOSHUA WITH HIS GOGGLES AND FLOATIES AT DAYTONA BEACH.

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