HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.
IF YOU LIVE IN PEACH COUNTY... A NEW MEDICAL CENTER COULD BE COMING YOUR WAY SOON.
THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA ANNOUNCED TODAY... IT'S TEAMING UP WITH THE PEACH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO BUILD A NEW HOSPITAL IN BYRON.
CANDACE ADORKA EXPLAINS WHY HOSPITAL OFFICIALS HOPE THE PARTNERSHIP WILL ATTRACT SPECIALIZED DOCTORS... AND PROVIDE MORE SERVICES.
THIS SIGN HAS BEEN AT THIS 20-ACRE LOT OFF HIGHWAY 247 CONNECTOR ...FOR THREE YEARS...
SOON IT MAY BE REPLACED... WITH AN ACTUAL BUILDING.
Peed: "I have the privillege to announce a developing partnership between Peach Regional Medial Center, Central Georgia Health Systems, and the Medical Center of Central Georgia."
NANCY PEED... C-E-O OF THE PEACH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER... ANNOUnCED THAT PARTNERSHIIP WILL HELP FINANCE A NEW...MODERN HOSPITAL... SO THEY CAN MOVE OUT OF THIS 57-YEAR-OLD ONE.
Peed: "We'll be able to do a lot more procedures we can't do now just because we we can't attract physicians to this location to this old facility."
C-E-O OF THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA... DON FAULK... SAYS HALF OF HIS HOSPITAL'S IN-PATIENTS ARE FROM OUTSIDE BIBB COUNTY...
HE SAYS THE PARTNERSHIP WILL HELP TREAT THOSE PATIENTS MORE EFFICIENTLY.
"Yes they may show up at our place up in Macon, but if they live on the far side of Peach County, they shouldn't have to come back to Macon for every little thing they need."
Candace: "Faulk says without the partnership, Peach Regional would be in real danger of closing... and that would be bad for people in this area who'd have to travel even farther for emergency care. Faulk says it would also be bad for other Hospitals in Central Georgia."
Faulk: "If this hospital closes, it would be bad for Houston, it would be bad for us, because neither one of us has the capacity."
PEED SAYS THE NEW HOSPITAL WILL HAVE 25 PRIVATE BEDS, 14 EMERGENCY ROOM SPOTS... AND BETTER TECHNOLOGY.
"You'll have a new facility. You'll have more physicians. You will be able to get quality healthcare services at home instead of being transferred."
CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE PEACH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER...AND THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA... SAY THEY'RE STILL WORKING OUT THE DETAILS OF THEIR PARTNERSHIP.
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES STILL HAVE TO SIGN OFF ON THE PLAN... INCLUDING THE GEORGIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.
PEED SAYS THEY SHOULD START CONSTRUCTION BY EARLY FALL.
SHE SAYS AFTER THE NEW HOSPITAL IS BUILT... THEY'LL DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH THE CURRENT BUIILDING IN FORT VALLEY
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL?
SO FAR 15 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT'S EXCELLENT.
34 PERCENT SAY GOOD.
27 PERCENT SAY FAIR.
AND 24 PERCENT SAY POOR.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CENTERVILLE'S POLICE CHIEF SAYS...THEY LOST A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY TODAY.
A POLICE SERGEANT DIED IN AN OFF-DUTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY 45-YEAR-OLD WOODY HUDGENS OF BYRON WAS DRIVING WEST ON RUSSELL PARKWAY WITH A PASSENGER THIS MORNING.
HIS MOTORCYCLE COLLIDED WITH A CAR AT RUSSELL PARKWAY AND CORDER ROAD.
FLAGS OUTSIDE THE CENTERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT FLEW AT HALF STAFF THIS AFTERNOON.
POLICE CHIEF SIDNEY ANDREWS SAYS HUDGENS WORKED AS CENTERVILLE PATROL SERGEANT FOR THREE YEARS.
HE SAYS HUDGENS ALSO TRAINED OTHER OFFICERS...
ANDREWS SAYS BEFORE THAT... HUDGENS SPENT 17 YEARS WITH WARNER ROBNS POLICE... AND SERVED ON THEIR SWAT TEAM.
HE CALLED HUDGENS A HARD WORKER... WHO HAD A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR... AND LOVED HIS JOB.
Chief Sidney Andrews: "but he was also a friend, we in law enforcement are all a family and when this happens you know the law enforcement officers suffer just as much as family."
PUGH SAYS HIS PASSENGER... GINGER PALMER... IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THE WOMAN DRIVING THE CAR WAS NOT HURT. PUGH SAYS POLICE EXPECT TO CHARGE HER.
WITH THE STROKE OF A PEN.. ROBERT BROWN FORMALLY ENDED HIS TENURE AS A STATE SENATOR AND BEGAN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR MACON MAYOR.BROWN BECAME THE FOURTH DEMOCRAT TO QUALIFY FOR MAYOR THIS MORNING.
FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE DUBOSE PORTER OF DUBLIN WAS AMONG THE SUPPORTERS WHO ACCOMPANIED BROWN TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO QUALIFY,
BROWN SAYS HE'LL MAKE SURE MACON EXERCISES FISCAL DISCIPLINE..Robert Brown, Mayoral Candidate: What I mean by fiscal discipline is that we should not have a situation where we owe the federal government over a million dollars for housing, plus fines that we'll potentially be having for the city.
BROWN ALSO SAYS A LACK OF FISCAL DISCIPLINE MAKES THINGS WORSE IN A CITY THAT'S ALREADY LISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN POOREST IN THE NATION.
Robert Brown, Mayoral Candidate: In a city that's the fourth, excuse me, the seventh poorest city in the nation, we cannot afford to be giving money back to the government, federal government. We should be looking for ways to bring money into our city, and if we have more fiscal discipline, we wouldn't have those kinds of problems.
OTHER DEMOCRATS WHO QUALIFIED FOR MAYOR ARE FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS.. FORMER MACON FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON.. AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.
REPUBLICAN DAVID COUSINO IS EXPECTED TO ENTER THE MAYORAL CONTEST BEFORE QUALIFYING ENDS AT NOON TOMORROW.
NEWT GINGRICH'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER AND OTHER KEY AIDES HAVE RESIGNED AS A GROUP... BUT THE REPUBLICAN SAYS HE PLANS TO STAY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.
GINGRICH'S SPOKESMAN SAYS HE RESIGNED... ALONG WITH THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER... SENIOR STRATEGISTS AND AIDES IN KEY EARLY PRIMARY STATES.
THE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER WROTE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE THAT HE WILL STILL RUN THE CAMPAIGN THAT HE SET OUT TO RUN.
PEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ASKING PEOPLE WHAT QUALITIES THEY'D LIKE TO SEE IN THE DISTRICT'S NEXT SUPERINTENDENT.
THEY'RE HOSTING A PUBLIC FORUM NEXT TUESDAY.
IT HAPPENS FROM 7 TO 9 P.M. AT THE PEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.
THAT'S OFF CAMPUS DRIVE IN FORT VALLEY.
PEACH SUPERINTENDENT SUSAN CLARK RESIGNED THIS SPRING.
SCHOOL SPOKESWOMAN SARA MASON SAYS 34 PEOPLE APPLIED TO REPLACE HER, AND THEY'VE WHITTLED THAT DOWN TO A LIST OF ELEVEN -- FOUR WOMEN AND SEVEN MEN.
THE DISTRICT SAYS THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL ATTEND TUESDAY'S MEETING, BUT THE CANDIDATES WILL NOT.
AFTER MACON'S GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME CLOSES THIS SUNDAY....MUCH OF ITS COLLECTION WILL HEAD TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA IN ATHENS.
BRITTINY BARBER HEADED TO THE HOME OF THE BULLDOGS....TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT.
MOST OF THE COLLECTION FROM THE GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME WILL MOVE HERE TO THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONSLIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GA.
GUITARS AND OLD RECORDS FROM THE HALL OF FAME WILL BE STORED ALONG SIDE OF THINGS LIKE EARLY CORRECTION MADE TO THE BOOK GONE WITH THE WIND... AND LETTERS SIGN BY GEORGE WASHINGTON... BOTH KEPT HERE AT THE LIBRARY.
Toby Graham: WE have a state of the art facility for maintaining these collections ideal climate control and security. WE use arcable containers special design for collections of value.
TOBY GRAHM SAYS MORE THAN 80 MILLION DOCUMENTS ARE STORED AT THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY.. MOST OF WHICH WERE DONATED... HE SAYS THAT MAKES THE SITUATION WITH THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME UNIQUE
Graham: 'This is not a typical situation. And we certainly would like to do more to share this collection with other institutions in terms of traveling exhibits in terms of digitization. There's many things we would like to be able to do."
GRAHAM SAYS THE COLLECTION IS OWNED BY THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY... AND WILL ONLY BE STORED AT THE LIBRARY UNTIL THE FUTURE IS DEDCIDED. HE SAYS REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY ARE WORKING WITH THE HALL OF FAME AS THEY PLAN OUT THE FUTURE OF GEORGIA'S MUSIC HERITAGE.
Graham: "At this stage there are no state funds being used to support the ga music hall of fame collection at uga and anything that we do in the future with the hall of fame materials... we'll need to work with the foundation and authority to raise funds to do that."
THE GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME CLOSES ON SUNDAY... AND NO TIMELINE HAS BEEN SET FOR WHEN THE COLLECTION WILL MOVE HERE.
IN ATHEN BB EYEWITNESS NEWS
RIGHT NOW... SPECIAL COLLECTIONS IS HOUSED IN THE UNIVERSITY'S MAIN LIBRARY.
IN AUGUST... THEY'RE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO A NEW STATE-OF-THE ART BUILDING.
A CENTRAL GEORGIA GROUP IS WORKING TO MINISTER TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION BY USING A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM WITH A SPIRITUAL APPROACH...
IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT... WE FOUND OUT HOW THEY'RE COMPLETING THEIR MISSION WITH THE HELP OF SOME FAITHFUL VOLUNTEERS....
sot: We go out into different places where there's need..
82 Year Eddie Bush has a passion for helping others....he says that's why for more than 30 years...he's been part of a GROUP called Carpenters for Christ..
Sot: The group started in 1975 on mission trips for disaster relief.
That work continues but closer to home... Their latest project... IS Promise of Hope.....a halfway house for those addicted to drugs and alcohol. Members of carpenters for Christ have gathered here in Bleckley county from all over the southeast. They say they usually build churches.. But this time they TOOK on something different.... with just as much enthusiasim. President and CEO, Denise Dobbins says she's thankful for the help.
sot: This is actually the first project they've done that was not a church. We're blown away at the miracles that have happened.
18 Year old Eli Cothran is a volunteer from South Carolina.
sot: Every year it's so encouraging and just to go to the next year, you just want to do it more and more because you see thatthis place is going to be built for something better.
sot: Last summer, we felt God was opening the door for us to minister to men caught in addiction. We began to pray and earlier this year some gentlemen from the area contacted us and found out propety was available, we bought three acres and miracles began to happen.
She says she's confident those miracles will continue... as she and her GROUP work to change the lives of those FIGHTING drugs and alcohol...
PROMISE OF HOPE WORKS WITH THOSE WITH ADDICTIONS... AS WELL AS FAMILIES OF ADDICTS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CONTACT PROMISE OF HOPE AT 478-676-4673.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 478-676-4673.
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DESPITE TONS OF PRACTICE... EMAIL ETIQUETTE IN THE WORKPLACE IS STILL SOMETHING MANY WORKERS ARE STILL TRYING TO PERFECT.
IN THIS WEEK'S JOB MARKET THURSDAY CAREERBUILDER TIP... WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT SOME TIPS FOR MAKING SURE YOU GIVE THE BEST IMPRESSION WHEN YOU HIT "SEND."
FIRST... SOME DO'S.
SOME EMAIL PROGRAMS HAVE A PREVIEW FEATURE... SO MAKE THE FIRST COUPLE OF LINES COUNT.
ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR MESSAGE... DON'T SKIP THE SPELL CHECK.. RE-READ AND MAKE SURE YOU'RE SENDING IT TO THE CORRECT PERSON.
AND MAKE SURE YOU'RE PROFESSIONAL AND PLEASANT.
WATCH YOUR PHRASING... AND AVOID "TEXT SPEAK."
NOW... A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT THE CAREERBUILDER EXPERTS SUGGEST YOU AVOID.
DON'T USE EMAIL TO AVOID FACE-TO-FACE CONVERSATION.
IF SOMETHING NEEDS A LONG DISCUSSION... SCHEDULE A CONVERSATION IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE.
DON'T SEND EMAIL WHEN YOU'RE ANGRY.
IT'S EASY TO FIRE OFF A SCATHING EMAIL FULL OF THINGS YOU'D NEVER SAY TO A PERSON'S FACE... SO COOL OFF BEFORE YOU PUT ANYTHING DOWN IN WRITING. FOR MORE EMAIL ETIQUETTE TIPS... AND A LOOK AT SOME AVAILABLE JOBS AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA... VISIT THE JOB MARKET THURSDAY PAGE ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THE "CHECK IT OUT" BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE.
MANY OF YOU ARE SNAPPING PHOTOS FOR OUR GALLERIES AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND YOU'RE NOT LEAVING YOUR PETS OUT OF THE PICTURESQUE FUN.
THIS PHOTOGRAPHER SAYS THEIR NEIGHBOR'S CAT HAD THESE KITTENS... AND THEY KEPT THEM ALL. THEIR NAMES ARE ZEUS... ZOE... CLEO... AND CEASAR.
AND HERE'S LILY BEATING THE HEAT IN GRAY.
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...
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