HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP STOPPED IN CENTRAL GEORGIA FOR A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT THE AREA INVOLVED IN THE BIBB- MONROE COUNTY BORDER DISPUTE.
HE WENT TO WHAT SOME SAY IS THE LOCATION OF WALLER'S OR TORRENTINE'S FERRY ALONG THE OCMULGEE RIVER...
SURVEYOR TERRY SCARBOROUGH SAYS THE SITE WAS USED TO DRAW THE ORIGINAL LINE IN 1822.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WHY KEMP WANTED TO SEE IT FOR HIMSELF.
<< FOR 16 YEARS.. THE MCLENDONS HAVE LIVED IN BIBB COUNTY ON RED FOX RUN...
Larry MClendon, Bibb County: "We back into Monroe County every morning. The line right down the street."
LARRY MCLENDON SAYS HE'S NOT WORRIED ABOUT CHANGING COUNTIES.. BUT HE DID RAISE SOME CONCERNS.
Larry Mclendon: "If this becomes Monroe county does Monroe county have the infrastructure to support us out here?"
Brian Kem, Secretary of State:'I will say this to the people of Monroe and Bibb County...."
SECRETARY OF STATE BRiaN KEMP SPENT FOUR HOURS LOOKING AT THE SITE AT THE CENTER OF THE BORDER DISPUTE .
ON FRIDAY HE WALKED ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE OCMULGEE RIVER... AND LOOKED AT WHERE SURVEYOR TERRY SCARBOROUGH SAYS A FERRY WAS ONCE LOCATED... the spot USED TO DRAWN THE ORIGINAL LINE.
BRian Kemp: "I felt like doing a visual site visit to the river where the potential or supposed county line is. I felt like it would help me in my decision making process."
KEMP SAYS HE'S THE THIRD SECRETARY OF STATE TO DEAL WITH THE DISPUTE... AND HE'S NOW WORKING TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION ON WHETHER TO ACCEPT SCARBOROUGH'S LINE.
BRain Kemp: The decision I make will be based on the law and what I think is the best hing to do, but leading up to that decision I think it's very fair for me to consider the citizens that are affected."
Larry Mclendon: "It would be an interesting change because I've been in Bibb county all my life.."
IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE THE ROAD SPLITS THE COUNTIES... MCLENDON SAYS IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER TO HIM WHICH SIDE HE ENDS UP ON.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE THIS YEAR BACKED SCARBOROUGH'S LINE ...WHICH WOULD MOVE ABOUT 500 ACRES FROM BIBB TO MONROE COUNTY.
KEMP CALLED THE FERRY SITE A "KEY" IN DETERMINING WHERE THE BORDER SHOULD BE.
ROBERT REICHERT SAYS THE LAUREN GIDDINGS HOMICIDE IS AFFECTING HIM AS BOTH MACON'S MAYOR...AND AS A FATHER.
HE TOLD AMY AUBERT THAT MACON POLICE ARE DEVOTING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME AND ATTENTION TO THE COMPLEX INVESTIGATION.
"Bottom line is that the police department investigates every homicde, regardless of who's involved or where is happens, they investigate every homicede with an appropriate level of investigation for the facts and circunstances of that homicide in order to close it, find out who did it. bring closure to the family and get a conviction and see that justice is done."
REICHERT AND HIS FAMILY ATTENDED LAST SATURDAY'S MEMORIAL SERVICE AT SAINT JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH.
THE MAYOR SAYS HIS DAUGHTER... BOWEN... WAS A FRIEND OF LAUREN GIDDINGS... AND ATTENDED MERCER LAW SCHOOL WITH HER.
HE SAYS THE TRAGEDY HAS AFFECTED HIS FAMILY AS WELL.
"My daughter is continuing to study for the bar exam. While she's distracted and upset and this, that or the other, you kinda got to continue. Life goes on. So it has been a personal insight for me. "
MACON POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS POLICE ARE STILL WAITING ON FORENSIC TEST RESULTS FROM THE FBI IN VIRGINIA.
SHE SAID MACON INVESTIGATORS TODAY CONTINUED TO REVIEW EVIDENCE AND STATEMENT ....BUT SHE'S NOT AWARE OF ANY NEW SEARCHES IN THE CASE.
JUST OVER A HALF HOUR AGO... EARLY VOTING ENDED AT THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... STEADY LINES RACKED UP THE NUMBERS OF MACON VOTERS HITTING THE POLLS BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
FRIDAY MORNING... PEOPLE CAME OUT EARLY... ONE LAST TIME.
Ruby Johnson, Macon: "Even though it's rainin', I said I've got to go."
RUBY JOHNSON IS JUST ONE OF ABOUT 700 PEOPLE WHO CAST BALLOTS ON THE LAST DAY OF ADVANCE VOTING.
Ruby Johnson: "It's just so great that you can come out, get through with it, and put it behind you."
FOR OTHERS... AVOIDING THE CROWDS... BRINGS THEM EARLY.
Helena Gore, Macon: "I really wanted to go ahead and vote so I wouldn't have to wait in the lines when it's time to vote. So I just wanted to go ahead and make sure that I got it done."
Nat pop, papers
ELECTION SUPERVISOR... ELAINE CARR... SAYS THE EARLY VOTING TURNOUT REACHED NEARLY 48 HUNDRED FOR THIS PRIMARY... THAT'S ABOUT 17 HUNDRED MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AGO.
Elaine Carr: "The insterest seems to be there, you see people are more and more enjoying the fact that they can come in here and vote early as opposed to election day."
Nat pop: "I don't miss a vote."
ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE... KENNETH TAYLOR.
HE SAYS WAITING IN A TEN MINUTE LINE FRIDAY... BEATS LONGER DELAYS... COME ELECTION DAY.
Ruby Johnson: "The last time, they were lined up all the way up the little sidewalk."
CARR HOPES THE TURNOUT MEANS BIG CROWDS... ON THE 19TH.
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> PEOPLE CAN STILL VOTE TUESDAY....FOR THE MAYOR'S RACE... SEVEN CITY COUNCIL SEATS... AND TWO SEATS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM SEVEN A.M. UNTIL SEVEN P.M.
ROBERT BROWN SAYS IF HE'S ELECTED MACON'S MAYOR... OPEN ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE THE HALLMARK OF HIS ADMINISTRATION.
BROWN SPOKE OUTSIDE THE DOUGLASS THEATRE... A PART OF MACON HISTORY THAT HE HOPES TO USE TO PROMOTE THE CITY.
HE PROPOSED SENDING VOLUNTEER STUDENT MUSICIANS TO PERFORM AROUND THE COUNTRY TO DRAW ATTENTION .. TO MACON'S CULTURE.
BROWN ALSO PLANS TO ORGANIZE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING UNITS... WHERE GROUPS CAN DISCUSS ISSUES DIRECTLY WITH THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.
Robert Brown: "I see a city that is substancially free of violent and economically predatory criminals. I see a city that has modernized infrastructures, a city that has its citizens involved, especially in those neighborhoods that have historically been neglected."
BROWN SAID HE WOULD ALSO CREATE ADVISORY COUNCILS OF CITY EMPLOYEES...TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.
HE SAYS... ALL REGULAR GENERAL MEETINGS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS WOULD BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE INTERNET.
MORE NEWS IN THE MAYOR'S RACE TODAY.
CANDIDATE C-JACK ELLIS TODAY HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING ENDORSEMENTS FROM 27 MACON-AREA MINISTERS.
SO IN TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION WE ASK... SHOULD RELIGIOUS LEADERS MAKE POLITICAL ENDORSEMENTS?
SO FAR 73 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... THEY SHOULDN'T.
27 PERCENT OF YOU SAY THEY SHOULD.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
GEORGIA'S NEW LICENSE PLATE DESIGN HASN'T BEEN UNVEILED QUITE YET... BECAUSE OF CONFUSION OVER WHETHER THE MOTTO "IN GOD WE TRUST" WOULD BE ON THE WINNING DESIGN.
PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE SUBMITTED OPTIONS FOR THE NEW PLATES... AND THREE CHOICES MADE IT TO THE FINAL ROUND.
TWO OF THOSE WERE DESIGNED BY LINDA (SOH-sub-bee) SOSEBEE... WHO'S JOINING US NOW TO SHARE A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THEM... AND THE CONTROVERSY.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US LINDA.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT THIS WEEKEND... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
STEAK N SHAKE AT 29-99 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT AN 80... THAT'S A B... FOLLOWING AN 88... ANOTHER B... LAST TIME.
THE HEALTH INSPECTOR SAYS ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED AND ACCESSIBLE... WHICH IS A RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
HE ALSO SAYS FOOD AND NON-CONTACT SURFACES WERE NOT CLEAN AND PROPERLY DESIGNED.
MCDONALDS AT 18-79 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 82... A "B"... AFTER SCORING AN 89... ANOTHER "B"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... PROPER EATING... TASTING... DRINKING OR TOBACCO USE WAS NOT FOLLOWED... IT SAYS THAT'S A RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
THE REPORT ALSO SAYS THERMOMETERS WERE NOT PROVIDED AND ACCURATE.
AND OLE TIMES COUNTRY BUFFET AT 12-08 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT AN 83... A "B"... THAT'S AFTER A 76... OR "C"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
THE REPORT SAYS PLUMBING WAS NOT INSTALLED... AND FOOD-CONTACT SURFACES WERE NOT CLEAN AND SANITIZED.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES...
YESTERDAZE BAR AND GRILL AT 26-07 MOODY ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... SERVED UP A 99... AN "A"... AFTER SCORING A 98 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
CHICK-FIL-A AT 18-67 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... WHIPPED UP A PERFECT 100... THAT'S AFTER GETTING A 99... LAST TIME.
AND BERTHA'S KITCHEN... AT 1-12 ROSE STREET IN WARNER ROBINS... ALSO HAD A PERFECT 100... AFTER SCORING A 98... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FOUR SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK... LORRA?
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR IT UNDER THE FEATURES TAB.
DAN HART SERVED THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS AS ITS POLICE CHIEF FOR TEN YEARS.
HE RETIRED IN 2003... BUT HE'S STILL HOLDING PRISONERS.... NOW...AS A PIRATE.
NATS- talking to kids "I got some real spanish gold here"
HART CALLS HIMSELF "DUNGEON DAN"... APPEARING IN FULL COSTUME AT A MUSEUM OF AVIATION CHILDREN'S CAMP.
HIS WIFE... WHO CALLS HERSELF "KRUEL KATHY"... ALSO JOINS IN.
THEY TRAVEL TO PARADES AND PIRATE GATHERINGS IN GEORGIA AND FLORIDA.
DAN SAYS HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE "PIRATE LIFE"... WHILE GROWING-UP IN TAMPA.. AND NOW RETIRED.. FINALLY HAS TIME TO DEVOTE HIMSELF TO THE LIFESTYLE.
WHEN THEY'RE NOT PLAYING THE PART OF PIRATE... DAN IS THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.
KATHY IS THE DIRECTOR OF HODAC IN WARNER ROBINS.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
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THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.