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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
IN LESS THAN AN HOUR - THE POLLS CLOSE IN MACON'S CITY PRIMARY ELECTION..
TEN RACES COULD BE DECIDED TONIGHT... INCLUDING MAYOR ... SEVEN CITY COUNCIL SEATS... AND TWO SPOTS IN GEORGIA'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
THE BIGGEST QUESTION OF THE NIGHT...WILL THERE BE A RUNOFF IN THE MAYOR'S RACE?
SUZANNE LAWLER IS JOINING US NOW FROM THE POLLS AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.
THANK YOU SUZANNE.
WE'LL HAVE FULL ELECTION COVERAGE TONIGHT ON 13WMAZ AND 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU CAN WATCH ONLINE UPDATES EVERY HALF HOUR AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND CHECK THE UPDATED RESULTS FROM THE POLLS.
THE CHAIRMAN OF GEORGIA'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS ASKED THE GENERAL COUNCIL TO INVESTIGATE THE CAMPAIGN FLIERS THAT SPARKED CONTROVERSY IN MACON THIS WEEKEND.
THE PAMPHLETS URGE VOTERS TO VOTE AGAINST MANY WHITE CANDIDATES AND TWO BLACK ONES... AND SUPPORTS OTHER BLACK CANDIDATES.
IT ALSO DENOUNCES THE MACON TELEGRAPH IN A CRUDE CARTOON THAT CONTAINS A RACIAL SLUR.
CHAIRMAN MIKE BERLON SAYS HE WANTS TO KNOW IF THE FLIER VIOLATES GEORGIA'S HATE SPEECH LAW.
There may be some crimes that have been broken and there may be something that we want to refer to the district attorney's office. I don't know how much can be done because there is a very fine line sometimes between first amendment protection over speech and then hate speech."
BERLON SAYS HE'S SHOCKED THAT THIS SORT OF QUOTE-"HATE SPEECH" IS STILL AROUND IN 2011.
RANDALL SAVAGE AND MACON-BIBB NAACP CHAPTER PRESIDENT DAVID BOOKER ARE JOINING US NOW TO DISCUSS THOSE PAMPHLETS...AND THE ROLE RACE PLAYS IN MACON POLITICS.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ TEXT POLL ASKS... DOES RACE INFLUENCE YOUR VOTE?
TEXT YES OR NO TO 2-5-5-4-3 TO VOTE.
STANDARD MESSAGING AND DATA RATES MAY APPLY.
WE'LL REVEAL YOUR ANSWERS AT THE END OF THIS NEWSCAST.
THE CLOSING OF THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME LEFT SOME EXTRA MONEY IN THE CITY'S HOTEL-MOTEL TAX.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS HOW ONE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER HOPES TO USE THE CASH TO BENEFIT SEVERAL GROUPS.
THE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU AND THE MACON CENTREPLEX... JUST TWO OF THE MANY ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY BIBB COUNTY'S HOTEL-MOTEL TAX....
WITH THE CLOSING OF THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME... THE MONEY ONCE GIVEN TO THE MUSEUM... ABOUT 33 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR....IS NOW UP FOR GRABS.
Mike Cranford: Macon City Council: "It goes into the general fund, so it's undesignated."
MACON CITY COUNCILMAN MIKE CRANFORD WANTS TO REVAMP HOW PART OF THE HOTEL/MOTEL TAX IS SPLIT UP...
Mike Cranford "My suggestion was to CREATE a cultural arts authority that would oversee this money, take it out of the hands of city council so to speak. It goes to a designated account. It draws interest while it's not being used."
Brittiny Barber Eyewitness News: ' Cranford says by doing that.. more groups and organizations can apply to get help and benefit from the money raised..
Right now for instance.. the gEOrgia children's museum... Doesn't get any money from the tax."
Scott Corkery: Assistant Director: "we receive a 25-thousand dollar grant form the city and that was in response to us going after the hotel motel tax."
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SCOTT CORKERY SAYS IF MACON WANT TO MAKE A NAME FOR ITS SELF AS A TOURIST TOWN.. IT NEEDS TO INVEST IN CULTURE...
AND HE ALREADY KNOWS HOW TO PUT THE MONEY TO USE AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Scott Corkery: "Facilities would be one thing we could improve from the start and exhibits."
CRANFORD SAYS THE CITY'S LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS ALREADY DRAWING UP THE PLANS FOR HOW THE TAX MONEY WOULD BE SPLIT....
Mike Cranford: "I hope to get it to city council within the next twO or three weeks."
FROM THERE IT GOES TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY... BEFORE OTHER GROUPS CAN REAP THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE VISITING MACON...
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>>
ACCORDING TO THE CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR.. THE HOTEL AND MOTEL TAX RAISED ABOUT 698-THOUSAND DOLLARS LAST YEAR.
AMONG THE OTHER GROUPS THAT GET A SHARE ARE THE GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND DOUGLASS THEATRE.
THE HEAD OF THOMASTON'S HOUSING AUTHORITY.... HER HUSBAND... AND ANOTHER MAN.... ARE CHARGED WITH STEALING MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
A FEDERAL GRAND JURY TODAY INDICTED SHERRY MCDANIEL.... LANCE MCDANIEL... AND STEVEN WILLIAMS.... ON EMBEZZLEMENT AND THEFT CHARGES.
U-S ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE SAYS SHERRY MCDANIEL GAVE FEDERAL CONTRACTS TO A COMPANY THAT WAS RUN BY HER HUSBAND.
THE INDICTMENT SAYS SHE ALSO STOLE FEDERAL MONEY BY USING A HOUSING AUTHORITY CREDIT CARD FOR PERSONAL USE.
THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DID NOT SAY HOW MUCH MONEY WAS INVOLVED.
NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET.
FOR SOME BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS GETTING AHEAD OF THE GAME... IS JUST A PART OF SUMMER CAMP CURRICULUM.
200 STUDENTS ARE GETTING THE INSIDE SCOOP ON HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE THE FIRST DAY.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU FOR THE RISING NINTH GRADERS... IT'S NO ORDINARY DAY CAMP.
Nats, kids doing human knot.
IN A FEW SHORT WEEKS... THESE KIDS WILL BE SOME OF SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL'S NEWEST FRESHMEN.
Nat pop, kids
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO MASTERING A NEW SCHOOL... HARDER MATERIAL... AND DIFFERENT TEACHERS... THEY'LL BE PROS.
Jazmine Burgan, Macon: "In middle school, you get a challenge, but not really. Not like high school."
JAZMINE BURGAN IS TAKING PART IN THE FIRST SUMMER BRIDGE CAMP.... A PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS THSI YEAR. SHE LEARNS INSIDE TIPS... BEFORE THE FIRST HOMEROOM BELL RINGS.
Nats, "Sincere! Come sit here."
NOT TO MENTION... GETTING TO KNOW SOME OF HER FUTURE CLASSMATES.
Sincere Watson, Macon: "Some things you can do here that you couldn't do in middle school, and it's like more freedom."
Nats, "Get your group right here in the center of the circle. Center court."
KIDS MIGHT BETTER KNOW HEALTH AND P-E TEACHER... BRANDON ANDREWS... AS COACH... BUT TODAY... HE'S A CAMP COUNSELOR... FOR RISING 9TH GRADERS.
Brandon Andrews: "We want to make that transition from middle school to high school as easily managable as possible for the younger kids. Not just from an academic standpoint, but from a maturity standpoint and from development and development socially."
SO HE'S JUDGING HUMAN KNOT COMPETITIONS.
Nats" "On three, 1-2-3, lock up!"
Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "Campers at all four schools get a tour of the building, so they have a better idea of where their classes are."
Jazmine Burgan: "We're just trying to figure out where to go, so when the first day of school comes, we're not lookin' like, 'I'm so lost,' like the first day of college or something."
SO FOR 200 NEW BIBB FRESHMAN... A NEW SCHOOL WON'T MEAN FIRST DAY JITTERS.
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTORS RUN THE CAMPS.... WHICH ARE FREE TO STUDENTS.
HUTCHINGS CAREER CENTER... NORTHEAST... RUTLAND... AND SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOLS ARE ALL PARTICIPATING.
THE PROGRAM IS FUNDED BY FEDERAL SCHOOL IMPOROVEMENT GRANTS.
THE CAMPS END FRIDAY.
THE RESULTS ARE IN FROM TODAY'S 13WMAZ TEXT POLL.
WE ASKED IF RACE INFLUENCES YOUR VOTE.
60 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT DOESN'T. AND 40 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT DOES.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED.
NEARLY A HUNDRED STUDENTS DID SOME TIME TRAVELING AT MACON STATE TODAY... AS PART OF THE COLLEGE'S LEARNING FESTIVAL.
THEY WENT ON A JOURNEY THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY... WITH THE HELP OF SOME STUDENTS FROM MACON STATE'S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.
THE KIDS LEARNED ABOUT DIFFERENT HISTORICAL ERAS INCLUDING THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION AND WORLD WAR TWO.
THEY ALSO MADE ARTS AND CRAFTS... PACKED THEIR OWN EXPEDITION KNAPSACKS AND ENJOYED SWEET TREATS SERVED BY PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
SOME OF THE MACON STATE STUDENTS SAY THEY EVEN LEARNED A THING OR TWO FROM THE FESTIVAL.
Brittany Sledge, Macon State Student, "We can go a little crazy. We can dress up and teach kids social studies in a different way than our teachers used to teach us where they would stand in front, go over the information. We can dress up as characters and come to life for them."
IT WASN'T ALL HISTORY... THE MACON STATE STUDENTS ALSO USED A DASH OF MATH AND SCIENCE IN THEIR LESSONS.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
WE'LL BRING YOU ELECTION UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING BEGINNING AT 8 O'CLOCK ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.