Friday, August 19, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

MACON N-DOUBLE-A-C-P PRESIDENT DAVID BOOKER SAYS HE WILL NOT COMPLY WITH A LETTER FROM ELEVEN MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZATION ASKING HIM TO RESIGN.
ACCORDING TO THE LETTER... MEMBERS ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE WAY BOOKER HAS BEEN TREATING NAACP MEMBERS... CALLING HIS BEHAVIOR "INTIMIDATING AND DISRESPECTFUL."
BOOKER SAYS THOSE MEMBERS DISAGREE WITH HIS TOUGH STYLE OF LEADERSHIP.
"We cannot runt his organization one day month. We have 18 standing committees. All those committees have a chairperson in that committee, and what has to happen is that chairperson is in a responsible position and that chairperson has a mission to achieve while he or she is in that position and i demand that they complete that mission. I'm srry if they uh have to owrk or the have kids and other things to do, I recognize that this is a volunteer-type organization, but the responsibilites are real. The time is real. and those positions have to be filled by responsible people."
BOOKER SAYS HE WILL WILL DISCUSS THE RESIGNATION REQUEST AT THE NEXT N-DOUBLE-A-C-P MEETING ON MONDAY.

A NEW BUSINESS PLANS TO TAP INTO AN INDUSTRY THAT THEY SAY WILL KEEP THE GLASSES HALF FULL IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME... BEFORE THE GEORGIA DISTILLING COMPANY... BOTTLE'S UP ITS FIRST PRODUCT.
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Nats, lifting barrel on cart

IT'S NO LIGHT LOAD.

Nats: "This thing is heavy as all get out."

BUT FOR SHAWN HALL... TAPPING INTO CENTRAL GEORGIA'S FIRST DISTILLERY... MEANS A FLOW OF BUSINESS.

Shawn Hall, Co-Founder: "It's handcrafting something that people will enjoy and people can identify with."

HE'S NO STRANGER TO CREATING ALCOHOL... IT'S SOMETHING HE SAYS RUNS IN THE FAMILY.

Shawn Hall: "I got to listen to it all throughout my life, I got to hear the stories of it, the good, the bad. It's what they did."

BUT HE'LL BE ADDING NEW RECIPES... TO THE FAMILY'S MOONSHINE... AND... EVENTUALLY STOCKING THE SHELVES WITH WHISKEY... GIN... RUM... AND OTHER LIQUORS.

Nats, putting tube in barrel

MOST OF WHICH... HE SAYS... HAVE A SPECIAL CONNECTION TO THE PEACH STATE.

Shawn Hall: "No one will be able to say, 'Well that's not made from Georgia.' It's made from Georgia peaches. We're only gonna make it when we can."

Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "Hall says the building they're using, just off Blandy Road, was originally built as an ammunition factory during World War II. He says right now they're just using the back portion, but they hope to expand to the front as well, which will add another 10,000 square feet to the distillery."

HE SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING ALCOHOL... IT BOILS DOWN TO ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.

Shawn Hall: "For our whiskeys, we have to cook the grain to extract the starch. And this is a 1,000 gallon jacketed steam kettle that we'll be using for that."

HALL SAYS THEY HOPE TO FILL THE FIRST BOTTLES OF MOONSHINE NEXT MONTH... AND BRING TOURISTS POURING IN... SOON AFTER.

Nats, fixing alcohol machine

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> HALL SAYS THROUGH TAXES... MILLEDGEVILLE AND BALDWIN COUNTY WILL MAKE AROUND 80 CENTS FOR EVERY SIX-BOTTLE PACK THE DISTILLERY SELLS.
HE SAYS RIGHT NOW... THEY'RE LOOKING TO HIRE AROUND TEN PEOPLE... BUT THAT NUMBER COULD GROW AFTER THEY START BREWING.

MIKE BRASHEAR SAYS HE'S TIRED OF THE NEGATIVE ATMOSPHERE HE SAYS SURROUNDS WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL.
SO.. TODAY HE ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE POST FOUR SEAT.nats "It's way time that we need to make some changes" :02
BRASHEAR SAYS IF ELECTED... HE WANTS TO WORK AS A TEAM WITH THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS... TO HELP ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE AND BUILD MORE RECREATIONAL PARKS ON THE WEST SIDE OF WARNER ROBINS.
HE SAYS THE COUNCIL HAS LOST ITS FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE CITY.
Mike Brashear, Candidate for Post 4: "If elected I'm going to bring a much more open-mindedness to the position, I think I'll be much more cooperative, I think I'm better at stating my position on matters without losing my temper."
BRASHEAR WILL BE RUNNING AGAINST CURRENT POST FOUR SEAT HOLDER BOB WILBANKS.

THIS FALL IS SHAPING UP TO BE A BUSY TIME FOR RETIRED ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF MIKE DAVIS..
HE'LL SPEND HIS FRIDAY NIGHTS BROADCASTING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES AND HE'S ALSO RUNNING FOR WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL... POST SIX.nats :02 "I just want to serve the citizens of warner robins."
DAVIS SAYS HE WANTS TO GET THINGS BACK ON TRACK FOR CITY COUNCIL AND GIVE THE CITIZENS THE SERVICE THEY DESERVE.
DAVIS DISAGREES WITH CURRENT POST SIX COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS WHO TOLD US YESTERDAY HE HAD TWO LIVES... A PRIVATE ONE AND A PUBLIC ONE..Mike Davis, Candidate for Post 6: "To me your life is one, you don't have two lives you have one life and what you live everyday is what you are. You don't have two different lives. You have a public life if you're in the public you have a public life all the time so I just had a hard time with that statement."
DAVIS SAYS HE'S JUST A REGULAR CITIZEN THAT WANTS TO DO SOMETHING IN THE COMMUNITY.
JOHN WILLIAMS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY HE WILL RUN FOR RE-ELECTION..

A MERCER STUDENT WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS APARTMENT IN APRIL... DIED OF AN ENLARGED HEART.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES.
(QUAN-LANG-ZHANG).TIANLIANG ZHANG WAS FOUND IN A SHAMROCK STREET APARTMENT... ABOUT A BLOCK FROM CAMPUS.
IN APRIL... JONES SAID THEY WOULD NEED TO WAIT FOR TESTS ON THE CHINESE EXCHANGE STUDENT'S BODY... TO DETERMIN HOW HE DIED.

A SIXTH PERSON DIED TODAY AFTER LAST WEEKEND'S STAGE RIGGING COLLAPSE AT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR.
THE DEATH CAME AS THE FIRST LAWSUITS WERE FILED IN CONNECTION WITH THE COLLAPSE.
MORE LAWSUITS ARE EXPECTED NEXT WEEK.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED FOUR MINUTES BEFORE THE COLLAPSE.
A FAIR SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY WERE ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE AN EVACUATION WHEN STRAIGHT LINE WINDS KNOCKED DOWN THE STRUCTURE.
INDIANA LAW CAPS THE STATE'S LIABILITY IN ACCIDENTS AT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS PER EVENT.
LEGAL EXPERTS SAY PROMOTERS... ORGANIZERS AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE FAIR COULD ALSO FACE LAWSUITS.

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS LOOKING TO ADD MORE THAN A DOZEN WORKERS TO ITS RANKS... AND IT'S TRYING TO FILL THE VACANCIES IN SOME NEW WAYS.
THEY'RE ADVERTISING FOR APPLICANTS THROUGH SEVERAL MEANS... INCLUDING BILLBOARDS AROUND THE AREA.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF JERRY MODENA SAYS SEVERAL RECENT RECENT RETIREMENTS AND A LOW STARTING SALARY LED TO THE OPENINGS.
Sheriff Jerry Modena: "They look out and where we start at $25,688 ... you got agencies that start at 28,000, 29,000, 30, 31,000, and we don't hire dummies. We're hiring smart people, and they realize that they're paying more they will leave us to go to them."
TO FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE... LOOK FOR THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A DAY AFTER THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF MACON ANNOUNCED THAT THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR WAS CANCELED FOR 2012... PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO BENEFITED FROM THE EVENT ARE EXPRESSING THEIR REGRETS OVER THE DECISION.
MACON BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS PRESIDENT DIANA GLYMPH SAYS IT'S A BIG BLOW TO NONPROFITS IN THE AREA.
THE EXCHANGE CLUB DONATED THE PROCEEDS FROM THE FAIR TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT FIGHT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT... LIKE BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AND THE CRESCENT HOUSE.
GLYMPH SAYS THE FAIR HELPED THEM PAY FOR EQUIPMENT AND OTHER NEEDS... BUT SHE SAYS THEY'LL MISS THE FAIR ITSELF MOST OF ALL.
"It's a loss for the non-profit community because they've poured just hundreds of thousands of dollars into this community and they've given back. And that has been so important to the non-profit agencies but even above that i think the great loss is losing something that's ours."
DON JOHSTONO - PRESIDENT OF THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR BOARD - SAYS ITS POSSIBLE THE FAIR COULD COME BACK IN THE FUTURE..

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT STOPPED YOU FROM ATTENDING THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR?
SO FAR 16 PERCENT OF YOU SAY COST.
51 PERCENT SAY SAFETY.
24 PERCENT WENT TO OTHER FAIRS.
AND 9 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT WASN'T FUN ENOUGH.
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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A GOODWILL BASKETBALL GAME ENDED WITH SOME BAD BLOOD... A PICKUP TRUCK HIT THE HIGHWAY WITH NO BRAKES... AND A BRAZILIAN COUPLE LOOKED TO REINVENT THE HIGH SPEED WEDDING.
THE VIDEO THAT MIGHT HAVE YOU SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD IS UP NOW IN TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!
A BASKETBALL GAME MEANT TO PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE U-S AND CHINA ENDED IN AN UGLY BRAWL.
THE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY TEAM WAS PLAYING A CHINESE ARMY TEAM THURSDAY WHEN A CHINESE PLAYER APPEARED TO PUSH A GEORGETOWN PLAYER TO THE GROUND.
THE GEORGETOWN HEAD COACH SAID THE TEAM REGRETTED THE SITUATION.
THE DRIVER OF THIS PICKUP TRUCK IS USING HIS FEET AS BRAKES.
What he was doing, it's so stupid it's funny. He admitted, or knew, that he had no brakes, and decided to drive anyhow.
HE TRAVELED MORE THAN TWO MILES ON A BUSY HIGHWAY, AND HIT FOUR VEHICLES.
POLICE SAY THE MAN TOLD THEM HE JUST WANTED TO GET HOME.
No alcohol, no drugs, just a serious lack of common sense.
NO ONE WAS HURT, BUT THE DRIVER WAS ARRESTED AND POSTED 500-DOLLARS TO GET OUT OF JAIL.
HE'LL APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE IN SEPTEMBER.
IMAGINE HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING...ON A TRAIN.
THIS COUPLE EXCHANGED VOWS WHILE RIDING THE RAILS IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL.
THE BRIDE GOT ON AT A SEPARATE STOP FROM THE GROOM, AND LITERALLY WALKED DOWN THE AISLE.
THE COUPLE APPARENTLY MET ON A TRAIN.
FOR TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, I'M ANDY ROSE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WEEKEND MORNIN' COMES YOUR WAY AT 7 A-M.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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