HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
TWO MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY'LL SUPPORT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT'S PLAN TO ENFORCE THE CITY'S TEEN CURFEW LAW..
BUT AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... THEY SAY FIRST... THERE ARE A LOT OF DETAILS TO IRON OUT... INCLUDING HOW TO GET THE KIDS OFF THE STREETS.
COUNCIL MEMBER CHARLES JONES SAYS HE'LL SUPPORT THE MAYOR IN ENFORCING THE CURFEW LAW.
"At least he has a plan, he came up with it and I think what we have to do is not second guess his plan, but to give his plan the opportunity to work."
"The city already has a law on the books that says kids under the age of 16 have to be off the street from midnight to five a.m. But Mayor Robert Reichert says before he can enforce it, he has to figure out what to do with the kids after police pick them up. One idea, he says, is to bring them to city recreation centers, like this one."
THE MAYOR DOESN'T NEED COUNCIL APPROVAL ..UNLESS HE NEEDS TO ASK FOR MORE MONEY...OR WANTS TO CHANGE THE LAW.
COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS SAYS SOME DETAILS MUST BE WORKED OUT.
"What we've got to do is identify where young people would be taken to wait for their parents, what would be reasonable limitations on it, or exceptions are far as work schedules."
SHE ALSO WANTS TO BE SURE THAT POLICING KIDS OUT AFTER CURFEW... DOESN'T CUT INTO OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT.
LUCAS SAYS SHE'LL SUPPORT THE PLAN... IF THE COMMUNITY DOES TOO.
"Because if we don't get cooperation from everybody we're going to end up with a similar situation of a law on the books that's not enforceable."
"I'm very proud about his attitude"
"he's willing to listen, maybe if there's ways it could be tweaked, ways it could be made better, he's willing to do that."
THAT'S WHY JONES SAYS THE MAYOR'S PLAN CAN SUCCEED.
STD SEVERAL TEENAGERS ALSO SPOKE TO US ABOUT THE MAYOR'S PLAN TO ENFORCE THE CURFEW....
WE HEAR FIRST FROM 19-YEAR OLD KYROD BUTTS... ONE OF THREE TEENS SHOT OUTSIDE A MACON STRIP MALL LAST SATURDAY NIGHT..
Kyrod Butts: "You already know how it is out here at night. It real dangerous out here you know and I don't want anymore children to get lost. I feel like, I think it would be good, but people that 17 and older I think they can handle they self though.
Reginald Evans: "It's the hood that's how it is. Nobody don't go in the house at no 9:00. WE stay out here that time of night."
Jasmine Mitchell: MAcon, "When they out here on the street they ain't doing nothing at the time or 3:00 in the morning and they got school and I think it's safe they should be in the house."
CITY LEADERS ARE FOCUSED ON STOPPING TEEN VIOLENCE... AFTER SIX TEENS WERE SHOT WITHIN A WEEK.
THIS WEEK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OBESITY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA IN THE CUTTING EDGE... A FOUR PART SERIES.
TODAY IN PART TWO... CANDACE ADORKA LOOKS AT SOME SOLUTIONS.
SEVENTH GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER CHUCK CLAXTON SAYS THE GARDEN AT OAK HILL ELEMENTARY AND ITS BOUNTY HAVE BEEN A HIT WITH THE STUDENTS.
Claxton: "Mr C., he says, I've never liked squash before but i like it now... he'd eaten the whole squash raw!"
HE SAYS THE GARDEN PROVIDES AFORDABLE HEALTHY FOOD AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
ITS PART OF LIVE HEALTHY BALDWIN... A COALITION TO FIGHT OBESITY IN BALDWIN COUNTY
Lidstone: "We did a study that showed that between 50 and 60 percent of 11 and 12 year olds here in Baldwin County were either overweight or very overweight."
JIM LIDSTONE STARTED THE COALITION
HE SAYS THE CHALLENGE IS TO FIND THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE FOR A 360-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT.
Lidstone: "what we're trying to do is change policy and change the environment to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity."
LIDSTONE SAYS THEY'VE COME UP WITH SEVERAL PROJECTS TO FIGHT OBESITY... INCLUDING CREATING A BIKE FREINDLY COMMUNITY AND SAFE ROUTES FOR KIDS TO WALK OR BIKE TO SCHOOL.
Lidstone: "There are currently zero children in Baldwin County that get to School other than by the cars and busses we see here today."
THEY ALSO WANT TO GROW COMMUNITY GARDENING... PROVIDE HEALTHY AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS... AND MAKE THE FARMERS MARKET AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE ON GOVERNMENT FOOD BENEFITS.
Claxton: "If we don't start gettign them outside more, letting them do more things like gardening and learning where the good food comes from, so they understand it better, then we're gonna have an epidemic, if its not already there.
LIDSTONE SAYS OBESITY IS SUCH A COMPLICATED ISSUE... EVEN THEIR MULTI-FACETED APPROACH IS NOT A SILVER BULLET... BUT MORE OF A LAUNCH PAD FOR CHANGE.
"You gotta start somewhere. Do what you can where you can with what you have and try to make a difference."
>> JOINING US NOW... MACON COUNCILWOMAN NANCY WHITE... SHE IS A REGISTERED NURSE AND DIRECTOR OF ONCOLOGY AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
AND GREG DENT... PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKS... AN ORGNAIZATION THAT WORKS TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES AND QUALITY OF HEALTHCARE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO ATTACK OBESITY ON A COMMUNITY WIDE SCALE.
NANCY LETS START WITH YOU, IS OBESITY A PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE/ SHOULD GOVERNMENT INTERVENE?
NANCY: IS OBESITY A PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE? SHOULD GOVERNEMTN INTERVENE
what can city government do to help the problem? We've made progress with things like smoking and littering by passing laws and giving fines, can that be done to help somehting like obesity? Is there any room for regulation? Federal government's role in creating the problem (subsidies to companies that produce unhealthy options?)
GREG: Run through some of the things community health works is doing about Obesity. How difficult is wide-scale change, which is what you're stiving for? Is the onus on the community, the government, or the individual?
Is solving this issue as complex as it seems? If so, should we bother?
JOIN US TOMORROW... WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW SCHOOLS FACTOR INTO THE OBESITY EQUASION.
THANK YOU CANDACE.
DON'T MISS "CUTTING EDGE: FIGHTING FAT" NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 10 P-M... HERE ON 13WMAZ.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT'S TO BLAME FOR CENTRAL GEORGIA'S OBESITY PROBLEM?
SO FAR 3 PERCENT OF YOU SAY DIET.
5 PERCENT SAY LACK OF EXERCISE.
AND 92 PERCENT SAY BOTH.
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THE CITY OF HAWKINSVILLE IS COMING TOGETHER TO WELCOME ONE OF THEIR OWN HOME.
MARINE CORPORAL TONY MULLIS... LOST HIS LEGS IN AFGANISTAN IN APRIL... AND HE'S COMING BACK TO CENTRAL GEORGIA SATURDAY.
JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS US HOW THE TOWN PREPARING FOR HIS HOMECOMING.
Leslie Sewell, Fire Chief and EMA Director: "We'd like to give him a heroes welcome."
A WELCOME THAT WILL START AT THE INTERSECTION OF COMMERCE STREET AND PROGRESS AVENUE WITH A PARADE HONORING MARINE CORPORAL TONY MULLIS.
MULLIS LOST BOTH OF HIS LEGS IN APRIL WHEN HE STEPPED ON AN IED IN AFGANISTAN... THE DAY AFTER HIS SON CASON WAS BORN.
GAYLE AYERS... OWNER OF WILD FLOWERS FLORIST SAYS SHE DELIVERED FLOWERS TO MULLIS' WIFE THAT VERY DAY ... JUST HOURS BEFORE THEY FOUND OUT HE HAD BEEN WOUNDED IN COMBAT.
Gayle Ayers, Wild Flowers Florist Owner: "I've known Tony for quite some time I did his flowers when they got married, I was there when he joined the church and was baptised and he's just a terrific young guy that has really gone and made something great out of his life."
AYERS IS MAKING YELLOW BOWS TO DECORATE THE TOWN.
Gayle Ayers, Wild Flowers Florist Owner: "We're just real proud to be able to do anything for the family anything we can do to help out."
MULLIS' MOTHER... COZETTA QUIGG SAYS SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE HER EYES WHEN SHE DROVE INTO TOWN.
Cozetta Quigg, Mother: "I saw ribbons that started way back outside of the city limits and it almost made me cry."
Jennifer Moulliet, Eyewitness News: "After the homecoming parade for coporal Mullis there will be a program right here at in Hawkinsville High School's gym to honor his service."
HAWKINSVILLE'S FIRE CHIEF LESLIE SEWELL WILL GRILL HOT DOGS AND HAMBURGERS.
Leslie Sewell, Fire Chief and EMA Director: "The community is proud of what he's done and he's the one suffering right now and we're just trying to do our small part."
Gayle Ayers, Wild Flowers Florist Owner: "Everybody is just really excited he's coming home."
AYERS SAYS SHE THINKS THE WHOLE TOWN WILL COME OUT SATURDAY.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
WILD FLOWERS FLORIST ON COMMERCE STREET IS SELLING THOSE YELLOW BOWS TO WELCOME CORPORAL MULLIS HOME.
EACH BOW IS FIVE DOLLARS...AND THE MONEY GOES TO THE MULLIS FAMILY.
WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON THOSE CITY COUNCIL RACES IN WARNER ROBINS... AS QUALIFYING CLOSED THIS AFTERNOON.
TWO ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES CAME IN UNDER THE WIRE... TIM THOMAS AND JEFFREY WALKER.. RUNNING FOUR POST TWO, THAT'S THE AT-LARGE SEAT...
THEY'LL BE AMONG FIVE CANDIDATES VYING FOR THAT OFFICE IN NOVEMBER.
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