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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

MACON CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING TAKING ANOTHER GO AT PASSING A LAW THAT WOULD RESTRICT SMOKING IN MANY PUBLIC PLACES...
BUT TODAY... SOME MEMBERS OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY GOT TOGETHER TO SAY THEY'RE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT.
THAT'S AFTER MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT VETOED THE FIRST SMOKING LAW THAT PASSED CITY COUNCIL IN APRIL.
THE PROPOSAL WOULD OUTLAW SMOKING PLACES SUCH AS BARS.... NIGHTCLUBS... RESTAURANTS.
IT WOULD ALSO PREVENT SMOKING IN OUTDOOR PUBLIC PLACES WITHIN TEN FEET OF A DOOR OR VENT.... OR TWENTY FIVE FEET OF A PLAYGROUND.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... SOME BUSINESS OWNERS SAY IN THIS TOUGH ECONOMY... RESTRICTING SMOKING COULD MAKE THEIR BUSINESSES GO UP IN FLAMES.
"It's not about smoking, it's not about smokers rights, its about intelligent economic decision making."
WHICH ACCORDING TO HUMMINGBIRD CO-OWNER VICTOR STANLEY... MEANS PRESERVING HIS CUSTOMERS RIGHT... TO LIGHT UP.
THE DOWNTOWN MACON BAR IS ALSO TIM OBELGONER'S BREAD AND BUTTER...
"This is my livelihood, we feed somewhere around 45 people in this establishment alone."
HE SAYS A CUSTOMER WITH A CIGARETTE IN HAND IS PART OF THE NIGHLY ATMOSPHERE AT THE HUMMINGBIRD.
"Part of our product is smoking... our customers are smokers, driving them outside, when they're not able to be inside consuming our fine product is going to be bad for business."
ABOUT A DOZEN BUSINESS OWNERS... AND ABOUT TWENTY OTHER CONCERNED CITIZENS... SHOWED UP TO MONDAY'S MEETING..TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO STOP THE CITY FROM PASSING A LAW THAT BANS SMOKING IN BARS AND RESTAURANTS.
MEMBERS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIUM CIGAR AND PIPE RETAILERS ASSOCIATION... ENCOURAGED THE PUBLIC TO ORGANIZE... AND PETITION MACON CITY COUNCIL.
SOME MEMBERS OF COUNCIL SAY PREVENTING SMOKING IN RESTAURANTS AND BARS... IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
AND AT THE TOP OF THE LIST... IS PROTECTING EMPLOYEES... LIKE BARTENDER TIFFANY CARVER.
"I can be healthy all day long, but if I don't have a job, what am I going to do?"
AND AS LONG AS EMPLOYEES KNOW IT BEFOREHAND... CARVER SAYS IT'S THEIR CHOICE TO WORK IN BAR THAT ALLOWS SMOKING.
BUT WHETHER IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING RIGHTS... OR BUSINESS... MANY PEOPLE SAY CHANGING THE LAW IN THIS ECONOMY... WILL MEAN CIGARETTES... AND REVENUE GO UP IN SMOKE.
OBELGONER SAYS THEY CALLED AND EMAILED ALL THE MEMBERS OF MACON CITY COUNCIL.... BUT NONE OF THEM SHOWED UP TODAY.
MAYORAL SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY DID ATTEND THE EVENT.

THE G-B-I IS LOOKING INTO HOW A ROCHELLE MAN DIED OVER THE WEEKEND..
WILCOX COUNTY CORONER JANICE BROWN SAYS 45-YEAR-OLD JAMES DARREL ALEXANDER DIED SUNDAY.. BUT AUTHORITIES ARE NOT SURE YET WHETHER PREVIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS OR INJURIES HE RECEIVED IN A WEEKEND FIGHT WITH ANOTHER MAN CAUSED HIS DEATH.
BROWN SAYS THEY ARE AWAITING AUTOPSY RESULTS..
SHE SAYS ALEXANDER GOT IN A FIGHT WITH A MAN IN HIS 20S ON CHERRY TREE LANE BUT HIS INJURIES DID NOT SEEM SEVERE.

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES... PEOPLE IN WARNER ROBINS WILL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR SAY ABOUT A PROPOSED TAX INCREASE.
THIS SUMMER... CITY LEADERS VOTED TO RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE.
AT 6-15... CITY LEADERS WILL HOLD A MEETING INSIDE COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN THE CITY HALL BUILDING ON WATSON BOULEVARD.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO BRING QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ABOUT THE TAX CHANGE.
IF YOU MISS TONIGHT'S HEARING... YOU'LL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO ATTEND A MEETING ON OCTOBER 13TH.

WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION TONIGHT ABOUT A MACON BURGLARY THAT ENDED WITH THE HOMEOWNER SHOOTING THE ALLEGED ROBBER..
MACON POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS A WOMAN RETURNED TO HER HOME ON BAYNE STREET AROUND SEVEN LAST NIGHT AND FOUND 17-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL BALLARD INSIDE TRYING TO STEAL HER THINGS.
GAUDET SAYS THE WOMAN SHOT BALLARD IN THE FOOT AND LEG.
HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE BIBB L-E-C.
GAUDET SAYS HE IS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF BURGLARY.
POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS LEGALLY CARRYING THE GUN.
HER NAME WAS NOT RELEASED.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
MANY ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA PLAN TO HOST EVENTS AND FUNDRAISERS TO INFORM COMMUNITIES ABOUT BREAST CANCER.
AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS.. .DO YOU THINK BREAST CANCER CAUSES GET TOO MUCH ATTENTION?
SO FAR 85 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 15 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES IN PERRY.
THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR BEGINS WITH A SNEAK PEEK THURSDAY.
VIDEOJOURNALIST JENNIFER MOULLIET (MOO-LAY) GOT AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE FINISHING TOUCHES BEFORE THEY OPEN THEIR DOORS FOR BUSINESS.
<<
"unlock window"
"slide window"
Paulette Keene, Illinois:"Just preparin"
Paulette Keene, Illinois:"set the trailer up then washed outside and hooked up the electric and water and now we're doing touch up work today"
Paulette Keene, Illinois:"we sell funnel cakes"
Paulette Keene, Illinois: "you just fill this ring here with oil and fill this up with mix and make your funnel cake"
"agrilift"
Alex Herdzik, Buffalo New York"the newest ride is the stinger"
Alex Herdzik, Buffalo New York"just looks a little crazy"
"hammers"
Alex Herdzik, Buffalo New York"this way it doesn't blow away"
Alex Herdzik, Buffalo New York"a lot of hard work"
Alex Herdzik, Buffalo New York "sanded and painted the frame"
"paint brush"
Alex Herdzik, Buffalo New York "setting up the I got it tent it's like a little bingo game where you throw balls in a box and you've gotta get five in a row"
Alex Herdzik, Buffalo New York: " Just come on out have a good time that's why we're all here, we want everybody to have fun, enjoy yourselves and realize we all put in a lot of hard work to get all of this set up on time, look forward to seeing everybody."
>> THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR OFFICIALLY OPENS FRIDAY AND WILL RUN THROUGH THE 16TH.

AS THE ANTICIPATION BUILDS FOR THIS YEAR'S FAIR... MANY OF YOU ARE WONDERING IF THE WEATHER WILL COOPERATE THIS YEAR.
CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IS LIVE AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUND WITH YOUR FORECAST... AND A LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST FIRST... THREE DAY FORECAST.
THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

TWO MACON FAMILIES RECEIVED THE KEYS TO THEIR BRAND NEW HOMES TODAY... THANKS TO A GROUP OF HEROES FROM THE MACON AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND OTHER SPONSORS.
IN TODAY'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT... MEET A FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNER.. WHO THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD NEVER COME.
<<Nats of Tina Jolly

TINA JOLLY WELCOMES FRIENDS AND FAMILY.....

Nats "Welcome smokie, Whoa Nelly"

TO HER VERY FIRST HOME.

Tina Jolly, "It is just a blessing and amazing"

THIS IS THE 55 YEAR OLD'S FIRST HOME... AND SHE CAN'T BELIEVE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO HER.

Tina Jolly,"I feel like I hit the lottery"

THE MACON AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CELEBRATED WORLD HABITAT DAY MONDAY BY DEDICATING TWO HOMES... ONE TO JOLLY.. THE OTHER TO THE THE (OR-E-YAN-IE) ORELLANA FAMILY

Nats of Dedication

Nats of Keys Being Given

Nats of Clapping

Harold "This is a day of joy. It's joy not only for the families who now own their own home but for all of us who have had a part to play in that"

Nats of Chick-fil-A Manager

THE TOM HILL SENIOR CHICK-FIL-A AND MERCER UNIVERSITY ALONG WITH OTHER SPONSORS PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN GETTING THE HOUSES BUILT FOR THE TWO FAMILIES.

Nats of Stephanie

JOLLY'S DAUGHTER STEPHANIE CLARK SAYS HER MOM DESERVES THE HOUSE AND SAYS IT'S GREAT TO SEE HER SO HAPPY.

Stephanie Clark, "I'm so excited for my mom. I'm happy for her especially in this late age that she is able to own her own home"

Nats of Tina "This is my wash room"

JOLLY SAYS SHE WON'T FORGET THE KINDNESS SHOWN TO HER BY THIS GROUP OF HEROES.... AND SHE SAYS SHE NEVER IMAGINED HER DREAM OF OWNING HER OWN HOME WOULD COME TRUE.

Tina Jolly, "At this late in life. I never would dream it would happen to me and I'm truly blessed"

>> FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO APPLY FOR A HABITAT HOME OR HOW TO VOLUNTEER CALL 478-745-0630.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 478-745-0630.

SOME OF OUR FACEBOOK FANS ARE GEARING UP FOR THE FAIR AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR FAVORITE THINGS.
ONE PERSON WROTE... "SO EXCITED! I LOVE THE CIRCUS AND ALL THE MUSIC... AND THE FOOD!"
SOMEONE ELSE REPLIED... "I REALLY REALLY NEED A FUNNEL CAKE... GOTTA LOVE THEM!"
A THIRD PERSON COMMENTED... "EXCITED THE FAIR IS HERE AND THE WEATHER IS AWESOME! READY TO EAT!"
AND A FOURTH PERSON SAID... "LOVE THE FAIR... LOVE THE FOOD AND SEEING ALL THE PEOPLE HAVING FUN. DEFINITELY GOING... CAN'T WAIT!"
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR THIS YEAR.
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IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE EVENTS IN YOUR AREA... WITH OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGES.
TODAY WE ARE LOOKING AT THE SANDERSVILLE PAGE..
NEW TO THE KAOLIN FESTIVAL THIS YEAR IS THE BUS MINE TOURS..
THE BUS TOURS THROUGH THE KAOLIN ROUGHTON MINE ARE FREE OF CHARGE... BUT YOU'LL NEED TO GET A TICKET AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
JENNIFER FARRIN AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER SAYS THE TOURS ARE TO EDUCATE FESTIVAL GOERS ABOUT THE MINERAL KAOLIN.
THE MINE TOURS ARE SET FOR SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. AND 4 P.M.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CHAMBER AT 478-552-3288 OR VISIT YOUR SANDERSVILLE WHERE YOU LIVE PAGE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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