Monday, October 10, Eyewitness News at 6

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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.

OUR TOP STORY AT SIX... NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS WITH MULTIPLE CAMERAS... HAVE GONE UP ON WARNER ROBINS' WATSON BOULEVARD... AND THAT HAS YOU ASKING QUESTIONS.
SOME VIEWERS WANTED TO KNOW IF THOSE CAMERAS ARE INTENDED TO CATCH DRIVERS RUNNING RED LIGHTS.
LORRA LYNCH JONES WENT TO WARNER ROBINS TO FIND OUT.
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BRIGHTLY COLORED LIGHTS FILL RO'BEAR HEBERT'S DAY... EVERYDAY...
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INSIDE HIS WATSON BOULEVARD IRON STORE.
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BUT IT'S THE LIGHTS GOING UP OUTSIDE... WITH CAMERAS AT EVERY CORNER... CATCHING HIS ATTENTION.
Ro'Bear Hebert, Warner Robins: (5:30) "At first, I saw the traffic lights right next to my business. I said wow, I am so popular, they want to take pictures of me all the time."
HE LATER REALIZED THAT WASN'T EXACTLY RIGHT.
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THEY'RE THERE TO MONITOR TRAFFIC AND SYNCHRONIZE THE LIGHTS.
Lorra Lynch, EWN: "Kimberly Larson with the GDOT says the cameras are not meant to catch people running red lights. If they were, there would have to be signs posted saying "Red light cameras in use", or something similar."
LARSON SAYS THEY WILL HELP WITH TRAFFIC FLOW.
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FOR EXAMPLE... THE CAMERAS CAN "SENSE" CARS IN THE TURN LANE. IF IT DETECTS A CAR WAITING... THE TURN SIGNAL WILL APPEAR. IF IT DOESN'T SENSE ONE... THE LIGHT WILL SKIP THAT PHASE... ALLOWING OTHER TRAFFIC TO KEEP MOVING.
Ro'Bear Hebert: (6:20) "I love it. It's going to help the traffic out tremendously."
WITH HIS SHOP A FEW BLOCKS FROM ROBINS MAIN GATE... HEBERT WATCHES THE CARS BACK-UP EACH MORNING.
Ro'Bear Hebert: (4:25) "In the evening, it's backed up again."
HE THINKS THE CAMERAS... THAT WILL ALLOW ENGINEERS TO KEEP TRACK OF TRAFFIC FLOW... SHOULD SPARK.
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SOME RELIEF.
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>> KIMBERLY LARSON SAYS THE CAMERAS WILL ALSO BE USED TO HELP POLICE LOCATE AND MONITOR ACCIDENTS AT INTERSECTIONS ALONG WATSON BOULEVARD.
THE LIGHTS AND CAMERAS ARE NOT OPERATIONAL YET... AND SHE DIDN'T
KNOW WHEN THE PROJECT WOULD BE COMPLETE.

MACON CITY COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MET TODAY... AND ITEMS ON THEIR AGENDA INCLUDED MORE PAY FOR THE CITY'S POLICE OFFICERS... A PROPOSED CITY SMOKING ORDINANCE AND AN UPDATE ON THE MACON-BIBB ANIMAL CONTROL.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN WAS AT THE MEETING... SHE'S JOINING US BY PHONE WITH AN UPDATE.
THANK YOU ELEANOR.
WE'LL HAVE MORE TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND M-A-Z MOBILE.

MACON AND BIBB COUNTY LEADERS CAME TOGETHER THIS MORNING... TO URGE SUPPORT FOR A PROPOSED PENNY SALES TAX.
COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART AND MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAY THE LIST OF PROJECTS THE 190 MILLION DOLLARS WOULD PAY FOR CAME FROM PUBLIC SURVEYS AND FEEDBACK.
THEY ASKED PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO JUMP ON BOARD AND VOTE FOR THE SPLOST ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.
"I think its the best way and the only way to pay for some of the items that are listed here. I think they're so expensive, we can''t pay for these things from our general fund and the only way we can do it is from a sales tax. And a sales tax where you get 70 percent of the money from outside your area makes sense to me."

"I'll just add on a note or two if I may, and say we have been tightening our belt. The last four years during this economic recession have been very difficult for the city and the county. We have been tightening our belt the entire time and these are not frivolous needs, these are not wishes and wants, these are necessary items for our community. So how do you wanna pay for it? We can't really tighten our belt any more, do you wanna pay for this with an ad valorem tax situation which is strictly people that live here in Bibb County and predominantly home owners or do you want everybody that used the infrastructure of our city and county every day when they drive in and shop and drive home or work here? Its how you wanna pay for these necessary inprovements."
REICHERT AND HART SAY IF THE SPLOST PASSES... THEY WOULD PUT TOGETHER A COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THE MONEY SPENT ON APPROVED PROJECTS WOULD BE COMPLETED ON TIME.
LET US CONNECT YOU TO THE DETAILED SPLOST PROPOSAL.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

NETFLIX ANNOUNCED TODAY IT'S ABANDONING ITS PLAN TO SEPARATE ITS D-V-D BY MAIL AND INTERNET STREAMING SERVICES.
C-E-O REED HASTINGS SAYS SUBSCRIBERS WILL BE ABLE TO USE BOTH SERVICES UNDER ONE ACCOUNT AND PASSWORD.
BUT THE COMPANY IS STICKING WITH ITS NEW PRICING... AND CHARGING SEPARATELY FOR D-V-D AND STREAMING.
THAT COMES LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER NETFLIX SAID IT WOULD SPLIT D-V-D RENTALS OFF ONTO A NEW WEBSITE CALLED QWIKSTER.
OUR FACEBOOK FANS ARE COMMENTING ON THE NEWEST MOVE.
ONE USER SAID... "TOO LATE... ALREADY CANCELED."
SOMEONE ELSE COMMENTED... "I DON'T THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE TICKED OFF BECAUSE OF THE SPLIT... I THINK THEY SHOULD BE MAD AT THE FACT THEY DOUBLED THE PRICE!"
AND A THIRD PERSON WROTE... "MAKE. UP. YOUR. MIND."
JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.

FAIR FEVER IS CONTAGIOUS IN PERRY... EVEN IN THE RAIN.
THE SOGGY WEATHER DIDN'T STOP SOME PEOPLE FROM ENJOYING THEIR DAY OFF TODAY AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR.
IT WAS WET... AND WINDY BUT PEOPLE LINED UP TO GET INTO THE FAIRGROUNDS.
THE WEATHER DIDN'T STOP THESE FOLKS FROM GETTING ON THE RIDES.
BUT ADMISSIONS WORKER... PATRICIA COSBY SAYS THE CROWDS ARE THINNER THAN THEY WERE OVER THE WEEKEND.
Patricia Cosby, Fort Valley: "The numbers have been very low because of the weather it's raining and it's been real windy and that's stopping a lot of people from coming but it's coming even so but we are very slow today."
IT'S 13-W-M-A-Z PAY-ONE-PRICE DAY.
FOR SIXTEEN DOLLARS YOU GAIN ADMISSION TO UNLIMITED RIDES UNTIL NINE TONIGHT.

THOUSANDS OF BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY HAVE GIVEN THEIR INPUT ON HOW TO IMPROVE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS.
SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS HE'LL USE THE IDEAS FROM TODAY'S SESSION.. AND THE ONE LAST MONTH... TO CREATE A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE NEXT 5 SCHOOL YEARS.
AS CANDACE ADORKA TELLS US... THE THOUSANDS WHO FILLED THE COLISEUM ARE EAGER TO SEE THEIR IDEAS PUT INTO ACTION.
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ROSA TAYLOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER KORRY ALLEN SAYS IF SHE'S GONNA SPEND THE DAY BRAINSTORIMING WAYS TO MAKE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS BETTER... THERE WILL BE SHOWTUNES.
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2:53 "We wanna make it fun and active and engaging. It's what we've done today, I can definitely attest to that."
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SHE AND UNION ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL EMMANUEL FRAZIER WERE AMONG ALMOST 5 THOUSAND PEOPLE AT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S SECOND STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING.
FRAZIER SAYS BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED WERE WORKING HARD THIS COLUMBUS DAY.
3:03" Their teachers, their parents, their community members are here trying to design a system that will provide them the opportunity to compete for any job anywhere in the world or to create a job any where in the world."
THE TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAME UP WITH MISSION STATEMENTS WITHIN THEMES THAT CAME OUT OF THE LAST PLANNING MEETING.
5822_01 1:31 "We've talked about engaging instruction, we've talked about technology, we've talked about how we can implement more home, school, community involvement to get our kids where we wanna see them, and that's achieving at the highest level."
FRASIER SAYS THEY TALKED ABOUT SYSTEMATIC CHANGE... LIKE YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL AND PROVIDING KIDS WITH TECHNOLOGY AT HOME... BIG IDEAS THAT GO BEYOND THE STATUS QUO.
2:37 "Steve Jobs who just passed a week ago was a guy who if he'd stuck with that box mentality, we wouild not be using the different technological inovations we have today. So we're looking at the impossible and finding ways to make it possible."
ALLEN SAYS SHE'S CONFIDENT ALL THE IDEAS WON'T BE IGNORED.
3:28: "I really feel like they're listening to us and this isn't a waste of our time this is coming together and being a big team I can really see progress in it."
CANDACE ADORKA... 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS THE DISTRICT WILL NOW COME UP WITH WAYS TO IMPLEMENT THE IDEAS FROM THE PLANNIGN MEETINGS.
HE SAYS A FINAL PLAN WILL BE READY BY THE END OF JANUARY AND IMPLEMENTED STARTING NEXT FALL.

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FIRE SAFETY IS THE FOCUS THIS WEEK.. AS FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY PROMOTE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE...
THE EVENTS STARTED AT AN OPENING CEREMONY THIS MORNING .. WITH A PROCLAMATION FROM MACON AND BIBB COUNTY LEADERS.
THEY ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS OF THE CAPITAL CITY BANK FIRE SAFETY ESSAY CONTEST.
FIVE STUDENTS RECEIVED AWARDS.
AND TONIGHT UNTIL 8 PM... YOU CAN HEAD OUT TO A FIRE SAFETY SEMINAR AT ALL THREE FIRE HOUSE SUBS.
YOU CAN FIND THEM AT 4121 RIVERSIDE DR.... 4123 FORSYTH RD... AND 4640 PRESIDENTIAL PARKWAY
LATER THIS WEEK... THERE WILL BE A KIDS FIRE SAFTEY NIGHT OUT AT THE CHICK-FIL-A ON ZEBULON ROAD... AND FIRE SAFETY EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY AT THE MACON MALL.

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.


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