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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.
WARNER ROBINS VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY TO CHOOSE THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS.
THIS WEEK LORRA LYNCH JONES TAKES A LOOK AT THE POST FOUR CANDIDATES... THEIR REASONS FOR RUNNING... AND THEIR IDEAS FOR SUPPORTING ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
ATTORNEY AND ARTIST GENE HARRINGTON IS NO NEW COMER TO HOUSTON COUNTY POLITICS.
HE SERVED FOR SIX YEARS ON THE COUNTY COMMISSION... AND 19 YEARS AS THE CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY'S LAWYER.
Gene Harrington: (30:40) "The experience I have, I have an abundance of experience as far as education."
HARRINGTON HASN'T RUN FOR OFFICE SINCE THE LATE 80'S... BUT HE SAYS RECENT STRIFE ON COUNCIL PROMPTED HIM BACK INTO THE POLITICAL ARENA.
Gene Harrington: (34:00) "I think they're probably a very good group of people, but as a group, they're not a team. I hope with the new faces, we'll have more of a cohesive group."
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THAT'S ALSO THE GOAL OF MIKE BRASHEAR... WHO RETIRED FROM THE AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE SECTOR AND NOW WORKS AS A PART TIME CONSULTANT.
Mike Brashear: (3;00) "I think in general, the citizens of Warner Robins have been less than pleased with the attitude of of the city council over the last couple of years."
BRASHEAR SAYS HIS EXPERIENCE IN CORPORATE BOARDROOMS... PLUS A FOUR MONTH STINT AS AN INTERIM CITY COUNCIL MEMBER IN 2007... MAKES HIM THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE.
Mike Brashear: (4:38) "It gave me a better understanding of the city, the requirements of the city."
GEORGE ZORILLA SAYS HE MAY LACK EXPERIENCE AT THE AGE OF 26... BUT he MAKES UP FOR IT IN NEW IDEAS.
George Zorilla: (50:20) "I have seen there's not much of a focus on infrastructure, and I feel like I can best represent my post because of my age and demographic."
HE'S A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER... WHO SAYS HE GREW UP IN FLORIDA AND NEW YORK... THEN WENT TO COLLEGE IN GEORGIA.
George Zorilla: (52:59) "I have a degree in marketing and understand how to work well with others. Experience wise, the ability to adapt and come into new experience and make the best of those."
ALL THREE CANDIDATES LIST ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE AMONG THeiR TOP PRIORITIES... WITH DIFFERENT IDEAS ON HOW COUNCIL CAN SUPPORT IT.
Gene Harrington: (40:30) "You need to reserve zones that cannot be developed, that can be held for future expansion on the base."
Mike Brashear: (7:15) "I understand how the base works. I think I have a better opportunity to assist General McMahon and the senior staff in removing issues before they become problems.
George Zorilla: (54:50) "Maintaining the best relationships with them and see what opportunities we can be involved in with them, that we can both mutually the benefit."
THE CANDIDATES MEET AT THE BALLOT BOX... NOVEMBER 8TH.
>> TO HEAR MORE FROM THE POST FOUR COUNCIL CANDIDATES... LOOK FOR THE VIDEO LINKS INSIDE THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE... 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM.
PROTESTS ARE IN THE NEWS LATELY....LIKE THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT TAKING TO THE STREETS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
AND THE WARNER ROBINS PREACHER WHO WAS ARRESTED FOR PROTESTING WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL'S DEMON MASCOT.
THE U-S CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES CITIZENS THE RIGHTS OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND TO FILE GRIEVANCES WITH THE GOVERNMENT.
BUT HOW FAR CAN THEY GO...AND WHEN CAN GOVERNMENT RESTRICT THEM?
MERCER UNIVERSITY POLITICAL SCIENTIST CHRIS GRANT NOW JOINS RANDALL SAVAGE TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE.
STATEWIDE EDUCATORS RECOGNIZED A MILLEDGEVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL... FOR IMPROVEMENTS... AND ACHIEVEMENTS.
IT'S A PART OF A THREE DAY TOUR... WHERE MORE THAN 80 VISITORS HOPPED ON A BUS... TO CHECK OUT EIGHT SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE... THEY CHOSE AS TOP PICKS.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... FOR OAK HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL... IT'S AN HONOR... WORTH CELEBRATING.
Nats, bus honking
WHEN TWO BUSES PACKED WITH STATEWIDE EDUCATORS ROLLED IN...
OAK HILL STUDENTS ROCKED OUT.
THEY WELCOMED MORE THAN 80 VISITORS.. WHO HOPE TO WALK AWAY WITH A FEW POINTERS... FROM A SCHOOL THEY SAY.... LATELY... RAKES IN ACHIEVEMENTS.
Nats on phone
OAK HILL PRINCIPAL LINDA RAMSEY SAYS THEY'VE MADE Adequate yearly progress THE PAST THREE YEARS SHE'S BEEN on the job... AND NOW RANK AS A TITLE 1 DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL.
Linda Ramsey, Oak Hill Principal: "It's just that taste of success, once you taste it, you just want more and more of it."
PRIOR TO 2007... THE SCHOOL DIDN'T make those REQUIREMENTS... AND WAS LISTED AS "NEEDS IMPROVEMENT."
Nats: "The first thing we have to do is go up to 6th grade to Miss Stanley's classroom..."
TUESDAY.... 8TH GRADER ARIEL DANIELS ACTED AS A TOUR GUIDE.
Ariel Daniels, Milledgeville: "You're going to be able to meet some people that make the decisions for our state, so it's like meeting very important people."
THOSE PEOPLE... with THE GEORGIA PARTNERSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION... SAY THEY LOOKED AT THINGS LIKE TEST SCORES AND yearly progess WHEN THEY CHOSE THE EIGHT SCHOOLS ON THE ROUTE.
Stephen Dolinger, Georgia Partnership: "We don't have to go outside of Georgia, we have answers in our state, so we help people find those answers, find programs that are successful, and take them back to their school system and help them do better."
the group's president... STEPHEN DOLINGER... SAYS HE'S SEARCHING FOR SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS that other Georgia schools can copy.
WITH STUDENT LEADing TOURS to show how they reached those HIGHER TEST SCORES... THE GROUP HOPES TO TAKE A FEW NOTES... THEMSELVES.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
partnership PRESIDENT STEPHEN DOLINGER SAYS THE THREE-DAY BUS TOUR PROMOTES HIGHER STANDARDS FOR EDUCATION... AND FIRST KICKED OFF 19 YEARS AGO.
OAK HILL IS THE ONLY SCHOOL ON THIS YEAR'S LIST FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA.
IT'S GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... AND WE'RE ENCOURAGING YOU TO TAKE THE PLEDGE TO MAKE ROADS A LITTLE SAFER.
MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE DIED AS A RESULT OF DISTRACTED DRIVING IN 2009.. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION...
THOSE STATISTICS LED ONE GROUP TO HELP EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS BY USING HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT..
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS THE "ARRIVE ALIVE" TOUR.... AND HOW IT'S GIVING FOLKS A CHANCE TO SEE THE IMPACT OF DISTRACTED DRIVING.. WITHOUT THE DEADLY EFFECTS...
nats of instructor:
DOZENS OF STUDENTS AT CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE'S MILLEDGEVILLE CAMPUS GOT A DOSE OF REALITY.. AS THEY STRAPPED ON GOGGLES AND JUMPED IN THE DRIVERS SEAT..
nats: I was driving below the speed limit, driving the wrong side of the road."
THE FAKE CITATIONS... HANDED OUT BY INSTRUCTORS FOR THE ARRIVE ALIVE TOUR
Ryan Nelson, Awareness instructor: "The simulators set up to put them in a real life driving experience."
nats of simulation
Ryan Nelson, "It's kind of a worse case senario with driving conditions, CArs are swerving out in front of you. People are walking across crosswalks."
IT'S PART OF A CAMPAIGN TO TEACH PEOPLE THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE...
Chris Cornett, Eatonton: "They should actually have this before you drive, to let you know when you're driving with a learners or an actually license not to text and drive."
18-YEAR OLD CHRIS CORNETT... GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL AND ATTEMPTED TO SEND A TEXT.
cornett: "I've been texting and driving ever since I got my license and seeing this right here, I will stop texting til I come to a dead stop."
ANTHONY ROBINSON SAYS HE SEES DISTRACTED DRIVERS ON THE ROADS EVERYDAY...
Anthony Robinson, Sparta: "It just take one time for you to look down and next thing you know you possibly end your life or somebody else's life."
AND HE THINKS LEARNING LIKE THIS IN A SAFE, CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT.. COULD HELP SAVE LIVES.
Robinson: "You can get out of a car of a simulated test but you can't always get out of a car in an actual accident."
Nelson: "WE hope that through this event it will put the awareness in front of them, that you really need to be careful when you're driving."
THE LESSON THEY HOPE THESE STUDENTS AND OTHERS TAKE WITH THEM EVERYTIME THEY GET BEHIND THE WHEEL..
nats: I think I'll stick to not drinking and driving."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
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12 PERCENT OF YOU SAY FOOD
8 PERCENT OF YOU SAY MUSIC
AND 34 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOUR KIDS.
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