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 TONIGHT - MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT EXPLAINED HOW THE TUBMAN MUSEUM WOULD REPAY TWO POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IT WILL GET FROM A PROPOSED SPLOST.
REICHERT SAYS CONTRARY TO RECENT REPORTS... THE TUBMAN WAS NEVER EXPECTED TO REPAY THE MONEY IN CASH.
Robert Reichert, Macon Mayor: When they say that the Tubman is not going to have to repay that's incorrect. They are going to repay it in a combination of a transfer of the existing building on Walnut Street to the Urban Development Authority which will then give the Urban Development Authority ownership of that entire quarter of a block at the intersections of Walnut Street and MLK for future development, a hotel site, something big. The other part, they will contract for services over an extended period of time and repay through in-kind services back to the community to balance it. So yes, they are repaying it.
REICHERT CALLS THE AGREEMENT A WIN-WIN SITUATION..
BUT BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER LONZY EDWARDS SAYS THE CONTROVERSY COULD JEOPARDIZE THE SPLOST.
HE SAYS TUBMAN OFFICIALS SHOULD ASK THAT THEIR PROJECT BE REMOVED FROM THE SPLOST LIST.
Lonzy Edwards, Bibb County Commissioner: My hope is that the judgment of those who are making decisions about the welfare of their organization would take into account where we are right now and give the local politicians who put this project in our SPLOST list some cover. They can't just walk away, I mean, they need an opportunity to save the city and county, and I think if the board would do that I think it would be a whole lot easier.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE SAYS HE SUPPORTS THE SPLOST.. BUT THE RECENT TUBMAN FUNDING DEVELOPMENTS BOTHER HIM.
Allen Peake, State Representative: This latest development in which it appears this $2.5 million of the Tubman really won't be ever paid back in a financial monetary sense has given me some concerns. I was under the impression the funds would be paid back, so I think it should give us all some pause to say where are we going with this, is it going to be paid back is this the deal that's cut and maybe take a second look.
AMONG OTHER THINGS.. THE PROPOSED 190-MILLION DOLLAR SPLOST WOULD IMPROVE RECREATION.. PAY OFF CITY AND COUNTY DEBT...AND EARMARK THE TWO POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS TO COMPLETE THE UNFINISHED TUBMAN MUSUEM DOWNTOWN.
VOTERS WILL DECIDE THE SPLOST ON NOVEMBER 8TH.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD THE TUBMAN MUSEUM BE PUBLICLY OR PRIVATELY OWNED?
SO FAR 79 PERCENT OF YOU SAY PRIVATE...
AND 21 PERCENT SAY PUBLIC.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
MACON POLICE SAY THE MAN WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN ATTEMPTED BURGLAR WILL IN ALL PROBABILITY NOT FACE CHARGES...
THE SHOOTING HAPPENED HERE AT THE APARTMENTS ON PURSLEY STREET... AROUND 10:15 THURSDAY NIGHT...
POLICE SAYS CEDRIC WILLIAMS KILLED JACKIE LEON FORT.
WILLIAMS TOLD POLICE HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND WOKE UP TO SOMEONE BREAKING IN...
HE SAID HE SAW FORT INSIDE THE APARTMENT.. GRABBED HIS GUN AND SHOT HIM.
MACON POLICE LIEUTENANT CARL FLETCHER SAYS THE D-A'S OFFICE COULD OVERRULE THEM AND FILE CHARGES... BUT THEY'VE DISCUSSED THE CASE AND HE DOESN'T THINK THAT WILL HAPPEN.
IT'S HALLOWEEN WEEKEND... AND FOLKS AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA ARE LOOKING FOR A HAUNTINGLY GOOD TIME.
ONE OF YOUR OPTIONS... THE 2011 HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT CENTRAL CITY PARK IN MACON.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT THE PARK... WITH A LOOK AT THE FRIGHTENING FESTIVITIES.
ELEANOR TALKS ABOUT THE SPOOKTACULAR AND WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE PARK
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO GET INTO THE HALLOWEEN FUN... IT RUNS UNTIL 8 P-M.
WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE COST OF HEART DISEASE... IN PART TWO OF OUR SERIES "THE CUTTING EDGE: HEART DISEASE."
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE ON THE FINANCIAL... PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL COSTS THAT HEART PROBLEMS OFTEN BRING.
"I'm not scared of death. I don't wanna die..."
BUT DEATH IS WHAT BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOE ALLEN HAD TO FACE DURING EACH OF HIS THREE HEART ATTACKS.
"By the grace of God, I'm still here. Even the doctors will tell you that."
ALLEN SAYS HIS HEART PROBLEMS STARTED AFTER HE RETIRED FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TEN YEARS AGO.
"I got out of the routine, I picked up a little weight. I did not exercise as I should have..."
HE SAYS AS A RESULT... HE NOT ONLY HAD TO DEAL WITH THE PHYSICAL PAINS OF MULTIPLE HEART ATTACKS... BUT ALSO THE FINANCIAL PAIN.
"The financial sometimes is just as unbearable as the 600 pound gorilla that's sitting on your chest when you have a heart attack."
THE AVERAGE HOSPITAL STAY FROM CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE WILL RUN YOU 33 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THATS ACCORDING TO THE THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH.
JAMES ALEXANDER SAYS HE'S LUCKY HE HAD INSURANCE TO HELP PAY FOR HIS OPEN HEART SURGERY LAST JUNE.
"One day I was out workign the yard real hard. Came in and ate a fairly good supper and all of a sudden the pain hit my shoulder and went down my arm."
BUT HE SAYS IT'S STILL A STRUGGLE BECAUSE HE MISSED 2 MONTHS OF WORK.
"We've got a lot of bills to pay, you know, because of it. And it does add a little stress there, you know, to get back on your feet financially."
ALLEN SAYS HIS ATTACKS HAVE COST HIM MORE THAN 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS... PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF ALL THE MEDICINES HE HAS TO TAKE.
"50, 50, 50, 50. Its close to 200 dollars."
SO NOW ALLEN AND ALEXANDER SAY THEY'RE WATCHING WHAT THEY EAT...
"Well, I eat a lot of fish..."
"We eat a lot of cereals like shreaded wheat..."
"I eat oatmeal... Aything that would keep down the cholesterol."
... AND EXERCISING
"On here I'm up to 2.7 miles per hour and I started out real low..."
"Soon as the doctor releases me, I will be going back out to Tobesofkee and walk."
TO KEEP THEIR HEARTS... AND THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS... HEALTHY.
>> YOUR HEART STARTS DYING 3 TO FIVE MINUTES AFTER A CLOT BLOCKS BLOOD FLOW.
PARAMEDICS SAY THAT'S WHY WHEN THEY RESPOND TO A HEART CALL... THEY USE TECHNOLOGY TO BYPASS THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
100: "We are the emrgency room on wheels in this situation. We get there. we go thorugh these procedures we do this stuff and then when we get to the hospital. It's already done, it doesn't have to be done again."
PARAMEDIC CHUCK ASBELL SHOWS US HOW THEY WOULD RESPOND IN A HEART EMERGENCY.
LEARN MORE TONIGHT AT ELEVEN AS WE CONCLUDE OUR SERIES THE CUTTING EDGE: HEART DISEASE.
AND DON'T MISS THE HOUR-LONG SPECIAL "CUTTING EDGE: HEART DISEASE" TOMORROW NIGHT AT 9 P-M ON 13WMAZ.
THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS THE U-S WILL BE SHORT 400-THOUSAND ENGINEERS IN THE NEXT DECADE.
THAT'S WHY THEY'RE TRYING TO GET STUDENTS INTERESTED IN SCIENCE.. TECHNOLOGY.. ENGINEERING AND MATH... OR S.T.E.M. CAREERS NOW.
LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOW YOU HOW STATE S.T.E.M. FESTIVALS AIM TO SPARK THEIR EXCITEMENT.
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HE'S NOT A MAGICIAN...
(45:51) "It's a timed reaction. Turns orange. Then black."
THERE'S NO TRICKS...
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DOUG POHL SAYS IT'S ALL CHEMISTRY.
(46:50) "It's not boring. It's a lot of fun."
HE'S A CHEMIST AT GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY... SHOWING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HOW SCIENCE... COULD BE THEIR CAREER.
Doug Pohl: (46:50) "You don't have to be smart. You just have to be persistent."
HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL HOSTED ONE OF THREE S.T.E..M. FESTIVALS HELD IN THE STATE.
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MORE THAN 700 STUDENTS CAME FROM CENTRAL AND SOUTH GEORGIA FOR INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS...
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SET-UP BY AQUARIUMS... TECH COMPANIES AND COLLEGES.
IT'S THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S INTENT TO SPARK...
INTEREST IN S.T.E.M CAREERS.
Gilda Lyon, Dept. of Ed: (32:40) "We want them to understand that science can be fun. It doesn't have to be dreary work like alot of the times student are percieving."
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: "One of the students favorite activities has been Georgia Powers demonstration on static electricity. The results can be rather shocking."
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THE CHARGE SPREAD TO 16-YEAR-OLD WILLIE SAILS... FROM ALBANY.
Willie Sails, Albany: (58:54) "When I go to college, this wil be my field."
THAT WASN'T THE CASE BEFORE HE WATCHED POHL PERFORM.
NOW... HE'S PLEDGED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION IN CLASS.
Willie Sails: (59:10) "Yes mam, the science, yes I will. I promise you, I will."
THAT PROMISE EQUATES TO A SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR POHL..
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LAUNCHING ANOTHER STUDENT INTO A FUTURE FILLED WITH SCIENCE.
STD>> THE S.T.E.M. FESTIVAL WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TOMORROW FROM 9 A-M UNTIL 3 P-M.
IT'S AT HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.... OFF HIGHWAY 96.
IT'S FREE... AND AT 2-30 P-M... THERE WILL BE A GIANT MENTOS GEYSER LAUNCH.
ORGANIZERS SAY BEWARE... YOU COULD GET WET.
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