Tuesday, November 8, 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.

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND VOTERS HAVE BEEN HEADING TO THE POLLS TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS IN DOZENS OF RACES AND BALLOT QUESTIONS.
IN MACON... SUNDAY SALES... A COUNTY SPLOST AND THE MAYOR'S RACE... WHERE MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT FACES A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE... ARE ALL ON THE BALLOT.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT THE POLLS AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL... ELEANOR... WHAT'S THE TURNOUT LIKE OVER THERE?
ELEANOR AD-LIBS ABOUT ELECTION DAY AND THE TURNOUT
THANK YOU ELEANOR... WE'LL CHECK IN WITH YOU THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.

IN LESS THAN AN HOUR.. THE POLLS CLOSE AND VOTERS WILL HAVE FINISHED CASTING THEIR BALLOTS IN THIS YEAR'S MACON CITY ELECTIONS.
SOON... THE NEW CITY COUNCIL WILL FACE IMPORTANT DECISIONS ABOUT HOW IT'LL FUNCTION DURING THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.
AMONG THOSE DECISIONS ARE THE ELECTIONS OF A COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT PRO-TEM.
BOTH POSITIONS MUST BE FILLED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS ELECTED CITY WIDE.. THE CHOICES ARE NARROWED DOWN TO FIVE POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR THE TWO POSITIONS.
CURRENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAMES TIMLEY SAYS HE'LL URGE FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS TO RE-ELECT HIM.. PRESIDENT PRO-TEM LARRY SCHLESSINGER SAYS HE'LL SEEK RE-ELECTION TO HIS POSITION AS WELL.
FILLING THOSE TWO SPOTS WILL BE THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS WHEN THE NEW COUNCIL TAKES OFFICE ON DECEMBER 13TH.
OTHERS ELGIBLE FOR THE POSITIONS ARE LAUREN BENEDICT.. RICK HUTTO.. AND LOUIS TOMPKINS.

VOTERS ARE ALSO HEADING TO THE POLLS IN HOUSTON COUNTY.
LET'S CHECK IN WITH LORRA LYNCH JONES AT THE HOMER J. WALKER CIVIC CENTER IN WARNER ROBINS.
Lorra talks about the races in Warner Robins and Houston county
THANK YOU LORRA... WE'LL CHECK BACK IN WITH YOU A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW.

IN MONROE COUNTY... WE HAVE WILL DAVIS WITH THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER KEEPING AN EYE ON ELECTION RESULTS FOR US.
HE'S JOINING US NOW VIA SKYPE... TO LET US KNOW WHAT THE VOTER TURNOUT IS LIKE... AND RUN DOWN SOME OF THE RACES ON THE BALLOT.
THANKS WILL.
HE'LL JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... WITH THE LATEST ELECTION UPDATES FROM MONROE COUNTY.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL HERMAN CAIN RESPONDED TODAY TO ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT... AND SAYS HE WON'T DROP HIS BID FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION.
HE DENIED THAT HE HAD EVER BEHAVED INAPPROPRIATE... AND THAT THE ALLEGED INCIDENTS SIMPLY DIDN'T HAPPEN.
A SHORT WHILE AGO... DURING CAIN'S NEWS CONFERENCE... HE WAS ASKED IF HE'D EVER SEEN SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE... AND HOW HE REACTED.
HERE'S HOW HE RESPONDED.
"Let me reiterate that sexual harassment is a very serious charge. In no way have I tried to minimize sexual harassment in the workplace.Having led many organizations, yes. I have seen instances where it could be interpreted as sexual harassment, and if I saw it and if it were an employee or a direct report of mine, I dealt with it immediately before the other person perceived it as an infringement of their privacy. And I might add, it's not just men who potentially sexually harass women. I've also seen situations where women have sexually harassed men. It's very serious."
THIS MORNING... CAIN'S CHIEF RIVAL MITT ROMNEY WEIGHED IN ON THE CONTROVERSY FOR THE FIRST TIME... CALLING THE ALLEGATION PARTICULARLY DISTURBING.

SENIORS LINED UP AT AN EAST MACON CHURCH THIS MORNING... HOPING TO LAND ONE OF 150 SPOTS TO APPLY FOR HELP WITH THEIR ENERGY BILLS.
AS CANDACE ADORKA FOUND... MANY OF THOSE IN LINE... WILL HAVE TO TRY TO APPLY FOR THE FEDERAL PROGRAM... ANOTHER DAY.
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85-YEAR-OLD JESSIE SMITH WAS UNLUCKY NUMBER 151 OUTSIDE ST PAUL AME CHURCH TUESDAY MORNING.
"I said please dont close the door on me."
SHE WAS ONE OF AT LEAST 300 PEOPLE WHO LINED UP TO SIGN UP FOR FEDERAL HELP WITH THIS WINTER'S HOME HEATING BILLS.
SHE CAME OUT AT 5 A-M AND WAITED UNTILL THE DOORS OPENED AT 7.
"It wasn't too bad. I brought a chair but I didn't use it."
Mattie Burnette "We're too old to be standing out here in this cold."
MATTIE BURNETTE SAID LAST YEAR....SHE USED THE PROGRAM... WHICH PAYS UP TO 350 DOLLARS TO THE UTILITY COMPANY.
"I don't have much income and it would help me with my gas bill, I really need it."
BUT THIS YEAR... SHE'LL HAVE TO COME OUT ON ANOTHER DATE AND BRAVE THE COLD FOR LONGER... AND SHE SAYS THAT WILL BE A CHALLENGE AFTER KNEE SURGERY AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.
"It's alright if you wereyoung but honey I just can't hardly do it!"
Jimmie Samuel:"Most people have been positive. They wouldhave liked to be seen today but they understand that we cant see everyone at one time."
JIMMIE SAMUEL... DIRECTOR OF THE LOCAL AGENCY MANAGING THE PROGRAM... SAYS THEY'VE LEARNED THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR THAT THE NUMBERING SYSTEM WORKS BEST.
"We do it on a small enough scale where we can see people and move them through and help a significant number of people, but not have people waiting all day long."
BUT SMITH SAYS SHE'LL CONTACT THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO COMING EVEN EARLIER ON THE NEXT APPLICATION DAY
CANDACE ADORKA... 13 WMAZ EYEWITESS NEWS.

>> PEOPLE 65 AND OLDER WILL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO APPLY NEXT MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY... AND ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 21ST AT SAINT PAUL A-M-E.
SENIORS CAN ALSO APPLY ON NOVEMBER 29TH AT BETHANY SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH ON EDNA PLACE.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC CAN APPLY NEXT MONTH.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... CALL 478-750-8689.
THAT'S 750-8689.


MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN COMMENTING ON THE HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
ONE PERSON WROTE... "PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE BECAUSE WE ARE ALL ONLY A PAYCHECK AWAY FROM BEING NEEDY.
SOMEONE ELSE COMMENTED ABOUT THIS MORNING'S LONG LINE... "WHAT A SHAME... UNBELIEVABLE."
AND A THIRD PERSON SAID... "I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH HELPING PEOPLE WHO REALLY TRY TO HELP THEMSELVES. BUT FREEBIES I HAVE A BIG ISSUE WITH THAT. THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT."
JOIN THE CONVERSATION... VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ AND CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON TO BECOME A FAN.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT ARE YOUR WINTER MONTHLY ENERGY BILLS LIKE?
SO FAR 7 PERCENT SAY LESS THAN A HUNDRED.
38 PERCENT SAY A HUNDRED OR MORE.
35 PERCENT SAY MORE THAN 200...
AND 20 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOUR ENERGY BILLS ARE MORE THAN 300 DOLLARS.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

MACON POLICE SAY A FIRED FORMER PIZZA HUT EMPLOYEE ATTACKED A STORE MANAGER WITH A BAT AND ROBBED HIM.
TODAY POLICE SAY THEY CHARGED 24 YEAR OLD MAURICE COBB WITH ARMED ROBBERY AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS HE WAS ARRESTED TODAY IN MACON'S FORT HILL NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER A TIP TO CRIMESTOPPERS.
COBB IS ACCUSED OF ATTACKING THE MANAGER MONDAY MORNING AT THE SPRING STREET PIZZA HUT ...AND TAKING A BAG OF CASH. THEY SAY HE WAS RECENTLY FIRED.
HE'S NOW IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL.
POLICE SAY THE MANAGER IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA...WITH A FRACTURED SKULL.

OF COURSE.. .IT'S ELECTION DAY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... WITH VOTERS AROUND THE AREA HEADING TO THE POLLS TO DECIDE DOZENS OF RACES AND QUESTIONS.
LET'S CHECK BACK IN WITH LORRA LYNCH JONES AT CITY HALL IN WARNER ROBINS. THANK YOU LORRA... WE'LL CHECK WITH YOU THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.

LET 13WMAZ AND 13WMAZ DOT COM BE YOUR ELECTION RESOURCE.
JOIN US ONLINE FOR SPECIAL ELECTION WEBCASTS EVERY HALF-HOUR.
WE'LL HAVE TEAM COVERAGE OF THE ELECTION FROM THE EYEWITNESS NEWS TEAM... AND YOUR ELECTION RESULTS AS THEY COME IN.
YOU CAN WATCH THE SPECIAL ELECTION REPORTS ON DIGITAL CHANNEL 13-POINT-3... OR ON COX ADVANCED CABLE CHANNEL 113.
AND OF COURSE... WE'LL HAVE COMPLETE CAMPAIGN 2011 COVERAGE TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

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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