Tameshia Turner, Sparta: "You never know what people go through unless you go through it. Other people's house get burned, you be like, you feel sorry for them, but you never know how it really is to lose everything you own."
A SPARTA FAMILY SAYS THEY'RE GRATEFUL FOR ONE MAN'S BRAVERY IN SAVING THE LIFE OF A LOVED ONE THIS WEEKEND... WHEN A FIRE RAVAGED THEIR HOME.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY IN A MOMENT... BUT FIRST... OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT...
A KENNESAW COMPANY SAYS THEY PLAN TO BRING A WORLD CLASS TRAINING CENTER...AND MORE THAN 100 JOBS... TO PERRY.
A BUSINESS CALLED GUARDIAN CENTERS TRAINS FIRST RESPONDERS.
AS LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOWS YOU... IT'LL BE LOCATED ON THE SITE OF THE OLD NORTHRUP GRUMMAN PLANT.
<<Houston County Development Authority Executitve Director Morgan Law says this former Northrup Grumman facility has been empty for about 6 years. It's a huge facility, 825 acres, with hundreds of thousands of square feet of building space. Morgan Law says its been very difficult to locate a tenant for this area because of the size of the space. He's very excited to have Guardian Centers moving here. Jeff Battcher, the media person for Guardian Central, says they will be breaking ground in January 2012. Battcher says it will be the best training facility in the world for first responders. They'll take the buidings and outfit so repsonders can do natural and manmade disaster simulations in the buildings. They'll change them so inside one will be simulation of the Madrid bombings, in another, an earthquake simulation that will actually shake. Guardian Central plans to hire about 100 people. Law says the economic impact will be greater than that 100 jobs. People coming to train here will stay in local hotels and visit local in restaurants. STD
>> JEFF BATTCHER SAYS THEY ARE NOT RECEIVING ANY TAX INCENTIVES FROM HOUSTON COUNTY OR THE STATE.. BUT DIDN'T RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY.
HE SAID IT'S BEING BUILT ENTIRELY WITH PRIVATE FUNDS.
BATTCHER SAID IN ADDITION TO HIRING 100 FULL TIME EMPLOYEES... THEY'LL ALSO CREATE SOME PART-TIME JOBS.
WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS OUT OF WARNER ROBINS...
WARNER ROBINS POLICE ARE AT THE CHEVRON ON HIGHWAY 41... INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS THEY TOOK THE MAN WHO WAS SHOT TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA IN MACON.
THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT JUST AFTER FIVE O'CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON.
SHE SAYS POLICE HAVE NOT CAUGHT THE SHOOTER...
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING... YOU CAN CALL THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 478-929-1170... ONCE AGAIN THAT'S 929-1170.
IMAGINE CLIMBING INTO A BLAZING HOME... TRYING TO SAVE SOMEONE TRAPPED INSIDE.
THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE PREPARED TO DO... EVERY DAY.
AND FOR ONE VOLUNTEER... QUICK THINKING AND AN ACT OF WHAT SOME CALL HEROIsm... PAID OFF SATURDAY.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT... ONE FAMILY SEES BEYOND THE ASHES OF THEIR HOME... AND SAYS THEy're THANKFUL.
Tameisha Turner, Sparta: "Just everything that I've worked for, it's just gone."
A FIRE THAT TORE THROUGH A SPARTA HOUSE SATURDAY... LEFT ONLY REMNANTS... OF A PLACE TAMEISHA TURNER CALLED HOME.
Tamesha Turner: "You never know how it really is, to lose everyting you own, it's really awful."
TURNER SAYS SHE AND HER TWO KIDS ESCAPED OUT OF A DOOR NEXT TO HER BEDROOM.
HER SISTER AND NEPHEW ALSO MADE IT OUT SAFELY...
BUT THEIR MOTHER... 54-YEAR-OLD SHIRLEY TURNER... WAS TRAPPED.
Tameshia Turner: "The window would not break, we tried and it would not break."
Nats: "Yes ma'am."
THAT'S WHERE KEITH WEBSTER... STEPPED IN.
Keith Webster, Sparta: "There was a chair in the front yard. I grabbed the chair, hopped through the window, she was laying on the floor right there. By the time I got her up to the window my brother was at the window, I handed her out to him."
THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER WORKS FULL-TIME BEHIND THE COUNTER....
HE SAYS MONDAY... CUSTOMERS LABELED HIM...
Nats, ripping label
Keith Webster: "My wife summed it up best when she said that the heroic thing is when you volunteered the first day. Because any one of us would've done the exact same thing. It just happened to be my turn I guess."
HIS TURN... TO SAVE A WOMAN WHO'S BATTLED MORE THAN SATURDAY'S FLAMES.
Tameshia Turner: "He cancer had came back. She had it five years ago. And it came back. So Monday she had both her breasts removed. And now this, it's just so much on her."
LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER SURGERY... TURNER'S MOTHER IS BACK AT THE HOSPITAL... FIGHTING YET AGAIN.
THE FIRE TOOK A FAMILY HOME... BUT LEFT BEHIND WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
TURNER SAYS THE BURNS ON HER MOTHER'S FACE ARE SO BAD... SURGERY WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SWELLING GOES DOWN.
HER MOTHER ALSO HAS A BREATHING TUBE...TO HELP HER RECOVER FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISIONING.
A STATE AGENCY TODAY GAVE A GO-AHEAD TODAY FOR A BIG COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.
GEORGIA'S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION SAYS IT HAS RE-ISSUED THE AIR PERMIT FOR PLANT WASHINGTON IN SANDERSVILLE AFTER DEVELOPERS ADDRESSED ISSUES RAISED BY A JUDGE.
ITS BACKERS HOPE TO BEGIN BUILDING IN 2012 OR 2013.
CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE FOUR YEARS AND COULD GENERATE MORE THAN 16 HUNDRED JOBS AND 250 MILLION DOLLARS IN WAGES AND BENEFITS.
ONCE COMPLETE... ITS OWNERS SAY THE PLANT COULD CREATE UP 120 FULL-TIME JOBS.
HOURS BEFORE THEIR FIRST DEADLINE...THE CONGRESSIONAL SUPERCOMMITTEE MADE IT OFFICIAL...THEY FAILED TO AGREE ON A DEFICIT-CUTTING PLAN.
THE PANEL OF SIX REPUBLICANS AND SIX DEMOCRATS WAS ASKED TO SLASH ONE POINT TWO TRILLION DOLLARS FROM THE FEDERAL DEFICIT.
THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A DRAFT PLAN READY TODAY.
THE PANEL HAD UNTIL WEDNESDAY TO APPROVE A DEFICIT-CUTTING PLAN.
BUT TODAY...THE COMMITTEE'S LEADERS SAID THEY COULDN'T AGREE ON WHAT TO CUT....OR FIND COMMON GROUND BETWEEN DEMOCRATS WHO SAY THEY NEED TO RAISE TAXES...AND REPUBLICANS WHO WANTED TO CUT THEM FURTHER.
THE LACK OF A DEAL WILL TRIGGER DRASTIC ACROSS THE BOARD FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS...THAT TAKE EFFECT IN JANUARY 2013.
MACON POLICE SAY TWO MEN WERE SHOT IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS SUNDAY.... AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE SAME HOUSE SEVERAL HOURS APART.
THEY SAY THE SECOND SUSPECT WAS SHOT BY A POLICE OFFICER AFTER TRYING TO PUSH A TODDER THROUGH A WINDOW.
BOTH CASES BEGAN HERE AT 1107 HIGHTOWER DRIVE OFF PIO NONO AVENUE.
IN THE FIRST... SOMEONE TRIED TO BREAK IN AROUND 4 A-M.
POLICE SAY SOMEONE INSIDE SHOT THE INTRUDER.... AND HE RAN AWAY.
MACON POLICE SAY 17 YEAR OLD BRANDON TYLER LATER SHOWED UP AT A NEARY KRYSTAL WITH GUNSHOT WOUNDS... AND THEY BELIEVE HE WAS THE INTRUDER.
ABOUT SEVEN HOURS LATER... SOMEONE CALLED POLICE BACK TO THE SAME HOUSE.
THEY SAY 38-YEAR-OLD GREG WILLIAMS TRIED TO ENTER BY PUSHING A TODDLER THROUGH THE WINDOW.
AN OFFICER FOLLOWED HIM TO THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR...WHERE POLICE SAY WILLIAMS GRABBED THE OFFICER'S BATON.
THE OFFICER SHOT HIM TWICE IN THE CHEST.
MACON POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS THE TODDLER WAS ON THE GROUND AND NOT IN THE LINE OF FIRE.
WILLIAMS IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL.
MACON POLICE SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHY THE MEN WERE TRYING TO BREAK IN.... OR IF THE CASES ARE CONNECTED.
BOTH CASES ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES ARE MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR SOME FAMILIES KEEP ENOUGH FOOD ON THE TABLE.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE TEAMED UP WITH THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK AND KROGER TO PITCH IN FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES.
YOU CAN LEND A HAND BY DONATING CANNED FOODS AT ANY CENTRAL GEORGIA KROGER.
THAT INCLUDES THE LOCATIONS IN MACON... WARNER ROBINS... PERRY... BONAIRE... MILLEDGEVILLE OR DUBLIN.
TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE YOUR CANNED GOODS.
YOU CAN ALSO MAKE CASH DONATIONS ... THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE... TO KROGER'S CAN HUNGER DRIVE... JUST LOOK FOR THE ICONS WHEN YOU CHECK OUT.
TODAY... GEORGIA FANS ARE MOURNING THE LOSS OF A BROADCASTING LEGEND.
LARRY MUNSON... THE LONG-TIME VOICE OF THE BULLDOGS... HAS DIED.
HE PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AT HIS ATHENS HOME AT THE AGE OF 89.
MUNSON STARTED IN GEORGIA'S BROADCAST BOOTH IN 1966.... AND RETIRED IN 2008.
ACCORDING TO U-G-A... HE DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS OF PNEUMONIA.
BEFORE THE LEGENDARY VOICE OF THE DAWGS WAS INDUCTED INTO THE GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN 2005.. OUR DAVE SOLANO HAD TO CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH "THE MAN BEHIND THE MIKE."
<<IT ALL STARTED WHEN THE BRAVES BROUGHT LARRY MUNSON DOWN TO GEORGIA.
THAT LED TO A JOB CALLING GAMES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA AND A LEGEND WAS BORN..
Larry Munson, UGA Broadcaster: "I've been with everybody. There's not a lot of old guys left, I'm one of them. But I'll tell you - it's different."
MUNSON HAS SEEN IT ALL DURING A CAREER THAT STARTED WITH THE SECOND AIR FORCE FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE 1940s..THEN IT WAS ON TO VANDERBILT FOR SIXTEEN YEARS BEFORE HOOKING UP WITH THE BRAVES AND THE BULLDOGS..
HE SAYS TIMES HAVE CERTAINLY CHANGED SINCE WHEN HE FIRST STARTED..
Larry Munson, UGA Broadcaster: "Broadcasters have a spotter on each arm and they're sitting with binoculars. Now they've moved up all the boxes and booths up higher and farther away from the field. It's hard to see. And now they don't let you talk to your guys, lecture them as much. They've changed everything."
MUNSON HAS CALLED JUST ABOUT EVERY SPORT AND HE'S DEVELOPED DIFFERENT PRE-GAME ROUTINES INCLUDING A UNIQUE TRADITION ASSOCIATED WITH COLLEGE FOOTBALL..
NAT SOUND BREAK
Larry Munson, UGA Broadcaster: "On a Friday night before a football game, you feel like partying. You wanna steak or something and want a couple drinks. But that's the only sport that's that way. Before basketball, baseball or anything, you don't go out the night before the game, but you do football."
AS FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME OVER THE WEEKEND..
Larry Munson, UGA Broadcaster: "It's a good ocassion. There's a lot of football guys here, I really appreciate that. Got to hang around with some guys that I knew in athletics a long-time."
AND HOW MANY YEARS BEFORE MUNSON HANGS UP THE MICROPHONE?
Larry Munson, UGA Broadcaster: "I'm old, how can I keep going for a few more years? I don't know. If they keep sending me that bodyguard that I've had all week long I've had here, I won't make it.">>
WE SPOKE WITH JAIME KAPLAN TODAY.
SHE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME... IN THE SAME CLASS AS LARRY MUNSON.
SHE SAYS HE WAS A HUMBLE PERSON AND LOVED THE BULLDOG NATION.
Jaime Kaplan:"Sure it was a shock you expect someone that's a legend like him to just live on forever but he certainly made his mark here on earth and he's going to be calling the plays in heaven."
KAPLAN SAYS MUNSON WOULD WANT THE BULLDOGS TO PLAY LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO IN THE UPCOMING S-E-C CHAMPIONSHIP... AND TO HUNKER DOWN.
THANKSGIVING IS JUST DAYS AWAY... AND MANY FAMILIES ARE HITTING THE ROAD TO VISIT RELATIVES FOR THE HOLIDAY.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO DO SOME DRIVING... WE'VE GOT A LITTLE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU.
THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED DROPPED TWO CENTS FROM YESTERDAY... ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A.
RIGHT NOW... IT SITS AT 3-19.
WE WANT TO KNOW IF YOU'LL BE ONE OF THE MANY TRAVELERS ON THE ROAD... SO TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL YOU BE TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND?
SO FAR... MOST OF YOU... 76 PERCENT... SAY YOU'RE STAYING HOME.
BUT 24 PERCENT SAY YES.. YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL.
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