Tuesday, November 22, 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... INMATES AT THE TELFAIR STATE PRISON REMAIN UNDER LOCKDOWN AFTER A MASSIVE PRISON FIGHT BROKE OUT LAST NIGHT.
CANDACE ADORKA HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY FROM THE CITY OF HELENA.

MORE THAN 56 THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE BEHIND BARS IN GEORGIA PRISONS... AT A COST OF MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
THE SPECIAL COUNCIL ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE RECOMMENDED WAYS TO CUT PRISON COSTS... INCLUDING USING ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING TO PUNISH NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS.
BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS AND PUBLIC DEFENDER LEE ROBINSON JOIN RANDALL SAVAGE TO TALK ABOUT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL... DOES GEORGIA PUT TOO MANY PEOPLE IN PRISON?
SO FAR 74 PERCENT SAY NO.
26 PERCENT SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A NEW ENERGY PLANT IS COMING TO TWIGGS COUNTY NEXT YEAR WITH 150 JOBS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM JUDY SHERLING... THE COUNTY'S DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR.
SHE SAYS A COMPANY CALLED W-G-S ENERGY GROUP HAS AGREED TO BUY ABOUT 275 ACRES NEAR I-16 AND HIGHWAY 96.
SHE SAYS THEY'LL BUILD A RENEWABLE ENERGY PLANT... BUT THEY'RE NOT RELEASING DETAILS ABOUT WHAT'S INVOLVED.
WE COULD NOT REACH SHERLING... OR THE COMPANY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

GEORGIA'S 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT SAYS HE'S STILL COMMITTED TO REDUCING THE FEDERAL DEFICIT BY ONE POINT TWO TRILLION DOLLARS IN THE NEXT DECADE.
BUT SCOTT SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED THAT THE SUPERCOMMITTEE DIDN'T PRODUCE AN ACCEPTABLE PLAN.
HE SAYS THE EVENTUAL BUDGET CUTS WILL COME ACROSS THE BOARD.. AND WON'T BE MOSTLY DEFENSE.
Austin Scott, Congressman: I think that you'll see, you know, potential reductions in all areas over the course of the next 10 years. But again, it needs to be done in a manner that is consistent with good fiscal policy and quite honestly just has some good planning behind it instead of taking, you know, an across the board cuts.
SCOTT SAYS HE EXPECTS ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TO REMAIN STRONG THROUGH THE CUTS.

THE SUPERCOMMITTEE'S ANNOUNCEMENT SPARKED A LOT OF COMMENTS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
DANIEL WROTE... "AT LEAST THE BUDGET GETS AUTO REDUCED BECAUSE THEY COULDNT COME TO AGREEMENT."
MICHEAL REPLIED... "TROUBLE IS WHEN THEY "AUTO~REDUCE" SPENDING, THEY HURT THE MOST VULNERABLE, SENIORS & THOSE ON FIXED INCOMES LIKE MYSELF ON SS DISABILITY.
DIANE COMMENTED... "I NEVER EXPECTED THAT THEY WOULD AGREE ON ANYTHING."
AND CINDI WROTE... "THIS WAS NOT A JOB FOR A "SUPER-COMMITTEE" THIS WAS A JOB FOR A LEADER. WE ELECT A PRESIDENT TO LEAD, WE DO NOT ELECT A "COMMITTEE".
A COMMITTEE CAN'T LEAD, IT CAN ADVISE, BUT IT TAKE A LEADER TO FINALLY MAKE THE DECISION AND TAKE WHAT COMES, GOOD OR BAD WITHOUT WHINING THAT IT WAS UNFAIR, OR THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS TO BLAME."
JOIN THE DISCUSSION AT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE TO OUR HERO CENTRAL FOOD DRIVE.
WE'VE PARTNERED WITH THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK AND LOCAL KROGER STORES TO HELP COLLECT FOOD FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT THE KROGER ON HARTLEY BRIDGE ROAD IN MACON...
SHE'S JOINING US WITH AN UPDATE ON HOW THINGS ARE GOING.
eleanor talks about food drive
THANKS ELEANOR.
AGAIN.. YOU CAN DONATE CANNED GOODS TODAY AT ANY CENTRAL GEORGIA KROGER.
YOU CAN ALSO MAKE CASH DONATIONS ... THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE... TO KROGER'S CAN HUNGER DRIVE... JUST LOOK FOR THE ICONS WHEN YOU CHECK OUT.

THE BLUE LAW AGAINST SELLING ALCOHOL ON SUNDAYS... ENDS THIS SUNDAY IN WARNER ROBINS.
PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO BUY PACKAGED AND ALCOHOLIC DRINKS FROM BUSINESSES STARTING AT 12-30 IN THE AFTERNOON AND ENDING AT 11-30 SUNDAY NIGHT...
LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOWS YOU HOW SOME IN THE CITY ARE RESPONDING.
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HOT WINGS AND THE HOT TOPIC OF SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES ...
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ARE ON THE TABLE AT BUFFALOS CAFE IN WARNER ROBINS.
Matt Dick: (12:47) "Were pretty pumped up about it."
MANAGER MATT DICK SAYS THEY LOST BUSINESS ON SUNDAYS TO RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE STREET IN CENTERVILLE.
Matt Dick: (13:56) "They have to go to Meldinos or somewhere over there that eligible to sell on Sundays."
BUT THAT'S NO LONGER THE CASE.
Matt: (12:40) "Doing a lot of stuff to get ready for this weekend. Ordering extra beer. (13:00) "$5 pitchers, $5 margaritas."
Lorra Lynch Jones: (29:20) "Sunday's changes to alcohol laws also means some changes at the Warner Robins Police Department, although exactly how that will affect patrols on the road is yet to be determined."
Tabitha Pugh, Warner Robins Police: (32:20) "What we will do is in a couple of weeks is look to see if there's a problem or a spike in DUI's since this ordinance came about."
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS
(TAKE GFX)
STATISTICS SHOW IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS... POLICE MADE 9 TIMES MORE D-U-I ARRESTS IN THE EARLY HOURS OF SUNDAY MORNING... AFTER THE BARS CLOSED... COMPARED TO THE EARLY HOURS OF MONDAY MORNING... WHEN NO ALCOHOL WAS SOLD.AFTER THE BARS CLOSED.
(show tabitha) SHE SAYS THOSE NUMBERS SHOW THEY COULD NEED MORE OFFICERS ON THE ROAD... BUT THEY'LL TAKE A WAIT AND SEE APPROACH.
Tabitha Pugh: (33:05) "Were going to proceed with business as usual."
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AT BUFFALOS... THEY HOPE SUNDAY SALES AND FOOTBALL MAKE IT BETTER THAN THE NORM.
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>> PERRY AND CENTERVILLE WILL ALSO BEGIN THEIR SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES THIS SUNDAY.
CENTERVILLE ALREADY HAD BY-THE-DRINK SUNDAY SALES... BUT WILL NOW OFFER SUNDAY PACKAGE SALES AS WELL.
BOTH CITY'S COUNCILS VOTED ON THE START DATE AT SPECIAL CALLED MEETINGS THIS AFTERNOON.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE FILLED FREEDOM CHURCH TUESDAY... AND GOBBLED DOWN AN EARLY THANKSGIVING FEAST FOR FREE.
IT'S A PART OF MILLEDGEVILLE'S CAFE CENTRAL SOUP KITCHEN'S ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER.
DIRECTOR ANN BOWEN SAYS THEY'RE EXPECTING TO FEED MORE THAN 1 THOUSAND PEOPLE TODAY.
SHE SAYS IT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR A FEW MONTHS... AND GUESTS CHOW DOWN ON 60 TURKEYS AND POUNDS OF DRESSING AND GREEN BEANS.
VOLUNTEERS SERVE EVERYTHING FROM THE TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MEAL... TO SWEETS FOR DESSERT.
TWO SISTERS WE TALKED WITH SAY.... THEY'RE HAPPY TO FILL UP ON SOME OF THEIR FAVORITES.
Quadesia Harris, Milledgeville: "Sweet potatoes." "Why sweet potatoes?" "Because they're sweet and good."
Breasia Hall, Milledgeville: "Turkey and sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce and and bread."
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO CHECK OUT THE FEAST... IT'S BEING HELD AT THE FREEDOM CHURCH IN MILLEDGEVILLE UNTIL 7 O'CLOCK TONIGHT.

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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