Monday, November 28, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX... LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

A LONGTIME FIGURE IN WARNER ROBINS FOOTBALL .... AND A FORMER ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE OFFICIAL... FACES CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES.
HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL RECORDS SAY....
82-YEAR-OLD SHELLY SIMMONS WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK ON TWO COUNTS OF MOLESTATION.
ACCORDING TO A WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA GUIDE.... SIMMONS WAS THE DEMONS GAME ANNOUNCER FOR DECADES... PAST PRESIDENT OF THE TOUCHDOWN CLUB... AND A FORMER YOUTH COACH.
AT ROBINS....HE RETIRED AS A DEPUTY DIVISION CHIEF IN 1985..
CURRENT DEMONS HEAD COACH BRYAN WAY SAYS... THE ALLEGATIONS SHOCKED HIM.
"when ever you hear anything like that you know you are kind of taking back in shock and wonder how that could happen, or how you can allow that to happen but you know it is just one of those things that we will have to pray for everybody involved in that situation"
SERGEANT DOUG BLACKMAN OF THE SHERIFFS'S DEPARTMENT SAID THE ALLEGED MOLESTATION HAPPENED OVER SOME YEARS...BUT HE WOULD NOT DISCUSS DETAILS.
SIMMONS IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND.

CELL PHONES ARE AN EPIDEMIC... THAT'S CAUSING PROBLEMS INSIDE GEORGIA'S PRISONS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER BRIAN OWENS.
OFFICIALS SAY ILLEGAL CELL PHONES CAUSED TWO DISTURBANCES INSIDE CENTRAL GEORGIA PRISONS LAST WEEK.
THE INCIDENTS AT TELFAIR STATE PRISON LAST MONDAY... AND HANCOCK STATE PRISON ON FRIDAY RESULTED IN MORE THAN A DOZEN INMATES BEING HOSPITALIZED.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN SPOKE WITH OWENS THIS MORNING.
Eleanor and Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens talk about controlling use of cell phones among prisoners.
YOU CAN WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE.

ONE PROJECT ON MACON AND BIBB COUNTY'S PENNY SALES TAX LIST TAKS CENTER STAGE AT CITY HALL TOMORROW.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WILL DETAIL A PLAN TO LINK DOWNTOWN AND THE MERCER UNVERSITY BOULEVARD CORRIDOR.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS THE PLAN WILL USE 8 MILLION DOLLARS OF SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX MONEY.
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GEORGIA MARKET HOUSE MANAGER MICAH PEARSON SAYS HIS FLORIST AND GIFT SHOP IN DOWNTOWN MACON HAS BEEN HIT HARD BY THE ECONOMY.
"We've seen about a quarter of our sales or so decrease because of the recession."
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT HOPES CONNECTING SECOND STREET AND MERCER UNIVERSITY WILL HELP FIX THAT AND REVITALIZE THE REST OF DOWNTOWN.
HE WILL SPELL OUT DETAILS TUESDAY ON HIS PLAN...WHICH INCLUDES LINKING LITTLE RICHARD PENNEMAN BOULEVARD TO SECOND STREET.
***This is the regular street right here and it's goign to be cutting across through here....***
PEARSON SAYS HE'S NOT SURE THE PROJECT WILL BE THE BOON THE MAYOR HOPES FOR.
"Most of our traffic is calling, so it might benefit us, it might not, it's hard to tell. It could help like I said one or two percent."
BUT HE SAYS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT COULD CHANGE HIS MIND.
"I'd probably want to see addressed details of how much it's gonna cost and how much he expects the traffic to increase
COUNCIL WOMAN ELAINE LUCAS WILL ATTEND THE WORK SESSION FOR THE MAYORS PLAN....
"I think that's gonna be an important engine. I think it's gonna be important for business."
THE SECOND STREET EXTENSION IS ALOTTED 8 MILLION DOLLARS FROM A PENNY SALES TAX.
BUT LUCAS SAYS SHE NEEDS TO HEAR MORE ABOUT HOW WHERE IT STANDS WITH OTHER PROJECTS.
"I also know that storm drainage and recreation and our emergency system and communication system, all of those are very very important and I look forward to us workign together with the mayor's office to set the priorities."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE MAYOR WILL PRESENT THE PLAN TO MACON CITY COUNCIL AT 5 P-M TOMORROW

EARLY VOTING FOR THE TWO WARNER ROBINS RUN-OFF ELECTIONS STARTED TODAY... AND RUNS THROUGH FRIDAY.
VOTERS CAN CAST A BALLOT IN THE POST TWO AND POST FOUR CITY COUNCIL RACES.
THE POST FOUR CANDIDATES ARE BATTLING OVER QUALIFICATIONS ... AND THE TASK OF GETTING VOTERS BACK TO THE POLLS.
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A DAMP FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING... VOTERS TRICKLED INTO CITY HALL.
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ABOUT FORTY PEOPLE CAST BALLOTS BY NOON.
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ENCOURAGING MORE TO COME OUT.. IS A PRIORITY OF BOTH POST FOUR CANDIDATES.
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AT HIS WIFE'S WARNER ROBINS SALON... MIKE BRASHEAR SAYS HE'LL BE MAKING CALLS ALL WEEK... REPEATING THE SAME MESSAGE.
Mike Brashear: (18:55) "I appreciate their vote support on November 5th, I hope they'll get back out on December 6th."
GENE HARRINGTON SAYS ALL VOTERS SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS ELECTION... WITH ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE FACING CUTS.
Gene Harrington: (13:20) "I want people to hire the councilman that offers the best criteria."
HARRINGTON SAYS THAT'S HIM... WITH A LAW DEGREE... AND EXPERIENCE AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER.
Gene Harrington: (7:40) "Ive worked for all kinds of charities. My opponent hasn't shown evidence of public service."
BRASHEAR SAYS THAT'S NOT TRUE.
Mike Brashear: (21:20) "Twice I served on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, United Way campaign, any number of civic organizations."
HE ALSO SERVED AS AN INTERIM COUNCIL MEMBER.
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BRASHEAR SAYS WHILE HE DIDN'T FINISH COLLEGE... HE WORKED HIS WAY UP... RETIRING AS AN EXECUTIVE IN THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY.
Mike Brashear: (20:40) "It shows a lot of hard work and a lot of wisdom and experience being gained through that process."
Gene Harrington: (9:20) "Two people offering for the same job. Do you hire the one with the best qualificiations?"
VOTERS CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION THIS WEEK... AND ON ELECTION DAY... DECEMBER 6TH.
>> EARLY VOTING IS AT WARNER ROBINS CITY HALL FROM EIGHT UNTIL FIVE THROUGH FRIDAY.
YOU DID NOT HAVE TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION TO CAST A BALLOT IN THE RUN-OFF.
LATER THIS WEEK....WE'LL HEAR FROM THE POST TWO CANDIDATES... TIM THOMAS AND CAROLYN ROBBINS...ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.

TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. CHANCE OF SPRINKLES OR FLURRIES. NO ACCUMULATION. LOWS AROUND 34. TOMORROW...MORNING FLURRIES POSSIBLE. NO ACCUMULATION. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 40S.

A PHONE COMPANY PROBLEM HAS KNOCKED OUT LANDLINES FROM THE LAURENS COUNTY COURTHOUSE... DUBLIN CITY HALL... AND SOME DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SUPERIOR COURT CLERK JACKIE DALTON.
SHE SAYS THAT MEANS THEY'RE UNABLE TO CONTACT PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR JURY DUTY TOMORROW.
DALTON SAYS IF YOU HAVE A LAURENS COUNTY JURY SUMMONS FOR TUESDAY...YOU MUST REPORT AT 8-30 A-M.
MUCH OF THE DOWNTOWN HAS BEEN WITHOUT PHONE LINES SINCE AROUND 9-30 THIS MORNING.
DALTON SAYS THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM....AND A-T-AND-T IS WORKING TO FIX IT.

TODAY IS CYBER MONDAY... UNOFFICIAL START OF THE ONLINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON.
RETAILERS ARE OFFERING DISCOUNTS AND SHIPPING DEALS... TO ENTICEG BUYERS.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU'RE LOGGING ON... OR HITTING THE STORES.
IT ASKS... WILL YOU SHOP ONLINE TODAY?
SO FAR 76 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
24 PERCENT SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.


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