HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.. THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
WITH ANOTHER WOMAN ACCUSING REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL HERMAN CAIN OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.. CAIN BEGAN PONDERING WHETHER HE SHOULD CONTINUE HIS QUEST FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.
BUT SOME MIDSTATE REPUBLICAN LEADERS SAY CAIN AND FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH.. WITH HIS OWN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BAGGAGE.. REMAIN FAVORITES IN GEORGIA.
WE TALKED TO SOME PROMINENT REPUBLICANS ABOUT HOW THEY SEE THE FAST-CHANGING PRESIDENTIAL FIELD.
HOUSTON COUNTY PARTY CHAIR AARON HUFSTETLER SAID GINGRICH MAY HAVE PUT HIS PAST BEHIND HIM.
Aaron Hufstetler, GOP Chairman: You know he resigned in the middle of one of his terms because of his personal life, and I jokingly say he would be good president based on the foreign affairs because he's had enough of them. So I don't hold it against him. I know Newt and Herman both. I've met and talked to them, and both of them are fine gentlemen, and I guess Newt has really gotten his life straightened out now with his latest wife.
MONROE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN PHIL VIVIANI SAYS REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ATTACKING EACH OTHER BOTHERS HIM MORE THAN UNPROVEN SEXUAL ALLEGATIONS.
Philip Viviani, Monroe County GOP: I don't like to see them cutting each other down. You know Reagan said speak 'no evil of a fellow Republican' in words to that effect, and I think the Republican Party on the national level should get all these people together and say you know stop chopping each other up you need to go after the administration. That's where you need to go.
CALVIN PALMER.. A MEMBER OF THE BIBB COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY'S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.. SAYS RANK AND FILE REPUBLICANS WON'T DISMISS EITHER CAIN OR GINGRICH BECAUSE OF PAST MISTAKES.
Calvin Palmer, Executive Committee: Republicans have gotten a little bit more calloused about this kind of stuff. We were the party of the gentleman, gentlewoman trying to make sure everything was perfect and right and all this kind of stuff. I think we've gotten calloused to that now. We say there's no perfect candidate out there. Why are we trying to seek out that perfect man when he doesn't exist? Why not get a man who can do the job and vote him in?
CITING PARTY BY-LAWS THAT PROHIBT COUNTY CHAIRS FROM ENDORSING CANDIDATES IN A PRIMARY.. NEITHER HUFSTETLER NOR VIVIANI VOICED SUPPORT FOR ANYONE IN THE G-O-P FIELD..
BUT BOTH SAY A STRONG CONSERVATIVE.. LIKE CAIN OR GINGRICH.. WILL GET THE PARTY'S NOD.
PALMER SAYS HE REMAINS A CAIN SUPPORTER REGARDLESS OF THE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS.
AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS.. IS HERMAN CAIN DONE AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?
SO FAR 80 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... HE IS.
AND 20 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT OFFERED MORE DETAILS ON HIS VISION FOR A SECOND STREET REVILITAZATION PROGRAM THIS AFTERNOON AT A MACON CITY COUNCIL WORK PROGRAM.
THE EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR PLAN... IS ONE PROJECT INCLUDED ON THE RECENTLY-PASSED SPLOST.
REICHERT SAYS THE GOAL IS TO EXTEND THE DOWNTOWN FEEL OF PLACES LIKE CHERRY STREET... TO SECOND STREET... MERCER UNIVERSITY... AND THE MEDICAL CENTER.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT CITY HALL LISTENING TO THE PRESENTATION... SHE'S JOINING US BY PHONE WITH AN UPDATE.
ELEANOR WHAT'S COUNCIL'S REACTION TO THE PROPOSAL?
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THE MAYOR'S PRESENTATION TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
ALL REGISTERED WARNER ROBINS CITY VOTERS CAN VOTE IN THE POST TWO RUN-OFF RACE.
EARLY VOTING IS THIS WEEK... AND ELECTION DAY IS NEXT TUESDAY.
THE RACE IS BETWEEN FORMER CITY CLERK CAROLYN ROBBINS AND BUSINESSMAN TIM THOMAS.
BOTH CANDIDATES EXPLAINED TO LORRA LYNCH JONES WHY THEY BELIEVE THEY'RE THE BEST CHOICE.
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WITH EARLY VOTING GOING "WELL"... ACCORDING TO THE CITY'S ELECTION SUPERVISOR... CAROLYN ROBBINS AND TIM THOMAS WANT TO PUSH MORE PEOPLE TO THE POLLS.
Carolyn Robbins: (4:15) "Someone said it's like starting over with zero. You have to get people back out to vote."
ROBBINS STRESSES HER EXPERIENCE... WORKING AT CITY HALL FOR 29 YEARS... EIGHT OF THEM AS CITY CLERK.
Carolyn Robbins: (3:07) "I think already knowing how the council should work, how the city should work is a plus."
SHE POINTS OUT HER OPPONENTS LACK OF GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE... BUT THOMAS...SAYS ITS NOT A HANDICAP.
HE SAYS AS THE OWNER OF TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES... HE'S QUALIFIED.
Tim Thomas: (21:40) "You got to look at finances, look at planning, when you run a business, you got to handle financing, planning, look at the future, cut waste, everything a city does, you do in a business."
THOMAS SAYS ROBBINS TENURE AT CITY HALL DOESN'T MAKE HER AN AUTOMATIC FIT FOR COUNCIL.
Tim Thomas: (2:06) "Just because you're a good employee, does not mean you're a good leader. A leader is different. You got to have somebody that understands finances, understand how to get people involved, bridge gaps. I don't think she has that ability."
BUT ROBINS SAYS IF ELECTED... SHE WOULD BE THE ONLY FEMALE ON COUNCIL... ADDING NEW PERSPECTIVE.
Carolyn Robbins: (4:50) "Females react a little differently than sometimes men do in situations. I'm hoping that will help with the team work we might need."
Tim Thomas: (23:27) "I think we need a young businessman up thre. Most council members are in their 50's and 60's. Im in my 40's."
VOTERS CAN CHOOSE THROUGH FRIDAY... OR ON ELECTION DAY... DECEMBER 6TH.
AGAIN... ALL CITY VOTERS CAN VOTE IN THE POST 2 RACE.
THOSE WHO LIVE IN POST FOUR CAN VOTE IN THE POST FOUR RACE BETWEEN MIKE BRASHEAR AND GENE HARRINGTON.
EARLY VOTING IS AT CITY HALL FROM EIGHT TO FIVE THROUGH FRIDAY.
THE FINAL CANDIDATES FORUM IS TONIGHT AT THE WARNER ROBINS RECREATION CENTER.
IT STARTS AT SEVEN AND WILL BE HOSTED BY THE COALITION OF CONCERNED CITIZENS.
THE TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE SAYS THEY'VE ARRESTED A SECOND SUSPECT IN LAST WEEK'S THANKSGIVING DAY SHOOTOUT.
20-YEAR-OLD RYAN STEFFON REEVES WAS ARRESTED MONDAY IN A MOTEL NEAR ATLANTA.
HIS BROTHER - 26-YEAR-OLD BRANDON REEVES - WAS ALREADY UNDER ARREST.
THEY'RE ACCUSED OF WOUNDING TWO OTHER MEN LAST THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN THE TOWN OF DANVILLE.
SHERIFF DARREN MITCHUM SAID THE FOUR MEN HAD AN ONGOING FEUD.
BOTH REEVES BROTHERS ARE IN JAIL.... CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
WE HAVE THIS NOTE OF APOLOGY... FROM US.... HERE AT 13WMAZ.
AN OLD STORY ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSINGS WAS ACCIDENTALLY POSTED TO OUR WEBSITE THIS MORNING.
THERE WERE NO WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSINGS IN OUR AREA TODAY.
TODAY IS GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... AND IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO DO SOME TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... WE WANT YOU TO TAKE THE PLEDGE AND PUT DOWN THE PHONE BEFORE YOU START UP YOUR CAR.
WE'LL TELL YOU HOW TO SIGN OUR GREAT HANG UP PLEDGE IN JUST A MOMENT...
BUT FIRST.... HEAR HOW ONE CENTRAL GEORGIA MAN HOPES TO KEEP FOCUS ON THE ROAD WITH THE HELP OF A DRIVING CLASS.
After decades of driving... Bobby Temple is investing in a refresher course. He says times have changed quite a bit from when he first learned to drive.
sot: There's a lot more distraction out there right now because of all the phones.
sot: Now people are gowing down in their seats, looking around and changing diapers and all kinds of stuff, texting, so I think you really have to be careful.
He says with so many distractions like the use of cellphones and texting... he wanted to make sure he had the tools to continue to be a safe driver.
sot: I think it's a great thing to do and it's important that all of us try to remember all the things that we knew when we first started at 16 when we took the test.
Temple signed up himself and his mother for a safety driving course at the Macon Bibb Senior Center conducted by AARP instructor John Abbott.
sot: We train senior citizens to be able to drive longer by keep their mobility and independence.
Abbott says he teaches strategies to help drivers overcome challenges on the road. Texting and talking on the phone while driving he says is a major temptation for many people.
sot: In just a moment you can have a crash and someone can be killed.
sot: If you're texting, you're concentrating on that typing and your focus is on it rather than the driving.
sot: It's very important that no matter what age people are, that they are aware of the dangers of distraction for anything.
He says even if you don't drive while distracted... others do.. so it's important to watch out for them when you're on the road. A lesson that Temple says he already practices..
sot: That's why it's so important to scan so much. A lot of people don't do that. They look straight ahead, they don't scan.
As far as talking and texting on your phone while behind the wheel... Abbott says the only time you should do so is if you are parked and in a safe place.
sot: The best thing to do is to stop, take care of the situation and then get back to driving.
DRIVING CLASSES AT THE MACON BIBB SENIOR CENTER ARE OPEN TO ALL AGES.
FOR MORE IMFORMATION CALL 478-751-2790.
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MANY OF YOU HAVE TURNED YOUR ATTENTION TO CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.
WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS IF THEY'VE STARTED PUTTING UP DECORATIONS... OR IF THEY THINK IT'S STILL A LITTLE TOO EARLY.
NIKKI WROTE... "MINE USUALLY GO UP THANKSGIVING NIGHT... BUT MY SON INSISTED ON A REAL TREE THIS YEAR SO THEY'LL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THIS WEEKEND."
TAMERA COMMENTED... "NO, THIS PAST WEEKEND WE DID CLEANUP. NEXT WEEKEND WE WILL PUT THEM UP. TRYING TO PUT A LITTLE SPACE BETWEEN THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS."
SANDY REPLIED... "NOT YET... ALWAYS WAIT TILL A WEEK BEFORE. BUT WHEN I WAS YOUNG IT USED TO BE A CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITION TO DECORATE."
ANGEE SAID... "I'VE BEEN DECORATING FOR A WEEK NOW. HOPEFULLY I'LL BE DONE TODAY."
AND JESSICA WROTE... "NO WAY! ITS NOT TOO EARLY! WE DECORATED OUR HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 1ST!"
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