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I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
HERMAN CAIN SAYS HE'LL ANNOUNCE TOMORROW WHETHER HE'S IN OR OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.
HE'S HOME WITH HIS WIFE GLORIA TONIGHT... FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE ALLEGATIONS OF AN EXTRA-MARITAL AFFAIR SURFACED.
THE REPUBLICAN DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS... BUT THERE'S NO DENYING HOW IT HAS HURT HIS CAMPAIGN.
DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM HAS MORE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
Herman Cain says he'll announce tomorrow whether he's in or out of the Presidential race. He's home with his wife tonight for the first time since allegations of an extramarital affair surfaced. The Presidential candidate denies the allegations...but there's no denying how it's hurt his campaign. Danielle Nottingham reports from the White House.
Herman Cain squeezed in one more campaign stop before a trip home to see his wife...and before he decides whether to end his bid for the White House.
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"I am reassessing because of all of this media firestorm stuff. Why? Because my wife and family comes first. I've got to take that into consideration."
His campaign has been rocked by charges of sexual harassment and adultery.
5 days ago, Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White alleged she had a 13-year affair with Cain.
He denies, it but admits he gave White money every month... and never told his wife of 43 years.
Now, he's home for the first time since the scandal broke... looking for his wife's blessing to stay in the race.
Cain says he'll announce his decision on Saturday.
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"Nobody's going to make me make that prematurely. That's all there is to it."
(Standup Bridge: Danielle Nottingham/CBS News/The White House)
"But pushing forward with his bid for the White House could be daunting. A new poll shows Cain's support has fallen to 8 percent in Iowa, where the first contest takes place January 3rd."
And the candidate himself admits fundraising has suffered.
(nats: If you make me America's CEO, we the people can take this country back)
Still, Cain's campaign showed no signs of slowing Friday.
New ads hit the airwaves throughout Iowa and he launched a new website called "Women for Cain."
He calls it an online national fellowship for women dedicated to helping elect him as the next President.
His wife, Gloria is the movement's national chairperson.
>> CAIN IS SET TO OPEN A CAMPAIGN OFFICE IN HIS HOMETOWN TOMORROW.
VOLUNTEERS WERE THERE TONIGHT PAINTING THE WALLS... AND DECORATING A CHRISTMAS TREE.
A MONROE COUNTY COUPLE WHO HELPED RUN ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES WAS RELEASED ON $20,000 BOND EACH TODAY IN A FEDERAL FRAUD CASE.
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS CHARGED FOUR OFFICIALS OF ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES WITH MISUSING FUNDS FOR THEIR PERSONAL USE.
WESLEY JOSEPH WINGO.... AND LINDA WINGO APPEARED IN SHACKLES BEFORE FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGE CHARLES H. WEIGLE (WY-gull).
BRITTINY BARBER TRIED TO SPEAK TO THE WINGOS AS THEY WALKED OUT OF THE COURTROOM...
IN A NEWS RELEASE ON THE CASE... U.S. ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE WROTE ABOUT THE WINGOS AND TWO OTHER SUSPECTS.. SAYING....
"THESE DEFENDANTS RAISED MONEY IN THE NAME OF CHRISTIAN CHARITY, AND THEN USED A NUMBER OF SCHEMES TO DEFRAUD THE ORGANIZATION."
A FEDERAL INDICTMENT FILED TUESDAY AT THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN ATHENS CHARGED THREE MEMBERS OF ANGEL FOOD'S FOUNDING FAMILY AND AN EMPLOYEE WITH 49 COUNTS THAT INCLUDE FRAUD, WIRE FRAUD, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING AND OTHERS.
WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL IS SET TO DISCUSS WHETHER TO BORROW MORE THAN 28 MILLION DOLLARS TO UPGRADE THE CITY'S SEWER PLANT.
MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION TOLD THE CITY THAT THE PLANT NEEDS IMPROVEMENTS.
SHAHEEN SAYS THE FACILITY MUST BE UPGRADED TO PROCESS THREE MILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY.
HE SAYS THE UPGRADES WOULD ALSO ATTRACT NEW INDUSTRY.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen, Warner Robins: "We may have some time scales, but I just think it's important that we get this done and provide the best water and sewer for the citizens of Warner Robins. You know, because that's your lifeline. Sewer is your lifeline to growing your city and we wnat to make sure that we can, you know, provide that, and we don't want people not to come to Warner Robins because we can't provide sewer for them."
SHAHEEN SAYS THE CHANGES WON'T IMPACT HOMEOWNERS... AND THE 28-POINT-THREE MILLION DOLLAR BOND WOULD BE THE CITY'S LARGEST.
HE SAYS THEY EXPECT TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE DURING MONDAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
MACON POLICE ARRESTED THE MAN THEY SAY ROBBED A B-B-AND-T BANK YESTERDAY.
THEY ARRESTED 41-YEAR-OLD DONALD CARSWELL IN WEST MACON.
POLICE SAY THAT CAME AFTER A CRIMESTOPPERS TIP.
A MACON POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS CARSWELL ADMITTED ROBBING THE BANK ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE THURSDAY MORNING.
HE'S NOW IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL...CHARGED WITH ROBBERY BY INTIMIDATION.
ON THURSDAY....POLICE SAID THEY TOOK CARSWELL'S GETAWAY DRIVER INTO CUSTODY....
TODAY POLICE SAID HE WAS QUESTIONED...AND RELEASED.
FIVE GEORGIA COLLEGE STUDENTS DAMAGED SOME OF MILLEDGEVILLE'S CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.
THE STUDENTS RIPPED OFF THE ARMS OF A LIFE SIZED FIBERGLASS TOY SOLDIER AT SOUTH WILKINSON AND WEST HANCOCK.
OTHERS WERE ALSO DAMAGED.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO MILLEDGEVILLE POLICE CAPTAIN MAJOR DRAY SWICORD.
SWICORD SAYS THEY FOUND THE PIECES IN A COLLEGE APARTMENT ....WHERE AT LEAST ONE OF THE SUSPECTS LIVED.
A POLICE REPORT SAYS... THE SOLDIERS RUN 600 DOLLARS EACH.
SWICORD SAYS LAST YEAR... STUDENTS RIPPED OUT THE CITY'S REINDEER DISPLAY.
THE TOY SOLDIER CASE WILL BE TAKEN TO SUPERIOR COURT.
MORE PEOPLE MAY BE INVOLVED IN A RASH OF CHURCH COPPER THEFTS IN BALDWIN COUNTY.
BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF... BILL MASSEE SAYS...
THEY ARRESTED 25-YEAR-OLD LEIF HASSLER ON TUESDAY.
HE'S CHARGED WITH FIVE OF THE 14 THEFTS.
MASSEE SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING WHETHER SEVERAL MACON RECYCLING COMPANIES... RECEIVED COPPER PARTS FROM BALDWIN COUNTY.
MASSEE SAYS THE THEIVES STOLE COPPER PARTS FROM THE CHURCH AIR CONDITIONING UNITS.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS NOVEMBER'S NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS THE LOWEST IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS.
THE RATE DROPPED TO EIGHT-POINT-SIX PERCENT... DOWN FROM OCTOBER'S NINE PERCENT.
LAST MONTH... THE COUNTRY ADDED 120 THOUSAND JOBS.
BUT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS ONE REASON FOR THE FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT... IS BECAUSE 315 THOUSAND PEOPLE STOPPED LOOKING FOR WORK... AND NO LONGER COUNT AS UNEMPLOYED.
SOME FOLKS IN DUBLIN GOT A FIRST PEEK AT THE CITY'S NEW BRONZE BELL TODAY... AS PART OF THE PREPS FOR THE CITY'S BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN 2012.
THE CROWD AT THIS MORNING'S BELL BREAKOUT INCLUDED CITY LEADERS... AND SOME STUDENTS.
THE CITY OFFICIALS TRIED BREAKING THE BELL OUT OF ITS MOLD... BUT THE LUCK OF THE IRISH WASN'T QUITE WITH THEM.
THE CASTING TEAM USED POWER TOOLS TO FINISH THE JOB AND SHOW OFF THE NEW RINGER.
MAYOR PHIL BEST SAYS IT'S A GREAT WAY TO REMEMBER THE CITY'S PAST... AND MAKE NEW MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE.
Mayor Phil Best, Dublin: The kids are the ones that excite me the most because when they are celebrating the 50th anniversary, they'll say I was there when they broke the bell out
AFTER THEY BROKE THE MOLD... THE TEAM SPENT SOME TIME POLISHING AND CLEANING THE BELL... TO GET IT READY FOR AN AFTERNOON DEDICATION CEREMONY.
THEY'LL HANG IT IN THE NEW CLOCK TOWER AT MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR BOULEVARD AND SOUTH JEFFERSON STREET IN DUBLIN... TOMORROW MORNING.
WORKERS FROM A CENTRAL GEORGIA SPORTING GOODS STORE WENT BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY... AND THEY CAME BEARING GIFTS.
ACADEMY SPORTS AND OUTDOORS IN MACON HANDED OUT NEW BIKES AND HELMETS TO STUDENTS AT HEARD ELEMENTARY.
30 STUDENTS WENT HOME WITH NEW BIKES AND HELMETS.
STORE DIRECTOR MATTHEW BANKS SAYS THEY PICKED THE KIDS BASED ON THEIR GRADES... ATTENDANCE AND OF COURSE... GOOD BEHAVIOR.
AND AT LEAST ONE NEW BIKE OWNER SAYS HIS CLASSMATES WERE JUST AS EXCITED AS HE WAS.
"I was excited that I won the bike and that all the other people were saying yay, good job and that they were representing me."
"It's the right thing to do. It's our chance to give back to the community. It's about community involvement here at Academy Sports... Kindergarten through 5th graders you know."
MORE THAN 21-HUNDRED KIDS IN SEVERAL SOUTHEASTERN STATES GOT NEW BIKES AS PART OF THIS YEAR'S DONATION PROGRAM.
SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA FAMILIES NEED YOUR HELP TO HAVE A LITTLE HOLIDAY CHEER...
OUR 13 DAYS OF GIVING CAN CONNECT YOU WITH WAYS TO LEND YOUR ASSISTANCE.
MORE FOLKS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE... SO THEY'RE HEADING TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS FOR HELP.
THE CHARD WRAY FOOD PANTRY IN MILLEDGEVILLE IS SEEING THOSE EFFECTS.
AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU WHY VOLUNTEERS SAY A LACK OF DONATIONS MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO KEEP SHELVES FULL DESPITE THEIR HARD WORK.
Nats, shopping cart
THEY'VE GOT IT ROLLING...
Nats: "2, 4, 6, 8... free... okay I've got that."
Nats, George Sargent: "Yeah, here we go..."
BUT FOR WORKERS AT THE CHARD WRAY FOOD PANTRY... KEEPING THE SHELVES STOCKED... GETS DIFFICULT.
Nats, picking up can
DIRECTOR GEORGE SARGENT SAYS THIS YEAR... IS THE PANTRY'S BUSIEST YET.
George Sargent, Director: "There are a lot of people out of work. As a result, there are a lot of people who need food."
HE SAYS IN OCTOBER... THESE SHELVES... WENT NEARLY BARE.
WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE JANET MAULDIN... THE PANTRY HUNG ON.
Janet Mauldin, Milledgeville: "It was just a desperate situation, because people are, you know, in some cases, starving or have so very little, they have children that have daily needs of food, these are just basic needs."
BUT TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND... THE PANTRY NEEDS MORE DONATIONS.
Janet Mauldin: "If we don't have people giving on a regular basis then the shevles become empty and we are not able to help the people that are in such need."
SO FAR THIS YEAR... THEY'VE FED MORE THAN 6 THOUSAND PEOPLE.
Nats: "Thank you!"
ONE OF THEM... SINGLE MOTHER... ANITA WILSON.
Anita Wilson, Milledgeville: "You have jobs paying mininum wage; $7.25 an hour. And, I mean, you have mortgages and you have light bills you have, you know, bills that you have to pay and it gets hard."
LIKE MANY OTHERS... SHE HOPES THIS HOLIDAY... SHE CAN COOK HER FAMILY... A TRADITIONAL MEAL.
Nats: "Give that out too."
AND THE FOOD PANTRY HOPES DONATIONS CAN HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN... FOR HUNDREDS MORE.
Nats, backing up cart
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IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN DONATING TO THE CHARD WRAY FOOD PANTRY... YOU CAN DROP OFF DONATIONS AT 730 NORTH WAYNE STREET IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
SARGENT SAYS HE'S EXPECTING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TO BE THE BUSIEST IN THEIR HISTORY.
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WE PICK OUR FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY.
IF YOU WANT TO LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING THIS WEEKEND... GIVE THE HEALTH INSPECTION SCORES A GLANCE BEFORE YOU GO.
WE'RE IN HOUSTON COUNTY FOR THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES.
EL COTIJA AT 120 HOWLAND AVENUE IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 66... A U... AFTER A 95 OR A ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
LOGAN'S ROADHOUSE AT 2701 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 75... A C... AFTER AN 81 OR B ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND O'CHARLEY'S AT 2990 WATSON BOULEVARD IN CENTERVILLE SCORED A 77 OR C... COMING AFTER A 98 OR A ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
NOW FOR A LOOK AT THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... OUR GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES
TASTY CRUST PIZZA AT 1240 SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 93... AN A... AFTER A PERFECT SCORE ON ITS LAST INSPECTION. BURGER KING AT 851 WARREN DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A PERFECT SCORE ON ITS LATEST INSPECTION... AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND BURGER KING AT 201 RUSSELL PARKWAY MADE A 99... AN A... ON ITS LATEST INSPECTION AFTER A 100 ON THE PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES' PAST FIVE SCORES TO FIND THIS WEEK'S WINNER... AND OUR GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
TASTY CRUST PIZZA... WITH A CURRENT SCORE OF 93 AND A FIVE-SCORE AVERAGE OF 98-POINT-6.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT TASTY CRUST... AND JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS.
AND FOR ALL YOUR RATINGS... GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IS STIRRING UP ALL AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF WAYS TO SPREAD A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHEER THIS WEEKEND.
IF YOU'VE GOT PARADES ON YOUR MIND... SEVERAL CITIES ARE SHARING THAT THOUGHT.
THE ROBINS REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARADE STEPS OFF TOMORROW MORNING AT 10 A-M FROM THE CORNER OF WATSON BOULEVARD AND HOUSTON ROAD.
IT WILL BE HOSTED BY OUR OWN FRANK MALLOY AND LORRA LYNCH JONES... AND YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE ON THAT PARADE COMES WITH A FEW ROAD CLOSINGS TO BE AWARE OF.
FROM 9-30 TO NOON.... WATSON BOULEVARD FROM CORDER ROAD TO NORTH SIXTH STREET WILL BE CLOSED.
TRAFFIC WILL BE REROUTED NORTH ON NORTH SIXTH STREET.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS DETOURS IN THAT AREA WILL BE CLEARLY MARKED.
THOSE ROADS WILL REOPEN AT NOON.
OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE HOLIDAY PARADES CONTINUE IN BOLINGBROKE... WHERE THE CHRISTMAS PARADE FUN STARTS AT 3 P-M SATURDAY.
THE THEME FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL PARADE IS "SANTA COMES TO SMALL TOWN AMERICA."
BEFORE THE PARADE... YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE PRE-PARADE FESTIVITIES.
THE PARADE ROUTE IS ON RIVOLI ROAD IN BOLINGBROKE... IN FRONT OF THE FIRE STATION.
THE 51ST ANNUAL MIDDLE GEORGIA CHRISTMAS PARADE KEEPS THE FUN ROLLING ON SUNDAY.
THIS YEAR'S THEME IS CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET.
JUST JOIN IN THE FUN ON CHERRY STREET... AT 3 P-M.
I'LL BE HOSTING THAT PARADE... ALONG WITH BEN JONES
OF COURSE... THAT'S ONLY A TASTE OF THE HOLIDAY FUN IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
FOR MUCH MORE... CHECK OUT THE HOLIDAY RESOURCE GUIDE LINK IN THE CHECK IT OUT BOX AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE EVENTS LINK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.
AND WHILE YOU'RE ONLINE... YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT HOLIDAY VIDEOS... A HOLIDAY TELEVISION SCHEDULE... AND A GIFT-BUYING GUIDE.
IT'S ALL ON THE HOLIDAY RESOURCE GUIDE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WEEKEND MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 7 A-M.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS UP NEXT.