GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT PROMISED TO SERVE THE CITY FOR FOUR MORE YEARS THIS EVENING... AT AN INAUGURATION CEREMONY AT MACON CITY HALL.
MACON CITY COUNCIL ALSO TOOK THEIR OATHS.
THEY ALSO CAST SOME IMPORTANT VOTES FOR COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT PRO-TEM.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN HAS MORE IN TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.
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THE EVENING KICKED OFF WITH POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE AT MACON CITY HALL...
AS MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT TOOK THE OATH TO SERVE THE CITY FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS.
"I do so solemnly swear, so help me god."
HE ADDRESSED THE STANDING-ROOM-ONLY CROWD... AND MACON CITY COUNCIL...
REVISITING HIS FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS.
"My remarks that night were entitled move on, move up, move in Macon."
TUESDAY NIGHT... THE SPEECH CENTERED ON MOVING... TOGETHER.
"This is not the time for a mayor versus council atmosphere. And this is not the place for an 'us versus them' attitude."
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JUDGE MARTHA CHRISTIAN THEN SWORE IN MACON CITY COUNCIL...
THE HORSE-SHOE UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED JAMES TIMLEY AS COUNCIL PRESIDENT.
HE CALLED COUNCIL THE 'MOST IMPORTANT PART' OF THE CITY'S GOVERNMENT... BECAUSE THEY HANDLE THE MONEY... AND CHALLENGED THEM IMPROVE THE CITY'S FINANCIAL FUTURE.
"I will vote in the interest of the city today.. tomorrow and everyday."
BUT HE SAYS THE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN SOME COUNCIL MEMBER'S VOTES SHOW... THEY DON'T DO THE SAME.
"That's scary to me, because it says some people on this council don't think for themselves, that they think based on campaign contributions or what special interest tell them to vote.
LARRY SCHLESINGER WON THE BID FOR PRESIDNET PRO TEMP... AGAINST RICK HUTTO...BY JUST A SINGLE VOTE.
"There was definitly politics involved, this was not a united council, not as united as it really can be. So I'm going to work to unite it so we can work with the administration."
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AND THE MAYOR SAYS THE BEST WAY TO UPHOLD TUESDAY'S OATHS... IS BY MAYOR AND COUNCIL WORKING TOGETHER...
COUNCILMAN CHARLES JONES WAS ELECTED AS THE THIRD MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES.
IT'S A COVETED POSITION BECAUSE THAT'S THE GROUP THAT DECIDES WHICH COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL SERVE ON WHAT COMMITTEES.
THOSE VOTES ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS WEEK.
A CORRECTIONS OFFICER AT THE MILAN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CAMPUS... HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE.
THE RELEASE SAYS THE TELFAIR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTED ALICIA CLOUSE AND CHARGED HER WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A PERSON IN CUSTODY AND GIVING ITEMS OF CONTRABAND TO AN INMATE.
THE CHARGES COME FOLLOWING AN INVESTIVATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE.
IF CONVICTED... THE RELEASE SAYS CLOUSE FACES UP TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON.
TOMORROW MORNING... AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE IS SCHEDULED TO REVIEW THE PUNISHMENTS FOR TWO MACON-BIBB FIREFIGHTERS.
THE REVIEW COMES AFTER THIS VIDEO OF A HOAX SHOOTING... ENDED UP ON YOUTUBE.
CHRIS HUGHES AND SERGEANT JOSHUA BREWER WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGE AT 9 A.M.
FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS FIRED HUGHES FOLLOWING THE PRANK... AND BREWER FACED A 10-WEEK SUSPENSION AND DEMOTION.
THE HEARING WILL BE AT THE DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN MACON.
NEITHER WOULD NOT COMMENT ON THE CASE.
200 YEARS AFTER THE CITY OF DUBLIN WAS FOUNDED.. LEADERS SAY THEY'RE WORKING HARDER THAN EVER TO REBUILD DOWNTOWN AND HELP THE CITY GROW.
NINE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ARE UNDERWAY IN DOWNTOWN ..
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... ONE OF THEM IS ALMOST OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
<< THE 85-YEAR-OLD FRANK ROBERTS HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN DUBLIN IS NEW AGAIN.
"We have stainless steel appliances all the way in the kitchen..."
IT NOW HOUSES 8 LUXURY CONDOS... ABOUT 14-HUNDRED SQUARE FEET... AND RETAIL AND OFFICE SPACES ON THE BOTTOM TWO FLOORS.
"And we've tried to maintain the integrity and the oldness of the building because we felt like that's what people wanted."
DAN COXWELL WORKS FOR LOCAL DEVELOPER JOSH NICHOLS
COXWELL SAYS NICHOLS SAW THE POTENTIAL FOR VIBRANT MIXED-USE BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN DUBLIN.
"It was sitting here it was a beautiful old hotel going to waste and he had a vision of condominiums up top adding some office space maybe some restaurants little boutiques and that type of thing and it felt like this building was perfect for it."
HE SAYS BY JANUARY... PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE IN AND ENJOY A A FEW BIG-CITY PERKS WITH A HOME TOWN FEEL.
"If we're gonna grow and we're gonna attract industry into our town, we need to provide things here in the smaller communities that the bigger communites provide."
THE FRANK ROBERTS IS ONLY ONE OF 9 ONGOING PROJECTS IN DOWNTOWN DUBLIN...
CITY COUNCILMAN BILL BROWN SAYS THE DEVELOPMENT WON'T SLOW DOWN ANY TIME SOON.
"Our grand plan is to continue development on the Madison Street corridor, which has vast history for the city of Dublin and we want to bring some of that back to light in 2012."
COXWELL SAYS THE WORK IS A LABOR OF LOVE FOR A CITY THAT HAS A LOT OF OFFER NEWCOMERS AND THOSE WHO FIND THEIR WAY HOME.
"We want our young people to be proud and say i Want ot move back to dublin. I grew up there. I want to move back there and raise my family there. And we feellike we're on the right track to doing that.
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COXWELL SAYS THE FRANK ROBERTS HOTEL COST MORE THAN 2 MILLION DOLLARS TO FIX UP.
THEY'VE TURNED OTHER DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS INTO LOFT APARTMENTS... RESTAURANTS... AND AND AN ICE CREAM SHOP.
IN OUR FINAL INSTALLMENT OF OUR 13 DAYS OF GIVING... WE SPOTLIGHT AN ORGANIZATION THAT YOU CAN HELP BY DONATING SMALL ITEMS THAT CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
PARA VINSON STARTED I-C-U MINISTRY ALMOST SIX YEARS AGO.. AFTER SHE SPENT 8 WEEKS WITH A CLOSE FRIEND IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AFTER HE WAS HIT BY A TRUCK.
VINSON STARTED THE PROJECT ON HER OWN.. BUT ITS GROWN INTO A GROUP VOLUNTEER EFFORT.
THEY PUT TOGETHER WHAT SHE CALLS ICU SURVIVAL KITS.
THEY ARE HAND-MADE BAGS FILLED WITH EVERDAY ITEMS.. LIKE TOOTHBRUSHES, MAGAZINES AND OTHERS.. DELIVERED TO PEOPLE IN ICU WAITING ROOMS AT HOSPITALS ACROSS THE AREA.
SHE SAYS THE SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS... COMFORTING SOMEONE IN THEIR TIME OF NEED... CAN MEAN THE WORLD TO THEM.
Para Vinson: "Christmas isn't about how many gifts you put under the tree, but Christmas shouldn't be, holidays shouldn't be, giving shouldn't be just on holidays, it should be everyday. You should help somebody everyday."
PARA VINSON DROPS OFF ICU SURVIVAL KITS AT PERRY HOSPITAL, HOUSTON COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER, THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA AND COLISEUM HOSPITAL.
HER VOLUNTEER GROUP MEETS TWICE A MONTH.. AND MAKES ABOUT 60 BAGS AT EACH SESSION.
YOU CAN DONATE TRAVEL SIZED TOLIETRIES, MAGAZINES, FABRIC, AND A VARITEY OF OTHER ITEMS.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP.. YOU CAN CALL 214-5560.
THAT NUMBER AGAIN... 214-5560.
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THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.
TOMORROW... PEOPLE FROM MACON.. AND ALL OVER GEORGIA... WILL SAY GOOD-BYE TO A LONG-TIME LEADER.
THE FUNERAL FOR FORMER STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN BEGINS TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT ONE AT GREATER ZION BAPTIST CHURCH.
THAT'S AT 2656 NAPIER AVENUE IN MACON.
LEGENDARY CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST REVERAND JOSEPH LOWERY IS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK ALONG WITH FORMER MACON MAYOR AND CONGRESSMAN JIM MARSHALL... AMONG OTHERS.
BROWN DIED LAST THURSDAY FROM A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND THAT WAS RULED A SUICIDE.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK
E-READERS SEEM TO BE A HOT GIFT FOR THE TECH SAVVY THIS YEAR.
AND THE COMPETITION IS HEATING UP AS SOME E-READERS SLIDE BELOW THE ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR MARK... AND THE GAP STARTS TO CLOSE BETWEEN READERS AND TABLETS.
CNET'S MOLLY WOOD AND DONALD BELL BREAK IT ALL DOWN.. ... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
Donald Bell: "For a lot of people, the iPad is the easiest answer to the question of "what tablet should I get?" It's our highest-rated tablet on CNET, our editor's choice, it nails everything you kind of want contentwise on the device. It doesn't hurt that it's also one of the most attractive looking devices on the market."
Molly Wood: "So what are some of the alternatives to the iPad though, if you decide you want to go a different direction? And why would you?"
Donald Bell: "Sure. Really, the alternatives are all Android-based. This year, we saw a lot of Android-based tablets coming out like the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1. Kind of the same dimensions, same screen real estate as the iPad 2, but you're getting the Android interface. A lot of people have Android smartphones, they're comfortable with the Android services and the Google way of doing things. The other great choice that we recommend is the Sony tablet S, and Sony's done a lot of work to make the Android experience on their tablet kind of uniquely theirs. You're also getting a lot of Playstation gaming support on this too, so you're going to have gaming content here that you're not going to find on the iPad."
Molly Wood: "What about people who are trying to decide between a tablet and an e-reader? What are some of the differences there? Obviously, other than the huge price difference!"
Donald Bell: "Well, I'd say that's really the biggest difference. You're getting now down to $79 for the Amazon Kindle with ads. They're going to work outdoors in direct sunlight where a tablet screen isn't going to do as well. You're also going to get a lot better battery life out of e-ink just because it's working so much less to have graphic performance and display all the colors."
Molly Wood: "So one big question this season with the introduction of the Kindle Fire seems to be what should you get--iPad or Kindle Fire. Can you give us the pros and cons?"
Donald Bell: "Well, yeah, sure. There's a big difference in price. You're only paying $199 for the Kindle Fire, versus $499 at minimum for an iPad. The Kindle Fire is one of those "good enough" products that's going to be for a lot of people who don't want to spend the $500 or just couldn't spend the $500. It's going to get you close, and it's going to provide a lot of fun."
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