Saturday, December 31, Eyewitness News at 11

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THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTED A MAN EARLY THIS MORNING... AFTER THEY SAY HE USED HIS CAR TO ASSAULT A DEPUTY.
ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE DEPUTY D. RUIZ WAS RESPONDING TO CALL ON CHARLIE BENSON ROAD WHEN
TWENTY FOUR YEAR OLD MICHAEL J. THURMAN.. GOT INTO HIS FORD EXPLORER AND HIT RUIZ'S CAR SEVERAL TIMES.

THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS THURMAN WILL FACE A SERIES OF CHARGES INCLUDING... AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND DAMAGING GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.

ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE.. THURMAN ALSO HIT A NEIGHBOR'S CAR.. AND TWO NEARBY TRAILERS.
FOR ONE HAWKINSVILLE WOMAN.. WINNING A CONTEST TO OPEN UP HER OWN GYM WAS THE SECOND TIME SHE BEAT THE ODDS.
SNAP FITNESS CHOSE CHARLICE NOBLE JONES.... FROM A POOL OF TWO THOUSAND APPLICANTS... TO OPEN A FITNESS CENTER IN HAWKINSVILLE.
JONES OVER CAME ADVERSITY THE FIRST TIME... WHEN SHE SURVIVED THE SEPTEMEMBER 11TH WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACKS.
AUSTIN LEWIS SHOWS YOU HOW SHE WENT FROM GROUND ZERO TO OWNING A GYM...

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(nats of charlise helping someone sign up for membership)
CHARLISE NOBLE-JONES SAYS SHE'S A LIVING A DREAM---AFTER WINNING A CONTEST TO START A SNAP FITNESS GYM IN SURREY PLAZA IN HAWKINSVILLE.
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (4:30) a chance to change my life for my son and I. And that's truly what the winning was a new start in life.
THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME SHE SAYS SHE HAD TO START OVER.
10 YEARS AGO---SHE WAS LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY--WORKING ON WALL STREET.
BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH.
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (5:32) Another guy over my left shoulder said that plane is about to hit the building and that was all the warning we had.
NOBLE-JONES SAYS DEBRIS FLEW EVERYWHERE---AND PEOPLE RAN IN ALL DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS---
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (5:03) you could hear the bodies as they landed on top of buildings and it was just minutes, it felt like forever but it was just minutes.
BUT HER THOUGHTS WERE NOT ABOUT LIVING.
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (5:19) I was not running to survive. I thought I was running to find a place for my mom to find my body.
INSTEAD SHE SURVIVED---
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (5:03) Once you think you are about to die, you say your good-byes and you walk away from your life and when you don't die, now it's like, okay now what. And you have to learn to live again..
NOBLE-JONES SAYS THE PERSON SHE WAS BEFORE 9-11 IS LONG GONE---
SHE CAME BACK TO GEORGIA-- AND BECAME A WIFE.
HER HUSBAND DIED FROM A TERMINAL ILLNESS FOUR YEARS AGO---
NOW HER FOCUS IS ON MOTHERHOOD AND TEACHING.
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (1:25) Back then it was glitzy to say I manage 60 billion dollars a day, who wouldn't want to say that, now I can say I teach 100 students a day.
AND PART OF HER NEW LIFE HAS BEEN FITNESS---IN OCTOBER SHE WON A CONTEST WITH SNAP FITNESS TO OPEN HER OWN GYM.
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (3:57) I decided that I was fit to live and that's the whole journey with the snap fitness for me
AND THAT'S SOMETHING SHE WANTS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS
Charlise Noble-Jones, WTC Survivor: (4:22) Living a best life being more happy and being more healthy and everybody needs to make that decision that they are more fit to do that.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.


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NOBLE-JONES'S SNAP FITNESS WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THEIR DOORS TOMORROW ON THE FIRST.
SO FAR---SHE SAYS 100 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP.

HUNDREDS OF CENTRAL GEORGIANS ARE IN DOWNTOWN MACON TONIGHT... GETTING READY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE CHERRY BLOSSOM BALL DROP.

THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR FOR THE EVENT... HELD AT THE CHERRY STREET PLAZA.
THE FUN GOT STARTED AROUND 9 P-M.
FOLKS ARE PLAYING GAMES.. DANCING... AND ENJOYING LIVE MUSIC AS THEY WAIT TO WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR.
FOR THE FIRST TIME.. THIS YEAR WHEN THEY CLOCK STRIKES MIDNIGHT... THEY'LL BE TREATED TO A FIREWORKS SHOW.


THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY IS TAKING EXTRA STEPS TONIGHT TO KEEP MOTORISTS SAFE... AND DRUNK DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD.

OFFICERS ARE CRACKING DOWN ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS WITH THE HELP OF GEORGIA'S ANNUAL DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN.
THE NUMBER OF DRUNK-DRIVING FATILITES DROPPED BY 11-PERCENT IN 2010... ACCORDING TO THE OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY... AND THEY'RE TRYING TO MAINTAIN THOSE NUMBERS.
AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW... THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT--
ONE SMARTPHONE APPLICATION IS CALLED' DRIVE SOBER GEORGIA'.
LOCAL COORDINATOR WITH CENTERVILLE PD.. SERGENT PHILLIP PRITCHETT SAYS IT HELPS DRIVERS FIND SAFE RIDES... WITH JUST THE TOUCH OF BUTTON.

Srgt. Phillip Pritchett, local coordinator with Centerville PD "It can help you find a free ride in the state of Georgia, a free sober ride tp get you to when you need to be safely and without having to run into law enforcement."

THE DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN RUNS FROM DECEMBER SIXTEENTH UNTIL JANUARY THE SECOND.







THANKS FOR THAT LOOK AT THE FORECAST. WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN IN A FEW MINUTES FOR AN EXTENDED OUTLOOK.

OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE FROM ALABAMA....NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA.....AND CANADA DECIDED TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS EVE WITH THEIR THE FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS THIS YEAR... AT THE U-S-D-A-A SIRIUS DOG AGILITY SHOW.

PET OWNERS FLOCKED TO THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS IN PERRY.. TO TEST THERE DOG'S JUMPING AND AGILITY SKILLS.
THEY WERE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH THEIR PETS AS A BEGINNER... OR TEST THEIR SKILLS ON THE HARDER COURSES IN THE ADVANCED AND MASTERS LEVELS.

COMPETITORS SAYS THE BEST PART OF THE DAY IS CEMETING THEIR BOND WITH MAN'S BEST FRIEND.

Elaine Boris Wakinsvile "When you run well with your dog both of you are in sync and you hit and it all works right, it is just a rush, it is just like competing in anything. "
Meryl Sheard event coordinator "The bond you get when running your dog in agility is absolutely incredible cause you cant be a good team unless the wo of you are a good team together."

THE EVENT WHICH IS OPEN TO ALL TYPES OF BREEDS AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 4 TOMOWROW.

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER
PRIZES MONEY FOR THE COMPETTION RANGED ANYWEHRE BETWEEN 20 BUCKS AND ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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