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"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation."
CENTRAL GEORGIA JOINED THE REST OF THE NATION TODAY... IN HONORING THE LIFE AND WORK OF DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR ON THE DAY AFTER WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS 83RD BIRTHDAY.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

OUR TEAM COVERAGE TAKES A LOOK AT HOW MACON AND WARNER ROBINS HONORED THE SLAIN CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER... AND BRINGS YOU REFLECTIONS FROM TWO LONG-TIME BIBB COUNTY FIGURES ON THEIR PART OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
WE BEGIN WITH CANDACE ADORKA... WHO SPOKE WITH SOME OF THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO CONVERGED ON MACON CITY HALL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO KING'S LEGACY.
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***nats of speech***
MARTIN LUTHER KING'S FAMOUS SPEECH SET A TONE OF REMEMBRANCE AT ROSA JACKSON RECREATION CENTER .
Reverend JW Carner: "I always look at this march as being a time of reflection to look back to see where we come from to appreciate where we are."
RVEREND J-W CARNER LED ONE OF 4 THE GROUPS THAT MARCHED TO CITY HALL.
***Ain't gonna let nobody...***
Courtney Holt: "It's very happy, everybody's joyful and cheering..."
16-YEAR OLD COURTNEY HOLT SAYS FOR HER... THE MARCH IS A STEP BACK IN TIME.
"The walking and being with the community and reliving the experience from back in the day..."
AND MERCER STUDENT JEVON DENSON SAYS IS ABOUT CAMRADERIE.
"i like everybody fellowshiping together and coming as one in the community.
SEVERAL LABOR UNION MEMBERS MARCHED FOR CITY WORKERS WHO WILL BE TRANSFERED TO THE COUNTY THIS SUMMER AND LOSE THEIR SENIORITY.
CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE WORKING ON A PLAN TO LET THE EMPLOYEES' SENIORITY COUNT... BUT THE WORKERS STILL WORRY.
J.C Little "I don't wanna be transfered to a place and have to start all over..."
Anthony Collins "I just think it's unfair that these people would have to lose all their seniority, lose all their time and right and everything."
COUNCILMAN LONNIE MILEY SAYS KING WOULD HAVE SYMPATHIZED.
"That was doctor kings last effort when he went to Memphis he went there in support of sanitation workers and so it is very efitting today that we be here in support of workers."
IN THE END... THE VOICES FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE CITY CONVEGED TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> IN WARNER ROBINS... MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE CELEBRATED KING'S LEGACY AT THE CITY'S UNITY BREAKFAST.
THE EVENT ALSO FEATURED A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WORKERS AND THE MILITARY.
DONATIONS AT THE BREAKFAST WERE PRESENTED AS A SCHOLARSHIP TO A HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT.
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN IRA FOSTER SAYS THE ANNUAL EVENT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL GENERATIONS.
We have to say thank you for what he did and we also have to keep doing these programs and events so that we can keep educating our young people to make them aware of the contributions hes made to this country and to this world.
TODAY'S KEYNOTE SPEAKER WAS RETIRED FORMER MACON CAO AND RETIRED COL. BILL SAUNDERS..

AS WE REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DOCTOR KING TODAY... WE ALSO TOUCH ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT BY SOME PIVOTAL FIGURES HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THEY INCLUDE SIBLINGS THELMA DILLARD AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER BERT BIVINS... WHO JOIN LORRA LYNCH JONES TO REFLECT.

First of all, why don't you fill us in on your involvement with the Civil Rights movement?

Let's talk a bit about the state of race relations in Macon now. Where do you think they stand?

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING BE SATISFIED WITH THE STATE OF RACE RELATIONS IN 2012?
SO FAR 63 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 37 PERCENT SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

IN HONOR OF THE M-L-K DAY OF SERVICE TODAY... VOLUNTEERS CAME OUT TO HELP CLEAN UP SOME HOUSES...
REBUILDING MACON RECEIVED A 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK FROM HISTORIC HILL AND HEIGHTS... AS THEY TAKE ON A NEW ENDEAVOR..
THEY DECIDED TO RENOVATE SIX HOMES THAT WERE GIVEN TO THEM... TO SELL.
FIVE OF THE HOMES ARE ON SECOND STREET...
DEBRA ROLLINS SAYS THEY EXPECT IT TO TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO GET EACH HOME READY...
Debra Rollins, Executive director rebuilding macon:" This is the first time we've ever taken possession of houses. Our mission is to repair homes for elderly and disabled homeowners, so this is the first time we've stepped outside of that little comfort zone and the reason we're doing this is we have to raise some money."
ROLLINS SAYS THEY WILL FINISH ONE HOME BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT.
SHE SAYS THEY HOPE TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY BY SELLING THE HOMES... TO CONTINUE TO FIX UP THE OTHERS...

MACON POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS SAYS THE OFFICERS WHO ADMITTED TO PLAYING FOOTBALL BEHIND A STORE THURSDAY AFTERNOON WON'T BE SUSPENDED.
PHOTOS SHOW SIX POLICE CRUISERS PARKED BEHIND A STORE ON PRESIDENTIAL PARKWAY AND FIVE OFFICERS PLAYING FOOTBALL.
IN AN EMAIL.... THE CHIEF SAYS THE GROUP MET BEHIND THE BUILDING TO ASSIST A DETECTIVE WITH A WARRANT.
HE SAYS WHILE THEY WAITED ON THE DETECTIVE TO ARRIVE... THE OFFICERS WERE SEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL.
BURNS SAYS, "I WANT TO BE CLEAR TO THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA, NO SUPERVISOR WAS ON THE SCENE AND NO HARM WAS INTENDED BY THESE OFFICERS."
"THE MEN ARE APPROPRIATELY REMORSEFUL AND EMBARRASSED BY THEIR INVOLVEMENT," SAYS BURNS.
HE SAYS THEY WILL RECEIVE NOTICE OF THEIR DISCIPLINE TODAY.

THE CASE OF A FOOTBALL BRAWL BETWEEN TWO RIVAL HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS HEADS TO A GRAND JURY NEXT WEEK.
WARREN COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT... CAROLE JEAN CAREY GAVE 13WMAZ'S AMY AUBERT A COPY OF HER LETTER TO WILLIAM PRIOR...THE OCMULGEE CIRCUIT JUDGE HANDLING THE CASE.
CAREY SAYS THE LETTER WAS WRITTEN IN OCTOBER... JUST DAYS AFTER THE FOOTBALL FIGHT BETWEEN HANCOCK AND WARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS.
SHE SAYS SHE WAS ASKING JUDGE PRIOR TO OPEN A G-B-I INVESTIGATION.
ACCORDING TO THE LETTER... HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF TOMLYN PRIMUS INITIALLY DENIED THAT REQUEST... SAYING QUOTE...
WE ARE GOING TO INVESTIGATE IT FROM THE HANCOCK POINT OF VIEW...
AND QUOTE... IF YOU WANT IT INVESTIGATED FROM THE WARREN PERSPECTIVE... YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT.
THE LETTER GOES ON TO SAY THAT THE WEEK BEFORE THE GAME... SEVERAL WARREN COUNTY PLAYERS RECEIVED QUOTE... PROVOCATIVE AND PROFANE TEXT MESSAGES FROM A FORMER WARREN COUNTY COACH... WHO NOW COACHES AT HANCOCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.
IT ALSO SAYS HANCOCK PLAYERS THREATENED THAT THEY WOULD FIGHT THE TEAM AFTER THE GAME... IF THEY LOST.
SHERIFF PRIMUS HAS SINCE ASKED THE G-B-I TO INVESTIGATE... BUT WE COULD NOT REACH HIM FOR COMMENT MONDAY.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY FRED BRIGHT COULD NOT COMMENT ON THE CASE BECAUSE IT IS AN OPEN INVESTIGATION.

ONE COMPANY HERE IN MACON OFFERS JOB HUNTERS A LITTLE EXTRA HELP WITH THEIR SEARCH -- AT A PRICE.
BUT KATELYN HECK SPOKE WITH ONE WOMAN WHO SAYS THE COMPANY MADE HER A GUARANTEE... THEY COULDN'T KEEP.
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ANGELA BROWN GOES STRAIGHT TO THE CLASSIFIEDS WHEN SHE OPENS HER NEWSPAPER.
AS A SINGLE MOTHER OF EIGHT... BROWN SAYS FINDING A JOB IS CRUCIAL.
(SOT: its my lights, its my water, its my everything.. i need a job)
BROWN NOTICED SEVERAL ADS ... WITH ONE THING IN COMMON.. EACH JOB LISTED THE SAME PHONE NUMBER.
(SOT: so i called and the woman on the phone said i had to pay her $190 to be a member of her services. she said she couldnt help me get a job until i was a member)
IT'S FOR A COMPANY CALLED PRO RESOURCES... THEY OFFER JOB LISTINGS... RESUME HELP... AND INTERVIEW TIPS TO THEIR MEMBERS.
BUT BROWN SAYS ... THE WOMAN ON THE PHONE OFFERED MORE THAN JOB LISTINGS...
(SOT: she told me i was guaranteed a job)
KELVIN COLLINS WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU SAYS PRO RESOURCES HAS MADE THIS PROMISE BEFORE.
(SOT:kelvin: in some situations... the operator has said something like that to a customer... but it comes down to dont believe what you hear... believe what you read)
HE SAYS PRO RESOURCES TOLD HIM THEY FIRED AN EMPLOYEE LAST YEAR...FOR FALSELY MAKING THAT CLAIM.
JENNIFER SOLBERG WITH PRO RESOURCES SAYS EACH CUSTOMER MUST SIGN A CONTRACT...STATEING EXACTLY WHAT SERVICES THEY OFFER. THAT DOESNT INCLUDE A GUARANTEED JOB.
COLLINS SAYS PRO RESOURCES MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST CHOICE FOR EVERYONE.
(SOT: its like painting your house... you can either paint it yourself or you can pay to have someone come and help you paint it.)
BROWN SAYS SHE CANT AFFORD PRO RESOURCES MEMBERSHIP FEE... SO SHE WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE HER JOB HUNT... ON HER OWN.
KATELYN HECK
13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> JENNIFER SOLBERG OF PRO RESOURCES SAYS THEY DON'T KNOW WHICH EMPLOYEE SPOKE TO ANGELA BROWN...BUT THEIR STAFF WORKS OFF APPROVED SCRIPTS.
SHE SAYS THEY'LL WORK WITH THEIR STAFF TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE GIVING CUSTOMERS THE RIGHT INFORMATION.

A DRUG SUSPECT FROM EASTMAN WAS RE-ARRESTED THIS MORNING MORE THAN TWO DAYS AFTER HE RAN OUT OF THE DODGE COUNTY JAIL.
DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF CAPTAIN TONY WINBORN SAYS JOSEPH PHILLIPS ESCAPED FROM THE JAIL AROUND 6-15 FRIDAY EVENING.
HE SAYS JAIL OFFICERS CHASED PHILLIPS FOR SEVERAL BLOCKS.. BEFORE SOMEONE APPARENTLY PICKED HIM UP IN A VEHICLE.
WINBORN SAYS PHILLIPS BOARDED A GREYHOUND BUS IN DUBLIN THIS MORNING APPARENTLY HEADED TO PHILADELPHIA... AND WAS ARRESTED AT AN ATLANTA BUS TERMINAL.
IN ADDITION TO THE DRUG CHARGE... PHILLIPS NOW FACES ESCAPE AND OBSTRUCTION CHARGES.

HOUSTON COUNTY PARENTS MAY SEE FEWER BOOKS IN THE CHILDREN'S BACKPACKS.
SUPERINTENDENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING... ERIC PAYNE.. SAYS IT'S PART OF CHANGE IN TEACHING PHILOSOPHY.
HE SAYS THEY USED TO DEPEND ON TEXTBOOKS FOR THE CIRRICULUM.
NOW.. THE TEXT IS JUST ONE OF MANY RESOURCES.
PAYNE SAYS SOME CLASSES NO LONGER HAVE ASSIGNED TEXT BOOKS FOR EACH STUDENT.
THEY USE A CLASS SET THAT DOESN'T GO HOME.
HE SAYS THEY BLEND TECHNOLOGY... WORK SHEETS.. AND OTHER RESOURCES... INCLUDING A TEXT BOOK... TO HELP STUDENTS LEARN.
Eric Payne: (4:00) "Now you can hit the internet and get real live, up-to-date information. I think the resources out there will enchance learning in the classroom more so than a text book will."
WE CAN CONNECT YOU SOME OF THE ON-LINE RESOURCES PAYNE RECOMMENDS FOR PARENTS TO USE AT HOME.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE... 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE INTERNET ACCESS... HE SAYS TEXTBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS TO CHECK OUT.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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