Sunday, January 22, Eyewitness News at 11

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"It's just unbelievable I've never been in the middle of a scene like this before, certainly not on our property. It's just hard to take in it really is. It just look like a bomb hit it, it really does"
A MACON COUNTY WOMAN DESCRIBES THE DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND BY A TORNADO THAT TORE THROUGH HER FAMILIES FARM.
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS TWO TORNADOS HIT CENTRAL GEORGIA YESTERDAY... ONE IN DOOLY COUNTY... THE OTHER IN MACON COUNTY.
PEOPLE IN MONTEZUMA ARE PICKING UP THE PIECES... AFTER THE STORM SWEPT THROUGH THEIR AREA.
CANDACE ADORKA SPENT THE DAY IN MACON COUNTY WHERE THE TORNADO LEFT THREE FAMILIES WITHOUT A HOME.
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"It's just unbelievable, I've never been in the middle of a scene like this before..."
DEBRA BROWN SAYS THIS SCENE IS ALL THE MORE INCREDIBLE BECAUSE IT'S ON HER AND HER HUSBAND WILLIAM'S FARM.
THE BARERRAS... THE FAMILY THAT LIVES HERE... HAVE BEEN THEIR EMPLOYEES FOR 12 YEARS.
"They're good honest hard working people and we love them and we care about em this breaks our heart for them."
THE RED CROSS RULED THREE HOMES A TOTAL LOSS AS A RESULT OF SATURDAY'S SEVERE STORM.
NO ONE WAS HURT BUT 9 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED... ALL NINE WORK FOR THE BROWNS.
LARA GILL WITH THE FLINT RIVER RED CROSS SAYS THE RED CROSS PLANS TO GIVE THE FAMILIES A HAND.
"We give them vouchers and they're able to be on their feet a little bit sooner and hopefully it takes away some of the stress of the immediate situation." .
S/U "I spoke to Gloria Garcia on the phone. She is one of brown's employees who was displaced during the storm. She says she was in bed in her mobile home when the storm hit. She says she escaped narrowly because when she got out of bed to warn her husband, the roof collapsed in onto the bed. Brown says he'll do everything he can to make sure all his employee's lives get back on track."
"I'll furnish them a place I'll get this back built as quick as I can. I'll get them a place to stay temporarily until we can get everything back together."
WILLIAM BROWN SAYS HIS HOME WASN'T DAMAGED... BUT SEVERAL OF HIS PECAN TREES WERE UPROOTED AND TWO BARNS TORN DOWN...
DEBRA SAYS THEY CAN COPE WITH MATERIAL DAMAGE... KNOWING THE LIVES THAT MEAN SO MUCH... WERE SPARED.
"I'm just so thankful to god that they're alive and they got out alive and that we can replace all this and put it back together for them."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>


OTHER EVIDENCE OF THE TORNADO WAS AT A CHICKEN FARM IN MACON COUNTY.
THE OWNER OF THE FARM... HENRY OVERFELT... SAYS HIS THREE CHICKEN BARNS HOUSED ABOUT 26-THOUSAND CHICKENS.
EACH OF THE BUILDINGS SUSTAINED DAMAGE... AND ENTIRE SECTIONS WERE FLATTENED... BUT OVERFELT ESTIMATES ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE CHICKENS WERE LOST BECAUSE OF THE STORM.
HE SAYS HE'S THANKFUL NONE OF HIS EMPLOYEES OR FAMILY WERE HURT.





SEVERAL PLUMBERS GATHERED TO WATCH ONE OF THEIR OWN... ON CBS' UNDERCOVER BOSS.
WAYNE HUFF WAS ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES FOOLED BY HIS SUPERIOR ON THE SHOW... AND HIS FRIENDS CAME TOGETHER TO WATCH HIM IN ACTION.
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WAYNE SAYS HE GOT A CALL ASKING HIM TO BE ON A TELEVISION SHOW CALLED KEEP YOUR DAY JOB.
LATER HE FOUND OUT THAT WAS A FAKE SHOW... HE WAS REALLY STARRING IN AN EPISODE OF UNDERCOVER BOSS FEATURING THE DWYER GROUP... WHO OWNS MR. ROOTER... THE PLUMBING COMPANY HE WORKS FOR.
HE SAYS HIS C-E-O IS A KIND... CARING PERSON... AND HE LIKES THE SHOW'S MESSAGE.
Wayne Huff: "I like the premise of the bosses sneaking in there and people getting in trouble, I didn't know I was going to be one of them but there it is."
HUFF'S BOSS WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH HIS WORK ETHIC... SHE TOLD HIM HE CAN MOVE TO ANY FRANCHISE IN THE COUNTRY OWNED BY THE DWYER GROUP... SO HE MOVED FROM HIS JOB IN ROSWELL GEORGIA... TO MACON AFTER THE SHOW.



A NEW STUDY SHOWS... ALMOST 25 HUNDRED DAY CARE PROGRAMS IN GEORGIA... FAILED TO MEET CHILD HEALTH AND SAFTEY STANDARDS AT LEAST ONCE.. IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS.
ACCORDING TO NUMBERS OBTAINTED BY THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION....
220 DAY CARES RECEIVED FAILING SCORES AT LEAST TWO YEARS IN A ROW... AND 200 OF THOSE ARE STILL OPEN.
THE NUMBERS WERE PULLED FROM A DATABASE OF SCORES PUT TOGETHER BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CARE AND LEARNING.
ONE CENTER IN MARIETTA HAS RECEIVED 191 VIOLATIONS OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.. INCLUDING NOT GIVING KIDS ENOUGH FOOD.
THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER TOLD THE A-J-C.. THAT SHE WAS IN COMPLIANCE AND DECLINED TO COMMENT FURTHER.




CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS SAYS SHE PLANS TO RESIGN FROM CONGRESS THIS WEEK.
GIFFORDS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY POSTING A VIDEO TO HER FACEBOOK PAGE.
SHE SAYS SHE MADE THE DECISION SO SHE COULD FOCUS ON RECOVERING.. BUT PROMISES TO RETURN TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA.
"I will step down this week. I'm getting better. Everyday my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for arizona and this great country thank you very much."
GIFFORDS WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD LAST JANUARY OUTSIDE OF A SUPERMARKET IN TUCSON ARIZONA.
OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON SAY HER RESIGNATION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE EFFECT ON MONDAY.




JOE PATERNO... THE FORMER HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY DIED DUE TO COMPLICATIONS FROM LUNG CANCER.
THE 85-YEAR-OLD PASSED AWAY SUNDAY MORNING JUST 65 DAYS AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH THE CANCER.
MANUEL GALLEGUS IS IN STATE COLLEGE PENNSYLVANIA WITH MORE.
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Fans held a candlelight vigil outside Penn State's football stadium to say goodbye to the man they call Joe-Pa.

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The legendary coach died Sunday from complications of lung cancer.

(SOT: Ralph Oliva/Penn State Faculty Member)
"Joe Paterno represented the best of this place, the soul of what it's about."

His family issued a statement saying "He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

Paterno's career came to a sudden end in his 46th season--as he was fired because of how he handled the child molestation allegations surrounding Jerry Sandusky, his former assistant coach. Paterno was criticized for not going to the police.

In his final interview, Paterno talked to the Washington Post about getting fired and being diagnosed with cancer within weeks of each other.

(SOT: Joe Paterno/Former Penn State Coach/Credit: Washington Post)
"Hey, the good Lord got a reason. You know, I'm not as concerned about me. What's happened to me has been great. I've got five great kids. Seventeen great grandchildren."

Sandusky issued a statement Sunday saying "Nobody will be able to take away the memories we all shared of a great man."

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PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GATHERING HERE FOR DAYS AND JOE PATERNO HIMSELF WAS AWARE OF IT--ACCORDING TO HIS SON WHO TWEETED THAT HIS FATHER WAS INSPIRED BY ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT.

(SOT: Steve Lampert/Penn State Alumnus)(SUND110)
"PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER WHAT A GREAT MAN HE WAS, AND HOW MUCH HE DID FOR THIS UNIVERSITY."

More than 250 of the players Paterno coached went on to the NFL. But even students who were not athletes looked up to him.

(SOT: Malcolm Taylor/Penn State Faculty Member)(13:46:16/pipe 3)
"HE WAS LIKE A FATHER FIGURE. A ROLE MODEL."

His family says his loss leaves a void that will never be filled.


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DURING HIS TIME AT PENN STATE... JOE AND SUE PATERNO DONATED MORE THAN FOUR-MILLION DOLLARS TO THE SCHOOL HE WORKED AT FOR 62 YEARS.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED.




REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL MITT ROMNEY SAYS HE WILL RELEASE HIS TAX RETURN RECORDS THIS WEEK.
ROMNEY MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON FOX NEWS SUNDAY.
THE FORMER MASSACHUSETTS' GOVERNOR ADMITTED IT WAS A MISTAKE NOT TO RELEASE THEM EARLIER.
this i think we just made a mistake in holding off as long as we did. it was just a distraction. we want to get back to the real issues of the campaign - leadership, character, a vision for america, how to get jobs again in america, and how to reign in the excessive scale of the federal government.
ROMNEY AND THE REST OF THE G-O-P CANDIDATES ARE NOW FOCUSING THEIR ATTENTION ON VOTERS IN FLORDIA.
THEIR PRIMARY IS ON JANUARY 31ST.




A NEW PROGRAM PROVIDING FULL TUITION TO GEORGIA STUDENTS MAY BE A BIGGER DRAIN ON THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP THAN ORGINALLY EXPECTED.
HOPE SCHOLARS COULD SEE THEIR FINANCIAL AWARDS SHRINK BECAUSE OF THE ZELL MILLER SCHOLARSHIP... LAUNCHED BY GOVERNOR DEAL LAST YEAR.
OFFICIALS SAY MORE STUDENTS QUALIFY THIS YEAR FOR THAT SCHOLARSHIP THAN ANTICIPATED.
THEY SAY THEY MAY HAVE TO BORROW MONEY FROM THE GEORGIA LOTTERY TO COVER THE COST.
LAWMAKERS HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR CONCERN.. SAYING HOPE IS GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS ANY BETTER.



SEVERAL EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS WALKED THE RED CARPET IN WARNER ROBINS TODAY.
THE WARNER ROBINS ALUMNAE CHAPTER OF DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY... AND THE MAJOR ROBERT MCNEIL CHAPTER OF THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN INCORPORATED... SPONSORED A FULL THEATER FOR THE NEW FILM RED TAILS.
THE HONORARY MOVIE GOERS FILED IN... POPCORN IN HAND... TO WATCH THE MOVIE BASED ON THE LIVES OF THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN.
THE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS WERE CHOSEN BY THEIR SCHOOLS TO TAKE PART IN THE SORORITY'S ART PROJECT PROGRAM.
SHELLEY HOLMES... DELTA SIGMA THETA PRESIDENT SAYS RENTING OUT A THEATER FOR KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY IS SOMETHING THEY DO OFTEN.
"there's a lot of media attention on the negatives of society but this is something that is positive and uplifting and we would like for our students to know that they can make a difference that there are others that have Made a difference and that's our goal in project art."
AFTER THE MOVIE THE STUDENTS WILL WRITE AN ESSAY AND IT WILL BE ENTERED INTO A CONTEST FOR AN AUTOGRAPHED MOVIE POSTER.





EVERYDAY... YOU TRUST THAT THE THINGS YOU BRING INTO YOUR HOME ARE SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BUT WHEN THOSE PRODUCTS DON'T WORK THE WAY THEY SHOULD... THE COMPANY ISSUES A RECALL TO PROTECT YOU.
STEELCASE RECALLED ABOUT 11 THOUSAND DESK CHAIRS... DUE TO FALL HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE PIVOT PINS INSTALLED UNDER THE CHAIR SEAT CAN FALL OUT.
SO FAR... NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
THE CHAIRS WERE MANUFACTURED BETWEEN MARCH 1ST 2011 AND JUNE 6TH 2011...COSTING BETWEEN 350 AND 700 BUCKS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY AT 800-391-7194.
GIANT BICYCLES RECALLED TWO MODELS... BECAUSE OF FALL HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE FORK CAN CRACK AND BREAK.
THE BICYCLES WERE SOLD AT AUTHORIZED GIANT BICYCLE DEALERS NATIONWIDE FROM AUGUST 2011 THROUGH NOVEMBER 2011... FOR UP TO 45 HUNDRED BUCKS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CALL THE COMPANY AT 866-458-2555.
CHARIOT CARRIERS RECALLED ITS CHILD BICYCLE TRAILERS AND CONVERSION KITS DUE TO INJURY HAZARD.
SO FAR... THERE HAVE BEEN 24 INCIDENTS REPORTED... BUT NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
THE CARRIERS WERE SOLD AT SPECIALTY BIKE STORES NATIONWIDE AND ON-LINE FROM DECEMBER 2005 TO AUGUST 2010.
THEY COST BETWEEN 400 AND 925 DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RECALL... YOU CAN CALL THE COMPANY AT 800-262-8651.
THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S RECALL WRAP... FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECALLED PRODUCTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES DROPDOWN MENU... THEN SELECT RECALLS.


IT WAS QUITE A SITE TO SEE IN AUSTIN TEXAS, AS HUNDREDS OF FOLKS CAME OUT TO MONKEY AROUND... FOR A GOOD CAUSE, OF COURSE.
THEY ALL RAN A 5-K RACE THROUGH DOWNTOWN AUSTIN TO BENEFIT THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA CONSERVATION FUND.
IT'S THE SECOND YEAR FOR THE UNUSAL GORILLA RUN.
ALONG WITH WALKING AND RUNNING... SOME PARTICIPANTS EVEN RODE UNICYCLES DURING THE RACE.
Tommy Thomaier --" he sent me a text and said verbatim hey, do you want to run a 5 K in a gorilla suit and it just sounded like such a good idea, and the fact its for a good cause, makes it a win win."
IN 19-87... ONLY 248 MOUNTAIN GORILLAS LIVED IN THE WILD.
BECAUSE OF PROJECTS COORDINATED BY THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA CONSERVATION FUND... THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 700.


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