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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

STRONG STORMS ARE ROLLING THROUGH PARTS OF SOUTHERN GEORGIA.... METEOROLGIST JOHN BOYER IS THE EYEWITNESS WEATHER CENTER.. WHERE HE'S BEEN MOINITORING THE SITUATION THROUGH OUT THE NIGHT.
JOHN...

TONIGHT... OVERCAST WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDER, PRIMARILY IN SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE AREA. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S
SUNDAY... RAIN OR STORMS LIKELY IN THE MORNING, THEN PARTLY CLOUDY AND BREEZY. SOME STORMS COULD BE STRONG. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S (NORTH) TO UPPER 60S (SOUTH).
SUNDAY NIGHT... PARTLY CLOUDY WITH LOWS IN THE LOWER-TO-MID 30S.


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

CREWS ARE GEARING UP TO SET THE STAGE... WITH SOME BRIGHT LIGHTS... AND BIG STARS.... AT MACON'S LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD.
IT'S ALL FOR A SCENE IN AN UPCOMING MOVIE... TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE... STARRING CLINT EASTWOOD.
COME MARCH 8TH... THE MOVIESTAR WILL LIGHT UP CENTRAL GEORGIA... FOR A SCENE IN THE MOVIE.
AND TODAY... MORE THAN 100 FOLKS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE... HOPING TO PITCH A PERFECT AUDITION... TO PLAY A ROLE.
AUSTIN LEWIS TELLS YOU WHY SOME CAME OUT WITH BASEBALL GLOVES IN HAND.... READY TO PLAY A PART... ON CLINT EASTWOOD'S TEAM.

<< HUNDREDS CAME OUT LACED UP AND READY TO GO... HOPING TO MAKE THE TEAM... ALONGSIDE A HOLLYWOOD STAR.
Hayden Hinton, Warner Robins: 00:43 I love Clint Eastwood, just to meet him would make my day.
THEY CAME OUT TO LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD... WITH GLOVES AND BATS IN TOW....PITCHING THEIR BEST ACT... WITH HOPES TO BECOME A BALLPLAYER, COACH, OR UMPIRE...IN A NEW MOVIE STARRING CLINT EASTWOOD.
Randy Davidson, Macon: 00:25 This is kinda like one of those things on your bucket list, to be in a movie that would be great, especially Clint Eastwood's movie.
PRODUCERS OF THE FLICK... CALLED TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE... SAY WITH ONLY 20 SPOTS OPEN... MANY FOLKS STRUCK OUT.
Luke Williams, Macon: You walked out you throw one or two balls and he'd be like alright, we'll see you next time. see you later.
Mathew Davis, Fort Valley: 01:48 I got the chance to show my stuff, but I did get cut, but I gave it my best shot.
BUT A LUCKY FEW.... KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK.
JASON YERBOROUGH MADE IT TO THE TOP EIGHT FOR PITCHERS....
HE SAYS FOUR PITCHERS WILL BE IN THE FILM....
Jason Yerborough, Bonaire: 02:04 Baseball was my life for a lot of years so to be able to be in one would be a good deal.
ADAM GRAHAM WAS ALSO SAFE.
HE SAYS HE'S READY TO BE ON THE MOUND....BUT NOT FOR DIRTY HARRY.
Adam Graham, Cartersville: That's more nerve-wrecking. I watch Clint Eastwood movies as a kid with my grandpa so meeting Clint Eastwood would be more nervous than playing baseball
NOW THEY HAVE A GOOD SHOT HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK... AT THE MACON LANDMARK...
THE NEXT STEP?... WHAT TO SAY TO THE FILM STAR.
Adam Graham, Cartersville: Hi I'm Adam Graham. I like your movies, hopefully I won't stutter through blah, blah
Jason Yerborough, Bonaire: Who knows? Let's go Clint
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>

JASON YERBOROUGH SAYS PRODUCERS WILL NARROW IT DOWN TO FOUR PITCHERS...WHO WILL BE IN THE MOVIE.
HE SAYS PRODUCERS TOLD HIM THAT THEY WILL CONTACT HIM SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.
EASTWOOD IS EXPECTED TO BE SHOOT A SCENE AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD ON MARCH 8TH.

ONE LOCAL RESTAURANT IN MACON PAID THEIR RESPECTS TO THE POP ICON... BY HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF HER TOP HITS.

Nats of DJ "I'm going to dedicate this song in rememberance to Ms. Whitney Houston"
LOCAL D-J MARVIN JOHNSON PLAYED SOME OF HOUSTON'S GREATEST HITS OUTSIDE OF THE FRANCARS ON LINDEN AVENUE.
OWNER OF THE RESTAURANT... CARL FAMBRO... SAYS HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE WHITNEY HOUSTON FAN AND WANTED TO HONOR THE LATE SINGER'S LIFE.
HOUSTON WAS THE GOLDEN GIRL OF MUSIC AND ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST SELLING ARTISTS.
SHE WON MULTIPLE GRAMMYS INCLUDING ALBUM AND RECORD OF THE YEAR.
SOME OF FRANCAR'S CUSTOMERS SAY THIS WAS A GREAT WAY TO HELP REMEMBER AND PAY TRIBUTE.

Maya Robinson, Macon"I think it's a very good thing that he is doing it. I feel like Whitney houston was a great icon, not only in America but internationally so for him to do this here on campus, I think is a great idea"
Allyson Horne, Macon "I think it might take the sting out a little bit because people still think about her they just haven't forgot about her"

HOUSTON WILL BE BURIED SUNDAY.. NEXT TO HER FATHER.


REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE NEWT GINGRICH CAMPAIGNED IN GEORGIA TODAY... THE PLACE WHERE HIS 20 YEAR CONGRESSINAL CAREER BEGAN.

FORMER G-O-P CANDIDATE HERMAN CAIN INTRODUCED GINGRICH AT A TOWN HALL MEETING THIS MORNING OUTSIDE ATLANTA.
THE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER MADE THREE CAMPAIGN STOPS IN THE METRO-ATLANTA-AREA TODAY.
GINGRICH TOLD REPORTERS THAT IT'S QUOTE "VERY IMPORTANT" THAT HE WIN THE STATE HE LIVED IN FOR YEARS.
DURING ONE STOP... GINGRICH CALLED OUT HIS RIVALS FOR BACKING OUT OF A SCHEDULED C-N-N DEBATE IN THE PEACH STATE.

I was very disappointed Romney and Santorum said they would not come to Georgia to debate. And I would just observe if you are afraid to debate me you are not likely to do very well against Barack Obama. (applause)

SANTORUM IS EXPECTED TO BE IN THE PEACH STATE TOMORROW.
HE'S SCHEDULED TO BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE GOD AND COUNTRY RALLY IN CUMMING.. GEORGIA.
THERE ARE 76 DELEGATES AT STAKE IN GEORIGA ON SUPER TUESDAY -- THE MOST OF ANY OF THE 10 STATES THAT VOTE ON MARCH 6-TH.
A BIT OF MAGIC... IMAGINATION... AND A FEW FAVORITE FAIRY TALES CAME TO LIFE TONIGHT... TO RAISE MONEY FOR A LOCAL NONPROFIT.
IT'S A PART OF ROOMS FROM THE HEART'S FAIRY TALE BALL.

IT'S A STORY THAT COME STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.

KIDS CAME DECKED OUT IN GLITTER... TIARA'S... AND OF COURSE... THEIR DANCING SHOES.
THEY GOT A CHANCE TO HIT THE DANCE FLOOR WITH PRINCESSES... PIRATES... AND OTHER FAIRY TALE FAVORITES.
THE GROUP RAISED MONEY FOR ROOMS FROM THE HEART THROUGH A SILENT AUCTION.
THE ORGANIZATION REDECORATES THE BEDROOMS OF CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN... IN THE THEME OF THEIR CHOICE.
THE GOAL IS TO GIVE THEM A ROOM OF THEIR OWN THAT LET'S THEIR IMAGINATION RUN WILD... MUCH LIKE TONIGHT'S MAGICAL EVENING.

Robert Davis, Rooms from the Heart Recepient: "You get to play games, win prizes and all kinds of stuff."
Miranda Bryant, Princesses with a Purpose: "We wanted to show people that even in your darkest hour, when you have a child in the hospital, there are still people in the world that care, and still people that want to help give you hope."

THE GROUP SAYS IT COSTS BETWEEN 2 AND 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO COMPLETE ONE BEDROOM... AND ALL THE WORK IS DONE IN A SINGLE DAY.

PEOPLE IN FORSYTH ARE STARTING TO SEE YELLOW.

AND THEIR EXCITMENT WAS IN FULL BLOOM
WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE KICK OFF FOR THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL..


FORSYTHIANS ARE SEEING YELLOW ONCE AGAIN.

THE HELLO YELLOW FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL KICKOFF WAS IN FULL BLOOM AT THE DAIRY QUEEN IN FORSYTH TODAY.
THE STAFF GAVE OUT BUTTONS AND YELLOW BALLOONS TO KIDS... WHILE PARENTS GOT THEIR CARS PAINTED UP WITH THE BEAUTIFUL FORSYTHIA FLOWERS.
MERCHANTS ALSO SOLD DECORATIVE WREATHS AND BOWS TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED.
PEOPLE SAY THEY WERE EXCITED THAT THE FESTIVAL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.

Thomas Faulkner, Forsyth "We love when the crafts come we usually always make that event and as a kid I grew up going to the dances and the street music stuff"
Holly Gore, Monroe County "I always participate in the 5k run. My daughter's going to be in the pagenant this year

THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL HAPPENS IN FORSYTH ON MARCH 10TH AND 11TH

PLANTING MORE TREES IS WHAT SOME FOLKS ARE DOING TO CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY.

THE MACON TREE COMMISSION HELD A SMALL CEREMONY TODAY AT TATTNALL SQUARE PARK TO GIVE OUT FREE TREE SEEDLINGS TO THE PUBLIC.
THEY ALSO HANDED OUT FREE TREES AT TWO OTHER LOCATIONS NEAR THE EISENHOWER AND TOBESOFKEE AREAS.
THE AREAS SUFFERED AS MUCH AS 40 PERCENT OF DAMAGE OF THE TREE CANOPY DURING THE 2008 MOTHER'S DAY STORMS.
ANYA SILVER SAYS GROWING MORE TREES IS IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

Anya Silver, Macon "We have to keep renewing that resource just environmental because trees are giving us our oxygen, trees are keeping the air clean. We need to realize that trees are relaxing and calming for everybody and every area and every part of Macon and Bibb County needs to have trees for the enjoyment for the people who live there"

BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART AND DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS FOR MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT...CHRIS FLOORE.... ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.

HERE'S A QUICK LOOK AT YOUR WEATHER.



A FAMOUS JUDGE MADE A STOP IN MACON TONIGHT... AS PART OF HER CENTRAL GEORGIA TOUR.
JUDGE MABLEAN... FROM THE POPULAR T-V SHOW "DIVORCE COURT" WAS AT THE TUBMAN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM.
FANS GOT A CHANCE TO MEET THE CELEBRITY JUDGE AS SHE SIGNED HER BOOK... JUDGE MABLEAN'S LIFE LESSONS... 52 TOOLS FOR WEEKLY LIVING.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TUBMAN MUSEUM... ANDY AMBROSE SAYS THAT PEOPLE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR ABOUT THE JUDGE'S LIFE AND LEARN WHAT LED HER TO LAW.

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