Saturday, February 25, Eyewitness News at 11

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

DOZENS MARCHED THROUGH DOWNTOWN MACON LATE THIS MORNING... AT A RALLY AIMED AT GETTING ANSWERS... ABOUT THE MACON CITY... COUNTY... EMPLOYEE TRANSFERS.
140 CITY WORKERS WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE COUNTY... AND A HANDFULL OF THOSE AFFECTED SHOWED UP.
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS MORE ON WHAT HAPPENED AT THE RALLY.

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****nats off top of Joe Allen:Don't fight me, what you are doing is fighting me ***
THINGS GOT HEATED AT A RALLY AND MARCH FOR CITY EMPLOYEES BEING TRANSFERRED... WHEN BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOE ALLEN STOPPED BY.
****nats:I came down here to try to, I told, you if you agree to a meeting with the union, then you have done the right thing.***
COMMISSIONER ALLEN ALSO SERVES AS CHAIRMAN OF HUMAN RESOURCES FOR THE COUNTY... HE SAYS HE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO BE THERE.
Commissioner Joe Allen, Bibb County: 2:01 How bad would it have looked if nobody would have been here from the county? My job is to be here.
Commissioner Joe Allen, Bibb County: 01:36 I think what they really wanted was for someone to listen and we're going to listen.
****nats of march: we are the union chant****
ABOUT 30 PEOPLE MARCHED THROUGH DOWNTOWN MACON LOOKING FOR ANSWERS ABOUT THE 140 CITY WORKERS BEING TRANSFERRED TO THE COUNTY.
THEY SAY WORKERS WILL LOSE THEIR SENORITY... PAY AND BENEFITS...
Darrell Byrd, City Employee:01:48 At this point in my life I don't want to start over. I'm getting older and it's not fair.
A MAJOR STICKING POINT FOR THESE FOLKS IS THE 6 MONTH PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
Darrell Byrd, City Employee: 01:03 The main concern is why do we have to be put back on probation, we've been here 8, 10, 19 years why go back on probation.
Councilman Lonnie Miley, Macon: 02:20 They should not be treated as they are new employees or put on probation or having to go through a bunch of hoops. I consider them political victims., they didn't wake up one morning and say I don't want to work for the city anymore I want to work for the county.
****nats 05:11 Yall have got to give us the opportunity to work with yall, for yall to help yall get this done***
A HEATED DISCUSSION... LEFT SOME CITY WORKERS FEELING LIKE COUNTY LEADERS... ARE LISTENING TO THEIR CONCERNS.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

BOTH COMMISSIONER ALLEN AND UNION REPS SAY THEY WILL BE MEETING MONDAY TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE TRANSFERS.
**TURN**

MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY... STOPPED BY THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE IN MACON.. TO CAST THEIR VOTES EARLY TODAY.

VOTERS WHO DIDN'T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE MARCH SIXTH ELECTION DAY.. FILED INTO THE OFFICE ON PIO NONO AVENEUE.
ADVANCE VOTING LASTS UNTIL MARCH SECOND... BUT THIS IS THE ONLY SATURDAY... VOTERS CAN CAST THEIR BALLOTS.
ELECTION SUPERVISOR ELAINE CARR SAID SHE HOPED THE SATURDAY HOURS WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE VOTERS TO PARTICIPATE.
SOME FOLKS SAY THEY CAME OUT EARLY... TO AVOID LONG LINES ON ELECTION DAY.

Rhonda Meadows, Macon: I wanted to come out cause it's a lot quicker for early voting, less crowds, easy getting in and out.
Gloria Miles, Macon: It's no line and there are people coming in and out but there is no line.

HOUSTON... JONES.. MONROE.. PEACH.. AND TWIGGS COUNTIES ALL HELD EARLY VOTING SESSIONS TODAY.

A BYRON MAN.. CHARGED WITH INDECENT EXPOSURE IS BACK BEHIND BARS... AND NOW HE FACES ANOTHER CHARGE FOR THE SAME THING.
A MACON POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS

TIMOTHY MARCUS TURNED HIMSELF IN JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY.
POLICE ORGINALLY ARRESTED MARCUS ON THURSDAY.. FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE... BUT HE BONDED OUT LATER THAT SAME DAY.
ON FRIDAY... POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET... SAID POLICE HAD A NEW WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST... AND THEY SENT A RELEASE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR HIM.

MARCUS IS A CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER... WHO'S ON THE GEORGIA SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY.
HE IS ALSO ON PROBATION FOR A CASE IN MARIETTA.
MARCUS NOW FACES CHARGES FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE.. AND BOND SURRENDER.
HE REMAINS IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL.
**TURN**

IT WAS A NIGHT OF HONOR.. FOR THIS YEARS CLASS OFF INDUCTEES
INTO THE GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME.

ALONG WITH THE 2012 CLASS OF 6.. MACONS OWN CITY COUNCILMAN ED DEFORE WAS GIVEN THE ERK RUSSELL HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR HIS COUNTLESS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCAL SPORTING EFFORTS HERE IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY OVER HIS CAREER.
AND LATER EACH NEW MEMBER TOOK TO THE STAGE TO BE RECOGNIZED AS GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME LIFETIME MEMBERS.

AND EARLIER TODAY SOME OF THOSE INDUCTEES CAME OUT TO MEET THEIR FANS.

MORE THAN 20 HALL OF FAMERS AND SOME OF THIS YEARS INDUCTEES LIKE JOHN SMOLTZ AND TRACY HAM WERE AT THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME EARLIER TODAY FOR FANFEST.
MORE THAN FIFTY FANS WAITED IN LINE FOR A CHANCE TO GRAB A PICTURE AND GET AN AUTOGRAPH SIGNED BY SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE ATHLETES AND COACHES.
SMOLTZ SAYS IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND BE RECOGNIZED FOR HIS WORK.

John Smoltz, Inductee "This is a humbling experience to know that in the state of Georgia all the greats that has represented this great museum and just the opportunity to be apart of it hasn't sunk in yet"
Tracy Ham, Inductee "It's pretty amazing you never think about, what you are doing and why you are doint it and then when you get to a point where you stop doing it and you step back and look at it and go wow that was a special time"

THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME IS OPEN TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY... FROM 9 TO 5.




TONIGHT... PARTLY CLOUDY WITH LOWS IN THE LOWER-TO-MID 30S.
SUNDAY... MOSTLY SUNNY MORNING, INCREASINGLY CLOUDY AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S.
SUNDAY NIGHT... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND LOWS IN THE LOWER 40S.
MONDAY... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S.


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

THE PINKEST PARTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA IS AROUND THE CORNER... AND MANY PEOPLE ARE GEARING UP FOR THE BIG WEEK BY SPORTING THE EVENT'S SIGNATURE COLOR.

THE 2012 CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL THINK PINK CAMPAIGN KICKED OFF TODAY.
PEOPLE CAME OUT TO GET THEIR CARS AND WINDOWS PAINTED WITH CHERRY BLOSSOMS.
THE 2012 ROYAL COURT FOR THE FESTIVAL... AND PETALS THE PINK POODLE... WERE ON SITE TO GREET GUESTS AS THEY ARRIVED.
FESTIVAL LOVERS SAY THE THINK PINK KICK OFF IS A GREAT WAY TO GET PEOPLE IN THE MOOD FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL.

Lisa Gilbert, Macon "This is such an important event for this city and every single car in Macon needs to have cherry blossoms on it and every mailbox needs to have bows. We need to support this festival this brings a lot of revenue into this city and we need to represent"

YOU CAN ALSO BUY TICKETS FOR THE PINK GOLF CART RAFFLE...TICKETS ARE 5 DOLLARS AND THE DRAWING WILL BE HELD AT CENTRAL CITY PARK ON MARCH 25TH.
THE 2012 CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL COMES TO TOWN ON MARCH 16TH TO MARCH 25TH.
**TURN**

TONIGHT... PARTLY CLOUDY WITH LOWS IN THE LOWER-TO-MID 30S.
SUNDAY... MOSTLY SUNNY MORNING, INCREASINGLY CLOUDY AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S.
SUNDAY NIGHT... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND LOWS IN THE LOWER 40S.
MONDAY... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S.

EVER WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE FOOD TO EAT?
WELL... KIDS AT ONE CHURCH IN MACON ARE JOINING THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS ACROSS THE WORLD TO BRING ATTENTION TO HUNGER... POVERTY... AND INJUSTICE.

MORE THAN 30 STUDENTS CROWED THE LAWN OF MARTHA BOWMAN ON BASS ROAD FOR THEIR 30 HOUR FAMINE AWARENESS EVENT.
THE CHILDREN LEARNED THE REAL ISSUES SURROUNDING HUNGER AND POVERTY BY GOING WITHOUT FOOD SO OTHERS WON'T HAVE TO.
THE STUDENTS SAY THE EVENT HELPED OPEN THEIR EYES TO GLOBAL POVERTY AND HUNGER AROUND THE WORLD.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES... ELIZABETH HAMMOCK... SAYS THEY RAISED MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS LAST YEAR FOR THE EVENT.. AND SHE HOPES TO SURPASS THAT GOAL THIS YEAR.

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER
TONIGHT... PARTLY CLOUDY WITH LOWS IN THE LOWER-TO-MID 30S.
SUNDAY... MOSTLY SUNNY MORNING, INCREASINGLY CLOUDY AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.
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HAVE A GREAT NIGHT EVERYONE.

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