GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
LAST NIGHT... WE TALKED TO MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT... AFTER HE TOLD COUNCIL MEMBERS... HE THINKS THE FIRE AND POLICE PENSION BOARD COULD SOON SUE THE CITY.
BUT BEFORE A COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT... FORMER MACON-BIBB COUNTY FIRE CHIEF... JIMMY HARTLEY... GAVE COUNCIL... HIS SIDE.
AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... THE BOARD MEMBER SAYS THEY DON'T WANT TO FILE A LAWSUIT.
Nats, Hartley: "I'm not going to get on my soapbox tonight, and I'm not going to rail on anybody. I just wanted to touch up on a few things that were previously said."
FORMER MACON-BIBB COUNTY FIRE CHIEF... JIMMY HARTLEY... ADDRESSED COUNCIL TUESDAY... HE SAYS... AS A GENERAL REBUTTLE TO MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT'S COMMENTS A DAY EARLIER.
Nats: "There is no perfect storm brewing."
MAYOR REICHERT DESCRIBED THE ISSUES BETWEEN THE FIRE AND POLICE PENSION BOARD AND THE CITY... AS A PERFECT STORM... SAYING IT COULD BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE BOARD SUES THE CITY.
Amy Aubert: "Does the board currently have plans to sue the city at all?"
Hartley: "No. No."
HARTLEY SAYS THE BOARD IS WORKING TO KEEP A LAWSUIT OUT OF THE ISSUE.
Hartley: "Everybody's going to suffer if this thing goes to court and it goes downhill from here and we do not want that to happen."
HE CALLS THE SOLUTION... SIMPLE.
Hartley: "Allow us to hire our own actuary, allow us to hire our own auditor, let the attorney work this out with the administration or however he has to work it out, and don't interfere with the board."
HARTLEY AGREED WITH MAYOR REICHERT'S COMMENTS... THAT THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE BOARD... IS LIKE A MARRIAGE... CALLING IT... A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP.
HARTLEY SAYS HE'S WILLING TO SIT DOWN WITH THE MAYOR... AND HOPES THE GROUPS CAN PUT THE ISSUES BEHIND THEM... SOON.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> COUNCIL PLANS TO HAVE A WORK SESSION NEXT TUESDAY TO DISCUSS THE PENSION PLAN.
HARTLEY SAYS BOARD MEMBERS PLAN TO ATTEND.
BIBB COUNTY LEADERS PLAN TO USE OLD DISTRICT LINES FOR 2012 ELECTIONS... NOT ONES DRAWN EARLIER THIS YEAR.
COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS BIBB COUNTY'S STATE REPRESENTATIVES CHANGED THE REDISTRICTED MAPS FOR COUNTY COMMISSION SEATS.. AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN APPROVED BY THE U-S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT YET.
HART SAYS... WITH QUALIFYING NEXT WEEK... JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TOLD COUNTY ATTORNEY VIRGIL ADAMS.... THE MAPS PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE APPROVED IN TIME.
Sam Hart, Bibb Commission Chairman: The commission voted four to one today to go with the old lines and wait for the clearance from the Justice Department relative to the new lines.
FEDERAL LAW SAYS NEW ELECTION DISTRICT LINES MUST BE DRAWN AFTER EACH 10-YEAR CENSUS.
TO PROTECT VOTER RIGHTS...SEVERAL STATES.. INCLUDING GEORGIA.. MUST GET U-S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL ON ANY ELECTION CHANGES.
FOR FOLKS 18 TO 29 YEARS OLD... THE SO-CALLED MILLENNIAL GENERATION... NAVIGATING THROUGH THE FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE CAN BE TOUGH.
THE ROAD CAN START WHEN THEY HEAD OFF TO COLLEGE.
THE AVERAGE COLLEGE GRADUATE FACES 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT... AND THAT CAN TAKE A WHILE TO PAY OFF.
SHERRI GOSS HAS SOME ADVICE ON MAKING SURE YOU START OUT ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
Student loans can make it very easy to get deep in debt. The average college graduate finishes school owing $25,000 in student loan debt, and can find this a really tough thing to pay off. The other problem is that loan payments are so low, you can pay on them for years.
There are private student loans, and government student loans. Be careful if you're shopping for private student loans with different lenders, as each time you apply, the fact that you've applied will go on your credit report, and can negatively impact your credit. Federally backed loans do not require a credit check, and generally have better terms.
If you have taken student loans out, and are still in school, but your finances are better, consider making payments while you're still in school. Some loans start to accrue interest when the loan is made, not when it comes due.
If you have a loan and are just now going to start paying it off, use an online calculator to see how long it will take to pay it off if you only make minimum payments. You can use the online calculator at www.finaid.org <http://www.finaid.org>, and on this site you can also research loans and consolidation options.
YOU'RE FREE OF COLLEGE... YOU'VE DODGED THE CREDIT CARD TRAPS AND CHOSEN WISELY WITH YOUR STUDENT LOANS.
TOMORROW... WE'RE LOOKING AT HOW TO HANDLE YOUR FIRST MAJOR PURCHASE... LIKE A CAR... AND WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN YOU DO.
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THIS WEEK ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNING... WE'VE LOOKED AT THE DAMAGE GROWN-UP BULLIES DO IN THE WORKPLACE.
TOMORROW MORNING -- WE TALLY UP THE COST OF A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT.
OUR LEADERSHIP EXPERT, DR. C..... EXPLAINS THE DANGEROUS DYNAMIC OF BULLYING BEHAVIOR.. AND TALKS ABOUT WHAT STEPS MANAGERS CAN TAKE-- TO STOP IT.
THAT'S PART *THREE IN OUR FOUR PART SERIES... TOMORROW MORNING AT 6-30 ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU BEEN A VICTIM OF WORKPLACE BULLYING?
SO FAR 38 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
48 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU HAVEN'T.
AND 14 PERCENT OF YOU SAID YOU HAVEN'T BEEN A VICTIM... BUT YOU'VE WITNESSED WORKPLACE BULLYING.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.
THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR HAS UNVEILED ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTS FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT.
ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE.. THE BAND HOT CHELLE RAE WILL TAKE THE STAGE ON OCTOBER 13TH.
THE POP-ROCK GROUP... WHICH GOT ITS START IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE... CLIMBED THE CHARTS LAST SUMMER WITH THEIR SINGLE "TONIGHT, TONIGHT."
THE RELEASE SAYS ALL-STAR WEEKEND WILL BE THE OPENING ACT.
IT ALSO SAYS FAIR OFFICIALS ARE WORKING TO SET UP ONE OTHER CONCERT... AND WILL RELEASE DETAILS AS SOON AS IT'S SET.
BASEBALL PLAYERS WHO WANT TO TAKE PART IN FILMING HARRISON FORD'S NEW MOVIE "42"... STILL HAVE A CHANCE.
"42" IS SET TO FILM NEXT MONTH AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD.
THEY'RE LOOKING FOR 190 PLAYERS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 38... FOR FILMING ON JUNE 8TH AND 11TH.
TO APPLY... JUST SENT THREE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF... A HEADSHOT... A FULL BODY SHOT AND AN ACTION SHOT... TO CHRIS-AT-M-G-A-BASEBALL DOT COM.
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