Thursday, May 17, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE ABOUT 11 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE HOLE NEXT YEAR.
THAT'S THE LATEST ESTIMATE FROM CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER RON COLLIER.
HE UPDATED THE SCHOOL BOARD TONIGHT... SAYING A NUMBER OF THINGS CAUSED THE DEFICIT.
HE SAYS THE DISTRICT WILL SPEND ABOUT 4 MILLION DOLLARS MORE IN EMPLOYEE BENEFITS... WHILE LOSING 2-AND-A- HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN LOCAL TAX REVENUE... AND 2-POINT-6 MILLION FROM THE STATE.
SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES SAYS THE BOARD WILL FIND A WAY TO MAKE THE BUDGET MORE EFFICENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE.
BOARD MEMBER GARY BECHTEL SAYS THE COST CUTTING SHOULD START AT THE DISTRICT'S CENTRAL OFFICES.
"We are filling up 484 mulberry but we're doing it on the backs of the tax payers and we've got a budget gap to fill. I'm not gonna support a budget that has anywhere near the general administration numbers that we saw tonight."
"The real work will have to be what can we do with the money we have and improve student education and when we went through this process of looking for a superintendent, we were told our system has failed. We have tried to hire somebody to change our system completely and this will be part of the process."
SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS HE PLANS TO RELEASE HIS FINAL BUDGET TO THE SCHOOL BOARD NEXT MONTH.
HE SAYS ALL COST CUTTING MEASURES WILL BE ON THE TABLE... INCLUDING FURLOUGH DAYS.
"We need to be creative, we need to continue to look for ways to maximize our efficiencies and the new normal that we are experiencing is one were we have to do a lot more, better, with less."
COLLIER SAID THE NUMBERS COULD STILL CHANGE AS THEY LEARN MORE ABOUT LOCAL AND STATE REVENUES... AND FIGURE OUT AREAS TO CUT COSTS.

ALSO IN BIBB COUNTY... ONLY ONE PARENT AND ONE TEACHER SHOWED UP TONIGHT AT AN OPEN FORUM ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY CONCERNS.
(nat - the disrespect to teachers. the disrespect to peers in class)
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HELD THE FORUM AT MILLER MAGNET MIDDLE SCHOOL.
AS PART OF SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND'S IMPROVEMENT PLAN.... THE DISTRICT HIRED A COMPANY CALLED SAFE HAVENS INTERNATIONAL TO EVALUATE SCHOOL SAFETY.
THE TWO PEOPLE WHO WENT TO THE FORUM COMPLETED A SURVEY... THEN TALKED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY CONCERNS.
SAFE HAVENS' CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER LED THE DISCUSSION.
I was expecting a bigger crowd. However, two or three parents that are concerned is good enough for me. You know if we can get one parent that's involved voice their concerns, the school is willing to listen to one person. Two is better than one. Three is better than two and so on.
TOPICS RANGED FROM REINFORCING RULES... TO DRESS CODES.

DANNY GLOVER NO LONGER LEADS BIBB COUNTY'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
THE 24-YEAR-OLD SAYS HE RESIGNED THIS EVENING IN A LETTER TO THE PARTY.
HE SAID HE DIDN'T FEEL THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SUPPORTED HIS EFFORT TO DIVERSIFY THE PARTY MEMBERSHIP.
GLOVER WAS SELECTED AS CHAIRMAN IN JANUARY.
HE SAYS THE NEW CHAIR WILL BE SARAH HUNT... WHO SERVED AS VICE CHAIR.

A WARNER ROBINS MAN WHOSE TWO-YEAR OLD SON STARVED TO DEATH... WAS FOUND GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHER AND TWO COUNTS OF RECKLESS CONDUCT.
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE KATHERINE LUMSDEN SENTENCED WILLIAM DAVIS THE THIRD TO TEN YEARS IN JAIL.... WITH CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED.
HE HAD FACED MURDER AND CHILD CRUELTY CHARGES.
RYAN ENGLISH WITH THE HOUSTON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE SAYS DAVIS HADN'T SEEN HIS TWO-YEAR-OLD SON FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS... BECAUSE OF LONG HOURS AT WORK.
MEDICS SAID THE TWO YEAR OLD WEIGHED 12 POUNDS SIX OUNCES.
SADE SHAMON KING...THE CHILD'S MOTHER AND DAVIS'S GIRLFRIEND IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE... WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.

HOUSTON COUNTY'S RELAY FOR LIFE STEPS OFF TOMORROW... AND ONE WOMAN IS CELEBRATING WITH A NEW HAIRDO.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
JEANETTE VALADEZ CHALLENGED HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO HELP HER RAISE 212 DOLLARS FOR RELAY FOR LIFE.
IN RETURN... SHE SAID SHE WOULD DONATE NINE INCHES OF HER HAIR TO LOCKS OF LOVE.
SO THIS AFTERNOON... VALADEZ GOT THE BIG CHOP TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS... AND HELP SOMEONE ELSE BENEFIT FROM HER SHORTER STYLE.
Jeanette Valadez: (08) It's personal as well. My brother lost his battle with cancer and my grandmother as well so I am making this contribution in their honor as well.
VALADEZ IS PART OF THE MIDSOUTH COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION TEAM... WHICH RAISED 35-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CONTRIBUTIONS.
SHE SAID SHE NEARLY DOUBLED HER CHALLENGE AMOUNT WITH 372 DOLLARS... BUT SHE WOULD HAVE GLADLY DONATED HER HAIR EITHER WAY.

MOST PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 26 CAN NOW REMAIN ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE... BUT THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.
AND FOR TWENTY-SOMETHINGS WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE... FINANCIAL LITERACY COMES INTO PLAY.
IF YOU'RE SHOPPING FOR A SOLUTION... SHERRI GOSS HAS SOME ADVICE FOR YOU.
Since the federal government passed the Affordable Care Act, people age 18-26 can now remain on their parents' coverage, even if they don't live at home and are not in college full-time. However, this is not the case if your parents are on Tricare insurance, which is for military members.

As a minimum, I suggest young people have a catastrophic or high-deductible policy. Here's how these work. Let's say you choose a policy with a $5,000 deductible because you're healthy, and you never get sick. Choosing this type of plan will make the monthly premiums as low as possible. Well, one day you are either seriously injured, or get seriously ill. Let's say your medical bills total $500,000. Your insurance policy could cover those bills, after you meet the deductible, and owing someone $5000 (if you have to use credit to pay the deductible) is a lot better than owing someone $500,000. Plus, this prevents you from having to file bankruptcy for medical debt, which would ruin your credit.

To learn more and research your options, go to www.healthcare.gov <http://www.healthcare.gov>.
SO WE'VE GIVEN YOU THE TIPS ON HOW TO STAY OUT OF FINANCIAL TROUBLE... BUT HOW DO YOU FIX THE DAMAGE YOU'VE DONE BEFORE?
TOMORROW NIGHT... WE'RE TAKING ON WAYS TO GET YOURSELF BACK ON SOLID GROUND.

THE WEEKEND IS ALMOST UPON US AND SCENE 13 HAS ENOUGH ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS TO KEEP YOU HOPPING THROUGH THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
FIRST UP... TAKE A TRIP TO CRAWFORD COUNTY TO CELEBRATE ITS POTTERY-MAKING PAST WITH THIS YEAR'S JUGFEST AND OLD KNOXVILLE DAYS.
THE FUN GETS GOING TOMORROW WITH A LUNCH AND LEARN INCLUDING THE PEACHES... PORK AND BEEF COOK-OFF.
THEN SATURDAY... JOIN A FULL DAY OF FUN WITH POTTERY AND CRAFT SALES... A QUILT SHOW... ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS... LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND MUCH MORE.
IT ALL GOES DOWN IN KNOXVILLE AND ROBERTA STARTING AT 9 A-M SATURDAY... JUST VISIT G-A-JUG-FEST DOT COM FOR A MAP OF ALL THE FESTIVITIES.
IN MACON... THE PLAY'S THE THING THIS WEEKEND AS THE CURTAIN RISES ON MACON LITTLE THEATRE'S PRODUCTION OF "THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB."
IT TELLS THE STORY OF FIVE SOUTHERN WOMEN WHO BECAME FRIENDS ON THEIR COLLEGE SWIM TEAM... AND THEIR YEARLY REUNIONS.
THE SHOW OPENS TOMORROW... AND RUNS THROUGH MAY 27TH.
TICKETS WILL RUN YOU 18 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS... 15 FOR SENIORS 60 AND OLDER... AND TEN DOLLARS FOR STUDENTS.
FOR RESERVATIONS... JUST CALL 471-7529.
AGAIN... 471-7529.
AND WHEN YOU'RE DONE AT THE THEATRE... HEAD NEXT DOOR TO THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES TO JOURNEY BACK THROUGH TIME.
"LIFE THROUGH TIME: DINOSAURS AND ICE AGE MAMMALS"... LETS YOU EXPERIENCE THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF HOW A FEW FAMOUS ANIMALS LIVED.
THE EXHIBIT ALSO INCLUDES A ROBOTIC SKELETON YOU CAN CONTROL... CRAYON RUBBING TABLES AND A DINOSAUR DIG.
IT OPENS TOMORROW AND RUNS THROUGH SEPTEMBER
FOR MORE INFO... GIVE THE MUSEUM A CALL AT 478-477-3232.
ON SATURDAY NIGHT... GRAY STATION BETTER HOMETOWN INVITES YOU TO ENJOY SOME MUSIC UNDER THE STARS.
THE OLD SOUL BAND FEATURING BEE BIVINS AND BO PONDER WILL TAKE THE STAGE FOR AN OUTDOOR CONCERT.
YOU'RE WELCOME TO BRING THE FAMILY AND PACK A PICNIC.
GATES OPEN AT 6:30 AT THE JONES COUNTY LION'S CLUB FAIRGROUNDS... THAT'S ON HIGHWAY 18 IN GRAY.
KIDS 15 AND UNDER GET IN FREE... FOR EVERYONE ELSE IT'S FIVE DOLLARS.
AND LOOKING AHEAD... THIS ONE'S NOT UNTIL NEXT WEEK BUT YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY.
TRAVIS TRITT IS COMING TO THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM NEXT FRIDAY... MAY 25TH.
GEORGIA'S OWN SHANE BRIDGES WILL ALSO TAKE THE STAGE.
IT'S ALL PART OF A CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE A-R-C.
SHOWTIME IS AT 7-30.
FOR TICKET INFORMATION.... JUST CALL 751-9152.
AGAIN... 751-9152.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
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LETTERMAN'S NEXT.... WITH CONAN O'BRIEN
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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