HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...
CROSSING ARMS COULD COME TO THE IGNICO DRIVE RAIL LINE INTERSECTION BY NOVEMBER.
LAST WEEK.... DONELLE REID AND HER INFANT DAUGHTER DIED THERE AFTER THE CAR THEY WERE RIDING IN COLLIDED WITH A TRAIN.
AUSTIN LEWIS IS AT THE INTERSECTION WITH PAMELA PATTEN... A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE'S PASSIONATE ABOUT GETTING CROSSING ARMS INSTALLED THERE QUICKLY.
THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS STATE LAW REQUIRES A SET AMOUNT OF TIME TO PLAN AND REVIEW THE WORK.
ACCORDING TO ITS TIME TABLE...G-DOT SENT A PLAN FOR THIS PROJECT TO NORFOLK SOUTHERN ON MONDAY... JUNE 4TH.
IT SAYS G-DOT HAS ALSO SUBMITTED THEIR PLANS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL... WHICH SHOULD COME THIS MONTH.
THEN NORFOLK SOUTHERN MUST REVIEW THOSE PLANS AND GIVE G-DOT A COST ESTIMATE BY SEPTEMBER.
THEN G-DOT WILL HAVE TWO DAYS TO PREPARE AN AGREEMENT
....AND THE RAILROAD HAS FOUR TO EIGHT WEEKS TO SIGN IT.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THEY'LL NEED TWO WEEKS TO APPROVE FUNDING AND EXECUTE THE AGREEMENT.
ONLY THEN CAN THE RAILROAD START WORK.
ALL THAT PUTS THE INSTALLATION INTO NOVEMBER.
NORFOLK SOUTHERN HAS SIX MONTHS TO FINSH THE WORK...WHICH COULD LAST INTO APRIL.
SUSAN TERPAY WITH NORFOLK SOUTHERN SAYS.. THE PROCESS JUST TAKES TIME.
Susan Terpay, Norfolk Southern PR: "I, I, I can't make a best guess. I know that we are going to expedite every part of the process as quickly as possible."
WE'LL CONTINUE REPORTING TO GET ANSWERS ON WHEN THOSE CROSSING GATES MIGHT BE COMING TO IGNICO DRIVE.
IF VOTERS APPROVE THE CONSOLIDATION PROPOSAL JULY 31ST.. THE SHERIFF WOULD BE THE TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL.
FORMER MACON MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER ELMO RICHARDSON DISCUSSED THE TOP COP SITUATION DURING THIS WEEK'S CLOSE-UP.
ELLIS OPPOSES CONSOLIDATION.. AND FAVORS AN APPOINTED POLICE CHIEF.
RICHARDSON SUPPORTS CONSOLIDATION.. AND DOESN'T CARE WHO'S TOP COP AS LONG AS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND POLICE DEPARTMENT MERGE SMOOTHLY.
Elmo Richardson, County Commissioner: September the 1st, a transitation team will be formed to deal with these issues. They'll have 16 months in which to work through the details, and I can assure there will be a lot of details. This is one, working through the merger of the police department and the sheriff's office.
Jack Ellis, Former Mayor: It is not good policy. I think it makes for very bad government on the part on the mayor and council of this new government when you have absolutely no say, only recommendations. No say in crime fighting.
YOU CAN WATCH CLOSE-UP AT NOON SATURDAY AND SIX A-M SUNDAY ON 13 WMAZ.
THIRD STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON WILL BECOME A STREET IN DAYTONA BEACH... WHEN FILMING STARTS FOR 42.
JUDY LE CHECKS OUT THE LOCATION... AND THE ROLE IT WILL PLAY IN HARRISON FORD'S NEW MOVIE.
DOWNTOWN MACON'S THIRD STREET IS GETTING SOME MOVIE MAGIC....
sot alan anthony, blair furniture - 454 our freight elevator door that comes out to the parking lot, they say, they're going to transform that into a drinking fountain. 506
sot rob holman, central park pizza - 2001 they said they were going to make this street like daytona beach 1984 and i thought why not go to daytona beach there isntead of macon 2011
THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT HARRISON FORD'S PRODUCTION CREW COMING TO TOWN AND GETTING THE BLOCK OF BUSINESSES READY FOR THE NEW MOVIE...42.
ALAN ANTHONY...WHO WORKS AT BLAIR FURNITURE...CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE MAKESHIFT FOUNTAIN.
sot anthony - 635 - they said that's where jackie robinson's mother will take a drink at the fountain. it, by the time and day, is going to cause friction. 648
THE FIVE BUSINESSES MARKED WITH A STRIPED AWNING WILL ALL BE A PART OF '42'.
standup - 1724 anthony says the 42 production crew took notice of the awning. he says blair furniture will turn into a department store in the movie.
sot mildred ford, macon - 1630 whoever decided that, they really have good taste 1637
ANTHONY HOPES TO MEET FORD WHILE HE FILMS IN THE AREA.
sot anthony - 550 i like to sell so i'd like to sell him something 553
nat - i'd probably like to give him these delta spoons...
THE STREET TRANSFORMATION BEGINS LATER THIS WEEK.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE BUSINESS PEOPLE SAY FILMING WILL BEGIN FRIDAY JUNE 15TH... AND WRAP UP TUESDAY THE 19TH.
OTHER SCENES WILL BE FILMED AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD...ON SECOND STREET... AT TERMINAL STATION... AND PERHAPS OTHER SPOTS AROUND TOWN.
THE FILM ALSO WENT LOOKING ON FACEBOOK FOR SOMEONE TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.
LISA HILLAND WON THAT COMPETITION... AND SHE JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE..
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WILL YOU TRY TO WATCH FILMING OF SCENES FOR '42'?
SO FAR 89 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU WON'T.
AND 11 PERCENT SAY YES... YOU'LL GIVE IT A TRY.
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A PROGRAM THAT CALLS ON PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP PUT CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS.. HELD ITS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER TODAY..
THE MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS PROGRAM HELD IT'S 6TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY THE CENTERVILLE ROTARY CLUB..
THE LUNCHEON HELPS TO RAISE MONEY FOR REWARDS OFFERED FOR CRIME TIPS.
REPRESENTATIVES FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ALL OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA ATENDED.... AND WATCHED A PRESENTATION ABOUT CRIMESTOPPERS.
DIRECTOR WARREN SELBY SAYS.. THEY'RE DEPENDENT ON THE COMMUNTIY FOR SUCCESS.
Warren Selby, Director, Macon Regional Crimestoppers: "A safe community is an engaged community so it's programs like Crimestoppers and Neighborhood Watch that the community can get involved and help make their neighborhoods safer.
IN ALMOST 12 YEARS.. CRIMESTOPPERS HAS REWARDED NEARLY 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR TIPS..
IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT A CRIME.. CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
WITH SCHOOL OUT... A GROUP OF KIDS FROM BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA COULD HAVE DECIDED TO SPEND THEIR ENTIRE SUMMER BY THE POOL... BUT THEY WENT ANOTHER ROUTE.
ABOUT 30 MIDDLE-SCHOOL AGED VOLUNTEERS TOOK A CHURCH MISSION TRIP TO WORK WITH REBUILDING MACON... AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS HOMEOWNERS WHO CAN'T HANDLE THE UPKEEP OF THEIR HOUSES.
THEY SPENT TODAY WORKING ON THE HOME OF ROBERT AND PHYLLIS BATTLE... SCRAPING... PAINTING... AND DOING YARD WORK.
IT'S THE SECOND HOUSE THE GROUP HAS REVAMPED ON THEIR TRIP.
THE BATTLES SAY THEY'RE EVER GRATEFUL.. .WHILE THE VOLUNTEERS SAY THE PLEASURE IS THEIRS.
REBUILDING MACON OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE MANY MORE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO GET INVOLVED...
...YOU CAN LOG ON TO REBUILDING-MACON-DOT-ORG... OR CALL 744-9808.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER... 744 9808
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