HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...
OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... THE CAMERAS ARE ROLLING IN CENTRAL GEORGIA TONIGHT AS FILMING FOR THE JACKIE ROBINSON BIOPIC "42" GETS UNDERWAY.
MOST OF TODAY'S ACTION HAPPENED IN JONES COUNTY... AND THAT'S WHERE WE FIND CANDACE ADORKA.
CANDACE... WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE OUT THERE NOW?
CANDACE RUNS DOWN THE EVENTS OF THE DAY
THANKS CANDACE... FOR THAT UPDATE.
PRODUCERS OF THE BASEBALL DRAMA '42' DECIDED THEY DON'T NEED HUNDREDS OF EXTRAS TO FILL LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD NEXT WEEK.
THEY SENT OUT EMAILS LETTING MOVIE HOPEFULS THIS MORNING.
WILDS SAYS SHE'S DISSAPPOINTED IN THEIR DECISION BECAUSE SHE'S ALREADY SPENT MONEY AND TIME FINDING HER FORTIES ATTIRE.
Cindy Wilds, Jeffersonville: "i've got all of these clothes that I won't ever wear again and they've cheated me out of my bucket list cross out do i'm not even going to see the movie you know, i've got nothing for them now."
FILM SPOKESMAN... ERNIE MALIK SAYS THEY'LL STILL FILM GAME SCENES AT LUTHER WILLIAMS... BUT WITH FEWER EXTRAS.
JACKIE ROBINSON PLAYED IN THE NEGRO LEAGUES BEFORE HE BROKE INTO THE BIG LEAGUE WITH THE BROOKLYN DODGERS.
MACON HAS QUITE A SPORTING HISTORY... SUZANNE LAWLER JOINS BEN SAPP FROM THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN THE BACKYARD GARDEN.
SUZANNE IS ALSO OUR PHOTOGRAPHER WHILE THE FILM CREWS ARE IN TOWN.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE FRUITS OF HER LABORS AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... JUST LOOK FOR THE STORY
WARNER ROBINS MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN WANTS TO PAY A LOBBYIST 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO WORK FOR THE CITY'S INTERESTS AT THE STATE CAPITOL.
HE INCLUDED THE MONEY IN HIS 2013 BUDGET... WHICH HASN'T' BEEN VOTED ON YET.
TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY SUPPORT HIRING A LOBBYIST... THE OTHER FOUR SAY THEY'RE UNDECIDED.
LORRA LYNCH JONES TALKED WITH SHAHEEN ABOUT THE POSITION AND FOUND OUT IF OTHER GEORGIA CITIES WHO HAVE HIRED LOBBYISTS.. SAW A RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT.
<<nats- Warner Robins
MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS HE WANTS WARNER ROBINS TO BE FRONT OF LEGISLATORS' MIND WHEN THE SESSION STARTS IN ATLANTA NEXT JANUARY.
AND BELIEVES HIRING A LOBBYIST IS THE WAY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
Chuck Shaheen: (2:40) They sit in all these meetings up there at the capitol. They know where the funds are, how to get in touch with key people down here."
HE SAYS THE LOBBYIST HE HAS IN MIND... RUFUS MONTGOMERY OF ATLANTA FIRM HALL.. BOOTH.. SMITH AND SLOVER... COULD HELP THE CITY LOCATE MONEY..
Shaheen: (4:45) Theres always public safety grants we could get. Parks and recreation, as we grow our program, walking trails, just so many things to help relieve our general fund."
THE CITY OF MACON PAID A FEDERAL LOBBYIST FOR SEVERAL YEARS FOR A SIMILAR PURPOSE... SAYS COUNCIL MEMBER RICK HUTTO.
10:50: We definitely did have some wins from the federal govt. back during the admin of Jack Elllis. We had several million dollar appropriations as a result of that.
THE CITY SWITCHED FIRMS UNDER THE REICHERT ADMINISTRATION... AND IN HUTTO'S OPINION... DIDN'T SEE A RETURN ON THIER INVESTMENT.
(11:15) 11:15 "I was never able to see any real progress from Blank Rome."
MACON ENDED THE CONTRACT ... WITH HUTTO SAYING HE BELIEVES LEGISLATORS... CAN DO THE JOB OF A LOBBYIST... WITHOUT EXTRA TAXPAYER MONEY.
quick nats- legslature
HOUSTON COUNTY'S STATE LEGISLATORS CURRENTLY SIT IN SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL POSITIONS... LARRY ONEILL AS MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE... CECIL STATON AS MAJORITY WHIP IN THE SENATE... AND SENATOR ROSS TOLLESON IS ALSO A RANKING MEMBER OF THAT BODY.
THAT ASIDE... WES SMITH.. ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER IN ALBANY GEORGIA... SAYS PAYING A LOBBYIST BRINGS THEIR CITY BENEFITS.
Wes Smith: (4:16) "Having a year round contract with a lobbyist can be very helpful dealing with agencies where you're having a particular project or something like that, you need to get to the right person. They know who to get and you would not."
SMITH SAYS ALBANY HIRED RUFUS MONTGOMERY... THE SAME LOBBYIST SHAHEEN WANTS TO HIRE... AND CALLED THE RELATIONSHIP A SUCCESS... WITH MONTGOMERY HELPING TO INFLUENCE STATE LAWS THAT IMPACTED ALBANY.
Chuck Shaheen: 4:00) "We'll try it one year and if it works out, if we get a return on an investment we'll try it again."
COUNCIL HAS YET TO AGREE... BUT THE BUDGET COMES UP FOR A VOTE THIS MONTH.
>> WHILE SHAHEEN PUT 30-THOUSAND IN HIS BUDGET TO PAY FOR A LOBBYIST AT THE STATE CAPITOL.... HE DECIDED NOT GIVE THE 21ST CENTURY PARTNERSHIP THE 45-THOUSAND DOLLARS THEY REQUESTED.
THE 21ST CENTURY PARTNERSHIP IS NOT A LOBBYING FIRM... BUT ADVOCATES FOR ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IN WASHINGTON.
HE ALLOTTED 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THAT ORGANIZATION... THE SAME AMOUNT THE CITY PROVIDED LAST YEAR.
WHEN MACON NATIVE RACHEL HUSSEY AND HER FIANCE' PLANNED THEIR WEDDING.. THE COUPLE HOPED TO NOTIFY THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WITH HUSSEY'S HOMETOWN PAPER.. THE TELEGRAPH.
BUT THE COUPLE SAYS.. THE TELEGRAPH BALKED AT THEIR REQUEST BECAUSE HUSSEY PLANS TO MARRY A WOMAN - LISA WILSON.
Laura Wilson: "We got a response that they would not publish it because same sex unions aren't legal in Georgia.
We were really disappointed because, even though our marriage isn't legally recognized by the Federal government--or even Georgia or Virginia--we still hoped we could announce and celebrate it with our hometown.
Despite the fact that, you know, our marriage isn't legal there, we are getting married and it's real and valid to us."
THE COUPLE WANTS THE TELEGRAPH TO INCLUDE ALL SAME-SEX MARRIAGES AS A MATTER OF POLICY.
RACHEL AND LISA PLAN TO WED IN AUGUST.
MACON POLICE SAY A MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR THE FIFTH TIME IN FIVE MONTHS AFTER A ROBBERY IN BLOOMFIELD.
THEY SAY THE ROBBERY HAPPENED AROUND 4 P.M. WEDNEDAY AT ROCKY CREEK FOODS ON ROCKY CREEK ROAD..
A MAN TOLD POLICE HE WAS ROBBED BY THREE MEN AS HE SAT OUTSIDE THE STORE.
ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE, OFFICERS ARRESTED A SUSPECT IN THE 5700 BLOCK OF BLOOMFIELD ROAD:19-YEAR-OLD EMMANUEL LEE STROUD, JR.
THE RELEASE SAID HE'S BEEN ARRESTED EIGHT TIMES SINCE 2010....FIVE OF THEM SINCE MID-JANUARY.
HE IS BEING HELD IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL, CHARGED WITH ROBBERY BY SNATCHING AND A PROBATION VIOLATION.
Clay Moncrief, Houston County Bus Driver: Each contestant represents their county, compete in their local rodeo and the 1st and 2nd place moves on to the state competition and the 1st and 2nd place from this competition goes on to the international competition.
Frank Scott, Houston Schools Transportation Director: We're hoping all the counties throughout GA will have local competition just like we did in April. be able to elt the drivers polish their skills and practice doing some of the things they do on a daily basis.
HOUSTON COUNTY PLACED 14TH OUT OF 59 COMPETITIORS.. COBB COUNTY PLACED FIRST..
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