Saturday, June 9, Eyewitness News at 11

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THE FILMING OF THE MOVIE '42' HAS CAUSED A BUZZ IN CENTRAL GEORGIA THE LAST FEW DAYS... BUT IT FALLS IN LINE WITH A GROWING TREND IN THE PEACH STATE.
ACCORDING TO GEORGIA-DOT-ORG... THE STATE RANKS IN THE TOP 5 FOR PRODUCTION DESTINATIONS IN THE COUNTRY... AND THAT MEANS BIG BUCKS FOR THE ECONOMY.

IN 2011... THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF ENTERTAINMENT PROJECTS HANDLED BY THE GEORGIA FILM... MUSIC AND DIGITAL ENTERTINAMENT OFFICE HIT AT ABOUT 2 POINT 4 BILLION DOLLARS.

SOME OF THE MORE RECENT FILMS SHOT IN GEORIGA INCLUDE FOOTLOOSE... WANDERLUST... THE THREE STOOGES... FAST FIVE... AND NOW '42' HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.

THE CAST AND CREW ROLLED INTO TOWN THURSDAY FROM CHATANOOGA... TENNESSEE... AND STARTED FILMING BASEBALL SCENES AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD IN MACON ON FRIDAY.
THEY'RE TAKING A BREAK OVER THE WEEKEND... BUT SOME CAST MEMBERS STILL HIT THE DIAMOND.
AS AUSTIN LEWIS REPORTS... A HANDFULL OF THEM SPENT THE DAY AT MOUNT DE SALES' FIELD FOR A REAL GAME OF BASEBALL.
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IT'S THE HIT....
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AND THE CATCH.
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Paul Mayer, New York: I just love to play, i'll just play until the wheels come off, i am 38 years old, until I am done, until I can't go no more.
BUT THIS WAS NO ORDINARY BASEBALL GAME... AT LEAST 9 PLAYERS FROM THE MOVIE '42' HIT THE FIELD TO DO WHAT THEY LOVED.
Chris Dunn, Warner Robins: With this movie coming into town it was scheduled to shoot on a Friday and a Monday I knew I had a lot of the guys coming in from New York, California two hours away and I knew they wanted to drive back Saturday come back Sunday, so I knew they would be in town, so let's put them on a team.
STEVEN PICKETT... PLAYED CATCHER AT THIS GAME... BUT IN THE FILM HE'S AN UMPIRE.
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Steven Pickett, Bonaire: it's all down to this one catch in the scene that I was actually a part of, so it's really, a lot is take, and take, and take. They do a bunch of different footages from different angles, just to get the right angle, so that's really how it's been with that.
BUT PICKETT SAYS IT'S NICE TO SEE LUTHER WILLIAMS GET A HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER.
Steven Pickett, Bonaire: The film crew came in there and they have done some work to field, and it's definitely, and it still has that old timey look and it's still got, you know the background of Macon.
ONE PLAYER SAYS HE WAS THREE FEET AWAY FROM ONE OF THE STARS OF THE MOVIE... HARRISON FORD.
Paul Mayer, New York: Not talkative, not that talkative, nice guy, he said hello, he responded to us but he wasn't talkative, he was there for business and that's that.
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WITH FILMING EXPECTED TO RESUME ON ON MONDAY... IT'LL BE BACK TO BUSINESS FOR MOST OF TEAM '42'... BUT ON SATURDAY IT WAS ALL ABOUT LOVE OF THE GAME.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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A MEMBER OF THE 13 W-M-A-Z TEAM HELPED KICK OFF THE GAME.
CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES THREW OUT THE FIRST PITCH.

FILMING FOR THE MOVIE STARTS UP AGAIN ON MONDAY... AND WE'LL HELP YOU KEEP UP WITH IT ON OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.
SCROLL DOWN THE HOMEPAGE TO THE "CHECK IT OUT" BOX ON THE RIGHT.
YOU'LL SEE A LINK CALLED "THE FILMING OF 42".
CLICK THERE FOR OUR MOST RECENT VIDEO... BIOS OF THE CAST... STORIES.. PHOTOS AND MORE.

AND... IF YOU'RE FOLLOWING THE ACTION ON TWITTER... OR CHATTING ABOUT IT YOURSELF... BE SURE TO USE THE HASHTAG 42-MOVIE.
WE MAY SHARE SOME OF YOUR TWEETS OR PICS... RIGHT HERE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.

INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL WORKING TO SOLVE A 4-MONTH-OLD MURDER... BUT TODAY... FAMILY AND FIRENDS GATHERED TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF THE VICTIM.
IN MARCH AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO AN APPARTMENT FIRE... AND FOUND THE BODY OF 40-YEAR-OLD YVONNE JACKSON IN THE SORCHED BEDROOM... WITH A BULLET WOUND TO THE HEAD.

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JACKSON'S MOTHER AND SEVERAL OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS MET FOR A MEMORY WALK ON PATTERSON STREET THIS MORNING.
IT'S THE SAME STREET WHERE JACKSON WAS SHOT.
THEY WALKED FROM ONE END OF THE STREET TO THE OTHER.
POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR JACKSON'S KILLER... WHO THEY BELIEVE ALSO SET FIRE TO THE APARTMENT.
HER MOTHER SAYS SHE'S REMAINS HOPEFUL THAT SOMEONE WILL COME FORWARD WITH INFORMATION.

Ruby Mosley, Jones County: I feel in my heart and in my soul that someone is going to come forward cause God don't do nothing wrong. Some one, or two or three, or four or five is going to come forward.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT JACKSON'S DEATH YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME... AGAIN THAT'S 1-877-68-CRIME.
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THE OCMULGEE RIVER IS FLOWING A LITTLE CLEANER AFTER THE GEORGIA WILDERNESS SOCIETY SPENT THE DAY REMOVING WHAT DIDN'T BELONG.

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MORE THAN 16 VOLUNTEERS LOADED THEIR CANOOES INTO THE OCMULGEE FOR THE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL LITTER CLEANUP.
THE TEAMS SCANNED THE BANKS OF THE RIVER IN SEARCH OF CANS, BOTTLES, GLASS, AND OTHER TRASH THAT POLLUTES THE WATER.
THEY FLOATED FROM TOWN CREEK RESERVOIR TO THE SPRING STREET BOAT LANDING... WHILE WORKING TO PRESERVE THE BEAUTY OF THE RIVER.

Bonnie Gehling, Byron "I like a clean community. I like clean roads and it just irritates me when people throw their trash out and disrespect nature and I think that is one thing that our group does is really appreciate nature and you have to start right at home"

THE GEORGIA WILDERNESS SOCIETY HAS BEEN CLEANING UP THE OCMULGEE RIVER FOR 25 YEARS.

 

CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS WE GO THROUGH THE NIGHT. OVERNIGHT LOW IN THE LOW TO MID 60'S. SUNDAY HAS A NEAR 100% CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, AND HIGHS IN THE LOW TO MID 80'S

 

THANKS JOHN.. .WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW.

PEACH COUNTY WRAPPED UP ITS WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION TODAY...

ORGANIZERS SAY THE FESTIVAL PULLS IN 7-TO-10 THOUSAND PEOPLE EACH YEAR... LOOKING TO ENJOY MUSIC... ART... AND FRESH PRODUCE.
BUT THE MAIN ATTRACTION IS LARGER THAN LIFE.

Shirley Wigfall, Perry "Everything is the art work, the plants and the singing. Everything is just simply wonderful. (Nats of Peach Cobbler) But the peach cobbler is the main thing. It's the world's largest and I'm excited to taste it"

THE SO-CALLED WORLD'S LARGEST PEACH COBBLER MEASURES 11 BY 5 FEET AND ABOUT 8 INCHES DEEP.
IT TAKES 90 POUNDS OF BUTTER.... 150 POUNDS OF SUGAR... AND 75 GALLONS OF PEACHES.
ITS ALL BAKED IN A BRICK OVEN... USING THE FLOOR PANNELS OF SCHOOL BUSSES FROM BLUE BIRD CORP.
CHEFS SERVED THE DESSERT FOR FREE... BUT CHARGED A COUPLE QUARTERS FOR A SIDE OF ICE CREAM

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHERCHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS WE GO THROUGH THE NIGHT. OVERNIGHT LOW IN THE LOW TO MID 60'S. SUNDAY HAS A NEAR 100% CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, AND HIGHS IN THE LOW TO MID 80'S

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