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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..

I'M FRANK MALLOY..

LEAH JOINS US IN JUST A MOMENT WITH A LOOK INSIDE CONSOLIDATION...

SHE'S TALKING TO A MEMBER OF OUR LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND THE CONSOLIDATION TRANSITION TEAM ... ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT IN THE MERGER OF MACON, PAYNE CITY, AND BIBB COUNTY'S GOVERNMENTS.

FIRST THOUGH... WE RECAP SOME OF THE HIGH POINTS...

CONSOLIDATION MERGES MACON... BIBB COUNTY... AND PAYNE CITY.

AND A MAYOR... AND A NINE MEMBER COMMISSION... WILL GOVERN THAT UNIFIED AREA.

ALSO.. LAW ENFORCEMENT... INCLUDING PROPERTY, BUDGET, AND PERSONNEL... WILL BE CENTRALIZED UNDER A SHERIFF... WHILE THE CHIEF OF POLICE'S POSITION WILL CEASE TO EXIT.

NOW WITH ALL THOSE CHANGES.. WHICH WILL IMPACT INFRASTRUCTURE... AND BUDGET ACROSS THE BOARD... A TRANSITION TEAM IS ASSEMBLING TO HELP NAVIGATE UNCHARTED TERRITORY.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE WILL SERVE ON THAT TEAM... ALONG WITH THE REST OF OUR LOCAL DELEGATION.

HE JOINS US IN STUDIO NOW WITH LEAH.

REPRESENTATIVE PEAKE... YOU WERE AN OUTSPOKEN SUPPORTER OF CONSOLIDATION THROUGHOUT THE LEGISLATIVE CYCLE.

WHY DO YOU THINK WE'RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

TELL US ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF THE TRANSITION TEAM?

IS THE TEAM COMPLETE? HOW WILL THE OTHER SLOTS BE FILLED?

HAVE YOU MET YET?

WHAT'S THE FIRST GOAL?

ARE YOU LOOKING AT MODELS FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE CONSOLIDATED?

TALK ABOUT THE VISION RIGHT NOW... FOR HOW A UNIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT WILL LOOK?

IF THERE'S ONE THING YOU'D MOST LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH YOUR WORK-- WHAT IS THAT?

FORMER MACON MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS WAS ONE OF THE LOUDEST VOICES AGAINST CONSOLIDATION.

NOW HE'S THE FIRST ONE TO ANNOUNCE HIS INTENTIONS TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF THE MERGED GOVERNMENT.

SINCE ELLIS MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT TO RUN ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN LAST NIGHT... TWO OTHERS SAID THEY'LL FOLLOW SUIT.

THEY INCLUDE ACTIVIST AL TILLMAN... AND DAVID COUSINO.

NO STRANGER TO CAMPAIGNING, COUSINO HAS RUN... AND FINISHED LAST... IN THE PAST TWO MAYOR'S RACES.

BUT COUSINO SAYS THE PAST DOESN'T DISCOURAGE HIM.

DAVID COUSINO, MAYORAL CANDIDATE: WHEREAS BEFORE, I WILL PROBABLY RUN THE SAME WAY THAT I RAN MY CAMPAIGN IS RUNNING AS A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS, MEETING INDIVIDUALS, MEETING BUSINESSES IN THE COMMUNITY.

AL TILLMAN, CHECKING SUPPORT: WE WILL BE PUTTING TOGETHER AN EXPLORATORY TEAM OF CITIZENS TO LOOK INTO THE FACT TO SEE WHAT THE INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY IS.

BUT BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART.. AND MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.. SAY THEIR HANDS ARE FULL RIGHT NOW.

THEY'LL BE SERVING ON THE TRANSITION TEAM THAT REPRESENTATIVE PEAKE JUST SPOKE ABOUT.

ROBERT REICHERT, MACON MAYOR: I JUST AS CANDID AS I CAN BE WHEN I SAY I'M GOING TO DEVOTE MY FULL ATTENTION TO THIS TRANSITION TEAM. I THINK IT CAN BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MY TIME.

SAM HART, BIBB COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: I'M RUNNING FOR CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION, AND THAT'S NOVEMBER. ONLY ONE AT A TIME, SIR.

HART.. A DEMOCRAT.. MEETS REPUBLICAN TOM WAGNER... A MACON BUSINESSMAN.. IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION..

HART.. A DEMOCRAT.. MEETS REPUBLICAN TOM WAGNER... A MACON BUSINESSMAN.. IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION..

THE WINNER WILL SERVE AS COMMISSION CHAIRMAN *NEXT *...UNTIL THE NEW CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT TAKES OFFICE ON JANUARY FIRST... 20-14.

SOME CAME TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR A PERSONAL CONVICTION.

OTHERS SAID... THEY WERE JUST STOPPING IN FOR A MEAL... GOING ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS AS USUAL.

EITHER WAY... AN UNOFFICIAL DAY OF RECOGNISTION PROCLAIMED BY FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE...TOOK ROOT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.

HUCKABEE'S NOW A TALK SHOW HOST.

HE ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO SUPPORT THE GEORGIA-BASED CHAIN BECAUSE ITS PRESIDENT... DAN CATHY... SPOKE OUT AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.

SOME OF THE CUSTOMERS WE TALKED TO TODAY.. SHARED THEIR REASONS FOR THEIR LUNCHTIME STOP.

PATSY HAYSLIP: "WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT CHICK FIL A PRESIDENT ON HIS STAND AND WE WANT TO LET HIM KNOW WE SUPPORT HIM AND WE'RE GONNA STAND UP."

 

CHICK FIL A IS BASED IN ATLANTA ... AND HAS 196 LOCATIONS IN GEORGIA.

IT'S CHIEF OFFICER HAS BEEN AN OUTSPOKEN CONSERVATIVE FOR DECADES... AND OFTEN IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS A STRICT SOUTHERN BAPTIST.

BUT CATHY'S STATEMENT HAS FIRED UP GAY RIGHTS GROUPS, WHO ARE CALLING FOR A BOYCOTT.

CITY LEADERS IN BOSTON AND CHICAGO SAY THE RESTAURANT IS NOT WELCOME THERE ...AND THE JIM HENSON COMPANY HAS YANKED ITS MUPPET TOYS FROM KIDS' MEALS.

FOLKS AT THE FORMER HIGH SCHOOL OF TWO-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST VINCENT HANCOCK SAY THEY COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF THEIR 2007 GRADUATE.

AFTER TUESDAY NIGHT'S COMPETITION...THE SKEET SHOOTING CHAMPION FROM EATONTON BECAME THE FIRST TO WIN TWO GOLD MEDALS IN THE EVENT.

HE SCORED HIS FIRST OLYMPIC VICTORY DURING THE BEIJING SUMMER GAMES.

PEOPLE AT GATEWOOD SCHOOL SAY EVEN WITH ALL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION... THEY STILL SEE HANCOCK AS THE FUN-LOVING PERSON HE'S ALWAYS BEEN.

JUST GETTING TO KNOW VINCENT AND WHAT KIND OF KID HE WAS, YOU WOULD WANT SOMEONE LIKE HIM TO ACCOMPLISHWHATHE HAS BECAUSE HE WS A GOOD KID, HE WOULD DO ANYTHING YOU WOULD ASK OF HIM,AND THE ACOMPLISHMENTS THAT HE HAS HAVE REALLY BROUGHT A LOT OF NOTARIETY TO THIS COUNTY

HANCOCK'S FATHER... CRAIG HANCOCK... SAYS HIS SON PLANS TO HELP HIM RUN A SHOOTING RANGE AT THEIR HOUSE IN EATONTON AFTER THE GAMES.

CRAIG HANCOCK TELLS US... SHOOTING ISN'T WORK FOR HIS SON. IT'S SOMETHING THAT COMES NATURALLY.

I TALKED TO HIM JUST BEFORE HE WENT OUT AND HE SAID 'DAD THIS IS WHAT I DO' AND HE JUST LOVES IT. ITS WHAT HE'S ALWAYS TRAINED FOR

HE SAYS THEY'VE ALREADY RECEIVED PHONE CALLS FROM FOLKS FROM ALL AROUND THE UNITED STATES... AND EVEN JAPAN ... WANTING LESSONS FROM THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION.

I TALKED TO HIM JUST BEFORE HE WENT OUT AND HE SAID 'DAD THIS IS WHAT I DO' AND HE JUST LOVES IT. ITS WHAT HE'S ALWAYS TRAINED FOR

HE SAYS THEY'VE ALREADY RECEIVED PHONE CALLS FROM FOLKS FROM ALL AROUND THE UNITED STATES... AND EVEN JAPAN ... WANTING LESSONS FROM THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION.

HART.. A DEMOCRAT.. MEETS REPUBLICAN TOM WAGNER... A MACON BUSINESSMAN.. IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION..

 

HART.. A DEMOCRAT.. MEETS REPUBLICAN TOM WAGNER... A MACON BUSINESSMAN.. IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION..

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