Eyewitness News at 6, 11-22-12

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Good evening and thanks for joining us..

I'm Leah Johnson... tonight on Eyewitness news at Six... we begin with the four hour old cease fire between Israel and Palestine...

We'll have more coverage from Frank Malloy in just a moment.

First.... an update with U.S. top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She traveled to Cairo and announced the cease-fire beside Egypt's Prime Minister.

 

President Obama followed up with a phone call to Israel's Prime Minister.

He thanked Benjamin Netanyahu for his cooperation.

 

Cease Fire comes on the same day that a bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv.... wounding at least twenty-seven people.

 

Frank?

Conflicts between Israel and its neighbors...of course...date back decades.

But depending on your religious background, you may interpret the ever-present crisis in the Middle East in very different ways.

Mercer University Professor Scott Nash teaches courses in Christianity and shared some perspective on the origins of the conflict and how some see potential war in the Middle East as a good thing.

 

 

 

 

<Scott Nash, Professor of Christianity at Mercer University: Talks about the origins of the conflict between Israel and Palestine coming from the creation of the Israeli state, not from thousands of years of fighting between Jews and Muslim Arabs. He explained how the conflict has the potential to really blow up the region and how some Evangelical Christians might welcome this because they see it as s sign of Jesus' return. Nash talks about Christian and Jewish beliefs that Abraham's descendants have sole ownership of the land in dispute and how Muslim Arabs have lived their for several thousand years before the creation of Israel. .... Until both sides.. there will continue to be outbrusts of tension and violence.">

 

 

 

 

 

To see the full interview with Dr. Nash, look for the story on our website, 13wmaz.com.

 

A 12-year-old boy from Dooly County spent the day in the hospital after he accidentally shot himself this morning.

 

 

Katelyn Heck went to the boy's home in Vienna today and has more.

 

 

Leah.

 

It happened around 8:30 this morning inside the boy's home on Halifax Road...off River Road in Vienna.

Randy Lamberth with the Dooly County Sheriff's Office... Says they will not release the victim's name.

 

 

He says the boy and his 13-year-old friend were playing with his father's high powered rifle.

His step uncle... Dennis Parker from Americus... Told me... The boys didn't know the gun was loaded.... But it fired and shot the 12-year-old in the side.... He was taken to Crisp Regional Medical Center in Cordele.

Parker says the bullet broke a rib and grazed his liver...but says his step-nephew is "ok."

Lamberth says no one else was injured.

Leah?

Lamberth says no charges will be filed... And the sheriff's office will not investigate.

Many Central Georgia families today are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner.

And at the Macon Rescue Mission... they've been planning and prepping for weeks... to make tomorrow's big dinner with all the fixings.

Austin Lewis got with their crew of volunteers to talk turkey.

Troy Johnson checks...to make sure this bird...is cooked to golden perfection...

<right now we've got about 60 done...>

While this isn't his first time cooking a turkey...Johnson says it is his first time making Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds.

{***SOT FULL***}

<Troy Johnson, Macon: a lot of work is basically what I expected that's basically what I expected and that's what it's turned out to be.

>

Over the past few weeks they've been collecting canned food...and prepping for the Thanksgiving meal. But the real work began when turkeys arrived at the Macon Rescue Mission Monday.

And from then on...all the week Volunteers...of all ages...stopped by to lend their skills in the kitchen...from chopping up veggies....to cleaning the turkeys.

<, it really becomes more about management than cooking. But uh, you know we do everything as much as we can fresh.>

And that means managing everything from the cranberry sauce to the butter for the rolls and the boxes of sweet potato pie.

But Johnson says...they make sure that each dish...is made with a special ingredient...care.

<Troy Johnson, Macon: And for these people that are having troubles and are hungry at the holidays and what not, I mean a lot of folks this is what they'll get for a holiday meal so that's very important to me.

But the work's not only in the kitchen...volunteers...also makes sure every detail...is ready for Turkey Day.

<Takarra Gary, Macon: Well we rolled up paper towels with spoons, forks and knives.

But while the big meal is just around the corner...volunteers are grateful that hundreds will enjoy their work on Thanksgiving day.

 

<Jeffrey Nicklas, Sr., Executive Director of Macon Rescue Mission: But seeing the people's faces when they get meal and seeing the volunteers that get so enthusiastic about being able to serve those that aren't in their normal world so to speak

 

 

 

Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

 

The Macon Rescue Mission says people who need a Thanksgiving meal... can stop by starting at 11-30 tomorrow morning.

Lunch will end around 2-30 pm.

 

 

They'll also hold a clothing giveaway for families in need.

The rescue mission is located on Hazel Street near downtown Macon.

Here's a listing of some other places to grab a hot meal tomorrow.

The Salvation Army at 1955 Broadway in Macon will be serving meals from 11 a.m. Until 2 p.m.

The community is welcome... And volunteers are always needed.

Call 478-746-8572... Extension 100... For more information.

 

 

Also... George Gibson... A deacon with the Greater Corinth Baptist Church in Macon... says several churches... Community groups and fraternities will come together to serve meals at 5th Street and Walnut Street.

 

That's in downtown Macon.. in the parking lot of the Tubman Museum.

Service starts at noon and lasts until around 2 p.m.

BVolunteers are welcome.

Call 478-745-6657 for more information.

 

 

 

 

Kelvin Jones... Pastor at the "In Spirit and In Truth Church of God" in Macon... says they will serve meals starting at 11 a.m.

 

They're 5609 Bloomfield Road.

Jones says they have plenty of volunteers....they just need guests.

Call 478-297-2019 for more information.

 

 

For more Thanksgiving day events... Look for this story on our website at 13WMAZ-dot-com.

Here's a listing of some other places to grab a hot meal tomorrow.

The Salvation Army at 1955 Broadway in Macon will be serving meals from 11 a.m. Until 2 p.m.

The community is welcome... And volunteers are always needed.

Call 478-746-8572... Extension 100... For more information.

 

 

Also... George Gibson... A deacon with the Greater Corinth Baptist Church in Macon... says several churches... Community groups and fraternities will come together to serve meals at 5th Street and Walnut Street.

 

That's in downtown Macon.. in the parking lot of the Tubman Museum.

Service starts at noon and lasts until around 2 p.m.

BVolunteers are welcome.

Call 478-745-6657 for more information.

 

 

 

Kelvin Jones... Pastor at the "In Spirit and In Truth Church of God" in Macon... says they will serve meals starting at 11 a.m.

 

They're 5609 Bloomfield Road.

Jones says they have plenty of volunteers....they just need guests.

Call 478-297-2019 for more information.

 

 

For more Thanksgiving day events... Look for this story on our website at 13WMAZ-dot-com.

A spokeswoman for the world's busiest airport says so far... pre-Thanksgiving travel is going smoothly.

 

Atlanta airport spokeswoman Myrna White said no problems have been reported today.

 

Here's a look at the airport area on a Georgia Department of Transportation traffic cam.

Some travelers report higher airline tickets as a deterrent, which may be keeping travel volume down today.

 

 

 

 

We'll check in on travel numbers as the holiday weekend continues.

 

Now if you're opting to travel to your Thanksgiving gatherings by ground rather than air...Triple A has a look at the most current gas prices for those fueling up around the Macon area.

 

 

 

 

A gallon of regular unleaded will cost you about $3.22.

 

Up a few cents from last week...

But still down from this time last month...when fuel sat at about $3.49.

In our 13WMAZ Web Poll today, we asked where you'll be celebrating your day of Thanks.

You've been responding all day... And so far

 

 

62 percent of you say, at home.

28 percent of you say, somewhere in Central Georgia other than your own house.

6 percent say, elsewhere in the state.

And 4 percent of you are headed out of state.

Thanks for your vote.

And on this Thanksgiving... most of the turkeys that end up as a part of your dinners are farm-bred..and according to the University of Georgia... there are fewer wild ones out there.

According to the Athens-Banner Herald...there are only about seven million left.

Researchers blame more land development in the Southeast,,, chemical herbicide....and yes, natural predators for the shrinking population.

This has happened before though...about a century ago... And that time...the population bounced back with the environmental movement, and more focus on preserving forests, so there is hope.

He's been bringing his recipes and grandfatherly approach to T-V cooking segments into Central Georgia homes for years.

Our long time chef seen here on 13WMAZ, Art Ginsburg, died early this morning at his home in Weston, Florida.

You probably know him better as Mr. Food.

 

 

Ginsburg, who was 81, enticed viewers like you for more than twenty years with a can-do focus on cooking and his famous tagline... "Ooh! It's so good!"

 

Ginsburg endeared himself to millions of home cooks through his syndicated cooking segments on 125 television stations around the country.... including this one.

 

 

Now Leah...about five years ago... He paid our studios a visit...to help talk about the topic he was most passionate about...diabetes and heart health.

Here's a clip of my conversation with him.

Mister Food was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just over a year ago.

He was eight-one years old

 

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