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Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at Eleven.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

Fans armed with cameras gathered at Macon's Film Festival for a chance to meet their favorite soap star, Crystal Chappell. Chappell, known more as an actress on Bold and the Beautiful has recently stepped into the role of producer. Producing a new web show, the Grove. She says after her first trip to Macon for the festival, she might look at filming here in the future.
Crystal Chappell/ Actress: "There's just so much charm here and the show that I have in mind takes place in a funeral home and it's about a family ... A comedy .. Because what gets funnier than people in a funeral home, but yeah, there's these beautiful houses that kind of lend itself to the feel that we're looking for."
One Macon native at the festival had a different path to acting ... Chuck Clark owns a Pest Control company in Macon and moonlights as an actor ... Now, he's starring in a comedy called "your're My What?" which has been entered in the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Chuck Clark/ Macon Actor: "and it's a comedy, it's really funny, and I play a bigoted old Archie Bunker type and I have a black son and white son, and it's just really funny .. I can't wait until we release it."
If you missed the festival today... Don't worry The Macon Film Festival continues tomorrow. You can stop by and check them out at their headquarters in downtown Macon located on Cherry Street.

A Florida couple says they want to spend the rest of their lives building a new hope for others.
Bill and France Moriarty retired in their early 40s and instead of taking it easy, they packed their trailers up and helped build homes across the country for Habitat for Humanity.
Austin Lewis caught up with them at their current project right here in Macon.
Bill Moriarty keeps the tools to build a new life right in his car.
Bill Moriarty: "We decided that we would purchase an RV and concentrate on the problems in the United States."
One solution is helping to build homes with Habitat of Humanity.
Moriarty and his wife, France, came from Florida to help with this Macon home.
They say they came here cause there is need.
France Moriarty: "Well you drive up and down these roads and you see that almost all the homes are boarded up so something needs to happen whether its just a lot of renovation or new construction there just seems to be a lot of poverty."
The Moriarty's retired..and decided to allow service to take them to some of our country's disaster to help those communities re-build like in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
Bill Moriarty: "Unfortunately when it becomes real it's heartbreaking when you look into the people's eyes who have lost their homes or you see the little children that are rummaging through the trash train to find their toys."
France Moriarty: "Well you drive up and down these roads and you see that almost all the homes are boarded up so something needs to happen whether its just a lot of renovation or new construction there just seems to be a lot of poverty."
The Moriartys say while it's tough work to build a new foundation...
France Moriarty: "It's definitely rewarding that you can I mean sometimes you get a little sore, a little bio-freeze."
for a new home and a new life. Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
For more information on how you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity go to our website 13WMAZ dot com.

 

If there's one sure way to cause a disturbance on an airplane, it's to use a racial slur and to slap a toddler.
That's what police accused one Idaho man of doing.
Investigators say Joe Rickey Hundley directed a racial slur at a two-year-old boy.
The boy was crying as the Delta Airlines flight approached Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday.
The F-B-I is charging Hundley with simple assault.

They're furry, they breathe air and live on land.
And they were the center of attention at the Museum of Arts and Sciences Today.
Mammal Mayhem is an exhibit that the museum displayed for family day.
The day allowed kids and parents to learn about all types of mammals.
The exhibit included mammals that live in the wild and domestic types like cats and dogs.
Some mammals were live and ready to play with visitors.
Visitors say family day at the museum is a lot of fun, but also educational.
Holly Smith, Macon: "That book over there has all the fur and stuff in it. I was looking at it trying to guess which one was a fox.
Sharron Wilhelm: Museum of Arts and Sciences: Seeing the children react to things that they don't normally get a chance to see and they learn so much at the same time they're being entertained and have a good time doing it also."
The museum will continue to have family day throughout the year.
The next one will be held in June and will be all about bugs.

Spring is almost a month away and some people are ready for the change of weather and a chance to enjoy the outdoors.
Bass Pro Shops are reeling them in this weekend.
Fishing Pro, Timmy Horton is on hand to meet fans and talk about fishing.
Horton has his own television show, and is a Bass Pro host.
He says the fishing classic brings people of all ages out for the Great American Boat show as well as activities for kids.
Horton says during his visit he may also offer advice to those looking to fish in the upcoming season.
Timmy Horton, Timmy Horton Outdoors: "The best thing about this time of year is the bass really get active. As the water starts warming up the bass starts to get more active and it's just fun being out there."
Horton will be at Bass Pro Shops in Macon again Tomorrow from 12 to 5 p.m.

It's that time of the year when the color yellow takes over Forsyth.
Members of the Forsyth- Monroe chamber kicked off Hello Yellow.
The event starts the countdown to the annual Forsythia Festival.
People showed up to get their car windows painted and to purchase t-shirts.
Darlene McLendon of the chamber of commerce says the Forsythia Festival has been in place for 26 years.
This year will offer some community favorites.
Darlene McLendon, Forsyth- Monroe Chamber of Commerce: "We have a fashion show. We have arts and crafts. We have a kids corner. We have faith fest."
Linda Barber, Forsyth: "We come out every year for the fun and festivities. They love the bungie jumping. It's just awesome to hear my grandchildren scream with joy as they go up and bounce."
The Forsythia Festival is March 9th and 10th in downtown Forsyth.

A Texas community is mourning the loss of two firefighters.
One died after being trapped in a burning building, and the other succumbed to injuries received while trying to save his colleague.
Nicole Morten shows us what happened.
Lt. Greg Pickard died Saturday afternoon at the hospital.
He'd been with the fire department for 32 years.

There was tremendous relief for the more than 4,000 people aboard Carnival Triumph when the disabled ship finally pulled into the Alabama Cruise Terminal on Thursday.
Now, more firsthand accounts from passengers on board, including a lawsuit filed on Friday against Carnival Cruise Lines.
Cristina Mutchler has the latest.
A TEARFUL REUNION FOR LISA MILLER -- RETURNING HOME TO CENTRAL OHIO AFTER SPENDING FIVE DAYS STRANDED AT SEA, DEALING WITH POWER OUTAGES AND UNSANITARY CONDITIONS.
"It's been a rough one, but my God, it's so good to be home right now, you don't even know."
THE NIGHTMARE VOYAGE MAY BE OVER FOR PASSENGERS, BUT CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES IS FACING A NEW ORDEAL.
A TEXAS WOMAN FILED A LAWSUIT FRIDAY SEEKING UNSPECIFIED DAMAGES FOR WHAT SHE SAYS SHE ENDURED ON THE TRIP.
THE NINE-PAGE COMPLAINT DESCRIBES THE TRIUMPH AS "A FLOATING HELL."
ALTHOUGH CRUISE TICKETS HAVE A LOT OF PROVISIONS TO PROTECT THEIR COMPANIES, LAWYER ANDREW WAKS SAYS THE GENERAL MARITIME LAW MAY GIVE PASSENGERS SOME RECOURSE.
"That law does provide that the cruise lines can be liable for various things associated with these types of actions, including personal injuries, physical injuries, and in some cases, psychological injuries as well."
SOME OF TRIUMPH'S PASSENGERS ARE LOOKING AT THE SILVER-LINING--
PRAISING THE SHIP'S CREW, AND OTHER TOURISTS ON BOARD WHO RALLIED.
"The crew was outstanding. They were just very accommodating, as well as the other passengers. The other passengers were helping some of the elderly people."
TO MAKE AMENDS, CARNIVAL IS OFFERING TO GIVE EACH OF TRIUMPH'S PASSENGERS 500-HUNDRED DOLLARS, AND A FULL REFUND FOR THE TRIP AND MOST ON-BOARD EXPENSES.
THEY ARE ALSO OFFERING CREDIT FOR ANOTHER CRUISE.
The investigation is already underway for what went wrong on Triumph.
Since it was a Bahamian-flagged vessel, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigative agency, and will work with the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The probe is expected to take eight to 12 months to complete.

Snow squalls in Michigan could be to blame for this multi-vehicle pileup.
It happened this afternoon on an interstate southwest of Detroit.
Crushed cars littered the highway.... And This was just one of several accidents in the Detroit-area.
No word on any injuries.

The future of a deformed farm animal with defective back legs would seem pretty obvious...no future at all.
But this cute little piglet's future is so bright you gotta wear sunglasses!
Chris P. Bacon...yep that's his name, is an internet sensation and it's easy to see why.
He was born with deformed hind legs.
But you can see that's not slowing him down one bit.
Not since veterinarian Len Lucerno made the little guy a wheelchair from a child's toy set.
Now little Bacon is wheeling around just fine.
He's got thousands of fans on YouTube, too.

 

That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin
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