<there can be different views on what child abuse is. But in my eyes, when I'm working in a school, if you touch another child, I'm going to report it>
And that's why...one substitute teacher says...she's now out of work.
I'm Frank Malloy.
And I'm Leah Johnson.
When the substitute teacher you just saw... reported what she considered child abuse.... she didn't think she would lose her job.
Judy Le joins us know to tell us exactly how this story unfolded..
Kristina Harman was a substitute teacher at TG Scott since November.
Her career was short lived when she reported a teacher for child abuse. She says...if she had to do it again...she would. And that a child's life is worth more than a paycheck.
Harman withdrew her five year old daughter from the monroe county schools. She says she's planning to hire a lawyer to look at her case.
Thanks Judy, we'll look for updates as the story develops.
Warner Robins police say they'll announce tomorrow...the DA's findings on a fatal shooting by a police officer.
Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig says
he's reviewed the GBI's investigation of the March 10th shooting of Anthony Rawls.
He's expected to decide whether the shooting was justified...or whether a crime was committed.
In a statement this afternoon....Chief Brett Evans says he has Hartwig's letter on the case...and is discussing it with the five officers involved.
He says he'll release it tomorrow afternoon....and will have no further comment for now.
We'll update this story as soon as soon as that happens....at 13wmaz-dot-com.
With the economy in a slump, mill closings have become a common story.... But one saw mill in Putnam County is actually going international.
And as Tom George found out, it's a move they hope will allow them to produce even more.
<At this saw mill in Eatonton, it's all about one thing...
< Yup, it's totally pine down here, 100 percent Southern yellow pine. >
The mill used to be owned by a Southeast-based company, Rayonier, which employed 80 people at the Eatonton branch... But now, it's going global, bought along with two other mills by a Canadian company, Interfor for 80 million dollars.
<for the vast majority of the products we produce, it's dimensional lumber, structural materials, so the Southern yellow pine lumber from Georgia will fit in.>
Under the new company, all 80 employees at the Eatonton branch have been able to keep their current jobs and benefits.
< We believe it's good for the saw mills and the employees there, they have that certainty to continue to work and produce the quality products they have. >
< Now people here say instead of seeing closing signs that all too common in Putnam County and the surrounding areas due to the bad economy, it's nice to see a new company willing to invest. >
Operations superintendent Bobby Ivey says he's hopeful, after talks with Canadian headquarters... There may even be more opportunities for hiring.
< And they're wanting to step production back up. We've been in kind of a suppressed market for the last five years and so we've got a chance to come out of it running now and I think they'll give us the opportunity to do so.>
And for a part of the state that thrives on its lumber industry, it's a move they hope will continue to pay off.
< We hadn't had any negatives out of anybody in the county since we've been here, so we'd just like to be a good part of the community.>
In Eatonton, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Dodge County Commissioners want a judge to stop a land sale that could cost them money and about 45-acres of wetlands.
In a called meeting this afternoon..Commissioners instructed County Attorney to file a motion asking a Superior Court judge to stop the sale.
Bid openings and the sale are scheduled to go through Friday.
Harrington says the motion will be filed by tomorrow.
The Airport Authority began the sale after Eastman State Representative Jimmy Pruett pushed legislation to abolish the Airport Authority and put all its assets and liabilities under the Dodge-Eastman Development Authority.
But not everybody's on board with the change.
Some county commissioners are afraid that the airport authority is trying to push that sale through before the change is made.
If that happens.. They say. The county won't get its share of the sale.
Plus the wetlands were set aside to satisfy federal requirements. If it's sold....they say...they would have to buy more land to meet those requirements.
Chairman Dan McCranie says they need to go to court .. To protect the county's interest.
<mccranieif the injunction doesn't happen the land is sold and those assets that the county paid for will be gone and we will lose that opportunity to use wetland credits in the future.>
Commissioner Terry Niblett also serves on the Airport Authority.
Niblett abstained from the commissioner vote because of that dual role.
And he says he wasn't present for the vote...but financial situations may have prompted that decision.
<terry niblett: well there was talk of cash flow being low and possibly selling some assets to cover operating bits, every day operation >
Pruett's bill has been approved by both houses of the Georgia General Assembly and sent to Gov. Nathan Deal.
If the governor signs the legislation.. The airport authority would be abolished immediately.
Just a few minutes ago... Airport Authority Chairman Eddie Driggers sent us a statement. He says the authority is shocked by the county commission's action.. since the authority has been discussing the sale for months.
Driggers says they need proceeds from the land sale to pay for projects underway at the airport.
You're familiar with the announcement... please turn off all electronic devices before takeoff.
But soon... Many air travelers may be able to stay plugged in with their pads, ipods, tablets, and smartphones.
The F-A-A is looking into changing the rules to allow some devices to stay on.
Passengers are waiting for clarity on all options available to them... but those handy tablets could be on the list.
The pressure is to bring rules up to date with the proliferation of electronic devices. Even the F-C-C urged the F-A-A to allow greater use of tablets, e-readers and other electronic devices.
Delta is also urging the F-A-A to expand use of electronic devices in flight, but allowing cellphone calls on the ground only.
Warner Robins' K9 unit is more than just bark...
The dogs at the city's police department are regarded with the same respect as their handlers.
The canine division at Warner Robins PD has three, full-service dogs
named Ego, Ollie, and Rasty.
Today, the police pups were honored during an official badge ceremony
at the new police station on armed forces boulevard.
Sergeant Wayne Fisher spoke to us about working with his dog, Ego.
<it's a very rewarding job, very demanding job. It's not just yourself you have to consider in everything you do, but you also have a partner that you have an obligation to as well. They're our partners we take them home with us, maintain them at our houses, maintain a very close working relationship with them.>
Warner Robins has three talented canines in its police department
The German shepherd mixes are capable of patrol, narcotics detection, and tracking.
Guns...ethics...and money... All on the agenda before Georgia state lawmakers...before the session wraps up late tomorrow night..
And as usual... lots of major issues are still afloat.
The House and the Senate still haven't agreed on ethics reform.
The Senate passed a bill limiting lobbyists' gifts to legislators to 100 dollars.... But House Speaker David Ralston wants to ban them outright.
There are two separate bills that would expand gun owners carrying rights.
Some of the possible changes... whether to arm educators... letting college students carry guns on campus... and one proposal that would allow some mentally ill people to carry weapons.
And the House and Senate need to work out differences on the Georgia budget.... They've both passed spending plans that total about 41 billion.... and includes cuts to most state agencies.
Any bill that hasn't passed both houses tomorrow.... is dead for the year.
Tomorrow's action is expected to run right up till the clock strikes midnight.
We'll have a crew at the Capitol tomorrow... and will give you a full report as the Assembly wraps up.
In our 13WMAZ web poll today, we asked,
How would you rate the Georgia General Assembly's performance this year?
4 percent of you said excellent...
13 percent say, good.
32 percent said, fair.
And a majority, 51 percent said, poor.
In other political news... U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey is running for the U.S. Senate seat that will open up when Saxby Chambliss steps down..
The Marietta Republican launched his campaign in Augusta, where he grew up and later attended medical school. The 70-year-old was flanked by his wife, mother and brothers.
Gingrey joins Paul Broun of Athens as the second Republican congressman to enter what promises to be a fierce race for the rare open seat.
Gingrey was elected in 2002. He served previously as a state legislator and local school board member.
During the Civil War, Macon played a crucial role in caring for the wounded.
The city shouldered a large load of soldiers after Atlanta fell.
Macon's sesquicentennial committee is commemorating the 250th anniversary of the war between the states.
This month, the committee is dedicating a marker to educate citizens and tourists about Macon's effort to lend a hand to the confederacy.
Author Conie Mac Darnell talked to us about Macon's role during the civil war.
<macon was second to richmond in the number of wounded. Especially after atlanta fell. They just sent car train loads of wounded to Macon. We were already full. It was really a courageous story that we're trying to share with markers like this>
The sesquicentennial committee will dedicate four more markers in Macon.
Rose Hill Cemetery will be commemorated in a ceremony next month.