First tonight... People are gathering at Macon City Hall for a 6:30 forum designed to build relationships between law enforcement...and those they protect and serve.
One of the catalysts for tonight's session... the public dispute that followed the fatal December shooting of a man outside a Macon Kroger store.
Tom George is at City Hall where discussion is already underway... a half hour ahead of the scheduled session.
Four more forums...with a similar goal... Will follow.
These four will be a collaboration between the city of Macon and the U-S Department of Justice.
They're slated for Tuesday, April 30th from 1 to 5... Thursday, May 2nd, from 7 to 10.... Tuesday, May 7th, from 1 to 5...and Thursday, May 9th, from 7 to 10.
The funeral service for a 5-year-old girl killed this week in a school bus accident will be held on Saturday.
Officials with Glover Memorial Mortuary confirmed the service for Ta'Miya Watson will be held at Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church on Napier Avenue.
The service will be Saturday at one in the afternoon.
Mortuary officials said the service will be open to the public but that visitation hours have not been set at this time.
Watson had left had left Barden Elementary School and was crossing Virginia Drive... Off Bloomfield Road Monday when the accident happened.
Witnesses say Watson ran into the the side of a turning school bus, fell and was run over by the bus.
Ta'Miya was a kindergarten student at Barden Elementary School in Bibb County. We showed you some of today's shoots on the interstate...
As we said, movie crews are shooting on Magnolia Street as we speak... and we've also been hanging out on Hardeman Avenue too.
We caught up with one of the stars....Imogen Poots...on location.
Crews arrived at Washington Park.....in the College Hill....around 7:30.
That scene shows the Mustang's driver heading off arlington place...onto Hardeman.
Just like yesterday....lots of spectators came out...hoping to get a glimpse of the action...or even a couple of seconds of fame.
That's right, Frank.
And while it may be fun for spectators... It also means incentive money for cities that host production crews and accommodate their needs.
The motion picture and television industry is responsible for more than 22 thousand direct jobs and 1.3 billion dollars in wages for Georgia. That's according to the Motion Picture Association of America.
But not everyone sees that as a clear-cut benefit.
We talked with Joseph Henchman... The vice president of legal and state projects for the tax foundation.
He offered some insight on the huge tax credit that's drawing the film industry to the peach state.
<every independent analysis that has been done of film tax incentive programs has shown that they are not worth it, that the state government only gets back somewhere between ten and twenty cents on the dollar, for every dollar paid out in incentives so. You'll hear a lot of the proponents of this talk about all of the benefits of the program but you've really got to compare benefits and costs.>
Today's 13WMAZ.com web poll question: Is offering state tax credits to movies filmed in Georgia.... a good investment?
Right now, 66 percent of you say yes it is a good investment, 34 percent of you say no, it's not.
You can find today's web poll question on the right hand side of our homepage.
The Bibb County School Board needs to shave off 18 million dollars from next year's budget.
Program and staffing cuts are on the table at tonight's meeting....
That's where our Katelyn Heck joins us live.
Katelyn, what options will be discussed by the board?
Thank you Katelyn.
We will bring you complete coverage of tonight's meeting tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.
Still to come tonight on Eyewitness News at six... we'll take you behind the lines at robins air force base.
These men and women at Robins are trained warriors... But use wrenches as their primary weapon.
Learn more about their mission...next on Eyewitness News at 6.
And...as mentioned, film crews for "need for Speed" are on Magnolia Street shooting scenes for the action movie..
Austin Lewis and Suzanne Lawler are there...
They even caught a glimpse of one of the stars...Aaron Paul..
We'll be right back.
Tonight.. We go Behind the Lines at Robins Air Force Base.
Were kicking off a new series that will air monthly on Eyewitness News.
It will feature the many people who make Robins run... And the jobs they do.
Lorra Lynch Jones went Behind the Lines to with the Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight.... The men and women get aircraft flying in battle and under fire.
The Air Force originally created units like the one you just saw during Vietnam.
Prior to that.. They sent in civilian maintenance teams to war zones... But the work became too dangerous.
You can learn more about the Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight by checking out our photo gallery on 13WMAZ-dot-com.
here's a recap of a story you heard earlier.
The Bibb school board is NOT expected to vote on a proposal to cut 97 jobs...most of them teachers.
The plan came up tonight... As part of the district's response to an 18 million dollar deficit for next year.
They need to let teachers know by may 15th...if they're not coming back.
We'lL update this story when more details are available...at 13wmaz.com.
Would you believe American kids spend 90 percent of their time indoors? That's what the Environmental Protection Agency says.
Now most of that is in school.
But places like Eagle Ridge Elementary are still working to get their students out in the fresh air.
Working with students...Belk employees built shelves for classrooms.
Kids watched as the employees took on the task of building a new...sturdy picnic table.
Benetra Hargrove has worked for the company for 13 years...and she says, today was a learning experience for her too.