Members of Perry's City council met to discuss economic development.
It's one of many meetings the city will host in order to come up with a plan to grow Perry.
Jennifer Moulliet was there and has more.
the beginning steps are always the hardest when you're looking when you're looking at strategic planning and long range planning>
Economic Development Director Mary Beth Bass led the meeting... Challenging council members to describe what economic development means to them.
<starting out with these big broad concepts and then eventually grilling down and making sure that everyone is engaged so that it is representative of the full mayor and council and what their goals are for the city and not just one or two that may typically be more vocal in certain areas . >
They came up with priorities for the city... Including enhancing recreation and leisure... And planning.
Something Mayor Jimmy Faircloth says they want to spend more time on... So the plan they come up with is actually implemented.
<the one thing we want to make certain of is the decisions we make on a short term basis are not in conflict with what we want our city to be like in the future. >
The group came up with a vision for the city... that will attract people to relocate in perry.
<we have a very rich tradition and history in the city of perry we all love that and want to protect that by the same token we want to make certain that the younger generation isn't put off by that.>
Councilman Willie King says he'd like to bring ideas from people in the community to the table... And bring families together. Through recreational activities.
<once we get the strategy and everything laid out then we're able to take it to the next level and that's what we're going to do and we're going to meet until we get to that point.
The meeting ended with a homework assignment... A self evaluation for each council member.
In perry jennifer moulliet 13wmaz eyewitness news.
Council will meet again August 26th.
A Wheeler County judge today denied bond for a man accused of fatally shooting his brother in law.
Steve Sutton made a first appearance today before Judge Roy Braswell...
He's accused of killing Butch Anderson Sunday morning in Glenwood.
Sheriff Maurice Johnson says it happened at Apple Village Apartments... at Sutton's mothers home.
Chief of Glenwood Police...Randy Rigdon....says Anderson had a gunshot wound to his stomach... and told police who shot him.
Neighbors say this is
I was very very nervous. Very nervous. So I almost didn't get to go to church. I hadn't finished dressing so I prayed and got dressed. It's a little scary and I stay in my house and try not to go out because I don't want anything to happen. So to keep peace I stay in my own department. >
Both Sutton and Anderson are 47.
The GBI is taking over the investigation.
A Jones County man was sentenced to life in prison today.
He admitted to robbing an elderly man in his home, and leaving him tied up to die.
In Jones County Superior Court....Tyrone Richardson pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the 2008 killing of 76-year-old Joseph Kitchens.
That's according to District Attorney Fred Bright.
Richardson and another man were charged with breaking into Kitchens' Hungerford Road home in October 2008.
When Kitchens returned home.... Bright says, the two men tied him up in a chair with duct tape and left him there.
Kitchens' body was found six days later.
Houston County's graduation rate... Which is about 76-percent... is nearly 6 points higher than the state average.
Still.. Teachers and administrators want to improve it with a new academy.
It's called Edge... And is located in the old Elberta Center in Warner Robins.
The academy is designed for 9th through 12th grade students... Who are five or more graduation credits behind.
About 100 of them will start school here Thursday.
One of four teachers at the school.. Brian Christianson... says students work at their own pace... using a web program.
Christianson says teachers will identify each students barrier to success in school... And help them move past it.
Christiansen says students can fall behind in course work for a variety of reasons... Including illness.. Family tragedy.. Behavioral problems... Or moving from another district.
He says once students catch-up on their course work... They can return to their regular high school.
An autopsy says he died due to medical issues from being left in the chair.
Bright says Richardson will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
He has agreed to testify against his co-defendant....Terrence Burney... when his case goes to trial in October.,,the DA says.
Voters in District One of the new Macon-Bibb government will have two candidates on the ballot when they head to the polls.
Harold Young qualified for the race last week... And will run against current county commissioner and former Bibb School Board member Gary Bechtel.
Young moved to central Georgia from California five years ago.
He says working as a pastor, businessman, and youth program director in Macon taught him the ins-and-outs of the community... And what it needs to grow.
<i want to bring more family-oriented events, businesses that we can really benefit from. A city this size, we have one movie theatre, one chuck e. Cheese, one bowling alley>
The elections are scheduled for September 17th.
It's an honor that not many achieve... But it is a mark of stick-tu-it-tiveness.
More than two million young men have earned the honor of becoming an eagle scout and today... A young man in Warner Robins added his name to the list.
the torch you carry is not only yours but it is also ours. Eagle scout candidate are you ready to accept these responsibilities.
Jeffrey Allen took his oath... And proudly displayed his medals before a crowd of family... Friends... And other eagle scouts... As he received the honor of Eagle Scout.
The award was created in 1911 and is the highest honor in Boy Scouts.
To receive the award... A boy scout must earn 21 badges... And display scout spirit through the boy sout oath... And a display of service... Leadership and abiding by the law.
Jeffrey says he is taking his lessons learned all the way through life.
whether I'm on student government or taking responsibility of ok I didn't do this or I have to face the consequences for not studying for a test or what not, so I believe I learned a lot of key things that'll help me in college and in my life.>
Famous Eagle Scouts include the 38th President of the United States... Gerald Ford... Astronaut Neil Armstrong... And award winning director Steven Spielberg.
Welcome back... It's time to take a look at some of the national stories making headlines on this Monday July 29th.
In major cities all over the U-S... workers in the fast food industry protested low wages.
Walkouts and demonstrations were held at various fast food chains... In an effort to almost double the federal minimum wage.
Workers in New York went out on strike for the right to unionize.
They also say they want better benefits.
A spokesman for McDonald's said doubling the minimum wage would affect job creation.
Spokesmen for Wendy's and Burger King say they respect the rights of their workers.
In Washington... Civil rights leaders and local officials met to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to over turn parts of the Voter Rights act.
The meeting was also attended by Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
Reverend Al Sharpton spoke outside the White House..
<There is a wound in the voting rights act but it is far from dead. It's not even on critical. And we intend to use the information that we have today to ensure our constituents that we intend to aggressively fight to protect those rights in all communities, which is why everyone, the Latino, the Asian, the black communities were represented in this meeting today.>
Also in Washington... Authorities investigated two more acts of vandalism.
Green paint was found on a statue across from the Smithsonian... And also on the pipe organ inside the National Cathedral.
Police say they have arrested a woman connected to the vandalism at the national cathedral... And she will face charges on destruction of property.
It is not clear if this act is tied to the other incident today or the one last Friday when someone splashed green paint on the Lincoln Memorial.
And the president of CBS.. Les Moonves (MOON'-vehz) has responded on the controversy surrounding the reality show "big Brother."
The show has a 24 hour internet feed... And some of the contestants were caught making ill-mannered and racially insensitive remaks... Some of which were aired on one of the episodes.
Moonves said today the incidents unfortunately indicate how certain Americans feel.
CBS did have an on-screen disclaimer saying the network did not condone or share the veiws of the contestants.
Moonves says he makes it a point to watch each episode... His wife... Julie Chen... Is the show's host.
And those are just some of the stories making headlines this Monday... July 29th.
An FBI sting of a sex trafficking ring hit close to home.
Two of the children who were victimized were in the metro Atlanta area... As well as 8 people who are now in custody.
Marc McAfee from our sister station WXIA in Atlanta has the story.
(sot- Well unfortunately the metro Atlanta area is plagued with this problem just like many other cities.)
In Atlanta this sting rescued two girls and the F-B-I says they locked up 8 pimps.
But the FBI says these arrests aren't carried out in the city's red light districts anymore.
(sot- It can be in your subdivision now it can be in your suburbs.)
The arrests work a lot like you've seen on Dateline to Catch a Predator. Online identities at certain websites lure potential pimps and rescues.
(sot- We don't know who we're dealing with until we lay hands on them.)
This is the 7th national sting in the last decade, so far 2700 kids have been rescued nationwide. Where do the rescued minors go from here? A secret location, usually a residential program. In Georgia Wellspring Living handles these cases.
(sot- They've had to survive all sorts of things and to even be alive they have to be very smart.
The non-profit gives them resources, education, and continuing therapy. Estimates are hard to confirm, but studies say there could be between 300-400 underaged girls involved in sex trafficking in the metro area. Sometimes the success stories end up coming back to help cut that number down.
(sot- They become what we call liberators, in other words they're out there helping other young girls to not fall prey to the deceptiveness of perpetrators.
There were more than one hundred arrests made in the sting... and over one hundred children were rescued.