Right now the national average to fill up your tank is around $3.65 a gallon...
Now here in Georgia, our wallets are faring little bit better.
The state average is $3.39 a gallon, down 5 cents from last week...
But how about these numbers...
There are from two different spots in Baldwin County..
The Kroger and Wal-Mart in Milledgeville both have gas right now at $3.02 a gallon.
We spoke with one shopper who filled up her tank and brought an extra cannister to advantage of the cheap prices.
Well we saw $3.39, and I think it was still 3.02 at Wal-Mart, so you may not,tomorrow it could jump up to $3.39, so you got to get it when you see it. >
We tried to speak to manager at both Kroger and Wal-Mart to find our why the prices were so low in Baldwin County.
Both declined to comment.
People in Juliette don't have county water. They rely on wells.
Now The county DOES own a water treatment plant in Juliette...but the catch is....people don't see a drop of that water.
Ground water is contaminated with varying levels of radium and uranium ... and needs to be tested every year.
The County's solution was to spend more than 750-thousand dollars to buy and renovate Plant Camelia....A water treatment plant in Juliette.
That was five years ago.
But now... Monroe County Commission Chairman Mike Bilderback says the county will not put money in to renovate the building.
(t comes down to the voting members of the board and what they decide. The commission has used water money more so to get votes than deliver the services that we needed to deliver to the citizens>
Plant Camelia is now so outdated that Bilderback reasons the next step should be to build a new plant. But there's another temporary solution. The commissioners were given a grant a month ago to run water lines down pea ridge road ... Up taylor road to highway 87 and christian road.
Tuesday's house fire off ellicott drive in warner robins has now been ruled arson.
Fire chief Jimmy Williams says the case was turned over to the sheriff department's juvenile division.
The fire started yesterday morning and destroyed the home.
No one was injured.
Thanks to the Special Option Sales Tax... the Warner Robins Police Department welcomed eleven new cars to their fleet.
Six 2013 chargers.... And five ford S-U-V's joined the team this week.
They're replacing several crown victoria sedans because they're not making them anymore.
The new cars feature L-E-D lights instead of strobes.
And have an H-D camera system inside.
there a little smaller a little more quick, quicker and agile than the crown vicks were the crown vicks are a larger body car it means a lot for the officers to ride because this is your office for twelve hours. >
The cars cost a little over 300-thousand dollars total.
Market Street... An economic development firm out of Atlanta... spent the past few months digging into Macon's past... to help its future.
They used input from over 6-hundred community members to compile a list of the area's strengths and weaknesses.
Compared to other communities like augusta and columbus... Macon had lower graduation rates and higher poverty rates... But Market Street says those are obstacles the city can easily overcome.
Robbo Hatcher with the Macon Economic Development Commission says his group hired Market Street to help them figure out how.
the competitive assessment was an opportunity for us to sort of diagnose us as a community. You can't cure something unless you know what the disease is and you cant take advantage of your strengths unless you recognize them>
Today's presentation was Phase one of Market Street's four step approach.
Now they will start developing a long-term plan for Macon and Bibb... That they hope to finish by the end of the year.
Hawkinsville police tased a 67-year old Hawkinsville man three times.
He says he was walking away from police when it happened... AND police say he wasn't being cooperative.
His neighbor.. caught it all on VIDEO.
The incident report obtained from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says that 67-year old Billy Milner was tased by deputy Mike Thomas.
This isn't the first time Pulaski used a taser this year... But officials say they don't know exactly how many times they've used the device.
Chief Deputy Jason Fremont estimates it's the fourth time this year.
Campaign disclosure reports reveal Mayor Robert Reichert's campaign war chest exceeds his closest rival by more than ninety-two thousand dollars.
According to reports filed with the state Ethics Commission.. Reichert received just over $165 thousand in campaign contributions through June 30. He spent almost $65 thousand.. And has more than $100 thousand remaining.
His closet rival.. Commission Chairman Sam Hart received about $36 and a half thousand dollars.. Spent $28 and a half thousand.. And has close to $8 thousand on hand..
Former Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop got more than $14 thousand in contributions.. Spent a little over $9 thousand... And has just under $5 thousand left in the bank.
Commissioner Joe Allen got about $6 thousand, 800.. And has 504 left from that.
Perennial candidate David Cousino received $3 thousand.. Spent it all... He has nothing left..
Mayoral candidates C. Jack Ellis and Anthony Harris haven't filed disclosure reports. They meet in the September 17 non-partisan election.. The winner becomes the first mayor of the consolidated Macon-Bibb government.
Tim Fowle says he often sees squad cars headed to his neighbors' house in Hawkinsville.
< The police have been out there 8 to 10 times>
His neighbor, 67-year old Billy Milner lives on property owned by his family.
Milner says they've been wanting him to move out, and that's led to family arguments...and police calls.
But on July 22nd, one of those calls ended with this...
Milner being tased, all caught on VIDEO by his friend next door, Tim Fowle.
< Well at first when I heard the pop, I thought he was shot, I couldn't believe it.>
("That's from the stun gun? Yeah, I got hit with two things right there)
Milner says he WAS TASED FROM BEHIND WHILE WALKING AWAY FROM A DEPUTY.
The Deputy says MILNER wasn't cooperating when told he was going to jail
< The deputy didn't know if he was going after a gun or a knife, the deputy told him to stop, advised him he was under arrest, and tased him when he resisted.>
Police charged MILNER with battery....saying he hit his brother's girlfriend while trying to get his dog back from her trailer. Milner says he wasn't told of the charge until he got to jail.
< He didn't tell me I was under arrest or nothing right, he didn't read my rights, we didn't tell me to turn around or nothing, and I was walking back to the trailer, not running or nothing, that's when he got me with the stun gun. >
Milner DOES HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD. The Florida Department of Corrections web site says he spent 20 years in prison on several charges...including sexual battery.He now must wear an ankle bracelet as a registered sex offender.
But he says being tased was a painful first.
< I fell down, I was like that, and I was really out of my mind a little bit, when he stunned me, cause I ain't never been hit with a laser gun.>
An incident report obtained through Georgia's open records law shows Milner was TASED THREE TIMES BEFORE HE WOULD COOPERATE WITH THE DEPUTY.
< Now according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office rules about the use of tasers, any kind of resistance to an officer, even if it's just verbally saying "i'm not going to jail," is enough to allow the use of a taser. It's why even though the video shows Milner with his back to the officer and walking away, he was able to be tased. >
Chief Deputy Fremont says tasing Milner was a safer option than trying to physically restrain him.
And says Milner's age....67.... IS NOT a barrier to being tased.
< In the scenario that took place out there that day, the way the deputy handled it was proper. >
But the man behind the camera, also a former cop, says things could have been handled better.
< They're supposed to serve and protect, and it didn't seem like they were doing either.>
Chief Deputy Fremont did admit that he thinks the department should keep better records of tasing.
He says officers do have to mention using a taser in the narrative of their incident reports.. But there's no "box" to check for use of force.
And that makes it difficult for the department to easily find all incidents when a taser was used..
He says moving forward, officers will be able....and required to ...log their use of force.
That way investigators can easily search for specific incidents where an officer needed to use a weapons, whether it be a gun or taser.
Back to school returns to central Georgia... And many teachers and students will hear the school bells ring tomorrow.
But for two counties in Central Georgia... There are some key changes to day one for your child.
All students in Wilcox county will report tomorrow... Except for Wilcox County Elementary School.
According to a release from the school system... An unusually wet summer has led to a mold problem in one of the wings of the school.
Students in grades 6 to 12 will report to school as usual.
But students at Wilcox County Elementary will report for their first day on August 13th.
The superintendent of schools in Twiggs county says... Students need to get to the bus stop 15 to 20 minutes earlier.
There is construction on Highway 80 in Jeffersonville... And buses will pick students up earlier.
School start times in Twiggs have not changed... Only bus pickup times.
Macon police and the Bibb Sherrif's Office are spending the week prepping kids for a new school year.
Close to 200 students showed up to the annual back to school jamboree at the Rosa Jackson Rec center in East Macon.
Members of Macon police and fire departments gave out school supplies... and provided snacks for the students.
They also talked about issues that are facing the community.
Lt. Ellis Sinclair, Macon Police Dept.: As they get older they won't be stereotyped that we're the bad guy, and that we're against them. We're just trying to build a positive relationship with our young people.
Joshua O'Neal, Student at Appling Middle School: It's kind of cool. They tell children to stay in school... don't get in trouble... and don't be in a gang.>
The Jamboree will continue until Friday.
Thursday... the event will take place at Lynmore Estates... from 2 until 4.
Friday's Jamboree will take place in Unionville... on Swan Drive... from noon until 2.
Welcome back... It's time to take a look at some big stories across the nation... Including some big news from Capitol Hill.
Here's what's making headlines this Wednesday... July 31st.
Tonight we start in Nevada... Where Orenthal James Simpson was granted parole... And the family members from Ron Goldman say they feel a sense of vulnerability.
Authorities in Nevada granted parole for Simpson stemming from his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery charges in Las Vegas.
He will not leave prison any time soon though... Because he still must serve a least four year on other charges first.
In a statement... The Goldman family told the Associated press they felt reprieve and a sense of calm while Simpson was behind bars.
And now it's unsettling to know Simpson will again be free in a few years.
Simpson was acquitted for the 1194 death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman... And the parole board noted that Simpson had no prior convictions.
A bill to lower the cost of student loans has passed the House and is on it's way to President Obama... For his signature.
The bipartisan measure links student loan interest rates to the financial markets.
This means that students entering classes this fall... Will get a lower interest rate.
Undergraduates will borrow at a 3 point 9 percent rate on subsidized and unsubsidized loans
Graduate Students have a rate at 5 point 4 percent... And parents can borrow for their children at 6 point 4 percent.
Under the plan... These rates are only locked in for the school year... And each year... They can become more expensive than the last.
Rates will rise as the economy picks up.
On the other side of the capitol... Senators rejected a proposal to cut american aid to Egypt in a vote of 86 to 13.
The measure was pushed by Republican Senator Rand Paul from kentucky... Who says the 1 point 5 billon dollars can be better spent fixing American financial troubles... Such as the city of Detroit.
The Egyptian government experienced a change in leadership in the past few months... But the white house has not determined if the military takeover of the government is a coup.
If it were a coup... U-S law dictates foreign aid should stop.
And one lady in Alabama was arrested for D-U-I... But the cops didn't have to travel far to get her... Because she drove right into the police station.
Authorities at the police station were baffled... And the chief deputy commented that being intoxicated can make any one quote "do strange things."
Lynn Jackson Clemens was charged with D-U-I and Violation of the state's open container law.
And that's what's making headlines this Wednesday July 31st.