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     Hello, and thanks for joining us, everyone.

     I'm Frank Malloy.

     How about...we begin with some football?

     Summer is officially over for the Mercer Bears.

     The football team started fall camp today.

     Courtney Lyle is at Anderson Field and joins us with more, Courtney?

     Frank, Mercer is just about to finish up their first practice since the spring.

     They started at four this afternoon.

     Coming up in sports... We'll hear from head coach Bobby Lamb.

     Frank?

     This is Mercer's second time on the turf today.

     They started conditioning this morning at 7.

          So far this season, rain brought a cooler summer to Central Georgia...at least for a while... but with that wet, humid weather... comes mold and a lot of it.

          Austin Lewis talked to Carl Goodrich, whose business is removing mold from home's and businesses.

Carl Goodrich...the owner of ServPro Macon...says the key to getting rid of mold is dryness.

Goodrich says...wetness can be a breeding ground for mold.

If something in your house...gets saturated with water...that shouldn't be...it can breed mold.

<goodrich: any kind of moisture intrusion in your house inside the house or in a crawl space that sort of thing that's a potential for mold to grow it takes a few days to be able to see it visibly  sometimes you won't see it but you smell it, that's the microtoxins that it puts off. >

Goodrich says just plain humidity in a home or business can cause mold.

<Carl Goodrich, Owner of Servpro Macon: People go on vacation they think hey I am going to save money I am going to turn off my air conditioner the houses are more air tight nowadays so there is no airflow down there the air conditioning is off and you get the high humidity in the 80s and 90s that sort of thing if it's left closed up long enough you'll start getting mold in there. >

He says if you don't hire a professional he says there are two ways to make your home or business mold free...you either remove it.

<Carl Goodrich, Owner of Servpro Macon: But they say any building material that is damaged by water has visible mold on it it says to remove it, you can't clean it or anything like that.>

<Carl Goodrich, Owner of Servpro Macon: The things like subfloors or studs in the walls that sort of thing you obviously can't tear those out your house would fall down you need to get them dry either with air movers or de-humidifiers that sort of thing that's what we do. >

Goodrich says they've been busy all summer with mold...he thinks the humidity and rain could be responsible for the increase in mold.

Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.. some of the health effects of mold can be sneezing... runny nose... eye irritation... Cough... Congestion... aggravation of asthma and-or a skin rash.

     The rains have also drowned profits for many Georgia farmers.

     Tonight... The CBS Evening News will report from Cordele...on how too much rain has cost one watermelon farmer about a million dollars.

     Don't miss that report tonight at 6:30.

     Closer to home, revitalization in Macon's College Hill neighborhood... Means more money from property tax... Brought in over the past decade.

     Mercer University... the College Hill Alliance... the Knight Foundation...the city of Macon... And a few others... Partnered to revamp 22 houses... With 9 more on the way.

    Between 2002 and 2011... Property taxes increased by over 50 percent in College Hill... That's nearly double the rate for all of Bibb County.

    The project to rebuild the historic neighborhood started with a group of Mercer students in 2007.... And Josh Rogers... Director of the Historic Macon Foundation... Says it's been growing ever since.

<i don't think any of us expected it to be this good, this fast., especially considering we're only at the start of the project. We're only five years in. So, the success is just around the corner. It's probably one of macon's most important economic development initiatives.>

     Rogers says the foundation plans to continue finding investors to keep the project moving forward.

     Students and teachers are moving forward towards a brand new school year.

     Wes Blankenship was in Houston County as students traded back yards for back packs.

The wheels on the Houston County buses stopped at school this morning

Bonaire Elementary Principal Willis Jones says the first day of school comes early. And it tends to be crazy.

<the first day, especially at an elementary school, is always chaotic. We have pre-k, we have students as young as four years old>

One of those young students is Torah Reynolds.

Her father, master sergeant Willie Reynolds, says his daughter was anxious to start school

<she tossed and turned and just thought about the next day>

Torah isn't alone. Her school system is also blazing a new trail

Beth Mclaughlin works for Houston County Schools. She says the county's gifted program... Is different this year.

<this year we've started GTE, gifted and talented education program. Our gifted children go to a gifted program every day of the week.>

That's up from one day a week in previous years. Third grader ayden walker is gifted. He's looking forward to his new schedule

<I was ready for school to start>

Drew James is the daughter of 13WMAZ's Marvin James. Drew is also in GTE. As a fifth grader, she has some perspective

<i'm looking forward to the fun year and helping the younger kids and watching the other kids grow up>

Second grade gifted teacher... Brenda Mueller... is used to teaching kids like Ayden and Drew once a week. This year, she'll combine a regular lesson plan, with a gifted one

<we have about eight hours of things to teach in less than six>

Every lesson she teaches this year will be crucial. But four more days with her students... should mean more learning... for her... And her students.

<which enables me to get to know them better, learn their needs better, and push them further in the areas that they need that little push in>

Mueller won't be alone...

<this is a year of change for all of us and it'll be exciting>

Even with the changes... today is just the first... of one hundred and eighty days of learning.

<I see them smiling, they're giving me high fives, i'm welcoming them back, and then, it's just another year.>

Principal Willis Jones has worked at Bonaire elementary for four years...

He says today's enrollment of seven hundred and forty four students was the largest he's seen... In his time at the school

Another new houston county plan for this year...

Called bring your own device...

Allows students to bring smart phones and tablets to class

     Georgia Southern University has received a grant to study how concussions impact football players.

     The school will use the grant from the National Institutes of Health along with testing of a device called HITS... Or Helmet Impact Telemetry System... To record blows to the head during games and practice sessions.

     The system had been implanted in 40 helmets...

     Those helmets contain six sensors to measure the severity of impacts to the head.

     Tom Buckley... A professor of athletic training... Says the system is not designed to diagnose medical problems... But instead serve as an early warning sign to help coaches and athletes minimize the risk of injury.

     This comes just months after Georgia's legislature signed into effect a law dealing with the way teams react to hard hits..

     That law requires coaches to take any athlete who's taken a blow to the head...off the field for a proper medical exam.

     The Medical Center of Central Georgia is one of 2 hospitals in the state to introduce healthier food options to patients.

     The "Great Living menu" rolled out last week... Through a partnership with Morrison' Healthcare and the Partnership for a Healthier America.

     Here's how dieticians say the new menu will make a difference.

< Today our chef special is smokehouse turkey sandwich, vegetable soup with meatballs and for dessert we have chocolate

strawberry delight with peaches.>

That's part of the new "Great Living" menu at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

< Adrien Clermont, Director of Food Nutrition: It doesn't look like hospital food.  It looks like something you would get in a restaurant.>

 

2 weeks ago, the nutrition staff made the change.

Director of Nutrition... Adrien Clermont... says they're using more whole grains... wheats... and pastas.

The new menu reduces sodium by 44 percent... and calories by 33 percent.

< Our deserts now have less sugar and more natural products to enhance the flavors. So we're really excited about what it looks like and tastes like as well. >

 

< Minnie Smith, Clinical Nutrition Manager:  What we really try to do is work to increase flavors other ways through the use of fresh herbs and spices and different cooking techniques that could positively impact that flavor.  >

 

The new menu doesn't segregate patients by dietary restrictions.  Now, everyone can choose from the same list.

 

< Someone who has a sodium restriction or a sugar restriction... who is diabetic still can enjoy that great looking food with some great flavors.>

 

Nutrition staff wants patients to stick to their dietary changes after their hospital stay.  So, the great living menu becomes apart of their take home package.

 

< We want to make sure our patients eat the food while they are here to become healthy, but also become educated on the process on the things they should be eating and what they can expect from those foods.>

     The nutrition staff serves more than 300 thousand patients a year.

     The new menu will impact up to 1 million meals within the next five years.

     Clermont expects other hospitals throughout the country to adopt the new menu in the future.

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