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College football is just around the corner... And tonight a Macon council committee discussed how to prep for the city's first group of Mercer tailgaters.

Katelyn Heck has more on their plans.

As the Mercer football team gets their X's and O's in order for their first game... The city of Macon is working on their own playbook.

<anything we as Maconites can do to make it more hospitable for the college crowd or the alumni coming back to show them what Macon has done in fixing up its facilities and everything>

To draw in more people... The city council public safety committee Ok'd open containers downtown before the eight home games.

The committee narrowed down the space where it will be allowed... To these two areas.

But some members like Henry Gibson say they're still concerned.

<it's not the open container law that I have a problem with, but when you pass that law, you have other things that go along with it such as what are you going to do about protection of the city?>

The Macon Police Department will have 11 officers around parking areas... 12 controlling traffic on gamedays.

7 more will be assigned to patrol two public tailgating events on the first and last games.

The police department will re-work officers' schedules to minimize overtime costs... While maximizing safety.

<we've done these kinds of events before, cherry blossom and christmas parade, where we've had to shift schedules to make sure we have adequate coverage so we can respond to calls.>

After tailgaters and visitors head back home... There's often a mess left behind like this one at the University of Georgia.

Macon will have to pay around 30-thousand dollars in public works overtime for the clean-up after Mercer games.

Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

City administrators estimate the Mercer home games will have a 6.5 million dollar impact on the community.

Full council will decide whether or not to allow open containers in tomorrow night's meeting.

Also tonight... Another Macon council committee voted to outlaw car booting in the city.

Council President James Timley says people can hire outside companies to place a boot on a car if it is illegally on their property.

Taking it off... Costs the driver one hundred dollars.

Since Macon police officers are limited on where and why they can boot cars... Timley says they often resort to towing instead.

But Timley says some drivers end up with both fines.

if a person cannot pay at that particular site where the car is booted, then if it's towed, then they have a towing cost and a storage, as well as a booting cost. So, in my estimation, that's just unfair to our citizens.>

Full council will have to approve this at tomorrow's meeting before it can take effect.

Warner Robins City Council members honored several young people and took care of some city business at tonight's council meeting.

Jennifer Moulliet was there and has more.

The meeting began with council recognizing the young winners of the summer camp spelling bee and poetry contest.

Then it was the Warner Robins West all- star team's turn... These eight year olds won the rookie state title.

And council congratulated these Royal Rangers for earning the gold medal of achievement award.

Then the young artists from the junior strokes program took the floor... This masterpiece was made by hitting golf balls and tennis balls soaked in paint.

Council also passed several ordinances... One that made some changes to the city's drug policy... warner robins currently has a city policy that applies to all city employees and requires random drug testing.

City Attorney Jim Elliott explains what's changed.

<we lowered the percentage of employees subject to random testing per year something for economic purposes provided for some other methods of testing like swab testing. >

He says swab testing... Is less expensive than what they have now.

Council also approved three road improvement projects.

One that will create a turn lane at the Leisure Lake Moody Road intersection... And another putting two roundabouts on Martin Luther King Drive... The funding for both of these projects comes from a SPLOST collected twelve years ago... Councilman Daron Lee says there was a lot of paperwork that stalled the project for several years.

<when bids came in they came in higher than the money that was allotted for the project at that time so we had to go back and re-bid on some projects. >

He says the city's set to start construction on those roundabouts next week.

In warner robins ... Jennifer moulliet 13wmaz eyewitness news.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen also reminded everyone to come out to the city's fireworks show... Friday after the regional little league championship game.

Macon Police are looking for the person they say shot and killed a man at a family gathering for a deceased relative.

Friends and family were gathered early Sunday morning at a house on Frederica Place for an elderly relative, Albert Moore who had died of lung cancer.

That's when police say 38-year old Quinton Jones came into the house... and shot 35-year old Steven Johnson in the chest.

Family members say when Johnson got back up... Jones shot him again in the head.

Then.. Jones then walked away.

Moore's granddaughter says she's still trying to wrap her head around losing her grandfather and a family friend... within a week of each other.

According to the Macon Police, Jones has 19 prior arrests.

If you have any information that could help police find Jones... You can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers 1-877-68-CRIME. Again that's 1-877-68-CRIME.

One of the nine suspects involved in last month's shooting outside the Zodiac Nightclub went before a judge today for a commitment hearing.

27-year old Arthur Freeman, the third was charged with participation in criminal street gang activity, and criminal attempt to commit murder.

That's for his alleged involvement in the shooting of Deion Davis.

The judge ruled there was enough evidence to move forward with the case.

Freeman's lawyer... Frank Hogue... argued there wasn't enough evidence for the attempted murder charge.

He said Davis didn't go to the club with the other suspects.

Hogues says there's a difference between being a gang member... and actually being the one who did the shooting.

A detective said Freeman held Davis in place... Keeping him from running away... After Davis was shot.

Freeman will remain in the Bibb County Jail without bond.

It's the first day of school for Bibb County students and a few administrators.

School started at 8:45 at Brookdale Elementary ... off of Vineville Avenue.

Armed with new shoes, backpacks and school supplies....kids were ready for the start of a new school year.

The first day of school also marked the start of a new agenda for a new interim superintendent.

Steve Smith made the rounds in Bibb County... and on his agenda is one high priority... Graduation rates at Southwest High School

According to its new principal Tanzy Kilcrease...in 2012 the schools graduation rate was 38 percent.

And interim superintendent Smith says...those numbers have to come up.

and we do understand that we have a lot of work to do. I shared the data with the students this morning, the two groups that I met with I shared EOTC scores with them to show them the work that we have to do. And I told them that we will not have those scores again. Superintendent- I think 38 percent graduation rate is deplorable. I can't think of a worse graduation rate that I've ever heard of, so. But I do think there's some really good kids here that need some refocus and re-direction. I think that Dr. Gilchrist is gonna do just that.>

Kilcrease says the school is setting the expectations from day one with a heavy emphasis on college readiness.

She also said another key is... Making sure students understand graduation requirements...so they can adequately prepare and track their own progress.

This weekend georgia shoppers can take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

Starting Friday.. You can get clothes, shoes, school supplies and computers without paying taxes .

But there are limits.

For example... a pair of shoes or an item of clothing can't cost more than $100.

welcome back... It's time to take a look at what's making headlines for Monday, August 5.

Two officials say a secret message between Al-Qaida's chief and his deputy in Yemen was intercepted... Leading to the shutdown of U.S. Embassies all over the world.

The message was picked up several weeks ago and appeared to target interests in Yemen.

Twenty U-S embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa have been shut down until Saturday... And American tourist have been warned of a terror attack... That may still be active.

The state department says the closures are quote " an abundance of caution"... But it does not indicate there is a new threat.

A travel alert will remain in place until August 31st.

A driver in California sped his car through a crowded tourist spot on Saturday... Killing one woman and injuring about a dozen othes.

Today... People gathered to remember the victims at Venice Beach.

They left flowers... Notes and candles.

Police say the crash was deliberate.

38 year old Nathan Campbell will be charged with murder..he is being held on one million dollars bond.

B-P is heading back to court to temporarily suspend settlement payments from the Gulf Oil spill in 2010.

They filed a motion in federal court today... To halt the payments while former FBI director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation on the settlement program... Which is court supervised.

Billions of dollars have already been awarded to businesses and residents of the gulf coast... But B-P says at least two lawyers who rules on appeals... Were partners at law firms representing claimants.

The oil company also says they recently learned of allegations of fraudulent claims in Alabama... By someone employed by the settlement program... who submitted claims in exchange for a portion of the awards.

And that's what's making headlines this Monday... The 5th of August.

Some candidates can't even get one term in office... But one mayor in Minnesota... Is working on his second term.

His priorities include cartoons... Animal crackers... And more frequent nap times.

Rachel Slavik takes us to the campaign headquarters of a 4 year old called... America's cutest mayor.

THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IS A PATH FEW CHOOSE TO TRAVEL.

nats

BUT DON'T TELL THAT TO DORSET MAYOR BOBBY TUFTS.

Please!

THIS FOUR YEAR OLD IS STUMPING FOR HIS SECOND TERM.

You're pretty special. Yes I am.

A fishing pole with a fish.

BOBBY LOCKED IN THE VOTES OF HIS CONSTITUENCY, ABOUT 25 IN ALL.

I like the incumbent mayor.

DURING THE TASTE OF DORSET THE POPULATION SWELLS TO THOUSANDS. BOBBY CAME PREPARED.

A LITTLE JUICE SPILLED ON THIS ONE CAN'T HAVE THAT NO BUT I'M GOING TO PASS OUT THE JUICE SPILLED ONES ANYWAY

nats - A little juice spill... pick these up.

THE CHARM OF A 4-YEAR-OLD WHO LOVES FISHING GOES A LONG WAY.

nats

EVEN FOR A CANDIDATE WHO'S EASILY DISTRACTED.

nats

STILL, VOTER AFTER VOTER SCRIBBLED THE TUFT NAME.

His stance on ice cream and things like that are hard to beat.

AND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS ARE OF A DIFFERENT SORT.

THOUSANDS OF VOTES, MANY IN HIS FAVOR, AND THE ELECTION IS STILL NO GUARANTEE.

He's got a lot of votes in, everybody we talked to said don't worry, we already voted for him. But it just takes one vote.

We're rooting for you Robert. K.

THE WINNER IS PICKED BY CHANCE.

The mayor of Dorset is pulled out of a hat.

NOT EVEN IN KINDERGARTEN --

Robert Tufts!

AND ALREADY A TWO TERM MAYOR.

JUST IMAGINE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR LITTLE BOBBY TUFTS.

The town of Dorset has a population of less than 30... And there is no official city government.

The mayoral position although it is just for fun... It is also for a good cause.

Money from the mock election goes towards an event called the "taste of Dorset"... And Mayor Bobby has raised hundreds of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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