And that's a wrap up of some of the stories that have made up your world on this Thursday.
Tonight on Eyewitness News at 11...
we begin with new information from Wilkinson County...
where earlier this week, we showed you these pictures a custodian told us...was mold growing in Wilkinson County School.
After we brought you that report... some concerned parents took action to make sure their children were safe.
Judy Le was there.
when Nicole Bryant ...A concerned parent ... Heard that there might be mold in the wilkinson county school ... She immediately took action.
Bryant contacted the health department and superintendent ... Aaron geter ... To inspect the classrooms herself
<based upon the pictures i've seen, it looks like mold.that's why i'm here. If it's not mold, that's awesome, that's great. If it is mold, we need to get it fixed and we need to know how they're going to get it fixed>
She has two children in the school system ... one in the elementary ... The other in the middle school. Her hope was to make sure the schools are a safe place for her kids to learn.
After entering the building with Geter and a health department inspector ... And walking through the hallways for nearly an hour ... She walked out with confidence.
<there was white pain on this wall and from what was told to me was that there was once mold and once some modl damage there, but they treated it. All of that was taken care of. >
Geter says he hopes this will clear up any concerns parents might have.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news
Geter says there will be more transparency about this from now on.
He says he will contact parents tomorrow about steps taken to clean the schools.
Jury selection will begin Monday for the child molestation trial against Shelly Simmons, Sr... In Perry.
Simmons is known as the long time "voice of the Warner Robins demons" football team...
He retired from Robins Air Force Base in 1985... owned a contracting company... and is a former youth-league coach.
He was charged with two counts of child molestation in 2011, though authorities haven't described the circumstances surrounding those charges.
A press release from Houston County district attorney George Hartwig's Office says a hearing is also scheduled at the Houston Superior Court Monday afternoon.
Simmons maintains his innocence.
Federal prosecutors said today... That a fourth Georgia corrections officer pleaded guilty to his role... In the beating of an inmate at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe.
26-year-old Kadarius Thomas admitted he escorted an inmate into a gymnasium where he was attacked by several other correctional emergency response team officers.
Officials say Thomas also knew the inmate was injured and followed instructions to leave out any reference to unjust use of force in any incident reports.
Thomas faces up to 20 years in prison.
A deputy warden and seven corrections officers were indicted in the assault.
Right now... It's just a run-down warehouse...but soon, it will be a buzzing hub for Farmers Home Furtniture.
The Georgia-based company recently bought a 330-thousand square foot warehouse on Industrial Boulevard,
They announced their plans today to expand its distribution center...
Before taking over the full 40 acres, they only rented out a small part of it.
Development officials tell 13WMAZ the project take about five years to complete...but jobs will open up as soon as next week.
this project will generate about 65 new jobs...with the investment of about $4 million dollars by the company
And as many as 300 Bibb County jobs will flow into the area.
After a five year delay... Progress on a Kumho tire plant has been jump started.
The south Korean tire manufacturer halted plans to build its only North American plant in Bibb a few years ago... After the recession stalled the project.
Today, the company joined local leaders to announce... local agencies have approved an extension to the 2008 agreement, putting Kumho back on the map for 2015 construction.
The 225 million dollar plant will sit in the Softkee Industrial Park on Highway 247.
And a Connecticut-based freight company plans to open its doors at a new facility in Oglethorpe.
According to a release, SCB Minerals plans to move into an 18-acre property... where they'll store products and load rail cars.
SCB Minerals bought an old peanut mill near Chatham Street and tore down part of a collapsed office. They plan to also restore the rail spur.
Central Georgians looking for job training for opportunities springing up...will have a new option... With the grand opening of Macon's newest technical college.
The School of Health opened its campus at Riverside Drive, Today.
The college was formerly known as the American Professional Institute.
The new name comes after Goodwill Industries purchased the institution.
The school offers programs like cosmetology... massage therapy... and instructor training.
Senior Director of Marketing... Barry Paschal... says the new leadership will allow students and faculty to operate on the same quarter system as Helms College.
Helms is also led by Goodwill Industries.
Barry L. Paschal, Senior Director of Marketing, Goodwill Industries: We want students to be able to come in and have experiential learning processes during their college career and they'll also have intensive advisement which is sort of like a specialty in how we operate Helms. Students aren't just dropped in and forgotten.
The School of Health also opened a location in Milledgeville.
Paschal says faculty are busy registering students for the next quarter... which starts in October.
A quick clarification now on a story we brought you Monday on Eyewitness News at 6.
The story concerned a rally by a group of women discussing birthing practices at area hospitals.
Spokeswomen for the Medical Center of Central Georgia... and Coliseum Hospital...say they allow women the option of vaginal births after having previous caeserean surgery.
They say it's up to the individual doctors...to decide with their patients...how best to perform the delivery.
Since it still feels like summer out there... Why not continue a summer tradition...as grills fire up for a heated weekend in Fort Valley.
Over 30 teams from across Georgia...will compete in a true grillmaster's challenge... To be judged on their pulled pork...pork tenderloin...and ribs.
The 8th annual hambone jam heats up tomorrow...and goes through Saturday,
We talked to Kerry Sparks...a pit master from Brunswick...who told us today... Her grill creations are ready to be put to the taste-test.
Kerry Sparks, Brunswick: Our best is in pulled pork and it's usually a sweet followed by a little bit of a heat and it give you that last punch you know and it make it's just right that one perfect bit is really good. >
On Friday...the cooking teams will fire up the grills... and Saturday... the judges will taste the meat.
While competitors meat won't be tasted by the public... Bobby Barnes... says they will have vendors making competitive style BBQ for people to eat.
The event is free for all.
The Justice Department had decided not to conduct a civil rights investigation in the case of a Georgia teen found dead in his high school gym.
Kendrick Johnson was discovered dead last January,
rolled up head first in a wrestling mat at Lowndes High School in Valdosta.
The Justice Department reviewed the case at the family's request for a civil rights investigation...and says there wasn't a significant reason to move ahead...because there was no civil rights violation.
Johnson's family maintains Kendrick was murdered, and thinks investigators are making another mistake.
If they don't come in, they only sending a message to the world: You can kill as long as you can get away with it. That's what they are saying. These people done killed my son and they don't wanna come in, investigate the sheriff, and do what they gotta do.
Kendrick Johnson's first autopsy from the Georgia Board of Investigation ruled Johnson's death was caused by positional asphyxia.
The Lowndes County sheriff then ruled his death accidental.
A second autopsy, after the family had his remains exhumed, found the teen died from "unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma."
That prompted his family to get the justice department involved.
Frightening moments in the Atlanta this morning.
A Fulton County police officer was shot...and a suspect killed...after what started with reports of a suspicious person in a College Park neighborhood.
The officer was on patrol around 8:30 this morning... when the man was first spotted.
There are few details on what led to the shooting... And it is unclear if both officers fired on the suspect.
The officer was hit by a bullet... But wearing his bulletproof vest saved his life.
He was released from Grady Memorial Hospital this afternoon.
we heard like 5 gunshots, It was like right back back to back. That's all we heard we came outside, it was sirens and everything and like 25 police cars. They was running down the street/
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution... Police have not released the name of the suspect... Until his family has been notified.
A police spokeswoman did say the man was not from the Atlanta Area.
There was a warrant on him for failure to appear, but the details of the warrant have not been released.
The GBI is currently investigating the case.