"Too long. About an hour and fifteen minutes."
"Last election, I just basically breezed in, breezed out."
Not the case today though... On the last day of early voting.
We'll tell you what we found when we visited the Board of Elections.
<i've seen them some out of the forest and get into people's garbage...and it's quite funny, because you see a trail of garbage going back into the forest again.>
how to avoid uninvited dinner guests with bad manners...
That's tonight...on Eyewitness news at Eleven.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
Frank Malloy is on assignment for Football Friday night.
He'll be joining us later this evening.
And you'll be seeing more of those stories we just previewed... But first, we look back at the day that was... This Friday, the 13th day of September... In sight and sound.
And those are some of the stories that made up your world on this Friday.
the books are closed on early voting.... and the countdown to Tuesday is on.
Some people waited for more than an hour and a half at the board of elections tonight.
The last person to cast a ballot declined to go on camera... But said she got in line around 5-20... And was finished around seven.
She said the wait was worth it to cast her vote... And she'd do It all over again.
Some weren't as thrilled about the wait.
<mary becker, voter - i was not in my right district or what I thought was my right district because they redrawn the districts. (what did you think it was) I used to be in district two, but now i'm in district nine >
This is the first election for the macon-bibb consolidated government.
Voters will pick a mayor and nine commissioners.
The process has been marked by confusion over voter districts, which led to as many as 90 people voting in the wrong districts.
That news today from the Board of Elections.
That number's three times higher than previously thought.
At last count... Elections officials told us more than 74-hundred had cast ballots. That was as of about 5:30 tonight... Before everyone made their way in.
We'll have final numbers for you... as soon as the county releases them.
We have new information on a story we brought you in August.
On the 12th of August... During an Atlanta Braves Home game... A fan fell to his death in a secured parking lot.
Officials originally stated that the fall appeared to be accidental... But according to our sister station WXIA... The death has been ruled a suicide.
Officers said at the time it was too early to tell if alcohol played a factor... And toxicology reports have not been returned in the case.
Fulton County Medical Examiners ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the torso... Which is consistent with a fall from great height.
Ronald Homer, Jr., fell 65 feet... And his family does not agree with the ruling of suicide.
They have retained a lawyer and were not available for comment.
Firefighters with the Macon-Bibb fire department are asking you to run... Ride... And play for eric john.
john is a bibb firefighter that was struck by a car on i-75 while assisting an accident.
several groups are coming together for a fundraiser tomorrow to help pay for john's medical expenses.
They started tonight... Smoking boston butts....
Ryan Sinyard with Pig Dynasty... A competition cook team out of warner robins says all the barbecue was donated... And they'll be smoking these butts all night.
<they're between eight and ten pounds a piece we've got I believe thirty-eight or forty on this grill and another seventeen or eighteen on that grill as the night goes we'll turn them and spray them and keep them at temperature. >
The event starts tomorrow morning at eight with a pancake breakfast.
There will be a 5-K run and a motorcycle benefit ride too.
Bands will be playing all day... And those boston butts you just saw will be served on barbecue plates for 7 dollars... And again all money raised will go to help fireman eric john.
Here's where the event will be
People who are interested in buying a house... or maintaining their current mortgage could find some helpful resources at a free housing fair... Tomorrow.
The Home Help Resource Fair will provide information for people who are having trouble making mortgage payments... and first time buyers.
The fair is sponsored by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Georgia.
President of the counseling service... Patrick Boisclair (BO-CLAIR)... says certified credit counselors... and other vendors will be around.
He says they'll also offer free credit reports to 100 people.
< Patrick Boisclair, President, Consumer Credit Counseling Service: There's a lot of programs out there that can help someone deal with a delinquent mortgage and get it up to date or at least get some kind of consideration from the mortgage company. >
The home help resource fair takes place tomorrow... from 10 until 2... at the Macon campus of Central Georgia Technical College.
Congressman Sanford Bishop is scheduled to give opening remarks.
Organizers are planning for the 56th annual Christmas parade in Warner Robins.
This year... The event will feature Celebrity grand Marshals Al Roker... The weather anchor for NBC's today show... And his wife... ABC Correspondent Deborah Roberts.
The theme for this year's parade is Around the World... And applications will be available starting on the first of October.
The parade will be held on the 7th of December starting at 10 in the morning.
13WMAZ will broadcast the parade... and Frank Malloy and Lorra Lynch Jones will MC the event.
The Atlanta Falcons have cleared another hurdle toward building a new stadium.
The city has helped broker a deal with one of two churches that will have to move to make room for the new stadium south of the Georgia Dome.
Money from the Falcons themselves made it happen.
But Jerry Carnes tells us it's still not a done deal just yet.
Some in the neighborhood have objections to building plans... saying they fear promises to redevelop surrounding areas will fall flat.
But Mayor Kaseem Reed says... The new Falcons Stadium will be good for business in the whole city.
High School bands also making an appearance for football tonight... Which includes the marching Band from West laurens.
All the recent rain and flooding is bringing some unexpected visitors out with it...
People living in the Bear Lake subdivision in Warner Robins told 13WMAZ they're seeing more bears in their neighborhood.
A state Department of Natural Resources official says there are around 300 black bears in central Georgia...
That number hasn't gone up, but the number of sightings has.
That's because recent rain is causing the bears to look for food in other places.
Neighbors say they often see bears in the area looking for food and water. <with Oaky Woods and that the bears have a natural habitat in that area, and then when they're hungry or thirsty, they'll wander into our neighborhood. But again, if we leave them alone, they'll leave us alone so I don't think there's anything to be afraid of>
If a bear is making itself a regular guest in your garbage, you can call the state Department of Natural Resources at 478-825-6354. That number again... 825-6354.
Next weekend... If you haven't already set your weekend plans...
You can head to the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds for the 23rd Annual Indian Celebration.
Enjoy the full range of native american culture... From storytelling to traditional dances... And even displays of how the people lived in the 1800s and modern times.
The event is Next weekend... September 21st and 22nd from 10 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.
For more information... You can call 752... 82... 57 again that number is 752... 82... 57.
It's a question for a different generation of workers.... Body art in the workplace.
While that heart on your forearm....or a special name on your wrist.. may mean something special to you... It could mean something else in the interview process.
Jeremy Campbell with our sister station, WXIA... Explores the situation.
<Jesse Brown pounded the pavement - week after week on the job hunt.
But there's one reference he kept to himself.
"my chest is done... so I've got a few."
He didn't want the ink on his arms to speak louder than the ink on his resume. It can hold you back.
"I think more corporate environments maybe so. If you're going to be a CFO or something they professional they don't want you covered."
I don't have any tattoos but so what if I did? There's a way to figure out what the reaction would be thanks to the art of the temporary tattoo.
When you see a tattoo on a professional what do you think? I think it's a mistake.
If it's a mistake, plenty of people are making it.
It's something everybody does now. At there professions where tattos are not allowed? College professor. Doctor. Lawyer.
Phillip Colvin it's just gotten to be so much more accepted now. I've got a surgeon right now getting a full back tattoo
At Memorial Tattoo phillip colvin has seen more requests for designs in places you just can't cover up.
They're getting a lot more open now with their tattos. It's gotten so accepted now people don't look down on it like they used to.
As for Brown, he got the job... at a web design firm where he feels his ink is accepted.
I think it all comes down to how you carry yourself and how professional you can be.
As for my new tattoo?
"that doesn't look real so I don't think that's a mistake."
Jeremy Campbell 11Alive news
We asked some of you on Facebook... What do you think of people with tattoos at work?
Tammy Lankford says... I own a business with ten employees and I'm not hiring any tattoo'd up person to work for me.
It promotes an image that I disagree with.
That being said... small... tasteful tattoos don't bother me.
On the other hand... Joshua Hardy replied... I have several.
I've always been conscious of being able to cover them up.
I have hired several guys with lots of tattoos but we do require them to be able to cover them.
Jodi Lea Burrer says that I am in the medical profession.
I bet my tattoos wouldn't matter if you wanted me to save your life.
You can still weigh in on that conversation on our facebook page.
And that wraps it up for Eyewitness News at 11.
Football Friday Night is next.
We leave you with this week's this is home. Have a great night.