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FORMER MACON-BIBB NAACP PRESIDENT AL TILMAN SAYS A MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TRIED TO TARNISH HIS REPUTATION BY BRINGING UP HIS TWENTY-FIVE YEAR-OLD CRIMINAL HISTORY..
TILMAN WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED TONIGHT TO SERVE ON THE CITY'S PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION..... BUT NOT BEFORE THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HAD A MEETING TO DISCUSS THE DECISION.
DURING THAT MEETING..... TILMAN SAYS COUNCILMAN JAMES TIMELY QUESTIONED HIM ABOUT HIS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND..
TILMAN SAYS HE HAS TWO TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD MISDEMEANOR CHARGES ON HIS RECORD.
HE SAYS TIMELY TRIED TO CLOSE THE MEETING... WHICH IS TYPICALLY DONE WHEN COUNCIL DISCUSSES PERSONEL MATTERS...
BUT TILMAN SAYS IN THIS INSTANCE.... HE ASKED THEM TO KEEP THE MEETING OPEN..
"I wanted the media and the community to know, I'm not shying away from anything that I've done because my current record speaks for itself."
HE SAYS CALLS TO THE MEDIA FROM A PRIVATE CITIZEN ACCUSING HIM OF BEING A CONVICTED FELON AND THE EFFORTS OF COUNCILMAN TIMELY TO BRING HIS RECORD BEFORE COUNCIL ARE PART OF A SMEAR CAMPAIGN MOTIVATED BY THE POSSIBILITY TILMAN MAY RUN FOR TIMLEY'S SEAT ON COUNCIL...
"I was receiving numerous calls throughout the community that he was asking questions and trying to possibly sway others to say that I had a bad, bad record, and that they may need to take a closer look at it."
TIMELY DENIES THAT HIS QUESTIONS WERE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED...
HE SAYS TILMAN IS ENTITLED TO HIS OPINIONS... BUT THAT HE WILL NOT COMMENT ON THEM...
IN OTHER COUNCIL NEWS... MARTY WILLETT OF THE FORT HAWKINS COMMISSION SAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME...... FORT HAWKINS WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVERY WEEKEND... STARTING IN MARCH.
HE SAYS HE'S CHANGING ROLES FROM VOLUNTEER CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE TO A PAID POSITION AS COORDINATOR.
WILLETT SAYS THE MOVE WILL ALLOW HIM TO APPLY FOR GRANTS AND RAISE MONEY FULL TIME... SO THEY CAN FUND THE EXPANSION OF EDUCATION INTIATIVES AT THE FORT... INCLUDING LIVING HISTORY EXHIBITS AND RESUMING ARCHEOLOGICAL DIGS...
"We want to be a local, regional, and national educational resources and economic generator where hundreds of people will be working in living history and archeology."
HE SAYS THEIR EFFORTS TO REVAMP PROGRAMMING AT A NINETEENTH CENTURY HISTORIC SITE WILL COINCIDE WITH THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR OF 1812...
STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN AND MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT TALKED RACE AND CONSOLIDATION TODAY.
THE TWO CAME FACE-TO-FACE DURING THIS MORNING'S TAPING OF 13WMAZ'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.
BROWN DIDN'T LIKE IT LAST MONTH... WHEN REICHERT ACCUSED HIM OF RACE-BAITING WHEN A COMMENT ABOUT WHITE SHEETS SEEMED TO COMPARE GEORGIA'S REPUBLICANS TO THE KU KLUX KLAN.
THE STATE SENATOR ALSO OBJECTED TO TALK THAT HE'S HINDERING CONSOLIDATION EFFORTS.
Robert Brown, State Senator: Robert Brown has been an obstructionist when it comes to consolidation and that somehow my motivation is one that has to do with race. I think it's disingenious and it's not something that's very helpful to the discussion in this community.Robert Reichert, Macon Mayor: I thought it was an unfortunate choice of words regardless of what he intended to say, his discussion of red sheets, blue sheets, save the white sheets for the midnight meeting was construed by some, especially Allen Peake to be racist.
YOU CAN WATCH CLOSE-UP AT NOON SATURDAY AND AT SIX A-M SUNDAY RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ.
AN APPLING MIDDLE SCHOOL SEVENTH GRADER WAS ARRESTED AFTER BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY HE BROUGHT AN UNLOADED GUN TO CLASS TODAY.
CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF DANIEL DECOURSEY SAYS THEY SEARCHED A CLASSROOM AFTER GETTING A TIP FROM ANOTHER STUDENT.
HE SAYS THEY FOUND MARIJUANA AND SIX BULLETS ON THE 14-YEAR-OLD AROUND 1-15 THIS AFTERNOON.
DECOURSEY SAYS THEY FOUND A COLT-32 REVOLVER INSIDE THE TEEN'S CLASS BINDER.
HE SAYS THE SCHOOL WAS PLACED ON CODE YELLOW FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES.
CAMPUS POLICE ARRESTED THE STUDENT.
DECOURSEY SAYS THE TEENAGER IS AT A YOUTH FACILITY FACING SEVERAL CHARGES.
THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SAYS PARENTS WERE NOTIFIED BY PHONE AND EMAIL... AND WILL SEND A LETTER HOME TOMORROW.
THE CEO OF THE BANKRUPT AMERICAN SHINGLE COMPANY IS OUT OF JAIL ON BOND TONIGHT.
CARLTON DEWAYNE DUNKO TURNED HIMSELF IN TODAY TO FACE DOZENS OF CRIMINAL CHARGES IN BIBB COUNTY.
CAPTAIN MIKE SMALLWOOD WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS CARLTON DEWAYNE DUNKO WAS BOOKED AT THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL AROUND 10 A-M.
LAST WEEK... THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TOOK OUT WARRANTS FOR DUNKO AND TWO OTHERS ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY FROM 30 PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY FOR WORK THAT WAS NEVER DONE.
YESTERDAY... MACON POLICE ADDED 15 MORE CASES.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE SAYS THE OLD METHOD OF MATCHING EMPLOYEES' I-D CARDS TO THEIR FACES WHEN THEY COME THROUGH THE GATES..... SHOULD END IN A FEW MONTHS.
OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL USE BARCODED I-D'S AND FINGERPRINTS TO IDENTIFY EMPLOYEES.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL THOMAS MOREA SAYS SECURITY OFFICERS SCAN THE BARCODE WITH A HAND-SCANNER AT THE GATE.
THE DEVICE WILL SHOW THE EMPLOYEE'S PICTURE.... AND WHETHER THEY'RE ALLOWED TO ENTER.
IF THERE'S ANY QUESTION ABOUT SOMEONE'S IDENTITY... AN OFFICER CAN VERIFY THEIR FINGERPRINTS.
Lt. Col. Morea "If we have some kind of notification that we don't want someone to come on the base, we can enter that person's name into the system. Then when the people approach the gate the guards are alerted."
MOREA SAYS ALL EMPLOYEES MUST REGISTER THEIR FINGERPRINTS BY JULY.
THEY CAN DO THAT AT THE VISITOR'S CENTER AND ANYWHERE ELSE AN I-D CARD IS ISSUED.
HE SAYS THE NEW I-D SYSTEM WILL SATISFY A 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ORDER THAT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS SHOULD STANDARDIZE THEIR CHECKPOINT PROCEDURES.
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A PANEL CREATED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO REVAMP GEORGIA'S TAX CODE ADOPTED A RESOLUTION.
IT SAYS IT HAS PLANS NOT TO INCREASE OR DECREASE THE STATE'S TAX COLLECTIONS.
THE SPECIAL COUNCIL ON TAX REFORM AND FAIRNESS FOR GEORGIANS LAST MONTH RECOMMENDED THAT THE STATE PUT THE STATE SALES TAX BACK
ON GROCERIES AND HIKE THE CIGARETTE TAX.
BUT IT ALSO WANTS TO GRADUALLY LOWER THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX AND TRIM THE CORPORATE TAX.
A STATESBORO MAN IS ACCUSED OF ROBBING A LAURENS COUNTY ADULT STORE...THREATENING THE CLERK WITH A KNIFE...AND STEALING HER CAR.
A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS 29-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH SOUTHWELL IS CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY..AND AUTO THEFT.
IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AT FANTASY WORLD ON HIGHWAY 4-41 SOUTH.
THEY FOUND THE STOLEN CAR TODAY....AND SAW THE SUSPECT WALKING NEARBY.
THEY SAY SOUTHWELL COULD FACE FURTHER CHARGES.
TWO PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL AFTER TWIGGS COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND A METH LAB IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK.
TWIGGS COUNTY CHIEF DEPUTY BILLY BONEY SAYS 26 YEAR OLD JAMES MATTHEW TANNER AND 30 YEAR OLD CASIE LYNN ADAMS WERE PULLED OVER MONDAY NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 57....ON A TRAFFIC STOP.
HE SAYS DEPUTY JEREMY JOHNSON SEARCHED THE PICKUP AFTER NOTICING THE COUPLE ACTING STRANGE AND FOUND A METH LAB IN A TOOLBOX.
Chief Deputy Billy Boney Twiggs County Sheriff Office "the product its self, that they are making is ruining lives you know inculding theirs and you know. We are veary serious about drugs and that kind of things in our community and we are not going to have it here in Twiggs County.
DEPUTIES CHARGED BOTH TANNER AND ADAMS WITH MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINES.
TANNER ALSO FACES SPEEDING AND SEVERAL OTHER DRIVING CHARGES.
CHIEF DEPUTY BONEY SAYS THIS IS TWIGGS' 14TH METH LAB BUST...AND THEIR SECOND ON WHEELS SINCE SHERIFF DARRIN MITCHUM TOOK OFFICE IN 2004.
NEW BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND MET WITH HIS LEADERSHIP TEAM ON HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB.
SCHOOL SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE SAYS........
DALLEMAND MET WITH ABOUT 15 ADMINISTRATORS FOR JUST OVER TWO HOURS.
HE SAYS DALLEMAND TALKED ABOUT HIS PHILOSOPHY ON EDUCATION....AND DELIVERED A STRONG MESSAGE THAT HE BELIEVES....EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN.
THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT WILL CONTINUE TO MEET ONE ON-ONE WITH STAFF TOMORROW.
OLD MAN WINTER IS SHOWING NO REST FOR THE WEARY.
A BRUTAL STORM IS HEAPING SNOW AND ICE ACROSS A TWO-THOUSAND MILE STRETCH OF THE COUNTRY.
THE HEARTLAND IS ALREADY TAKING A BEATING - AND THE WORST IS YET TO COME.
MANUEL GALLEGUS REPORTS FROM CHICAGO.
And a whole lot of snow and ice are ganging up on the heartland.
((Locator: Chicago, IL))
The worst for Chicago is expected overnight. City workers are plowing and shoveling, trying to stay one step ahead of this storm.
((SOT)) Mayor Richard M. Daley/Chicago Mayor
"THIS MEANS A VERY LARGE AMOUNT OF SNOW FALLING VERY QUICKLY IN WAVES AND EXTREMELY STRONG WINDS, ESPECIALLY NEAR THE LAKEFRONT."
Chicago schools are closed and residents are urged to use common sense..
((MOS)) Pat Gilliand/Chicago Resident
"I'M WEARING FIVE LAYERS SO I'M CUTE AND WARM!"
((MOS)) Bill Lewke/Chicago Resident
"THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER, JUST BAD GEAR."
((CHICAGO AIRPORTS VO))
Airlines are halting all flights in and out of Chicago's two major airports. More than ten thousand flights across the country are grounded.
((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Manuel Gallegus, Chicago
This could be the worst storm Chicago has seen in a half century , and folks here are not alone. Weather warnings are up across 30 states... more than 100 million people could be affected.
((FROM TEAGUE ELEMENTS))
18 inches of snow has fallen across parts of Oklahoma.
Tulsa and Oklahoma City were crippled by whiteouts... with temperatures in the single digits.
((SOT)) Jeff Neil/Stuck Driver
"MY FEET ARE LIKE NUMB, AS WELL AS MY HANDS AND THE REST OF MY EXTREMITIES."
((Locator: Cherokee County, Kansas))
Low visibility along highway 69 in Cherokee County, Kansas... made it difficult to see oncoming traffic.
((NORTHEAST VO)) - wcbs
As the storm presses into the northeast... New York's MetroNorth railroad is deploying crews to clear switches and the third rail.... And the Long Island railroad has de-icing trains on the job.
An ounce of prevention... for a whopper of a storm.
ICE FROM THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO WEIGH DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES - AND MAY CAUSE OUTAGES.
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