MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Wednesday kids at Alexander II Elementary School jumped for a cause. About 550 students in grades K-5th stayed active to bring awareness to heart disease. Kids also raised money for the American Heart Association. The little ones enjoyed the break from their text books.
"We're jump roping, we're spinning a ball and we're jumping and we're doing it again and again," said Barrett Moody, Alexander II.
"It's jump rope for the heart and we have fun and then we get to do limbo and the slide," said Janiya Latimore, Alexander II.
P.E Coach Jim Mills says the three day event is a great way to teach kids the importance of staying active. This is the 8th year Alexander II has participated in "Jump for the Heart."
BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)-Trash has taken over Byron's recycling center and residents are fed up. Residents tell 41NBC the center, which is located in the heart of the historic district, is an eye sore.
"We have this recycling center that actually looks like a dump. All the cardboard, all the junk, the glass...and it shouldn't be that way,' says Rick Knowles.
Byron Mayor Larry Collins says it's a problem he hears about constantly, but the city doesn't own the land the recycling center is on. Keep Peach County Clean and Beautiful rents the property from a private owner.
Knowles believes someone should be held accountable for the community wide issue. "I think everybody should recycle, but the people that own this piece of property and the people that are doing recycling must be making a dollar on it; they need to be held responsible to keep it clean 24/7."
Mayor Larry Collins admits the recycling center is a disaster.
"The good news is folks are bringing stuff here. The bad news is it's a mess,' says Collins.
Knowles tells 41NBC he would like more security done around the recycling center, "put up a camera out there. Those people who are doing wrong need to be held responsible. This is our community and we should be proud of it," says Knowles.
Mayor Collins also tells 41NBC he and city council are working on options to fix the recycling center. He says they are considering hiring a private company to handle all of the city's recycling.
Keep Peach County Clean and Beautiful could not be reached for a comment.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Since this week is Severe Weather Awareness week, local emergency management agencies want to make sure you're safe in case of a disaster. According to the National Weather Service, tornadoes are the number one severe weather related killer in Georgia causing 15 deaths and 143 injuries last year. The Macon-Bibb county EMA Director, Don Druitt, says you should have a plan in place, food and water, and some where to go just in case a tornado hits.
"We'll we found out that most people are not as familiar with preparedness as they should be, so we ask to take this week for people to look at things like there safe room, find a place in your house or home that is safer than anywhere else in case a tornado does hit", said Druitt.
According to a study from the Georgia EMA's Ready Georgia Campaign, nearly 80-percent of Georgians admit to not being fully prepared for an emergency.
Macon,Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- The American Architectural Foundation has chosen Macon as one of 8 cities nationwide for the Sustainable Cities Design Academy. Macon was selected for its second street multi-modal transportation project. AAF is a non-profit organization that educates the public about the power of architecture to improve lives and transform communities. The Sustainable Cities Academy holds 3-day workshops with the nations premiere experts in design and sustainability.
"Recieving this assistance from the sustainable cities design academy will help Macon by recieving technical assiastance from the nations premier experts in sustainablity and design and also helps to spotlight macon in as a progressibe city that is focused on redevelepment", said Gil Prado, Assistant Director for Macon's Economic & Community Development Department.
A 4-member team from Macon will attend the Academy in San Francisco, in April.
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Perry will soon be home to a state-of-the-art disaster training complex. Wednesday, local leaders helped break ground on the advanced disaster preparedness facility. The 830-acre site will have the most vigorous and realistic training facility in the country for both civilian and military first responders. The founder of Guardian Center says the site off Thompson Road will allow training for natural and man-made disasters.