MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - 16 month old Riley Robbins has Niemann-Pick Type A. It's severe neurological disease that leads to death between the ages of two and four. There's no cure for the disease. Right now, there's only four other known cases of Type A in the U.S.
"The disease took the ability of him saying 'mama and dada' away. He can't even talk," says mom Lori Robbins.
She's watching her son quickly deteriorate. There's less than 1200 cases worldwide. It's so rare, that data surrounding how many people are carriers is unknown. In order for a baby to have the disease, both parents need to be carriers.
GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Jones County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of 14 people connected with a significant drug operation.
Officials also confiscated more than $100,000 cash and silver bars as part of their investigation.
Update; Fourteen people have been arrested on drug charges according to the Jones County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say they seized guns, silver bars, a hundred eighty thousand dollars in cash, and more than a hundred fifty thousand dollars worth of Meth. Investigators believe Chad Nicholson along with 13 other suspects were selling Meth in several counties in Middle Georgia. Authorities hope this drug bust will slow down Meth trafficking in Middle Georgia.
"All of us see a lot of people...a lot of sad cases were you see people so addictive to this that nothing else matters...family or anything," said Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece.
Nicholson along with the 13 other suspects are charged with racketeering. All 14 suspects could get up to 20 years in prison. Jones County, The FBI, Crawford, and Bibb County all played a part in the arrest of Nicholson.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- February marks 'National Children's Dental Health' month, and Small Smiles of Macon is giving kids free screenings and check-ups.
The clinic is helping teach kids and parents about the importance of things like bushing and flossing, and maintaining their oral health. Rebecca Jackson, a hygientist at Small Smiles, explained that children between the ages of one and five, have the highest levels of dental decay. Also, Jackson says "tooth decay is the single most common childhood disease".
"It's usually from the use of a bottle at night, which is 'baby bottle tooth decay'. Or even a sippy cup...that has milk or juice in it. That is the leading cause of the kids' decay, because of its constant absorbing of sugar," Jackson says.
The free clinic is open from 9:00a.m. until 11:00a.m. The next free screening will take place some time in October.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- A team of kids and teenagers sat in the basement of Bethel C.M.E. church, getting themselves amped to get out and serve throughout the Macon community.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national organization, which gets kids to get out and make a difference throughout their community.
"It's not just about giving of your resources, but giving of your time and all that you have," Charles Coney of the Souper Bowl of Caring explains.
To prepare mentally for the event, former professional football player Roger Jackson, is giving the kids words of wisdom.
"You have to really, really think and make good choices," Jackson said.
The group then went out to the city of Macon, to help spread a message of goodwill and encouragement to others. One group left to volunteer for Macon Habitat for Humanity. They cleaned up a plot of land full of debris and brush. The area will be used later this year as the site for a new house build by Habitat for Humanity.
"I don't really watch the Superbowl, so I thought it would be great to help out," 15 year-old Nyanna Miller says.
Kameron Agee decided to come join a friend of his in the service project. Agee says it's important for him to realize that there are people who are less fortunate than himself, and that every little bit helps.
"I know I have a place to put my head...but everybody is not as fortunate. So it's just good to be able to help people out."
So while these kids aren't scoring the game-winning touchdown, or making that remarkable catch, this 'Souper' Bowl will prove to be that is unforgettable.
"Any way that I can help, I will. Even though I got a couple of scratches from it, I'll survive from it!" Miller says.
If you know of someone who is doing something to make middle Georgia great, contact Kyle Warnke at