In light of the recent spike of youth crime in Macon, the mayor asked Police Chief Mike Burns to brainstorm solutions. After presenting his plan to Macon City Council's Public Safety Committee it looks like it's back to the drawing board for both parties.
"I'm disappointed. I thought we had a good plan," said Chief Burns.
Tonight, WIBB listeners heard from members of the Macon community who are fed up with violence. They believe too much blame is placed on gangs, and not enough is placed on the truth.
It was an hour of honest conversation over the airwaves at tonight's Unity-and-Community show with Al Tillman.
Radio personality Tex James was a prominent voice in the open forum. He said a police record from his past labels him as a gang leader.
"Did we break crime no, did we do anything wrong no."
James says he was just part of a group of people who stuck together to get through everyday life. This misconception is one of the things aggravating the activists, and prompted them to speak their truth.
Do you have a junk drawer at home, or a closet where things seem to always pile up, always getting deeper and never shrinking?
Imagine your one drawer, and compare that to the collection at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville. Entire buildings which have been sitting unused and closed up for decades, have become the 'junk drawer' of the hospital's campus.
Pictures, financial and medial records, and personal effects of residents of the hospital have been sitting in boxes, unaccounted for and forgotten about.
Cue Joshua Kitchens.
Kitchens is a certified archivist, and has begun the task of going through hundreds of boxes, organizing and studying the contents of each.
"Photographic materials, that was a whole different story because there was no order to them, and they didn't make any sense," Kitchens explains.
The plan is to one day get through everything that is being found throughout the hospital campus, and have it archived for easily accessible study in the future.
"We'll have a nice, what we call a finding aide," Kitchens says. "A tool to help people find the materials that are in the archive."
Kitchens has been working on this archiving project for more than two years now. He says one of the most interesting things he found while studying the artifacts, was that the Central State was more than just a hospital for the city.
"The records seem to show that there was a lot of community out here, a lot of events with a lot of people gathered around doing very public things. That's something that's really very surprising."
Kitchens will also render his archiving services in Milledgeville for First Friday, which is October 7th. He wants people who have artifacts in their homes to bring them to him, so he can sit down and explain things like what you have and where it might be from.
He will be at Digital Bridges to look at your items.
Might be a good way to clear out some of the junk in your closet...
A complaint by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing a Nu-Way Weiners manager Charlene Davis of subjecting two female employees to a "sexually hostile work environment."
The women say Davis frequently asked the two to go with her to a gay club, and repeatedly touched them inappropriately.
One of the employees says Davis fired her after complaining to Nu-Way owner Jim Cacavias on March 12, 2010. She says she reported to work the day following the complaint, when she saw a message on a dry erase board which said "clock out now, get out now, sorry, so long, see you."
The other plaintiff states Davis threatened to terminate her if she complained.
Cacavias says the allegations against Davis are false, and come from "two disgruntled employees."