Macon won't be a smoke free city at least for now. Tuesday Macon City Council Voted to uphold the mayor's veto of a smoking ban ordinance.
"I think it would've driven a lot of business to the county, especially with bars and clubs," said Elijah Davis of Macon.
Davis works at Element, a local night club in downtown Macon. He's glad City Council voted to uphold the mayor's veto of the smoking ban. Some council members believe the public did not get an opportunity to voice their concerns with the ban.
"I don't smoke but people who are affected by it should have a right to speak on it and it should not be crammed down folk’s throat," said Councilman Charles Jones.
Pastors at Swift Creek Missionary Baptist and Swift Creek United Methodist are picking up the pieces after 9 air conditioning units were destroyed between both churches.·
"They came in, cut the lock on the gate and after that they tore up 6 of our air conditioning units," says Pastor Donnie Bryant, Swift Creek Missionary Baptist.
These crimes are happening all over Middle Georgia. Churches are common places where thieves can find copper and easily trade it in for cash. Since January, 49 copper thefts have been reported in Bibb County. In the past two weeks 5 people were arrested.
"We've made several arrests but there's several more out there," says Captain Mike Smallwood, Bibb County.
The EF3 tornado that touched down in Lamar and Monroe counties, cleared a path of destruction nearly 30 miles long, and more than a half mile wide at some points.
The destruction is clearly seen from high above ground, looking like a brown trail of dirt in a field of green.
But volunteers at the Barnesville Church of the Nazarene, are gathering, and donating food, clothing, and anything families affected by the tornadoes need.
"We're just trying to get the word out, that we're here, and we've got a lot of stuff that we would like to give to whoever needs it," Diane Brinkley said.
Brinkley volunteers at the church, and was planning a church yard sale last week, when the tornadoes hit. That's when the church decided to give everything away, and become a collection spot where people can donate goods for tornado victims.
"It kind of just fell in my lap to do, which I don't mind at all. But it's rewarding to see people. To see people that are wanting to give, that want to do something," Brinkley said.
Barnesville Church of the Nazarene still needs donations, and volunteers to help distribute goods to families. If you would like to donate, or find out information about how to donate, click here.
Today the Georgia Department of Labor launches RésuMAY. This is a month-long effort to help job seekers improve their chances for employment. The initiative will focus on résumé-writing tools and employment-related services found at Department of Labor offices.
Warner Robins City Council members voted to pass an ordinance Monday that they hope will allow more animals to be adopted.
In the past, any animal that was adopted from a shelter needed to be spayed or neutered before going home with their new owner.
Warner Robins Councilman Paul Shealy says the new ordinance allows people who adopt to spay or neuter their pet on their own, as long as it's done within the first 30 days.
"With this ordinance the people can come and adopt the animal and they can have it spayed and neutered and they have to within a certain period of time and they can have it done by their own personal or favorite veterinarian and that's the difference."
Warner Robins City Council also voted on another kind of animal ordinance. Farm animals will now be kept right near Warner Robins High School, at the former Flint Electric ballpark.
Councilman Shealy says once the animals get big, they will be transferred to the Northside farm.
"This is not going to be a smelly situation where roosters are crowing at 5 o'clock in the morning, it just gives them a little area where they can start to keep the animals with the farm program at Warner Robins High School for the students."
Warner Robins, Northside, and Houston County High Schools all have farm programs available to their students.