In light of recent violent crimes the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it just doesn't have the man power to enforce a teen curfew. Sheriff Jerry Modena says he believes a curfew won't put a complete end to crime in Bibb County.
According to Sheriff Jerry Modena, his department is understaffed by about 20 deputies. Modena says he is also concerned with potential overcrowding at the law enforcement center if deputies pick up more teenagers.
"Consequently, you service one way then you have a problem the other way, because using those deputies to watch over these people takes them of the road and brings them in here in kind of a babysitting way," says Modena.
On Monday, Macon State College opened it's new fitness center in Warner Robins.
The $60,000 center features treadmills, a five station multi-gym, elliptical machines, and free weights.
Macon State's Director of Recreation and Wellness James Hagler says the facility is open to students who have paid the recreation and wellness fee of $140 per semester.
"You know it's a growing thing, it's something that students are learning about and as they learn about it, it will get more usage. We've had a lot come in and knew it was coming, they just didn't realize it was opening," says Hagler.
The center is located next to the student lounge inside Thomas Hall.
Hagler says the school plans to renovate another building on campus to have more recreation activities and student services. That project is scheduled to be completed by 2012.
Residents of crime ridden areas in Macon say the issue of youth violence begins in the home. Some blame a lack of parental guidance; others say too much idle time causes teens to fall into the hands of crime.
Shon Thomas grew up in Macon, turned down gang activity, and now looks to change the city one student at a time.