Tonight, Macon City Council President, James Timley, had his work cut out for him as many disgruntled council members discussed the county's changes to the list of SPLOST projects.
Earlier today, the county nixed the $27 million plan to renovate the courthouse. They moved $1 million to the new animal shelter, bringing the total amount for that project to $3 million.
They did not increase the $2 million allotted for the senior citizen center. Council members say that animals should not take precedence over people when it comes to the SPLOST projects.
"It is very important that we not give the impression that animals are more important than people, our senior citizens and our youth. So we moved some monies. We just made a recommendation. We don't know what the eventual outcome will be as far as monies coming from the county," says Elaine Lucas.
Council voted to move $1 million from the animal shelter to the senior citizen project.
Since the SPLOST is a county tax, commissioners will have the final say on the distribution of the money.
Tomorrow, Macon City Council will find out if the county agreed with their suggestions. They will vote on the final list tomorrow night at 6 pm during their regular council meeting.
Macon-Bibb NAACP president David Booker says the proposed list of penny tax projects doesn't fairly represent low income residents, African Americans or senior citizens.
Booker believes projects like the completion of the Tubman Museum would help economic growth, and shouldn't be put in the recreation category. He says the city needs to focus on solving the economic problems first, in order to address the needs of Macon's "disenfranchised."
"Contrary to popular belief, that's who runs this city--the low income people, African Americans, and senior citizens," Booker maintains. "No federal funds come in this city, other than for those three groups. We want justice and fairness for everyone. 9,000 people voted during this runoff election, and they feel that they have no representation in City Hall."
Booker tells us he wants the Mayor to move forward on these projects with the NAACP, but thinks the city and county need to rethink their priorities.
The Forsyth-Monroe County Narcotics Task Force arrested five people in connection to a meth lab. Task Force members discovered an active meth lab on 188 Ruby Road in High Falls, along with methamphetamine on August 8.
Those involved include: 37-year-old Emory Chester Denby, 22-year-old Arianna Browning, 49-year-old Terry Orr, 36-year-old TayMary Spires and 42-year-old Jesse Smith.
Charges range from manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
During his sophomore year at Fort Valley State University, Dr. Larry Rivers claimed that he would come back to be the president of his alma mater.
"I am so happy about being the 8th president of Fort Valley State University."
Rivers is originally from an area just outside of West Philadelphia, but he says choosing Fort Valley State to pursue his bachelor's degree, was an easy decision.
"Like most high school students I wanted to get away from home so Fort Valley sounded like a place I wanted to go."
Rivers met his wife, got a degree in Social Sciences, and eventually went on to earn two doctorate degrees from other institutions. The secret to his success -- is a concept he likes to call "communiversity."
"Where the community and the university work hand in hand for the common good of the area."
In the years to come, Rivers hopes to see every graduate equipped to make a positive impact on the world.
"We believe that if we bring students into Fort Valley State that we care enough for them to try to get them to learn the subject matter, leave here thinking, problem solving, human beings."