A tractor trailer accident on I-75 southbound in Dooly County has brought traffic to a stop. The Georgia DOT says all lanes are blocked near mile marker 118. Traffic is being rerouted through the rest area. GDOT officials are asking you to avoid the area at this time.
A Twiggs County judge has ruled that Chairman Ray Bennett be held in contempt of court for ordering work to be done at the Old Marion Baptist Church using county equipment and county employees.
Walter Ashby, a Twiggs County resident, brought the matter before the court back in September, in which he accused all five chairpersons of violating a 1983 Court Order that says work on private property consitutes a misuse of funds.
Ashby dismissed all of the defendants at the preliminary hearing except Bennett, who he said knew he was in violation of the 1983 Court Order.
Bennett said he did not think Old Marion Baptist was considered "private property" as stated in the 1983 order.
The Court says there was enough evidence of good intentions on Bennett's part to help out a local church, but say he should have checked before starting the work with county employees and equipment.
Bennett was ordered to pay $50 to the treasury of Twiggs County to free himself of contempt of the 1983 Court order.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, and Bibb County Chairman Sam Hart, held a listening session today with a clear message;
Voters need to pass the SPLOST in this year's election.
Both men persisted that voters get out this November 8th and pass the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, to help communities move forward and attract more business.
Included in the tax are items like major road repairs, three new fire stations, and allowing the county to take over parks and recreation.
Hart and Reichert added that since they are working together to compromise on a service delivery program between the city and county, citizens now need to work with them and pass the SPLOST.
Both men agreed having listening sessions is vital to finding out exactly what voters do, and do not want.
"A lot of times you just hear one side of the issue," Hart explains. "That's why we...open it up for listening sessions, so people come and we get the input of some of the things they like."
"Once the (SPLOST) list is finalized, the money has to be spent to complete thoe projects. And only those projects. You can't take the money and put it in your general fund, and it's not a slush fund you can do whatever with. You've got to complete the project," Reichert says.
For a complete list and wording of the projects on this year's SPLOST list, click here for Bibb County's website.
The city of Macon also has the list on their website. Click here.
Macon Police were turned away again Monday night as they tried to get Youth and Intervention funding approved by Macon City Council.
The Public Safety committee wants a group plan created that goes outside the box to slow down youth violence.
For the first time since 1998, T. Whipple Simpson and his son Henry, are sending their invention, T's E-Z Unroller, from Cochran, Georgia to China.
"We're like a speck of pepper, in a big bowl of something, compared to China," says inventor, T. Whipple Simpson.
Despite its local roots, the invention product is being noticed overseas.
"Just yesterday we were being looked at from someone in France. People all over the world are looking at what we're doing," says inventor, Henry Simpson.
The father-son duo team is making life a little easier for farmers. The machine takes large rolls of hay and turns them into small bales.
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