'Little Richard' not seriously hurt in Tennessee car wreck

MACON NATIVE LITTLE RICHARD PENNIMAN IS RECOVERING FROM A GRINDING TWO CAR COLLISION IN MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE. ALTHOUGH HE WAS NOT HURT SERIOUSLY, THE 81 YEAR OLD WAS APPARENTLY SHAKEN UP FROM THE IMPACT. THE DRIVER OF THE OTHER CAR WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD THE RIGHT AWAY TO THE LITTLE RICHARD VEHICLE WHICH WAS BEING DRIVEN BY ANOTHER PERSON. RICHARD NO DOUBT WAS USING HIS SEAT BELT FOR SAFETY.

Fort Hawkins dedication kicks off big weekend

IT WILL BE A BIG LABOR DAY WEEK END FOR HISTORIC FORT HAWKINS. AT TEN THIS MORNING MAYOR REICHERT AND THE FORT'S COMMISSION WILL OPEN THE NEW VISITOR CENTER WITH SPECIAL CEREMONIES. THE ADDITION TO THE FORT BLOCK HOUSE IS A PRELUDE TO WHATS TO EVENTUALLY COME WITH ANTICIPATED RESTORATION OF THE ENTIRE FORTIFICATION. THE NEW VISITORS CENTER AND FORT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE TODAY UNTIL FOUR O'CLOCK, AND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM NOON UNTIL FOUR. FORT HAWKINS WILL BE CLOSED ON LABOR DAY.

Educators eager for new school year

THE PRESIDENT OF THE BIBB ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS RALLIED THE TROOPS YOU MIGHT SAY AT L.H. WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. “BJ” SHEPARD SAYS HE'S ENTHUSED ABOUT THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN MACON. HE SAYS THE LOCAL GROUP VOTED TO SUPPORT THE LOCAl SCHOOL VISION PLAN, WHICH IS DEDICATING EACH STUDENT FOR A 21st CENTURY, MULTI ETHNIC GLOBAL ECONOMY.

Lane closure policy at construction sites lifted for weekend

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS STOPPING MOST HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT NOON TODAY IN EXPECTION OF THE BUSY LABOR DAY WEEK END HOLIDAY TRAFFIC. THE RESTRICTED LANE CLOSURE POLICY IS LIFTED FOR THE HOLIDAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND HAVE PROVED BENEFICIAL TO MOTORISTS. THE NORMAL CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR SCHEDULE WILL RESUME AT 5am TUESDAY.

Warner Robins man killed in I-75 accident

TRAFFIC WAS TIED UP ON NORTH BOUND I-75 BETWEEN THE SARDIS CHURCH ROAD AND HARTLEY BRIDGE EXITS FOR AN EXTENDED TIME WEDNESDAY. A 66 YEAR OLD WARNER ROBINS MAN DROVE INTO A REAR OF A STALLED TRACTOR-TRAILOR RIG AND SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES. HE IS INDENTIFINED BY CORONER LEON JONES AS LINWOOD GANTT JUNIOR. BIBB SHERIFF'S SPOKES PEOPLE SAY THE RIG WAS DIABLED AND STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BUSY HIGHWAY. THE BIG RIG WAS DRIVEN BY FLORIDA RESIDENT AARON DEMOUND. BIBB DEPUTY’S ARE STILL SEEKING INFORMATION FROM THOSE WHO MAY HAVE SEEN THE WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT. CALL THEM AT 751-7500....

Firefighters battle smoldering fire, need rain

RAIN CAN'T COME TOO QUICKLY FOR THOSE TRYING TO CONTAIN A WOODS FIRE NEAR INTERSTATE 475 AND MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE. THE BLAZE OF UNDETERMINED ORIGIN FLARED UP WEDNESDAY MORNING AND HAS BEEN SMOLDERING SINCE. MACON-BIBB FIREFIGHTERS WERE THE INITIAL RESPONDERS WITH THE GEORGIA FORESTRY PEOPLE TAKING OVER LATER IN THE DAY. THESE FIRES LIVE AND DIE BY THE WEATHER. FRESH BREEZES MOVED THE FLAMES ACROSS FIRE BREAKS FROM TIME TO TIME, AND IT'S RAIN THAT IS NEEDED NOW. BUT THAT CHANCE IS TWO TO THREE FULL DAYS AWAY IF OUR FORECAST IS CORRECT.

Perdue visits RAFB, visits with local news media

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR THE U.S. SENATE DAVID PERDUE SAYS THE ONLY WAY THE NATION CAN MAINTAIN A STRONG DEFENSE IS FOR THE NATIONS ECONOMY TO REGAIN ITS STRENGTH. THE CANDIDATE MADE THE COMMENTS TO A WASHINGTON POST REPORTER WHO WAS JOINED BY THE MACON NEWSPAPERS AND WPGA NEWS AFTER A CLOSED DOOR MEETING WITH THE ROBINS AFB SUPPORT GROUP 21st CENTURY PARTNERSHIP. PERDUE SAYS THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT'S INABILITY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET IS THE GREATEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT AT THIS TIME. HE SAID WHEN ELECTED HE WOULD SERVE ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. AND FIGHT FOR GEORGIA’S MILITARY BASES

School board says 44 have applied for Superintendent's job

THE BIBB SCHOOL BOARD'S SEARCH FOR A NEW SUPERNTENDENT GOT IN GEAR WITH A CLOSED DOOR SESSION TO MAKE INITIAL REVIEW OF THE FINAL 44 CANDIDATES. OFFICIALS FROM THE GEORGIA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION WERE THERE TO PRESENT THEIR RANKINGS. THE 44 WERE DIVIDED UP INTO THREE SEGMENTS. BOARD MEMBER LYNN FARMER SAYS EACH APPLICATION IS SEVERAL PAGES LONG AND UNLESS THERE ARE LEAKS OF INFORMATION, SHE INDICATED NO NAMES WILL BE REVEALED UNTIL MUCH LATER IN THE PROCESS. ALL INITIAL ACTIVITY, SHE SAYS, WILL BE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THIS IS THE 2nd TRY FOR THE BOARD. INITIALLY AN EFFORT DREW 23 APPLICANTS IN APRIL, BUT THE LOCAL BOARD SCRAPPED THAT PROCESS AND STARTED OVER. THE TARGET DATE FOR NAMING A NEW SUPERINTENDENT IS JANUARY 1st.

Peake's medical marijuana committee coming to Macon

A SPECIAL HOUSE-SENATE COMMITTEE STUDYING LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA WILL BE COMING TO MACON ON SEPTEMBER THE 10th. THE BODY, CO-CHAIRED BY BIBB REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE, HELD ITS INITIAL GET TOGETHER AT THE CAPITOL WEDNESDAY. REPRESENTATIVE PEAKE SAYS THE GOAL IS TO GET SOME TYPE BILL NO DOUBT WITH NARROW SCOPE SUCH AS TERMINAL CANCER PATIENTS. THOSE PERSONS WITH CRONIC PAIN COMPLAINTS MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT FOR RELIEF UNTIL ANOTHER LEGISLATIVE SESSION. THE MACON MEETING WILL BE FROM ONE TO THREE PM AT MERCER UNIVERSITY.

Carroll, Seahawks fined for offseason pracitce violations for second time

The Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll have been fined a total of $300,000 and will lose two double practices after the team violated the league's no-contact rules that govern NFL offseason practices. Carroll was fined $100,000, while the team was docked the other $200,000. The violations, which will cost the Seahawks two minicamp practices next season, were for escessive contact between players during a June 18th practice. The Seahawks had been fined by commissioner Roger Goodell in 2012 for a similar violation under Carroll's supervision. The 2011 collective bargaining agreement bans physical contact between players during the offseason.

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