TIFTON — Benjamin Holland, 33, of Ty Ty, was killed mid-afternoon Monday when the motorcycle he was driving collided into the trailer of a large Omega Gin Company truck on William Gibbs Road in front of Unity Baptist Church. No definite information about how the wreck happened was available from the Georgia State Patrol before press time, but it appeared that the truck was attempting to turn into a field road were there were two modules of cotton when the collision occurred. A bystander picked up an envelope in the ditch near the wreck scene that had 2007 Kawasaki written on it. Tift County Coroner Steve Wood was on the scene.
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Accident claims life, driver arrested
A motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian early Friday morning resulted in a local man's death.
According to a motor vehicle accident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, shortly after 8 a.m., a female witness said she was eastbound in the right lane on U.S. Highway 82 behind a white 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, which was being driven by 26-year-old Riley Jake Hulsey of Alapaha, when they stopped for a red light at U.S. Highway 41 (South Main Street).
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Benefit cookout to be held in Omega
South Georgia Banking Company's Omega branch is hosting a cookout fundraiser during lunch Friday to benefit Tift County's Relay for Life.
Jane Justice, assistant vice president, said lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bank, located at 5515 Alabama Ave. in Omega. The price will be $5 for a hamburger and chips or two hot dogs and chips, $1 for a canned drink and $1 for homemade goodies for dessert.
Museum to offer summer camps for kids
Children from four to 11 years old can explore southern Georgia’s rich history and natural resources through hands-on activities, games, and crafts this summer at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Special Olympics Friday
The community is invited to join in the "Olympic spirit" Friday morning to cheer on this year's local athletes of the Tift County Special Olympics. This annual event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eighth Street Middle School track. However, in case of inclement weather, the rain date is May 2.
Drinking leads to arson
A Tifton man was arrested Friday for arson after he tried to set a house on fire.
Tifton Police focused on shootings
The Tifton Police Department was busy Friday night responding to several reports of a shooting that occurred on East 13th Street.
According to an incident report filed at the TPD, Officer Jasmine Carden reported that at approximately 11:45 p.m., she was sent to Tift Regional Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, she made contact with the victim, a 21-year-old male.
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EMA Director discusses 911 with City Council
The Tifton City Council heard from Tift County Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Jones at a recent city meeting. He briefly discussed 911 dispatch protocol — how they receive and dispatch calls.
He said they answer about 80,000 calls a year. When they receive a call, they try to get as much information as they can in the shortest amount of time possible. The main questions they focus on include the type of call, location and name of caller.
TCFEE announces addition of new academic chair
According to Executive Director Mike Brumby, the Julian Cannon Chair of Reading and Writing Skills Enhancement was established in 2014 as a gift from his wife, Janet Bowen Cannon. The goal of the chair is helping students improve language, grammar, reading and writing skills to ensure their future success in the work force.
This is the 12th academic chair of the foundation. The purpose of the program is to provide exceptional opportunities for Tift County public schools to strengthen and enrich education in specific disciplines.
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