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February 11, 2014

Obama signs emergency declaration for Georgia

ATLANTA —

President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in Georgia as a winter storm brings snow and the threat of a thick layer of ice to the state.
 
Obama made the declaration Tuesday. It orders federal agencies to help the state and local response during the storm.
 
Snow is falling in northern Georgia and forecasters are warning of a catastrophic ice event on Wednesday that could bring widespread power outages and leave people in their cold, dark homes for days.
 
The streets of metro Atlanta were deserted Tuesday as rain fell and residents hunkered down for the second wave of a winter storm, just two weeks after a snowstorm caused an epic traffic jam that paralyzed the city.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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