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Tyson Foods expands Dooly Co. plant, creating 500 new jobs

Tyson Foods, Inc. is expanding its chicken processing plant in Vienna, adding 500 new jobs.

Tyson will invest $110 million over the next year to expand the facility by 100,000 square-feet, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal.

The Dooly County plant has been producing chicken for fast food chains and other restaurants, but will convert to produce fresh tray pack chicken to meet the needs of grocery stores and other retailers, the news release states.

"Tyson Foods is one of our state's largest employers in food processing, and I'm confident that it will continue to benefit from our top talent and robust industry network in order to deliver high-quality jobs to Georgia's citizens," Deal states in the news release.

According to Tyson officials, construction for the expansion began last year and is scheduled to be completed during the middle of this year.

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Macon County woman dies in house fire

A Macon County woman died in a house fire Monday afternoon.

That's according to a news release from the Georgia Insurance Commissioner's office.

They say it happened around 5:45 p.m. at 990 Rueben Odom Road in Ideal.

The victim, Mertis Virginia Jones, 73, was alone at the time, according to the release.

Her husband, M.L Jones, says he saw the smoke from the fire when he came home at 6.


Dooly County sheriff dies after surgery

Veteran Dooly County Sheriff Van Peavy died Tuesday in a Macon hospital.

Dooly County Coroner Marvin Bowen said that 78-year-old Peavy fell at his home on Monday and underwent surgery at the hospital.

Bowen said that Peavy died early Tuesday morning at 3:42 from complications from the surgery.

Peavy served as the Dooly County sheriff since 1985.

Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Homes of Pinehurst is in charge of the arrangements, which have not been finalized.

Cordele moviegoers see 'The Interview'

A major event Thursday for the movie business: Sony released the controversial comedy "The Interview" at hundreds of independent theaters -- including one in Cordele -- despite threats against theaters that showed it.

Security was heightened at the Spotlight Theatre in Cordele for Thursday's showings..

Management posted signs saying handbags would be subject to search and backpacks were not allowed.

Major theater chains backed out of showing 'The Interview' because of the threats, which followed a computer attack against Sony Studios that U.S. officials believe was North Korea's retaliation for "The Interview." The movie centers on a plot to kill North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. .

But most moviegoers we spoke to at the Spotlight said they were not bothered by the controversy and were unfazed by any terrorist threats..

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Heavy Storms Flood Vienna Homes

Tuesday's heavy rains flooded homes on Kelly Lane in Vienna.

Water marks on the homes show the height of the flood to be over a foot deep.

Several cars were damaged by the flood waters and neighbors told us this was not the first time this has happened.

They said crews came out early Wednesday morning and cleared a blockage in the creek behind the homes, and the waters began to recede.

But still neighbors are frustrated.

"We got, you know, news alerts saying it was going to be flooded in the area, but didn't think it was going to going to actually keep raining" says Sandresa Henderson, "and when we woke up this morning, the rain was up to my car door, and it just rise up overnight. "

Hogs ravage crops throughout Georgia

Feral hogs and Georgia's crops.

They're two things some farmers say simply don't mix.

One Dooly County farmer says he's lost thousands of dollars in peanuts and other crops to the hogs.

From his bolls of cotton to his rows of peanuts, farming for David Reed is,
"the only way of life I know of. I've enjoyed it. I enjoy it. My wife enjoys it. She helps me on the farm."

But that way of life has been made a little tougher for Reed and farmers throughout Georgia by feral hogs.

"They go in there and take their nose, snout they call it, and just lay them vines up and eat every peanut off of there," Reed said.

Alleged copper thief electrocuted in Macon Co. burglary

Montezuma police say a Byromville man was electrocuted inside a vacant warehouse during a reported burglary.

It happened at the Allen's Inc. warehouse on Airport Road. Police identified it as the former Americold warehouse.

On Thursday, employees noticed that copper tubing and electrical boxes inside the building had been cut.

When an officer arrived and searched the building, he saw a man's body on the metal duct work in the electrical control room.

Georgia Power killed the power to the building.

The man was identified as Kenneth Lewis of Byromville. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

In a news release, police said he was electrocuted.

Chief Eric Finch wrote, "I want to stress, stress, stress and stress again that it is not safe to enter this building."