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Central GA agencies participate in simulation training


Several law enforcement and emergency management agencies are taking part in simulation training this weekend.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo went to Crawford County and found out why the training is vital to the different agencies.

Hearing "we've got report of a downed aircraft in Crawford County" was the start of Saturday's simulation training.

Crawford County coroner suspended by Governor Deal


Crawford County coroner Allen O'Neal has been suspended indefinitely from office, according to an executive order released from Governor Deal's office.

The order states a review commission unanimously agreed that O'Neal be suspended pending the final hearing of his case.

O'Neal was indicted on violation of oath charges in June after refusing to respond to a death back in May.

Job fair to be held at Dooly State Prison


A job fair will be held Wednesday, August 19 at Dooly State Prison in Unadilla.

According to a news release, it's from 10 a.m. to noon. The release says to be prepared for interview questions and complete a physical fitness test.

Additional documentation to provide is Compass, Asset, ACT or SAT scores, a valid driver's license, social security card, birth cerificate, high school diploma or GED, and a DD214 for military servicemen.

The prison is located at 1412 Plunkett Road.


High temps hinder peanut and corn crop growth


It's no secret this heat takes a toll on all of us.

But what about central Georgia's farmers?

Video journalist Hunter Joyce spoke with a Macon County man about how the high temperatures are affecting Georgia's cash crops.

Macon County tuba player gets full scholarship to Albany State


Who needs a drum roll when you've got the tune of a tuba to announce your success?

That was the setup Friday afternoon as Jajuan Turner announced he's heading to Albany State University this fall.

He was offered four full-ride scholarships for his tuba talent to South Carolina State, Bethune Cookman, Savannah State along with his final choice.

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Those scholarships are something made possible with a few keys and a lot of hard work.

"That instrument right there is why I'm here today," he said.

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.

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.

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