Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
June 29, 2004
Albany - Independent truckers have halted their rigs at numerous U.S. ports, including Savannah. The strike may slow down shipments of everything from furniture to frozen foods. Why are the truckers upset?
Roy Minniefield works for, he says, "Myself". Meaning he owns his truck. But, independent drivers, like him, are disappearing. He adds, "There's still a few out, but it's not that many anymore because of fuel prices, most of them are out of business."
A business that's not cheap. Independent trucker, Vaughn Person, says, "This is a $120,000 truck, my fuel bill is $1200 bucks a week." Minniefield says, "I've been doing it so long, nothing else to do right now."
And right now, truckers are putting the brakes on their big rigs a strike across the nation. Minniefield admits, "I heard something about it on the CB last night, but that was the extent of it."
Low wages and spastic fuel prices are weighing down on independent truck drivers. Some of these drivers have no other option, but to keep trucking. Person says, "It's all I know how to do. I've been doing this since I was 18 years old."
Person is not going to strike simply because he can't afford to stop working.
These guys are not getting the money for their miles. Fuel prices are high, but wages are not. A union would help them bargain as a whole. Minniefield agrees, "If you were a union everybody would go out together, but one strike here and one strike there, you can't get anything done there."
Minniefield hasn't decided to halt his hauling just yet, but he heard on the CB a nationwide strike is expected to end July 4th.
Demonstrators have showed up at ports in Savannah, New Orleans, Newark and Boston.