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The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
September 9, 2004
Tifton-- Georgia Transportation officials are giving themselves high marks for being able to quickly head off traffic problems in South Georgia during Hurricane Frances. Officials say they learned valuable lessons from Frances that they'll use if Hurricane Ivan causes another major evacuation.
If Interstate 75 is a major artery for the heart of transportation in Georgia, Hurricane Frances could have likely been the cause of a cardiac arrest.
During the height of the Frances evacuation, Interstate 75 between the Florida line and Valdosta was a traffic nightmare. Cars backed up for more than 20 miles and moving as slow as 4 miles an hour.
"I thought we were out of it when we got out of Orlando. I thought when we got into Georgia it would be a lot easier, but it wasn't" says Florida Evacuee Tom Shawcross.
Georgia Commissioner of Transportation Harold Linnenkohl says the first traffic rush from Frances created a gridlock that had to be solved from the source.
"Florida was the one that reacted and made it possible for I-75 in Georgia to clear out by diverting part of traffic at I-10," says Linnenkohl.
Communication with Florida's DOT was key in clearing up early problems. Road signs down I-75 starting in Florida, sent the message to evacuees that there was more than one way to cut through Georgia.
Overall, the commissioner gave his department a grade of B, for their ability to clear congestion on I-75. He says if Ivan causes the same type of evacuation problems they will use the same routes like alternate routes and road signs to make sure they don't run into the same problems.
"We meet with South Carolina, Florida and Alabama. We pull together to see what works and what does not work. Pulling together as a region and not just as one state," says Linnenkohl.
It's coordination he hopes will serve them well if Hurricane Ivan takes aim at Florida.
Linnenkohl says there are plans to expand I-75 to six lanes from Crisp County to Valdosta to keep traffic flowing smoothly during emergencies.