Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
December 21, 2004
Albany- "Seems like every piece of paper or mug or whatever reminds me of something that happened in the past," says city manager Janice Allen Jackson.
For nearly a decade, Janice Allen Jackson has worn the hat of Albany city manager, the first African American and only woman to ever do so.
"Obviously a first is always significant. It places a little bit of an extra burden on you, because people's expectations are going to be high, but hopefully we've met them."
She may be preparing to pack up all the coffee mugs and plaques given to her over the years, but she can't take the things she'll miss the most with her.
"It's the city of Albany's employees. We've got 891 full-time positions with the city, and at first I thought I was going to be able to know everybody by name. It hasn't quite worked out that way, but I do know several hundred of them by name."
Those several hundred have been like an extended family to her.
"I've tried to avoid crying. I haven't done it yet, but I'm sure something will get me before I get out of here."
Is there anything she won't miss?
"Well I'll be honest with you. On the first Tuesday in January at 8:30, I won't be sitting in that chair, and I'm going to probably be at home in my sweat pants relaxing."
As she relaxes, her two children, ages three and six, will help her settle into her new career.
"I'll be a housewife, get my kids out, and do those sort of mommy things, and I'm going to enjoy doing that."
Jackson says there is a chance she'll one day return to city government, but for now, she's closing the city manager chapter in her life story and plans to title it...
"Janice was somebody who genuinely cared about people," she says.
The city will hold a going away party for Jackson on January 11th. It is open to the public, and will be held at the Civic Center at 4 PM.