Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
April 30, 2008
Albany- Six prison system diversion centers, including two here in south Georgia, are closing. The centers are used as alternatives to prison, but the state says they're under-utilitized so they're doing away with the majority of them and adding two thousand prison beds.
By the end of June, the Albany Diversion Center will close its doors, so will the Thomasville Diversion Center. The Department of Corrections says its part of a restructuring to cut two percent from their budget.
"We found that the diversion centers had been underutilized so we decided to close the six," said Susan Phillips, Georgia Department of Corrections.
"One of the reasons our facility was closed was because even though the number of employees remains constant that our occupation level was only at 65 percent, heck If I'd known that I would have emptied the jail," said Chief Judge Loring Gray, Dougherty County Superior Court.
Right now, the Albany Diversion Center has 70 probationers, the Thomasville center has 50. Those who haven't served their time before June 30th will be transferred to the remaining four Diversion Centers.
"If there's any still left in the center they will be moved to other centers," said Phillips.
Judges say having the center here in Albany was an excellent way to punish someone for a nonviolent crime, but still allow them to contribute.
"They allow us to put someone in confinement, under restrictions, and yet they're still paying taxes, they're still paying child support, they're paying for their own room and board at the facility," said Gray.
The Department of Corrections says Albany's 26 employees and Thomasville's 18 won't be left jobless, but will be used to fill other open positions within the system.
Closing the six Diversion Centers is expected to save the Department of Corrections a half million dollars.