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 >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
May 5, 2008
Dougherty County -- Dougherty County Commissioners were torn about the re-zoning of the Albany Motor Speedway. And there was almost an even split between those who favored the citizens concerns and those who thought about the economic impact.
"At the end of the day we need to look at what makes our community, and our citizens make our community," said District 2 Commissioner, John Hayes.
"The economic impact is my problem. We need all we can get. We don't have people knocking on our door trying to bring something like this and bring in that kind of money," said District 6 Commissioner, Jack Stone.
But it was the results of a study completed years ago on this issue that helped them make the decision. County commissioners are proposing a 25-foot berm be built around the track to help lower the noise levels.
"A U-shaped berm, earthen berm, around the race track will give it the effect of a bowl. And the study said a minimum of 25-feet. So that's all I have to hang my hat on. Anything else is just hoping," said District 1 Commissioner, Lamar Hudgins.
Some commissioners still aren't sure this will solve the problem. "I don't' know that we really know this will work. That was from study done several years ago and that was the recommendation, but we don't know what's changed environmentally," said Hayes.
And the cost to built the berm could put the speedway owners out of business. "I think they are going to look into the berm and see the costs and its going to be tough," said Stone.
Citizens are also disappointed because they would still hear the noise for the next several months. "They would be able to race what they requested while they are building the berm in eight months," said Hudgins.
But commissioners hope that at the end of the construction both will be satisfied. Albany Motor Speedway has 10 days to decide to build the berm. If they decide not to build it, their re-zone request would be denied.