Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:24:32 GMT
Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:07 GMT
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
Four-laning Highway 133 all the way from Albany to Valdosta, it's a plan that's been in the works for years, but the state hasn't come up with the money to do it.
"Everywhere we go in Georgia people talk about the lack of transportation funding and the problems that we have. So we're talking to leaders here about how we plan to be a partner with them if they pass the regional transportation tax next year," said Clark.
Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark says that transportation tax is the key to solving those funding problems.
If voters approve paying an extra penny in sales tax, the money raised in 14 area counties would pay for road projects in those counties, including highway 133.
"Look at what states around us have done and built their infrastructure, they're passing us in some categories now. So we don't have much of an option. This is an economical development issue," said Clark.
Clark knows the tax isn't very popular at a time when the economy is suffering and jobs are hard to come by, but he thinks it will give Southwest Georgia the boost it needs.
"I would hate to see other parts of Georgia pass this regional sales tax, improve their infrastructure and become more competitive for the jobs you really want in this part of the state," said Clark.
Officials say the 133 project would help the marine base by making it easier to ship equipment in and out of the base.
Clark says the base is too important to the community not to pass the tax.
"What happens there at the marine logistics base is vitally important. It's an economic engine and we have to make sure we keep that base here," said Clark.
Clark says he's optimistic about growth in Southwest Georgia. He wants leaders to work together to break down barriers that stand in the way.
That transportation sales tax will be on the ballot next July.