Monday, June 30th was supposed to be Steve Smith's last day on the job as Bibb County Schools interim superintendent. But he is continuing through the end of the calendar year because a permanent leader has not been found. Last June, Smith and his wife put retirement plans on hold so that he could help stabilize the school system after the departure of former superintendent Romain Dallemand. But the plan was to do the job for just 13 months. Of the extension, Smith says his wife is "not fond of the idea."
In Macon, preparations are underway for one of the biggest music events in the South. Bragg Jam started 15 years ago after the tragic death of Brax and Tate Bragg. While the brothers were traveling across the country they were killed in a car accident. Brax had just recorded a CD with his new band and they were getting ready to tour. The band, instead, performed in Macon that year as a tribute to the brothers. Bragg Jam board member Sean Pritchard says what started out as one band at one venue has grown into a major production. “We have 57 bands performing this year on 14 stages.”
Atlanta has the largest underground sex economy of any city in America. That's according to a report released in March by the Urban Institute.That economy grossed $290 million in 2007. As major highways like I-75 flow through Atlanta, so does the city’s sex trafficking. According to the FBI, connected cities like Augusta, Savannah and Macon are part of the route that pimps travel with their victims. A group of Mercer University students decided to address the problem of underage sex trafficking through peer leadership.
Animal welfare advocates in Georgia are frustrated. New state laws they had been pushing for went nowhere during this most recent legislative session in Atlanta. One bill would have made it a crime in Georgia to torture an animal even when no injury results.