This holiday weekend, communities all over South and Middle Georgia are marking the 20th anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the state’s history. In Macon, Tropical Storm Alberto hit on July 5th 1994 causing the Ocmulgee River to overflow. Macon’s water plant was completely submerged by the flood. But out of that storm came a new facility on higher ground.
Three men were struck by a pickup truck and killed while trying to cross I-85 in Atlanta’s northeast suburbs Tuesday morning. While police say it appears the men were intoxicated, this accident does highlight the fact that Georgia is among a group of southern states with the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities. That’s according to a new study by the National Complete Streets Coalition. The report shows roads in Columbus, Atlanta and its northern suburbs are very dangerous for people on foot. But Macon tops the list when it comes to per capita pedestrian deaths in Georgia.
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.”