Forecasters expect an arctic blast of cold air to send temperatures into the teens and twenties in north Georgia overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. And a freeze watch is posted in an area of south Georgia that includes Albany, Tifton, Fitzgerald, Moultrie, Bainbridge and Valdosta. Laura Stafford, with the Georgia Salvation Army, says they are prepared to open more room at shelters across the state. But they expect the greatest demand will be in north Georgia.
Several men have been evicted from a Salvation Army shelter in Rome amid controversy over recent vandalism. Salvation Army Capt. Tim Farrell tells the Rome News-Tribune that some people might consider him Grinch-like for ordering the men to leave so close to the holidays. But Farrell says he had no choice.
As emergency workers across the southeast comb through wreckage left by this week’s severe storms, some groups in Augusta are also looking for ways to help. Aid groups are reaching out across the region to offer support to tornado victims.
Georgia is in the process of reforming its mental health system after a federal lawsuit challenged poor conditions in state psychiatric hospitals. But students from the Medical College of Georgia are hoping to bring about changes at the street level by helping homeless people deal with mental illness before ending up in a state hospital.