Legislators are considering arguments in favor of medical marijuana in Georgia. At an open hearing at Mercer University Wednesday, people got a chance to tell a panel of lawmakers why they think the time to legalize medical marijuana is right.
About 14 people spoke to the panel at the second of five planned open hearings.
GPB Macon begins a series of conversations over dinner between people of diverse backgrounds in the College Hill area. The idea: As people break bread together, they will form relationships that strengthen neighborhood ties.
Julie Bragg's Swim School is a Macon institution, but it isn't for the faint of heart. Her techniques seem harsh at first, especially for those who can't bear to toss their own crying kids in a pool. Not even the death of her own sons has made Bragg miss a summer of teaching in 44 years. Today she teaches the children of children she taught years ago.
A Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Deputy who was fired for disobeying direct orders from the Sheriff is asking to get his job back. Clayton Sutton was placed on desk duty and told not to act as a law enforcement officer in public earlier in the year. That order followed a patrol call where Sutton’s use of a his firearm was called into question and where a dog was killed while Sutton pursued a suspect. That call was what landed Sutton on desk duty. Later when he attempted to stop suspected metal thieves on the south side of Bibb County, Sheriff David Davis released him from the force.
It can be a long road for a young musician from writing a song in their bedroom to a career as a songwriter. The family of the late soul great Otis Redding gets that. For seven summers, the Big “O” Singer/Songwriter Camp has pulled back the curtain for young people on the world of the music business. “My father was passionate about music programs, and particularly to push the importance of education paired with music,” said Karla Redding-Andrews. Redding-Andrews is Otis Redding’s daughter.
As Mercer University continues to celebrate 50 years of integration, students are taking their campus’s temperature on race. Emily Wilson is among a group of sociology students who surveyed 360 of their peers. “I personally was a little surprised by the overall response, in that for the most part students really did seem to perceive a positive racial climate,” she said. “I think I may have expected to see a little more controversy than we did.” However, Wilson says there were some students who thought there should be more diversity on campus. Currently the student body is just over 58 percent white, 23 percent black and Hispanic.
The so-called “polar vortex” that brought sub-zero temperatures or wind chills to much of Georgia is gone, but when Jack Frost comes back again, a class of Bibb County public school kindergarteners will be ready. Macon pharmaceutical representative Hope Hahn Shields organized more than 40 friends on Facebook to donate winter weather gear for a class of 27 kids at Jesse Rice Elementary, a school in Macon’s Bloomfield neighborhood where nearly all of the students are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced price lunch.