Morning News Briefs for 5-12-16

| May 12, 2016
On Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m., Valdosta citizens will gather for a ceremony to officially rename Laurel Avenue, which runs from the entrance to the west end of Sunset Hill Cemetery, to “Melvin Nelson Way.” The Valdosta City Council unanimously approved the street renaming, which was originally proposed by Councilman Sonny Vickers. Nelson worked at Sunset Hill Cemetery for 44 years, serving for many of those years as the Cemetery Supervisor. He was responsible for the discovery of numerous unmarked slave graves, and his efforts played a large part in the construction and dedication of the Sunset Hill Cemetery’s Unknown Slaves Memorial in 1996. The public is invited to join city leaders for the street renaming event at Sunset Hill Cemetery and to the reception following, which will take place in the Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room (located at 300 N. Lee Street). For more information, contact Rachel Bradley at 229-630-7252

Board of Education officials in Tifton have decided to move to a Charter School system next year. The process has been ongoing for some time and state approval for the change-over has been given. Seven schools in the district would be consolidated under the plan with the end number being three. School Superintendent Patrick Atwater comments that the oversight of the new system would be handled by groups comprised of community members, teachers and parents.

 Publix announced a voluntary recall of its cranberry, nut and seed mix for possible listeria contamination. The supermarket chain said that they received notification from walnut supplier Woodstock Farms of the potential issue, discovered during routine testing. There have been no reports of illness related to the product. The packages were sold in states including  Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

34 year old Thomas Edward McDonald and 35 year old Lyris Elizabeth Parson have been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and were taken to the Tift County Jail. When deputies raided their Highway 319 residence they found a meth lab in full operation. The hazardous materials were removed by agents who disposed of the lab. More arrests could be made.
Pedestrian struck and killed on Hwy. 84
Woman charged with murdering grandson out on bond
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