Morning News Briefs for 12-1-16

| December 1, 2016


The Valdosta Fire Department unveiled four new fire trucks that replaced four 18-year-old pumper trucks in its current fleet at stations 2,3,4 and 6. The new trucks are custom-built with the latest and most updated equipment and meet the current National Fire Protection Association standards and the fire safety needs of the city. The trucks represent a $1.9 million investment in our community, paid for with a combination of SPLOST VII funding approved by voters and through a very low interest loan through the Georgia Municipal Association Lease Pool Program.

There has been another violent death in Sylvester; the victim, Dontavious Rutland was shot and killed during a home invasion and he died at Phoebe Putnam Hospital. Law enforcement is asking anyone with information on this shooting death to contact them.

26 year old Deprince Slaughter of Moultrie was jailed in Turner County after a chase that reached speeds up to 115 miles per hour. He crashed his vehicle and then attempted to escape on foot but was captured. Officers confiscated drugs, cash and a handgun.

An official announcement has been made on the resignation of Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson. Deputy Coroner Brad Carter will complete Watson’s unexpired term. The newly elected coroner is Austin Fiveash who will take office January 1st.

The Junior Women’s Club of Tifton will sponsor the annual lighting of the Tree of Life at the Tift regional Medical Center. The ceremony pays special tribute to friends, family members and persons who have passed away. The programming also supports the center’s Oncology Department and Hospice. The tree lighting takes place December 8th at 6 pm on the front lawn of Tift Regional.

Congratulations to Southeastern Credit Union. The financial institution has garnered national recognition from the Credit Union National Association-receiving the Dora Maxwell Award for its participation and leadership in the Fill-A-Truck for Hunger food drive. The credit union matched the donations made to Second Harvest of South Georgia; the areas food bank.

A request for a permit to demonstrate has been denied by members of the Cairo City Council. The Cairo branch of the NAACP had planned the action in support of terminated Cairo High School guidance counselor Cindy Williams. However, safety issues regarding the timing of the demonstration-2 until 4 pm. on December 5th while students are released from school were cited as causal factors for the denial of the permit.

This announcement from the Thomas County School District…a settlement was reached in the long standing lawsuit filed by former Superintendent Dr. Linda Quigg over her termination. According to the report the $400,000 agreement included a compensatory damage award and the cost of attorney fees. The settlement was handled by the insurer of the school district and no system funds were impacted. The termination of Dr. Quigg was announced in early February of 2011.

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