FEB. 21, 2017
Tifton, Georgia


Judges have selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia's 2017 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest on March 21 in Atlanta.

Among the finalists are Tifton's Wisham Jellies' Fire! Pepper Jelly; Ocilla's Uncle Rhett's Back Slappin' BBQ Sauce and Uncle Rhett's  Jackpot 777 Wing Sauce; and Ashburn's Carroll's Sausage Vidalia Onion and Cheese Smoked Sausage.

Last year, Wisham Jellies' Wild Mayhaw Pepper Jelly won the Jams & Jellies category, while Carroll's Sausage and Meats received the People's Choice Award at the Flavor of Georgia contest.

The contest is the state's premier testing ground for both small, upstart food companies and time-tested products. This year's finalists represent all corners of the state and the best of Georgia's diverse culinary heritage.

The 33 finalists, who have passed the first round of judging, were selected from a field of 117 products in 11 categoriesFinalists will bring their products to the final round of judging in conjunction with the Ga. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Awareness Week celebration March 20-24.

"Georgia is home to some of the best and most creative minds in the food business, and each year the Flavor of Georgia contest helps to showcase that talent," said Sharon P. Kane, contest coordinator and economist with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Entries are evaluated based on the state theme, commercial appeal, taste, innovation and market potential in each category. Contestants will provide samples to judges and pitch their products in a "Shark Tank"-style presentation.

For a full list of the 2017 finalists, Click Here!

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For nearly a decade, Dr. Joe West has served as assistant dean of the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, the head of the campus operations.  "I think we've accomplished a lot," West said recently.

Originally a dairy scientist, West has overseen multiple renovation projects designed to provide a fresh look for UGA Tifton, especially at the front of the campus.

The campus's first structure, the Tift Building, underwent renovations completed last May. The building
 now houses campus administration, including the assistant dean's office, business and public relationsoffices and the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

The Animal and Dairy Science Building next door is undergoing renovations that are expected to be finished by the end of the year.

"We've made a real impact on how we look and the functionality of our campus," West said. "Not only do these buildings have a more up-to-date look, they also give our scientists much-needed office space and provide our students with additional classroom and lab space."

West said there are plans for demolishing older, out-of-date buildings and upgrading the campus landscape.

"I would love to see a portion of (the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center) renovated and turned into a dedicated academic space for our students," West said. "Certainly, I want to see the renovations that are under way through to completion."

West said he aims to have most of the renovation projects completed by next year when the campus' centennial will be celebrated.

UGA Tifton has "transitioned from research plots that were tilled by draft animals, mules and horses to the ... GPS-controlled, modern agricultural equipment that our scientists and farmers are using today," he said.  "I believe that our second century will be amazing, bringing innovations that we can only imagine."


As part of the celebration of African American History Month at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Rutha Harris, legendary civil rights activist and Freedom Singer, will be on campus at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 in Howard Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

A lifelong Albany resident, Harris joined the Albany civil rights movement and original Freedom Singers traveling
more than 50,000 miles singing for the cause of freedom and raising funds for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

Her professional career began in 1963 when the Freedom Singers signed a recording contract with Mercury Records. She has recorded with the Landmark Gospel Singers, Georgia Mass Choir, and Whitney Houston

She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Civic Opera House in Chicago, the United Nations in New York, the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution.   

A highlight of Harris' professional singing career was being selected to perform as a member of the Georgia Mass Choir in the movie, "The Preacher's Wife," starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. She attended Albany State College and graduated in 1970. She had further studies at Valdosta State University, Dillard University, and Florida A&M University. In 1998, she organized The Albany Civil Rights Museum (now Institute) Freedom Singers.

In 2010, she performed at the White House.  In 2013, Harris was presented the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM) Trailblazer Award for outstanding work preserving, promoting and advancing the tradition of African-American music.

Most recently, Harris was inducted into the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2015 and received the Hero Award in History from the Albany Municipal Auditorium Centennial Celebration in 2016.

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Pool party on June 24 
for registered students  & families  at Tift County Rec Pool!

Miss Rita's Tutor Room has been operating in Manatee and Sarasota Counties in Florida for the past 40-plus years. 

She brings to Tifton her teaching talents as Reading Specialist through Miss Rita's School Mobile, and is eager to build a strong foundation in the youths who are struggling readers. 

Other areas of expertise include math, language arts and violin.

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Two Tifton businessmen have been among those elected to the board of directors of the National Cotton Council for 2017.

Representing the cottonseed area are  Andy Borem and Sammy
Wright, both of Chickasha of Georgia in Tifton.

Borem is president of Chickashaa cottonseed cooperative owned by several Southeastern cotton gins.

The board elections were  announced at the National Cotton Council's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, earlier this month.

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Students at Len Lastinger Primary School in Tifton work in the garden created by parent and teacher volunteers at the school.

Pictured are students from Dawn Starling's third-grade class harvesting kale and broccoli.

Anyone want a salad?

Pianist Read Gainsford performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in Howard Auditorium at Abraham Baldwin 
Agricultural College as part of the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series.

Dubbed the "Pianist of the People," Gainsford's international career has led him to travel the major theatres and concert halls of the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.

Gainsford recently made his fourth trip to Carnegie Hall performing as a soloist. He also played the venerable concert hall in 2009 as a founding member of the chamber group Trio Solis . The group's debut recording, "Diamonds in a Haystack," was selected as a Critic's Choice in American Record Guide.

Tickets are available online, or by phone, 229-391-4895.


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