This Week in Tifton, Georgia  
Aug. 9, 2013

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It's a Tax-Free Weekend 

for Clothes, Computers, School Supplies 


Georgia's tax-free weekend is here!


On Friday and Saturday,  Aug. 9-10, there is no sales tax on specified items. Here are the types of things that are exempt from tax:

  • Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item.
  • Personal computers and personal computer-related accessories if each item is less than $1,000.
  • General school supplies for the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a price of $20 or less per item.

There always are questions about what specifically s exempt and what is not. The state has offered a detailed list to help you when shopping.


Click Here to See Georgia's Detailed Tax Holiday Fact Sheet



Fulwood Garden Center to be Showcased 

Tifton Grapevine - Decorator Show House
Tifton Grapevine - Decorator Show House

See the video above.


The Tifton Council of Garden Club's 2013 Decorator Show House will be at the Fulwood Garden Center from Aug. 23 - Sept. 8. Recently, a group of artists painted a "Rufus Porter-style" mural in the Garden Center's stairwell in preparation for the showcase. For information on the Show House, call 229-848-2094.


  HGI building
Live Entertainment Each Saturday Night!
ADAM SMITH performs
6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug.10
       Come Join Us for Dinner!                        229-382-8484

Swag Swag Life

The 'B-Man' Designs T-Shirt for Class of '14 
Got swag?
Tift County High's Class of '14 does. 
Marketing teacher Mike Beeman (also known as the "B-Man") has come up with a T-shirt design for this year's seniors. That's Beeman modeling the shirt above, along with Kelsie Belan modeling it at right.
Beeman has also designed a T-shirt for Tift High students and supporters who aren't part of the Class of '14 -- a "T-Life" shirt in the tradition of the popular "Salt Life" theme seen on clothing and decals.
You can get them at TCHS, Mr. Beeman's Room 302, for $10 each. 
By the way, when asked if he has gotten his contract yet with Abercrombie & Fitch,
Tifton Mall

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Tift Theatre to Rock with Elvis Tribute Show
Long live the King!
The King of Rock 'n Roll will be remembered Friday, Aug. 16, when Jeff Vandenberg of Chula brings his "Elvis Tribute Show" to the historic Tift Theatre in Downtown Tifton. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Vandenberg has more than 20 years of experience as an Elvis tribute artist. In 2011, he was one of only 35 tribute artists worldwide selected to compete for the Ultimate Elvis preliminary contest in Tupelo, Mississippi -- Elvis Presley's hometown. 
He has performed around the country, including doing a show in Tampa, Fla., for Hell's Kitchen and HBO
His show is done with soundtrack recordings. "What you see is what you get," Vandenberg says. "No wig; no fake sideburns."
For ticket information, call Fran Kinchen at 229-391-9299.
Donate School Supplies Through Aug. 12
The United Way of South Central Georgia reminds us that we can still "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies for needy children through Monday, Aug. 12. The Tift County school bus is parked in front of Publix supermarket on Virginia Avenue. All donated supplies are given to the school system for local students. 

And this "tax-free weekend is a great way to maximize donations," says Greg Millette, United Way's executive director.
Stuff Bus volunteers
Donors may drop off supplies to volunteers at the bus, receive giveaways and be entered into a daily prize drawing. 
TJ Maxx managers and 
associates volunteer
 this week to help 
'Stuff the Bus' for 
needy students.


Tifton's Former Drive-In
Remembered with
Music, Food, Fun
Tickets are still available for the 
Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County's Varsity Reunion retro supper dance at the Tifton Elks Club, 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24


The event recalls Tifton's iconic drive-in restaurant of yesteryear.

"Eddie and the Rockets" will provide the music of the 1960s and '70s. composed of "Dangerous" Don Dove on vocals and harmonica, Derrick Dove on vocals and lead guitar, Don Hill on bass guitar and Eddie "Rocket" Branch on drums.


Tickets are $20. For information call 229-392-0505. Tickets available online: Click Here!.

Sole Aug

  Coffee & Conversation
with Congressman Scott


Discuss Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia issues with U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., 10 until 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center -- sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter.


Because of limited space, an RSVP is required at (800) 272-3900 or email no later than Monday, Aug. 12.

Come share 
your stories about your journeys with Alzheimer's and related dementias. You will also learn about the National Alzheimer's Plan, the Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementias State Plan and legislation that will improve care and fund more research for Alzheimer's disease.


Scott will share his insights into what is happening at the federal level to help those living with Alzheimer's Disease.

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     Ex-Falcons Player to Address Parents 


Heads Up Football

  FALCONS LOGO The Tift County Recreation Department is hosting a USA FootballHeads Up parent information session, 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Rec Dept., 401 Victory Drive.


The session will address the importance of player health and safety. Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry, a USA Football master trainer, will speak to the group and provide information on proper equipment fitting, concussion awareness and the fundamentals on the new Heads Up tackling technique.


Refreshments will be served. Youth football parents and coaches are invited to attend this free educational event. All attendees must be 18 or older.


For more information, contact Atlanta Falcons Community and Youth Programs Manager Chris Millman at or call 770-965-2838.

Activities Kick Off Fall Semester


Welcome Week activities at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College begin Saturday, Aug. 10.


In its seventh year, Welcome Week introduces students to the college through

activities and workshops leading to the start of the fall semester Aug. 14.


The week begins with the annual move-in for first-year students at 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 10. Campus volunteers will help students move into their rooms. From 9-11 p.m., students can party at 

ABAC FroshNo-booze-a-palooza at ABAC Lakeside featuring a mechanical bull, oxygen bar, mocktails and free food. Students can also create their own bobbleheads and take pictures in the photo booth.


On Sunday, Aug. 11, students may attend the Welcome Rally at 2 p.m. in Gressette Gym, visit information sessions on campus at 3 p.m., sail in cardboard boat races at 6 p.m. on Lake Baldwin and see a screening of "Fast and Furious 6" on the ABAC Lakeside lawn at 9:30 p.m.


An information session on the various departments and services kicks off activities at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 in Howard Auditorium. Javier Gonzalez, ABAC multicultural education director, speaks at 11 a.m. The evening's activities include inflatables on the Lakeside Lawn at 6 p.m. and a hypnotist in Howard Auditorium at 8 p.m.


On Aug. 13, Stallion Service Day from 9-11 a.m. gives students a chance to visit service locations in Tifton to lend a hand. 


Welcome Week culminates with the Freshman Convocation at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 in Gressette Gym with Caroline Black, education and agritourism coordinator at Jaemor Farms in Alto.


More than 3,000 students are expected to attend classes at ABAC during this fall.

            At a Glance.... 
FRIDAY, Aug.  9
  • Tax-Free Day in Georgia, specified items have no sales tax. 
  • Tax-Free Day in Georgia, specified items have no sales tax. 
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Adam Smith performs on the patio, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Tifton.

In Memoriam


July 30
Christie Ann Vickers Murphy, 27, 
Bryan, Texas

Aug. 1
Michael Futch, 61, Adel

Aug. 2
Sarah "Inez" Cauthen McCranie, 82, Tifton
Ruby Lee Burgess, 90, Ashburn
Ruth Gill Cauthen, 84, Tifton
Jimmy L. Tisby, 74,  Alapaha

Aug. 3
Jewel Wilson Lyon, 83, Sumner
Lillian A. Woodbridge, 91, Tifton
Sydney Clinton Johnson, 56, Tifton
Lola Mae White, 92, Tifton

Aug. 4
Linda Ann Powell, 68, Sylvester
Aug. 5
Arthur Gerald McDaniel, 84, Tifton 
Pleasant "P.J." Warren Jr., 75, Omega 

Aug. 6
Mary Lou McCray, 53, Tifton
A.W. Napier Jr., 71, Enigma 
Judith Jean Osbourne Nichols, 71, Tifton 
Aug. 7
Jewell Harnage Hall, 85, Tifton
Albert Swails, 90, Enigma
Aug. 8
Jacob Russell Frazier, 93, Ty Ty 
Gene Norman Register, 76, Lenox 





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