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Dec. 6,
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Downtown Development Authority Appointments

Tifton Grapevine

The discussion became heated at Tifton's City Council meeting on Monday evening, Dec. 2, when Mayor Jamie Cater slammed his hand on the desk and repeatedly called Councilwoman Julie Smith "out of order" for her comments during a vote on appointments to the Downtown Development Authority.

Three terms on the Authority are expiring Dec. 31. All three of those members, Mary Glynn Hendricks, Jack Stone and Harold Harper, had asked to be reappointed. Only Hendricks and
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Stone were reappointed; Harper was replaced by businessman William Byrd, on a motion by Councilman Chris Parrott

The vote on all three appointments was 3-2, with Cater, Parrott and Vice Mayor Johnny Terrell voting for the appointments, and Smith and Councilwoman Marianna Keesee voting against. Both Keesee and Smith said they were voting no only because they believe the Development Authority's boundaries should be revised before new appointments are made.
"The board is broken," Smith asserted. In recent years, the Downtown Authority's boundaries had been changed to encompass the entire city of Tifton rather just than the downtown area, which Smith said the state intended when such authorities were developed under state law.

As the votes were being taken, Smith said, "This is a big mistake. Y'all are making a huge mistake and this 3 to 2 vote is getting real old."

"She's raising too much cain," the mayor said. Slamming down his hand, he added, "Point of order. I want a point of order brought in here. Mr. attorney?"

City Attorney Rob Wilmot noted that Smith had completed her remarks. 

When the final vote on the appointments were made, Smith said she wanted to note she wasn't voting against the individuals being named but was against appointing anyone until the board's boundaries were fixed. As she began to speak, Cater again called a point of order, saying, "The vote is finished."

"I'm going to speak, Jamie," Smith retorted. "I have a right to speak at this table."

Cater again claimed a point of order and told Smith to listen to the city attorney. The mayor then pointed at Wilmot and said, "Do your job."

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Scarbrough warns residents that gathering pecans from trees belonging to others is against the law.
"Folks, this is a very simple law. Simply stated, if you don't own the pecan tree, leave the nuts alone; they don't belong to you," the sheriff says. "This is stealing any way you wish to spin it. Don't spend Christmas in jail over a few pecans."
Scarbrough tells the Tifton Grapevine that complaints have been filed with his department nvolving pecan thefts but no one has been Sheriff Gene apprehended yet. 
"This is stealing any way you wish to spin it. Don't spend Christmas in jail over a few pecans," Scarbrough says. 
On Facebook, the sheriff posted the state statute about pecan theft. Under Georgia law, "when pecan trees are grown on private property and the branches of the trees extend over public roads, streets or highway rights of way, any pecans falling from any such pecan trees onto the public rights of way shall be the property of the owner of the pecan trees until the end of the harvesting season; and it shall be unlawful for any person to remove the pecans from any public rights of way during the harvesting season without the permission of the owner of the trees."
The harvest season runs through December
The United States produces more than 80 percent of the world's pecans, and Georgia is the nation's largest pecan supplier, accounting for about 40 percent of U.S. pecan production. South Central Georgia -- the Greater Tiftarea -- leads the state in producing pecans. The crop means about $320 million annually to Georgia, according to the University of Georgia.
Among the Offerings:
Locally grown produce (some organically grown) including broccoli, greens, root vegetables, carrots, beets, salad greens, tangerines, lemons, cabbage, cauliflower; local raw honey; locally produced culinary oils; homemade loaf breads and other baked goods; jams & jellies; homemade pecan pies; farm-fresh eggs; and sugar cane. 


Rustic birdhouses; feed sack tote bags; holiday d�cor; hand-crafted knives & hatchets; goat's milk soaps; sugar scrubs; hand-turned wooden bowls; recycled glass art; baby items; jewelry; soy candles; fat lighter kindling; toys; cards; beeswax; scarves; many hand-sewn items; native plants; succulents; citrus trees; and herbal remedies.
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Austin Brown

Be sure to tune in NBC TV on Monday, Dec. 9, when Austin Brown, a professional singer born and raised in Tifton, will be featured in the new season of "The Sing-Off."


America's top a cappella groups compete for a recording contract and $100,000. Brown sings with the a cappella  group, Home Free -- one of 10 groups chosen to compete on television. Home Free, an all-male group, is based in Minneapolis, Minn., and performs across the country.


Brown is a son of Betsy Hamen of Tifton.

Annual Tree of Life lighting ceremony Dec. 12


Purchase a light in honor or memory of a loved one, friend or co-worker, all for a good cause.


Area residents will honor family and friends and remember lost loved ones at the Tree ofLife lighting ceremony to be held on the front lawn at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.


An annual holiday tradition in its 28th year, the Tree of 

Life is sponsored by the Tifton Junior Woman's Club, raising money for a special fund benefiting patients of the TRMC Oncology Center and Hospice of Tift Area with special needs.  With various giving levels, lights for TRMC the tree are purchased in memory or honor of a special family member or friend. The Tree of Life provides much needed aid to cancer, hospice or seriously ill patients who are feeling financial pressures while undergoing treatment or care. The fund helps to pay for utility bills, groceries or special comforts.


The decorative tree will be illuminated with a ceremonial pull of the switch by family members of patients who have received services from Hospice of Tift Area and the TRMC Oncology Center.


The evening will also feature live holiday music, a poignant candlelight ceremony and  a visit from Santa Claus, as well as a free dinner presented by the TRMC Food Services Department. "Real" snow will even cover the ground.


"Tree of Life is a reflective event, but we also wanted it to be a celebration," said Joy Davis, event coordinator. "We'll remember those we've loved and lost, honor those still with us and celebrate the joy of life."


Donations to the Tree of Life are being accepted until the end of December. To make a contribution, visit or call the Tift Regional Outreach and Development Department at (229) 353-6316.



A Victorian Village by Candlelight tour is offered 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


During the lamp-lit event, visitors will learn about two Victorian traditions that have become a part of the legend of Santa Claus and stop in for a "Christmas Eve visit" in a Victorian-era village in South Georgia back when electricity was a luxury, humble gifts were made by hand and Christmas Eve was spent cooking treats on the open hearth.


For information, contact the museum's Country Store at 229-391-5205.

Participate in Tift Regional's Community Needs Survey
We value your input! Participate in Tift Regional Health System's Community Needs Survey by December 13. The survey, which asks your thoughts on the health status of our community, only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Your input will help shape the role of medical care in our region. You can participate anonymously, but all participants who provide their name will be entered into a drawing for the following items:
  • iPod Touch
  • $100 Walmart Gift Card
  • $50 Longhorn Gift Card
All responses remain confidential and are used for a blinded study only. Remember: the survey closes December 13, 2013.

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                                 At a Glance.... 
FRIDAY, Dec. 6
  • Wiregrass Farmers Holiday Market, 5 p.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Mayor's Christmas Motorcade Musical, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.
  • Rotary Club Breakfast with Santa, 8 a.m., Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Tifton.
  • Ga. Recreation & Park Association Class A State Flea (7-8 Boys) Football, 10 a.m., Friendly City Park, Tifton.
  • Kiwanis Run for the Kids 5k run/1-mile walk, 2 p.m., 8th ad Forrest streets, Tifton.
  • Downtown Tifton Christmas Parade, 5 p.m., Downtown Tifton.
  • Lighting of Tifton Christmas Tree, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Tifton.
  • Carolyn Ellis School of Dance presents " 'Tis the Season," 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.
  • Sharon Mathis Teeny Cupcake Dancers, Mo-MEN-Tum & Teen Dance Team, 8 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts. 
  • Hometown Holiday Street Dance, 9 p.m., in front of the Myon, Tifton.
  • Open House/Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides with Santa, 2 p.m., Annie's Place Gift Shoppe, Tifton.
  • Victorian Village by Candlelight, 5:30 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton.

In Memoriam



Nov. 27
Odessa Jernigan Willis, 85, Tifton
Lewis Davis, 83, Tifton
Nov. 28
Othelle P. McMillan, 83, Alapaha
W.C. "Red" Hicks, 79, Tifton
Dec. 1
James Donald Benefield, 62, Nashville 
Ronald Wilbur West, 72, Tifton
Samuel Watson, 61, Vienna
Dec. 3
John Scott Summerlin, 48, Tifton 
Joe Alvin Pate, 77, Bluffton, S.C. 
Martha J. Friar, 76, Adel
Ulysee Barron, 88, Tifton
Dec. 4
Elamaud "Miss El" Walker Cates, Tifton
Joe Barron, 55, Tifton
William Kenneth "Bill" Hall, 85, Nashville
Dec. 5
Thomas Gregory Moore, 65, Tifton 
James "Terrell" Cowart, 64, Tifton

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