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Bands Sought for Savannah's 2nd Rock Marathon

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Organizers of Savannah's second Rock 'n' Roll Marathon are seeking local bands to provide the event's live soundtrack.

The road race that brought 30,300 visitors to Georgia's oldest city is returning Nov. 3. Organizers tout the fun of running as live bands perform on stages set up along the course.

The Savannah Morning News reports organizers are seeking 40 bands to fill slots on 24 stages throughout the city.

Savannah's first Rock 'n' Roll Marathon last November was billed as one of the city's largest ever tourist events. A study conducted after the event estimated it brought $17.9 million in direct spending.

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New Dodge County Jail Still Not Open

It's been completed for over a year, but the new Dodge County Jail remains closed.

The 60,000 square foot jail was completed in June of 2011, according to Dodge County Sheriff Jeff Hinson.

"I probably answer this question about 50 times a day. When you going to get in the jail?" said Hinson.

But for the last 14 months, inmates have still been housed at this older, much smaller facility.

"We use approximately 15 to 20 gallons of bleach a week just trying to keep it clean. You can't operate off of something old but so long," said Hinson.

He says he has to hire about 17 more deputies to run the new jail, and he's still waiting on county commissioners to fund that, along with about $50,000 in other necessities.

Storm Knocks Out Power in Hawkinsville

Most of the city of Hawkinsville is without power because of Thursday afternoon's storms.

Kylie Jacobs with Middle Georgia Electric Membership Corporation says close to 1,000 people in Pulaski County are in the dark as of 4:30 pm.

Crews are currently working to get the power back on.

Middle Georgia EMC mainly serves communities in Pulaski, Dooly, and Wilcox counties.  They also have customers in Houston, Ben Hill, and Turner counties.



Walton to Discuss Small Business Development in Dodge County

Walton to Discuss Small Business Development in Dodge County

Josh Walton, Area Director with the Small Business Development Center will present an overview of programs available to small businesses through the SBDC at the Eastman-Dodge County Area Chamber of Commerce board meeting on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at noon in the Chamber Hall.  Walton is a former commercial and small business lender. He has over 12 years’ experience working with small and mid-sized lending customers. His area of expertise is cash flow management, financial analysis and loan packaging. Prior to banking he spent some time in the healthcare arena, in outside sales and management.

Monthly board meetings of the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce are held the fourth Thursday of each month at noon in the Chamber Hall. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations are required for lunch. For more information, please call 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

Tuesday Morning Wreck Causes Fatality in Bleckley

Tuesday Morning Wreck Causes Fatality in Bleckley

Tiffany Shouse, 21, had securely buckled an infant child in a car seat in the back of her Dodge PT Cruiser Tuesday morning before heading out  for the day.

And within minutes, things changed. Shouse was traveling north, according to the Georgia State Patrol Office in Dublin, on GA 257 (Chicken Road) when the right side of her vehicle ran off the road.

Drought Forces Boat Ramp Closings at Ocmulgee

As most of Central Georgia continues to say in an exceptional drought, the lack of rain has forced officials at the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area to shut down several of their boat ramps.

On a usual fishing trip, Larry Carver cruises the water in a bass boat. "I came down about a week and a half ago and it was so low we decided to use the little john boat," says Carver from Cochran.

The drought plaguing Georgia has drained the lake at the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area.

"Well it's low and it's really dry. It's about as dry as popcorn fart," says 16-year-old Levi Rose, who was fishing with his little brother. "If it were full, It'd be past me," said 12-year-old Wyatt Rose.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a suspected leak coupled with very little rainfall has plummeted water levels more than 12-feet below full pool.

T-SPLOST Projects Set For Several Central Georgia Counties

Only three of the state's 12 regions approved the transportation referendum, or T-SPLOST, on Tuesday.

Laurens County is part of what's known as the Heart of Georgia Region, which approved the one-percent sales tax.

For 12 years, Gail Rogers has called Springhaven Road in Laurens County home.

She points out pot holes and patchwork along the road.

"A lot of people use it as a cut through from 441 to 257," she said.

The amount of traffic has only increased since West Laurens High School opened a few years ago.

"See they don't slow down," said Rogers.

Springhaven and several other roads in Laurens County will now get a face lift after the T-SPLOST was approved by voters in that region.

"I didn't want it to go through, but if they're really going to use it for the right reasons then that's a positive definitely," said Rogers.