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Pamela Moss Murder Case Focuses on Insanity

ARCHIVE VIDEO: 2012 report on details of the case.

Questions for potential jurors in the Pamela Moss murder trial focused on insanity and personality disorders.

Jury selection in the case got underway Monday in Jones County Superior Court. Moss is accused in the March 2012 murder of Henry County businessman Doug Coker.

Coker's body was found under the back porch of Moss' River North home.

Prosecutors say Coker died over $85,000.

He had given Pamela Moss that money to help him start a non-profit organization. Prosecutor, Keagan Waystack, says Moss struck Coker in the head multiple times with a hammer. 

Waystack says Moss knew what she was doing the entire time because investigators found her attempts to clean up the murder.

"The paint, the bleach, the lime, the cleaning supplies, the gloves, the lights, the matches," she says. "We know she knows right from wrong."

Millage Rate Holds For Jones Residents

After discussing a possible 3 mil hike at their last meeting, Jones County Commissioners voted 3-1 Monday to keep the millage rate the same.

According to Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins, commissioners voted to keep the budget the same as last year.

He said they hope to keep projects for the development authority and the recreation department going through grant money.

Commission Vice-Chair Tommy Robinson was the one dissenter among the commissioners.  He says even with the same budget as last year, people whose homes lost value will still pay the same amount in taxes, effectively "paying more" in taxes for the same property.

 

Still No Answers 1 Month After Fatal Jones Co. Hit & Run

Family and friends gathered in Gray to remember 28-year-old Marquis DeShaun "Shaun" Lawson, who was killed in a hit-and-run on Wheeler Road a month ago.

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Lawson's family says he had stepped outside to take a phone call the night of July 24th.  Because parts of Jones County have poor cell reception, Lawson walked up the road to get a better signal.  At the time he was hit, he was just three houses away from home.

Officials weren't able to find Lawson's body until the morning of July 25th.  He was found in a ditch next to the road where a car apparently hit him.

Jones County Works on Junkyard Dog Attitude

GRAY - This year, folks that go to Jones County football games won't get the chance to stand along the fence rooting on the Greyhounds.  They've put in new stands called the "Barking Lot."

That's one big change, but Head Coach Dwight Jones hopes his kids play with the same intensity they had last year.

For the first time since the '90s, the Greyhounds made it to the post-season. Overall, they had a 7-4 record.

Jones says they are a lot younger this year, but he's made some changes.

He says he's got a squad of good kids, but the trick is to make them mean, think more along the lines of junkyard dogs!!!

Nearly 50 Candidates Audition to be a 13WMAZ Junior Journalist

Almost 50 aspiring journalists came to the Galleria Mall in Houston County Monday evening to audition for a special place at 13WMAZ.

None of them have been to journalism school.  In fact, they haven't even completed high school.  And none of them are quite old enough to drive. 

Fortunately, being born between August 1, 2000, and August 1, 2003, is part of the job description.

47 bright young talents auditioned today in front of a panel of judges that included 13WMAZ personalities Annette St. Claire and meteorologist Olivia James.

But if you missed out on tonight's audition, you'll have a second opportunity Tuesday, August 27, at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon from 5 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.

The top 50 will be called in for a second audition, with 20 of them moving to a final round.  A community panel will choose 10 Junior Journalists from that group.

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King told America about his dream.

In August 1963, he delivered his "I have a dream" speech to a huge crowd in Washington DC.

That became one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement.

This week and next, thousands of Americans will travel to the nation's capital to commemorate that day including many from Central Georgia.

But it's also a time to remember the way it was, how America changed and why.

When getting a drink at a fountain came down to color and the ease of buying a car was based on what you looked like, that was Central Georgia 50 years ago.

In that time Felton Miller lived according to the rules of black and white.

"You were white and I was black. They didn't care about me than a rabbit out there in the woods," he says.

Miller, now 83 years old, was born and raised in Jones County. The segregated South was what Miller described as hard and unfair.

GHSA Expands Role of Wetbulbs in Summer Practices

GHSA Expands Role of Wetbulbs in Summer Practices

We've had some rainy weather, but you know in a few days that sweltering Georgia heat will return.

Last year, the Georgia High School Association dictated that teams have a device that measures the heat and humidity in the air.

It's called a wetbulb.

This year, they amended the rules to include summer workouts.

Here's how it works and why one trainer thinks it will save lives on the football field every August and September.

As coaches drive kids on the field, there is always a person standing on the sidelines keeping an eye on the Georgia sun rays beating down on the grass.  Brad Miles is an athletic trainer.

"The idea is you do not come out to practice if it's too hot," he said.

Miles helped mold the policy that has a microphone-looking device shooting out readings that immediately get documented.