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Juliette Water Plant Unused for 5 Years

Juliette Water Plant Unused for 5 Years

People in Juliette don't have county water. 

They rely on wells.

Now, the county does own a water treatment plant in Juliette but the catch is, people don't see a drop of that water.

Ground water is contaminated with varying levels of radium and uranium and needs to be tested every year.

"If it was not dangerous they wouldn't tell me to continue to test it," says Greg Elrod, who has lived off Dames Ferry Road for the last 14 years. 

The County's solution was to spend more than $750,000 to buy and renovate Plant Camelia, a water treatment plant in Juliette. 

That was five years ago.

"It comes down to the voting members of the board and what they decide. The commission has used water money more so to get votes than deliver the services that we needed to deliver to the citizens," says Monroe County Commission Chairman Mike Bilderback.

Bilderback has been a strong advocate for clean water in Juliette.

Jones Dixie Youth All Stars head to World Series

The post season is over for Central Georgia Little League softball and baseball but there are still a few other area all stars making headlines in the post season.

Let's head out to Gray with the Jones County Dixie Youth 7-8 year old softball State champs. The Jones County girls won the state title over Crawford County earlier in July which earned them a trip to the World Series in Alexandria, Louisiana and the girls are more than excited to play ball on the big stage.

"These girls have worked for two months just for this one thing. They have grown, they have learned and they have just given us all they have", says Coach Keely Goins.

Coach Wes Land adds, "We won our state tournament two weeks ago, outscoring our opponent 76-6 and probably one of the toughest lineups that we got, 1-12, we're pretty solid all the way through."

Jones Co. Man Gets Life Sentence in 2008 Killing

A Jones County man who admitted robbing an elderly man in his home and leaving him tied up to die, got a life sentence Monday.

Tyrone Richardson pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the 2008 killing of 76-year-old Joseph Kitchens.

That's according to Fred Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

Richardson and another man, Terrence Burney, are accused of breaking into Kitchens' Hungerford Road home on Oct. 11, 2008.

Bright says Kitchens was not home at the time, and the two men stole two rifles, two shotguns and other items.

When Kitchens returned home, Bright says, the two suspects tied him up in a chair with duct tape and left him there.

Kitchens' body was found six days later, and an autopsy says he died due to medical issues, connected to being restrained in the chair, Bright said.

Jones Co. Searching for White SUV in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Capt. Earl Humphries with the Jones County Sheriff's Office says investigators are searching for a white SUV as a "vehicle of interest" in Wednesday night's fatal hit-and-run.

The body of 28-year-old man Marquis DeShaun Lawson was found on the 300 block of Wheeler Road Thursday morning. That's off Highway 11, the Monticello Highway.

Humphries says they believe the SUV has a heavy brush guard or bumper and is possibly a Nissan Xterra.

He says that's in addition to the "vehicle of interest" named Thursday, which Humphries described as a "utility-style vehicle with a boom or bucket attached." He says it was seen in the neighborhood Wednesday.

According to Humphries, investigators believe the man was hit between 8 p.m. Wednesday and midnight. There were no witnesses.

Jones Co. Rescue Dive Team Begins Training

When law enforcement expand their search to cover land and bodies of water, some of the people they call on are divers. 

The Jones County Rescue Dive Team are keeping their skills sharp in case of an emergency.

Brandon Teague has been a part of the team for the past three years.

He's one of 12 volunteers from the Jones County Fire Department that make up the rescue dive team. 

"We need that kind of support around here, especially with all the water and rivers around," he says.

Teague hasn't been called out to a search and rescue yet, but he's still getting practice in at East Macon Park. 

That's where assistant chief, Bill Wright, started the annual training.

"So we can watch each other, make sure we got our techniques right and then we move to a lake or pond where we can't see," Wright says.

Community Forum On Twiggs Virtual School Program to be Held

Community Forum On Twiggs Virtual School Program to be Held

A community forum on the Twiggs County Public Schools Virtual Program will be held July 27 at 10 a.m. at the Dry Branch Fire Station.  That's according to a news release sent out by the school district Thursday.  The Twiggs online school, beginning Fall 2013, is open to students in Twiggs, Bleckley, Wilkinson, Bibb, Houston, Baldwin, Jones, and Peach Counties.

The online school is free and will be hosted by K12, the instruction provider for the Georgia Cyber Academy and other online programs in Georgia.  For more information, call the Twiggs Board of Education Office at 478-945-327.

Road Maintenance This Week

The Georgia Department of Transportation released a road maintenance schedule for this week in various Central Georgia counties.

Crews working should only need to close shoulders or medians, according to the release.

See where crews are planning to work between Tuesday, July 23 through Friday, July 26 anywhere between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In Peach County:
--Mowing and weed-eating on SR 49 and SR 42

--Brush and tree cutting on SR 27 and SR 230

Macon County
--Mowing/weed-eating on SR 49, 90, 127 and 224

--Brush and tree cutting on SR 19

--Mowing and weed-eating on SR 18 and SR 44

--Brush and tree cutting on SR 42