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Entire Macon-Bibb government e-mail system is down


The e-mail system for the entire Macon-Bibb County government is down.

The mayor sent out a Tweet to that effect. We were not given any specifics into the issues.

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Macon-Bibb Co. firefighter released from rehab center


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Wednesday was graduation day for one brave Macon-Bibb firefighter, Battalion Chief Stephen Stafford. He's been recovering from injuries sustained in a fire that took the life of a friend and fellow firefighter Lieutenant Randy Parker.

"I was committed, I was not going to leave him alone," said Stafford.

As he battled the blaze, Stafford prayed and repeated the 23rd psalm to himself. "As I walk through the valley of death I shall fear no evil. Because thou art with me. And at that particular time I felt like I was walking though the valley," he said.

Plans for long-awaited Filmore Thomas Park


Some community leaders say progress on developing a Macon park has been stalled for nearly 50 years.

Filmore Thomas Park, at the old Durr's Lake site off Log Cabin Drive, has been nothing but dirt piles and grassy roots. But soon, that could be changing.

The park is named after the late Filmore Thomas, a Bellevue community activist who who imagined a safe haven for neighborhood kids.

Macon-Bibb to 'ban the box" on county job applications


Initial applications for most Macon-Bibb County jobs will no longer ask about criminal history.

Commissioners voted 7-2 Tuesday night to "ban the box" on county job applications that asks an applicant to disclose any information about previous convictions, arrests or traffic violations.

Commissioners Mallory Jones and Gary Bechtel cast the two "no" votes.

Commissioner Al Tillman, who sponsored the original resolution, said banning the box is an effort to give those with a past a second chance.

He believes every qualified applicant should have the opportunity to interview for a position and explain a criminal history in person.

The county would still perform background checks on potential applicants and county jobs that include working with children or in law enforcement are excluded from banning the box.


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I-16, I-75 split in Macon closes tonight for repairs


The Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled the closure of the Interstate 16 eastbound ramp from Interstate 75 southbound for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Motorists will be detoured to Exit 164; SR 19/Georgia Avenue. On Wednesday, crews will install a double lane closure on I-16 westbound just north of the Spring Street on-ramp. GDOT Crews will be performing roadway maintenance on and near the bridge over the Ocmulgee River, according to a DOT news release.


Pier 1 Imports opens new north Macon store


A new Pier 1 imports store as opened Tuesday on Riverside Drive in Macon.

According to a news release, the new location is 5080 Riverside Dr. in The Shoppes at River Crossing shopping center. Through Thursday, customers will receive a free reusable shopping bag and a Pier 1 imports backscratcher.

"We are pleased to bring this new Pier 1 imports to Macon and hope that our new location will inspire customers to discover the eclectic and fun merchandise that is unique to Pier 1 imports," Alex Smith, the president and chief executive officer of Pier 1 Imports, said.

The store will employ between 14 to 20 people throughout the year.


Nu-Way fire investigation continues Monday


On Monday, fire investigators were back at the scene of Friday's fire that gutted the Nu Way restaurant.

One of them, Steven Wesson, says a gas company came to check their lines Monday morning, and insurance and electrical companies would likely be at the building tomorrow.

He says they still believe an electrical issue sparked the flames, but they need to spend more time inside the building to know for sure.

Meanwhile next door, crews were busy cleaning and restoring water and smoke damage. Attorney Scott Spivey, a partner at that law office, says the fire and water damage destroyed many of their paper records and office spaces, but an 18 inch brick fire wall saved their office from worse damage.