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UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal I-75 wreck

UPDATE: Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells 13WMAZ that the man killed in an accident on Interstate 75 in south Bibb County is Linwood Gantt, 66, of Warner Robins.


One person is dead after a collision between two trucks on Interstate 75 north in south Bibb County.

The accident happened around 9:50 a.m. north of mile marker 154.

Lt. Sean DeFoe of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says a large tractor trailer truck apparently had a mechanical problem that forced it to stop in a travel lane.

A smaller work truck struck the tractor trailer from behind.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said the driver died around 10:40 a.m., about an hour after the accident was reported.

UPDATE: Lawyer defends landlord in Macon eatery eviction case

The lawyer for a landlord involved in a dispute with a Macon restaurant owner over building repairs has released a statement defending his client.

Brent Marshall is the attorney for Dr. Javaid Sayeed, who owns the building at 2396 Ingleside Ave. where Tropical Flava is located.

On Tuesday, 13WMAZ reported on a court dispute between the landlord and restaurant owner James Duncombe.

Duncombe claims that the building has serious repair problems, including mold and a leaky roof, and that Sayeed's property manager has failed to fix them.

UPDATE: West Macon brush fire contained, could burn 2-3 days



A brush fire that started Wednesday morning on Tucker Valley Road in Macon could burn for another "2 or 3 days," but is 100 percent contained, according to Macon-Bibb Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Hulett.

No homes or structures have been damaged in the fire, and there were no injuries from the fire.

New Macon Caribbean restaurant fights eviction

Just four months after opening its doors, an Ingleside Avenue restaurant is fighting eviction.

The owner of Tropical Flava and his landlord are fighting in court over the condition of his building, and who's responsible for fixing it.

In April, James Duncombe finally opened his new restaurant, in Macon's Ingleside Village. He calls it an authentic Caribbean restaurant, serving dishes like oxtail, red beans and rice, and jerk chicken.

Duncombe worked on the building for more than two years to get ready. But now, he's already facing eviction. He says his legal problems with the landlord are not his fault.

"It's raining, everything is flooding out, the mold is growing on the wall, the baseboards we put down were eventually bowed," he says.

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Robins Federal Credit Union Supports Houston County Teacher of the Year

Warner Robins, GA —Robins Federal recently visited David Perdue Elementary to award a $100 cash prize to the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, Kathy Gibbs. Gibbs has been teaching for 18 years and is a fifth grade teacher. She was selected from more than 2,000 teachers in Houston County. She will go on to represent Houston County in the running for Georgia’s Teacher of the Year.

Robins Federal Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with nineteen branches in central Georgia. Robins Federal currently provides financial services to over 155,000 members, with assets exceeding $1.9 billion. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the 16 counties Robins Federal serves.

Macon-Bibb to shuffle around SPLOST spending

Thanks to one Macon-Bibb County SPLOST project coming in under budget, two other county projects could get a little more help.

The fire station on New Forsyth Road, originally budgeted for $4 million, came in under.

"There's about a million dollars left over out of the original budget so what we were trying to do was reallocate that," Mayor Robert Reichert said.

Macon-Bibb wants to funnel that money into other local sales tax projects like the new animal welfare center.

It still needs, "Kennels, generators, sprinkler system, pressure washing systems."

Clay Murphey, who oversees SPLOST spending, says these items were left out of the original animal welfare center budget in order to cut costs.

New learning center to help struggling Bibb students

Bibb County schools will soon start a new initiative to help struggling students. To do that, they're launching a new learning center. It's called the Communities in Schools Performance Learning Center.

It's aimed at helping students like Brenda Williams' son, who has 10th grade credits but is supposed to be in the 11th. She said bullying has caused him to fall behind.

"He's real smart, but it's just like something is hindering him from reaching that level where he needs to be at. And like I say sometimes our children get picked on by other children that cause them not to excel," said Williams.