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Atlanta Braves Broadcaster to Emcee Hall of Fame Induction

Atlanta Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson is scheduled to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2011 Induction Ceremony. 

At the ceremony, Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, Dale Ellis, Ray Goff, Bill Ploeger, Lisa Spain Short, and James “J.T.” Thomas will each be enshrined as members of the Hall of Fame.

 The news release says that Joe Simpson has been part of the Braves broadcast team since 1992 and currently calls Atlanta’s games on FSN South, SportSouth, and Peachtree TV. 

Simpson was named Georgia Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 1995 and was tapped to cover the MLB Playoffs on TBS in 2007 and 2009.  Prior to joining the Braves, Simpson worked as an analyst on Seattle Mariners telecasts. 

 Simpson was born in Purcell, Oklahoma and was an All-American outfielder and first baseman at the University of Oklahoma.  He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1973. 

Macon Police Department 2010 Awards

The Macon Police Department held its 2010 awards

Macon Police Department Officer of the Year: Cedric Penson

Patrol Officer of the Year: Officer Brian Powell

Investigator of the Year: Investigator Cedric Penson

Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. James MacDonald- CID Persons Unit

Rookie of the Year: Officer William Stewart- Precinct 4

Distinguished Service Medal: Sgt. Jason Jaffe- Precinct 4 and Sgt. Nathan Sprague Accreditation Unit

Crime Reduction Award: Precinct 4

Officer's Medal- Livesaving Award: Officer Omar Sanders- Court Services, Warrant Services and Re-Entry

911-Operator of the Year: Christine Marquez

Civilian Employee of the Year: Erica Jackson- Management Services Director

Volunteer of the Year: Tracie VanDeWalker- Animal Control

Bill & Rob Dittman, Tim Cook (SWAT EMTs)

Educational Achievement Award: Sgt. Bob Daniel

Award of Merit:

Cherry Blossom Festival & Historic Macon Partner for Decorators' Showhouse Tour 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival & Historic Macon Partner for Decorators' Showhouse Tour 2011

This March, historic preservation will be in full bloom during the 29th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Historic Macon Foundation’s 18th Annual Decorators’ Showhouse will serve as the Cherry Blossom Festival’s Tour of Homes.

The home located at 306 Orange St. in the intown Macon Historic District dates back to the 1880s when Benjamin Lawton Willingham gave the lot to his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Furman Lawton.

Historic Macon is currently rehabilitating the property based on standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior in order to make it eligible for tax incentives for preservation totaling over $100,000 for the new owners.

Green living features adorn the home as well including an ultra-efficient ductless HVAC system, injected foam insulation, high efficiency water heaters, a pervious-surfaced driveway and limited construction waste.

Central Georgia Cares Animal Shelter : 11 of 13 Days of Giving

Central Georgia Cares Animal Shelter : 11 of 13 Days of Giving

How You Can Help: Adopt a pet, volunteer, donate supplies like blankets, food or towels.

For more information visit www.centralgacares.org or call 478-746-9401.

We'll have more on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

Macon Film Festival Wins Best Program at International Film Festival Summit

Macon Film Festival Wins Best Program at International Film Festival Summit

The Macon Film Festival won Best Program at the International Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas this week. Film Festivals from all across the country were in the competition.

Other film festivals in the competition included South by Southwest Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, L.A. Comedy Shorts, D.C. Shorts Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Mendocino Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival & the Austin Film Festival.

Macon Film Festival's 2010 winning program was designed locally by Burt & Burt Design and the cover logo was designed by Macon Film board member Stephanie Shadden.

Macon Film Festival board members Tabitha Walker, Julie Wilkerson, Stephanie Shadden & Terrell Sandefur attended the summit.

Historic Macon Announces Release of Architectural Styles Book

A new book promises to boost local pride and draw new visitors to experience Macon’s unparalleled collection of architectural treasures. 

After years of work, Historic Macon Foundation’s Education Committee is pleased to announce the release of A Tour Through Time: An Architectural Guidebook to the Houses of Macon, GA

The guidebook has been a project of the Education Committee for many years, led by community volunteers Lars Anderson, Charles Brittain and Susan Long.

The book is available for sale today, Dec. 9, 2010, for $14.95 exclusively at the Sidney Lanier Cottage at 935 High St., and will continue on sale at the Cottage through the holidays.  The gift shop at the Cottage is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Local Bank Sponsors Toys for Tots Drive

Robins Federal Credit Union is currently collecting donations for Toys for Tots at branches in the following counties - Baldwin, Bibb, Clarke, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Peach.

Unwrapped toys for children ages birth-14 may be dropped off at these branch locations between now and Dec. 15.

For more information, call Megan Allen at 478-923-3773.