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Macon-Bibb volleys over tennis courts

After about six months of construction, the Tattnall Square Tennis Courts are near completion, along with another project.

That's the John Drew Tennis Center just off Northside Drive. Between the two facilities and a third, Tennis Director Carl Hodge thinks a new facility could pay off big for Macon-Bibb, to the tune of more than $6 million.

"We are hopeful that we'll be able to put a new building over at Tattnall, if not a new building to renovate it," Hodge said.
The Tattnall Square location's set to reopen May 1st.

And the John Drew Tennis Center will get a new overlook area that could add more than 2,000 square feet to the existing facility.
Now he's just waiting to see a third facility added.

"It's about an $8.8 million project that's going to be out in the South Bibb area," he said.

Caribbean restaurant opens in Ingleside Village

It took a while.

They've been trying to open for a few years.

On Thursday - finally, "we're here to feed the community and do the best we can," said Everald Gordon, manager of Tropical Flava on Ingleside Avenue.

The location was formerly Ingleside Village Pizza, which moved across the street. If you were ever in there, you wouldn't recognize the place now.

Completely transformed from the eclectic IVP decor, Tropical Flava gives the feel of a warm Caribbean hide-a-way.

Gordon started the transformation of the building in 2011. As for why it took so long, he said "A combination of obstacles ... it was treacherous."

Tropical Flava opened its first location at 5201 Houston Road about 5 years ago and they hope to open a third in Warner Robins next year.

State judge approves Macon daycare closing

A state judge has approved a 21-day closing of Charlotte's Webb daycare in Macon, after investigators found a boy had been left in a van for more than four hours last week.

Administrative law judge Stephen Teate issued his decision Thursday afternoon approving the closing.

Owner Charlotte Perkins last week appealed a closing order from the state Department of Early Care and Learning.

Teate ruled after a hearing on Tuesday, after lawyers for Perkins and for the state agency argued the case.

He wrote that he found several serious safety violations.

Medical Center cutting ties with Blue Cross Blue Shield

The Medical Center of Central Georgia says their contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield expires today after nine months of negotiations.

If the contract ends, the hospital says,they'll continue to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, but as an out-of-network provider, starting Friday. That means higher co-pays for customers.

But the hospital says negotiations are continuing and they hope to reach an agreement with the insurer.

The contract termination affects the Medical Center, its 841 doctors, the Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital and the Medical Center of Peach County.

They say people with questions can call their call center (47*) 633-8888 or visit their website www.mccg.org.

The hospital's statement does not say how many patients will be affected.

Actor quits role in Gregg Allman film

Midnight Rider" lead actor quit the role as Gregg Allman.

William Hurt will not play Gregg Allman in the film adaptation of his memoir, "My Cross to Bear," Deadline.com reports.

Related: Galadrielle Allman returns to Macon with new book

This comes after a camera assistant died earlier this year while filming the movie on train tracks in Wayne County, Ga. The film crew was hit by a train.

A source close to the film production told Deadline they "were already looking to recast some roles."

Man shot in the neck in Macon

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says a man was shot in the neck Wednesday night.

It happened at 11:22 on Brookdale Avenue. Deputies say John Howard Jordan from Crawford County was shot once in the back of his neck. The 42-year-old was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and listed as stable on Thursday morning. No one else was injured in the shooting, and deputies say they're interviewing witnesses to find a suspect and figure out exactly what happened.

If you have any information, you can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Update: smoke, no fire at First Quality plant

After investigating reports of smoke at South Bibb County's First Quality plant, firefighters didn't find any signs of flames Wednesday night.

That's according to Bibb Sheriff's deputies on the scene.

They told 13WMAZ the smoke was coming from a machine inside the plant, but they couldn't figure out why.

First Quality manufactures medical supplies and diapers.