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Midstate's Biggest Andy Griffith Fan Shares His Memories

Eddie Jones is a big-time Andy Griffith fan. 

Every year for the last several years, he's made the trip up to Mount Airy, NC, for Mayberry Days, a festival dedicated to the show that bore the city's native son. 

The weekend-long celebration features special guest stars from "The Andy Griffith Show;" re-enactors of famed characters Barney Fife and town drunk Otis; several events at the Andy Griffith Playhouse; and even the "Ernest Tee" off at the annual golf tournament. 

Over the years, Eddie Jones, father to WMAZ's Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones, has collected several pieces of memorabilia in a room that honors the late actor. 

He opened his home--and his Andy Griffith Room--to our own Lorra Lynch Jones for a look-see.

Hear Eddie's recollections and reflections of Andy Griffith tonight in a live interview at 5 p.m.

Bibb Sheriff's Office: Flooding at Exit 155 Offramp on I-75 S

Spokesman Sean Defoe with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says deputies have closed the southbound ramp at exit 155 on I-75.  That's the Hartley Bridge Road exit.

He says the ramp was flooded at of 7 p.m.  and that Georgia Department of Transportation crews were contacted. 

Defoe advises drivers to use the Sardis Church Road ramp as an alternate route. 

Incubators to Help Macon Hatch More Small Businesses

Macon city council members want to make it easier for small businesses to get on their feet.

Monday night, the appropriations committee voted to lower the price of business permits for companies within business incubators.

The incubators allow companies, like the 567 on Cherry Street, to share spaces and resources to help curb their start-up costs.

Alex Morrison with the Urban Development Authority says, "There could be some public-private partnerships that allow for more services, more technology services to be provided to start businesses.  It basically gives people who have an entrepreneural spirit a place to go so they might take their business concept from an idea phase into an implementation phase."

Council members hope the ordinance will set up the legal framework and encourage more companies to use the incubator model.

Money Dominates Discussion in Macon City Council Committee

Debate started at the Macon city council appropriations committee meeting over hiring someone to oversee the Second Street Corridor project.

The Peyton Anderson Foundation offered the city $75,000 per year over a two year period for the position.

The project manager would take charge of finding private investors as well as handling public infrastructure issues.

Council gave Huntley Partners and CHA Company the go-ahead last week to continue planning the corridor project.

In phase two of their research, they will start drawing blue prints and figuring out how to spend the 8 million dollars from SPLOST funds.

Some city council members did not like the idea of a project manager who would be a contractor and not a city employee, taking charge of the money and the project.

MWA Threatens Water Cut-off at South Bibb Apartments

Residents of South Bibb County's Rutland Corners Apartments were surprised when they arrived home Monday evening. The Macon Water Authority had posted notices on the doors of the units in the complex indicating water will be shut-off on Monday, July 9th due to lack of payment.

According to Kirk Nylund, Customer Service Director with the Macon Water Authority, Tri-Tex Real Estate Advisors are listed on the account as the managing company. As of June 27th the property owners owed the authority $7,205.

Residents tell 13WMAZ there have been recent changes in management at Rutland Corners. 

Nylund said the Macon Water Authority gave the property owners five days to pay the bill before notifying residents in the apartments.

Missing Two-Year-Old Found Safe

A missing two-year-old has been found safely.

That's according to Warner Robins police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh.

She says two-year-old Sanyah Williams was reported missing late Sunday night.

The little girl was found just before 1 a.m. Monday asleep at a relative's house, according to Pugh.

She did not have any other details on the case.

Police: Macon Man Stabs Ex-Girlfriend

Macon Police say a woman is recovering after a fight with an ex-boyfriend ended with a stab wound to her left arm.

The woman says she went to her ex-boyfriend's house to get her belongings and they started to fight. She says he grabbed a knife, stabbed her in the arm and slashed her car tire.

The woman took her ex-boyfriend's car and drove herself to the hospital.

Police charged James Edward Watson, Jr. with aggravated assault and family violence. 

Macon police are still investigating the incident.