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SPOTTED | Jeffersonville Farm Joins Mulberry Street Market

SPOTTED | Jeffersonville Farm Joins Mulberry Street Market

Jeffersonville farm Rag & Frass Farm joins the Mulberry Street Market in Macon as a vendor.

The farm brings vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs and mushrooms to the table.

They'll be at the Mulberry Street Market in downtown Macon across from the Grand Opera House from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Metro Macon Gained 500 Jobs in February

Metro Macon Gained 500 Jobs in February

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

RELATED | Macon's Unemployment Up in January 2013

Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

Georgia Legislature Passes Concussion Bill

The law that cleared the state legislature Tuesday regulates how coaches, athletes, and healthcare professionals manage concussions.

The Senate passed what's called the "Return to Play Act". The House also approved it at the end of last month.

Jeff Hopp, member of the Georgia Concussion Coalition, helped put together the legislation and hopes it will help more than just the athletes.

"It should make life a lot easier for the healthcare providers," he says, "because hopefully the education part will get out there and we can focus on taking care of the athletes and the health and welfare of the athletes, and not have to worry about 'are the parents and are the athletes or are the coaches, are they going to know what to do, how to handle things, what they're looking at,' That sort of thing."

The act has three main points. The first is education.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Hancock-Putnam
Bleckley-Dodge-Pulaski
Twiggs
Sandersville
Milledgeville
Peach-Crawford
Gray-Jones
Forsyth-Monroe
Dublin
Perry 
Warner Robins
Macon
R
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These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

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Red Cross Struggling in Rural Counties

They're often the first people to respond when disaster strikes, providing food, shelter, and aid to victims and first responders.

But in Middle Georgia, American Red Cross leaders say they're desperate for help.

In fact, Peggy Bentz, who works at the Dublin branch says thirteen of their counties - Baldwin, Bleckley, Hancock, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson have zero volunteers.

Even Bibb County only has two, as does Crawford. Wilcox, Pulaski, Dodge, Wilcox, Jasper, and Johnson each only have one.

That means when fires or other disasters happen in those counties, instead having someone that can quickly get to the scene, they have to rely on the volunteers from Laurens County, which depending on the location, could take hours.

Twiggs County Restaurant Ratings

Twiggs County Restaurant Ratings

See how restaurants and other organizations in your area rate with the Georgia Department of Health since January 25.

  • 100-Twiggs Academy
  • 100-Twiggs County Head Start
  • 100-Twiggs County Middle/High School
  • 99-Cafe Academy

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