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Firm Plans Training Center at Perry Northrop Grumman Site

A Kennesaw company says it plans to create a "state of the art facility training ground for first responders" in Perry.

That's according Jeff Battcher, spokesman for Guardian Centers of Georgia.

He says the company will invest "tens of millions" in the former Northrop Grumman factory in Perry and bring more than 100 full-time jobs and many more part-time jobs.

They plan to start work on the plant in January.

Battcher says Guardian Centers will create "the best training ground for first responders anywhere in the world."

He says it will include a cityscape of Seattle, a recreation of the Madrid train bombings and a building that will shake to simulate earthquakes.

He said the building will train people to respond to both natural disasters and possible terrorist attacks.

Battcher said Guardian Centers has worked with federal and state officials for more than a year to find a location.

'Feed the City' Donates to Hundreds

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, it's easy to get caught up in holiday to-do lists.

But one group makes those who might not be able to afford a hot meal a top priority.

Hundreds worked together to give families a Thanksgiving meal all their own.

Filling your cart with all the holiday trimmings costs a pretty penny.

And for nearly 2,000 people who benefited from New Hope International's Thanksgiving dinner giveaway, the meal might otherwise have been too expensive.

"My thing is, somebody got turkeys, somebody got potatoes, if we put them together everybody can eat," says Ronicia Rome.

Single mom Ronicia Rome says she couldn't afford to splurge on a turkey dinner for her and her son.

"You know, you can't afford it, but just for him to be able to look around and say, 'We have a turkey,'" she says.

That's where more than 300 volunteers stepped in.

Super Committee Failure Could Impact Robins

A Washington super commitee deadline is quickly approaching without progress.

The bipartisan group of senate and house members is tasked with cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal budget by next Wednesday.

Friday afternoon, the associated press reported that Democrats rejuected Republicans "last ditch" effort for an agreement.

Their failure could trigger across the board cuts to defense, medicare and medicaid spending.

Republicans and Democrats are playing the blame game for why the have not reached a deal.

Republicans are saying Democrats won't budge on spending cuts. Democrats says Republicans won't work with them on tax hikes.

U.S. Senator from Georgia Saxby Chambliss says he met with the commitee, urging them to cut far more than the required $1.2 trillion. He wants the group to cut $4 trillion. He spoke to 13WMAZ by phone, before leaving for a trip to visit in the troops in Afghanistan.

HERO CENTRAL: Help 13WMAZ and Kroger 'Can Hunger'

HERO CENTRAL: Help 13WMAZ and Kroger 'Can Hunger'

With many Central Georgians struggling with hunger, you may be looking for ways to give this holiday season.

13WMAZ and Kroger want to make it easy for you to help, so we're teaming-up.

Here's how you can help "can hunger" in Central Georgia.

Go to one of 13 Kroger locations. Large bins are set up in the front entrance of stores

in Macon, Milledgeville, Dublin, Warner Robins, Bonaire and Perry.

Pick-up some non-perishable food items when you shop. Drop the food off in the bins on your way out of the store.

Kroger and 13WMAZ will be collecting your donations through next Tuesday, November 22nd.

All of the food will be given to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.

We will be reminding you to drop off your donation at area Krogers throughout the next several days.

Roxy Bartz Signs Tennis Scholarship with Mercer

Despite an injury that kept her sidelined for a year and a half, one Houston County Bear will get the chance to play tennis in college.

Mercer University decided to invest in Roxy Bartz and sign her to a scholarship. She's only lost one match in a HoCo uniform, plus she's been ranked 11th in the state and 71st in the Southern Region.

"My real dream was I wanted to go to a big division one school, but once I tore my ACL, I knew that was farfetched, and I didn't even think Mercer was going to want me still, and they did, so I just have to look past that," she said.

Bartz's coach Craig Jones says she has a really strong serve and he figures she will get right back into the swing of things after rehabbing her knee over the past year.

Accident Closes Exit 146 on I-75

Peach County 911 is warning drivers about a major accident on Interstate 75 south, near Exit 146.

That's the Centerville exit.

There's a major accident involving a tractor trailer and at least a couple other vehicles.
So far, there's no word on injuries.

Exit 146 is closed, and Peach County 911 says drivers could get off the highway at Exit 149 and look for alternate routes.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.

7-Year-Old Dies, One Week After Warner Robins Accident

 

A 7-year-old girl who was hurt in a car accident in Warner Robins last week, has died.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says Markyia Floyd died from internal injuries around 2:45 p.m. at the Children's Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Warner Robins Police said the accident happened at the 2300 block of Moody Road just before 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 10.

They said 20-year-old Triameria Jones was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and collided with a Dodge Durango.

Floyd was riding in the Cobalt.

Warner Robins Police Major John Wagner says they are still investigating.

He says Jones was Floyd's aunt.