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Regional Roundup: Tift considers school uniforms

TIFTON, Ga. — Tift County School Board members are weighing a proposal that would require students to wear uniforms to school.

The Tifton Gazette reports that Tift County School Superintendent Patrick Atwater floated the idea at the board's work session this week.

Primarily focused on security, Atwater said uniforms would better allow school officials to observe someone who comes into the school and shouldn't be there and would help curb attempts by street gangs to show their colors during the school day.

The paper reports that board member Rita Griffin suggested forming a committee to do more research on the issue before bringing the matter back before the entire board for consideration.


Fire damages Moultrie home

MOULTRIE, Ga — A Moultrie home was damaged by fire Thursday morning, but no injuries were reported.

The Moultrie Observer reports that firefighters responded to a home in the northeastern part of the city early Thursday morning.

Upon arrival to the residence at 1508 Fourth Avenue N.E., the paper reports that firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the kitchen area. All occupants of the home had managed to evacuate the home safely.


Cordele man charged with trafficking meth

CORDELE, Ga. — A 33-year-old Crisp County man has been charged with a variety of crimes related to what investigators say was methamphetamine trafficking.

The Cordele Dispatch reports that Alexis Holton has been charged with three counts of selling methamphetamine, criminal attempt to sell meth, trafficking in meth and trafficking in meth within 1,000 feet of a housing project.

The paper reports that during a search of the residence, officers seized approximately 65 grams of suspected methamphetamine with a street value of $5,200, some $1,197 in cash and a set of scales.

Holton who is currently on parole for prior drug trafficking charges is being held at the Crisp County Detention Center.