Southwell Boulevard from SR 7 to Vernon Drive will close only while the contractor is completing concrete work at the Southwell Boulevard/SR 7 intersection. The intersection will not close but traffic will shift.
For Immediate Release Friday, June 14, 2019
Contact: Nita Birmingham 229.326.5435Road Work Will Slow Traffic At Busy Tift County Intersection
TIFTON – Heavy trucks braking and idling at the Tift County State Route (SR) 7 and Southwell Boulevard intersection damage the asphalt, a problem about to be solved with concrete. Ruts in the wheel paths and cracks in the asphalt repeatedly form at the intersection, which gets a large volume of truck traffic to Love's Travel Stop and the industrial park. Concrete holds up well under these conditions so the Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace the asphalt with nine inches of concrete. Work is expected to begin by the end of the month. The intersection will not close but traffic will shift as needed so motorists should expect lane closures and delays. Contractor Precision 2000 Inc. plans to remove asphalt during the day, a process known as milling, and pour concrete at night when it is cooler. The concrete must cure to strengthen before traffic is shifted onto it. Concrete will be poured on all lanes immediately east, west, north and south of the intersection. Southwell Boulevard from SR 7 going east to Vernon Drive will be closed for the duration of the work, which could take two weeks depending on weather. Traffic will be routed onto SR 7, SR 125 and Vernon Drive and detour signs will be posted. The Southwell Boulevard at SR 7 intersection asphalt approaches will also be milled and resurfaced to smoothly tie in to the concrete. Traffic will not be detoured for the asphalt work, but will shift as needed. These pavement preservation activities are being done as maintenance service contracts that are paid for by the Transportation Funding Act (TFA) of 2015. Georgia DOT uses the sustained annual revenue for much-needed routine maintenance and capital improvements.
Exchange Club's Officer Of The Year"
Today Deputy Chris Spradley was awarded the Exchange Club's Officer Of The Year award at the civic club's weekly business luncheon. The Exchange Club's Public Safety Chair, Regenia Wells, is shown presenting the award to Deputy Spradley. Also shown is Captain Wingate Whitley who oversees the TCSO's patrol division.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough Reports Activity For April 2019
Deputies responded to 3,219 calls for service, conducted 1,297 business and property checks, 616 mobile home park and subdivision checks with 34 school checks.
Sheriff Scarbrough said deputies served 103 warrants, 111 civil papers and 256 subpoenas.
The sheriff reported that deputies arrested 94 people, some on multiple charges. He said that there were 3 fraud charges, 42 charges of parole/probation violation were filed, 16 drug charges, 12 failure to appear charges, 2 weapons violations, 2 child support cases, 9 obstruction cases, 7 crimes against a person charges, 6 property crimes charges and 10 non-traffic cases.
Traffic stops conducted by deputies led to 3 charges of driving under the influence, 6 drug charges, 29 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver’s license as well as the arrest of 5 wanted persons and recovered a stolen vehicle
He added that deputies completed 630 reports, worked 18 accidents, patrolled 66,065 miles and verified the home addresses of 67 registered sex offenders residing in Tift County.
The sheriff also reported that deputies provided 77 transports, totaling 216 hours and 8,074 miles.
49 year old Stacy Lamar Rutland
Arrest Made Of Barricaded Suspect
Deputies executing a felony warrant service on a suspect, 49 year old Stacy Lamar Rutland of Tifton, on 6 1/2 street yesterday located a stolen vehicle upon their arrival, allegedly stolen by Rutland. As Deputies approached the home they observed Rutland inside of the home alone. Rutland refused to come out and barricaded himself inside.
At this point the Tri-County Special Response Team, SRT, responded and the situation was turned over to them. After a short period of time, Rutland was apprehended and taken into custody with no injuries.
Rutland was first taken to the Tift Regional Medical Center to be medically cleared and was then transported and booked into the Tift County Jail. Rutland is being charged with a felony count of aggravated assault/family violence, a felony count of robbery by intimidation, a felony count of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of battery/family violence (1st offense).