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Mary Persons High Marching Band Banned from Dancing


The show you usually see from the Mary Person's High School Marching Band won't be the same.


Some students in the band say they've been told they cannot dance during their shows.


13WMAZ received several e-mails from students who said their band director, Jim Blanton, informed them they could no longer dance during performances. The e-mails said Monroe County Superintendent Anthony Pack called the dancing "trashy."


Senior cymbals player Dustin Pope, said the message was mainly geared toward the band's drumline.  He says the group is simply swaying side to side.

13WMAZ captured a few seconds of the band performing in the stands during our HighsShoolSports.net Fooball Friday Night Coverage.  Watch a clip of the band performing this season on the right side of the page.

Some students called the county administration's view "old-fashioned."



Seniors and High Schoolers Tailgate in Monroe

Call it a party for all generations.

High school students joined seniors from the Bolingreen Health and Rehabilitation Center for a tailgate party.

Cheerleaders, coaches, and football players from high schools in Bibb, Monroe and Jones counties attended the event.

This is the tailgate's third year. Coordinators say the event grows larger each year, with more groups asking to participate.

Folks got game day food hot off the grill and heard words from former University of Georgia and NFL player Kevin Butler.

The center says they also have guests from other assisted living homes in the area. They says it's a time for the community to come together.

"We're trying to show that our generation, you know, can interact and not just be all into technology and things," said Kasey Gordon, a senior at Jones County High School.

Phillips-Van Heusen Bringing 300 Jobs to Henry County

About 300 new jobs are coming to Henry County.

Governor Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that clothing manufactuer Phillips-Van Heusen is moving its Georgia distribution center from Austell to McDonough.

They'll increase the number of workers in the state from 150 to 300, says a news release from Perdue's office.

He says the company has signed a 20-year lease for the 850,000-square foot Liberty Distribution Building there.

They say the new site will help them capitalize on shipments through the Port of Savannah.

UnitedHealthcare Again Covering Medical Center

UnitedHealthcare has resumed covering patients at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, according to the insurer and the Medical Center.

In a statement, UnitedHealthcare said that since Monday, the Medical Center is again a "participating facility" for policyholders.

"We are extremely pleased that a new agreement has been reached between UnitedHealthcare and the Medical Center of Central Georgia, including its urgent care centers and other ancillary facilities," according to the statement e-mailed to us by Tracey Lempner, the public-relations director for UnitedHealthcare's southeast region.