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Mornings unPHILtered - Lions spearhead winter coat drive for kids
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Brian Kemp
    Tuesday's first guest on the “Mornings unPHILtered” show was Jim Thibodeau, president of the Statesboro Lions Club. He came on to talk about the club's winter coat drive, “Coats for Kids.”
    The Lions are working in conjunction with Andrews Klean Korner, which has agreed to clean all coats donated to the drive. People can take coats to any of the four Andrews stores in Statesboro. In addition, Thibodeau told host Phil Boyum that Andrews will clean one item at no charge for each person who brings in a coat to be donated.
    Once cleaned, the coats will be sent to ACTS (Area Christians Together in Service) located on Denmark Street that oversees the distribution to needy families. They give them to area churches, schools and other groups that have an identified need.
    The Lions have several other ongoing projects, such as the eyeglasses campaign, in which people donate their used eyeglasses. They are sent to Atlanta, from where they are then distributed to those who need glasses. The glasses can be dropped off in the two pick-up boxes in the Statesboro Mall.
    The next guest on the show was Brian Kemp, a Republican candidate for secretary of state. Kemp is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture. He called from Griffin, where he is campaigning.
    Kemp spoke of how it is harder to get people excited about what he called “down-ballot races” such as the secretary of state's office. He said the office is a very important post. He wants to ensure that people's tax dollars aren't being wasted.
    Kemp also stated that during his years in the State Legislature he worked closely with the secretary of state, so is familiar with the duties. The secretary of state office oversees elections, licensing of businesses, regulating securities and managing archival records.
    Kemp served in the State Senate representing Athens and parts of both Oconee and Madison Counties from 2002-2006. Kemp served as chairman of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee, vice-chairman of the Higher Education Committee, and secretary of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee.
    Kemp said he always strived to cut through the red tape that drives small businesses crazy. He created a Web site., where citizens can go to report wasteful and unneeded paperwork. Kemp also has set up a link on his campaign site where people can report suspected voter fraud, and promises that if elected he will make the site an official reporting link of election fraud around the state.
    Kemp said has led the efforts to protect the HOPE Scholarship. As the economy worsens, many more people are using the program, some to retrain as they seek another job. Unfortunately, he stated that if the economy continues to struggle, it is possible the state legislature may have to make cuts to HOPE.
        “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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