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      State leaders chat over coffee and crumpets

      Tuesday morning, the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast for chamber members and state representatives.Representatives Penny Houston, Jay Roberts, and Sam Watson all turned out to chat with city and county leaders over coffee and crumpets.Representative Houston says jobs is still the number one issue on the minds of locals. She says people want to see more jobs brought into the area.Representatives Roberts and Watson also say the topic of the morning surrounded in the issue of job creation in rural areas.

      "They need to focus more on smaller type businesses bringing in 20, 30 jobs at a time instead of bringing in a 200 job company, which is always great, but if something happens to that business or industry that's a big impact to that small community as well," said Rep. Jay Roberts, (R- 155).

      State Representative Penny Houston says she'll keep the concerns of the Tift county leaders in mind once the legislative session starts but she says the first action of course is to balance the state's budget.

      As Houston got acquainted with city leaders, they picked her mind on her stance on the Syria debate.

      "If we were going to attack Syria we don't tell them everything we're going to do before we do it. If we were going to do anything we should have done it a long time ago," said Rep. Penny Houston, (R- 170).

      Representative Houston went on to say the United States should finish the war in Afghanistan before entering another one.

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