Today the Tallahassee City Commission will host the City’s Annual Retreat. The Retreat will provide an opportunity to review the progress that has been made towards Tallahassee’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Staff will also give updates on two initiatives—the Southside Action Plan and the Clean Energy Plan. The retreat will be held at Parkview Ballroom at Cascades, 414 East Bloxham Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get the details.
The Brehon House has been helping pregnant women for the last 45 years, but Deputy Director Halle Bush says their facility has seen an increase of pregnant mothers seeking housing. “A lot of it is employment and housing are the two biggest issues any kind of trauma or abuse we see a lot here or maybe their fleeing a domestic violence situation it can be various factors of a bunch of a different thing, but I say those are the biggest ones,” said Bush.
A Tallahassee man accused of a December 2018 kidnapping and murder is now on trial. Christopher Rumph is accused of kidnapping 27-year-old Kelton Washington from a Tallahassee motel, driving him to Gadsden County, and shooting him on the side of the road. Court records say there is hotel surveillance video showing Rumph and another man dragging Washington out of the hotel room and a car speeding away moments later. Testimony in Rumph’s trial is expected to begin today and go through this week.
A Tallahassee resident was killed in a shooting in Seminole County. Thirty-one-year-old Princess Tolliver was a victim of a shooting that occurred Monday morning. Six others were injured, five of which are in critical condition.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling on the Florida Legislature to make permanent bans on vaccine and mask mandates, while blocking anyone from taking actions against doctors who disagree with “the preferred narrative of the medical community.” Florida House Democrat leader Fentrice Driskell called DeSantis’ views on the COVID shots a “fake ideology with real consequences.”
Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan allegedly cursed out House Speaker Kevin McCarthy invoking the “F” word. “You f****d me. I know it was you, you whipped against me,” Buchanan reportedly told McCarthy after Mississippi Congressman Jason Smith was given the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee over Buchanan. Some are speculating an early congressional departure for Buchanan, an allegation that he has denied.
FSU men’s basketball went on the road last night and got a double-digit win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 84-71. Darin Green Jr. scored a game-high 20 points on six made field goals, four 3-pointers, and four free throws. Florida State will continue their time on the road, traveling to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on January 21st at 3pm.
And in the NBA, former Florida State basketball standout Terance Mann set a new regular season career-high with 31 points in Mann’s L.A. Clippers defeating the Houston Rockets 121-100.