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Tim Tebow's mother to speak at fundraiser

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Fundraiser signs Tebow's mom

Tim Tebow's mother, pro-life advocate Pam Tebow, will deliver the keynote address at the Pregnancy Care Center's annual fundraiser banquet in November.

"I think this is an awesome opportunity and think people need to hear her story," said Darlene Davis, executive director at the center at 304 N Collins St. in downtown Plant City.

Renowned as the mother of the University of Florida standout and backup New York Jets quarterback, Pam Tebow is frequently tapped to discuss her difficult pregnancy and the advice she received from doctors to undergo an abortion. She and her son gave a pro-life message during the Super Bowl two years ago.

The center's annual banquet accounts for half the center's $130,000 budget. Davis is hoping Tebow's star power will boost donations.

"Everyone knows Tim Tebow is an awesome athlete, but people need to understand that he would not be here if not for the decision his mother made," Davis said.

The banquet is set for Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College's John R. Trinkle Center, 1206 N Park Road in Plant City. Dinner will be provided by Fred's Southern Gourmet Catering. Reservations for tables are being taken. Call (813) 759-0886 or send an email to [email protected] Prices range from $500 to $1,000.

Individual tickets go on sale in two weeks. To join the list for individual tickets, send an email to [email protected] Tickets will cost $40.

Bing House vote aimed at savings

City commissioners made it official Monday: The Improvement League of Plant City can oversee renovations at the historic Bing Rooming House as well as costs associated with the work. A $65,000 Hillsborough County grant will pay the bills. The move allows the improvement league to act as general contractor. Otherwise, the city would have had to hire a contractor, inflating costs and pushing the project over budget. The league says it could start renovating the second floor and rear living quarters in a week.

Rich Shopes can be reached at [email protected]

Plant City

Police department needs a new roof

City officials want to stop leaks at the police department. Not the loose-lips kind.

The city says the department's 15-year-old roof needs to be replaced — a job that could run $200,000 to $400,000 — to stop drips that happen during nearly every storm.

City Manager Greg Horwedel told city commissioners Monday that the roof's covering is cracked and blistered and has reached a point where patching is no longer a practical solution. "It's reached its life cycle for membrane roofs," he said.

The city likely will seek bids for the project next month and schedule a fix this fall. City Hall's roof is showing fatigue as well, but Horwedel said that roof has another three years of life left.

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