5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, August 8, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, August 8, 2014.

(1) Old Dixie Highway sidewalk construction begins

Construction crews will begin building a sidewalk along a portion of Old Dixie Highway in Lakeland on Friday.

The sidewalk will be built in three sections on the west side of the road near Tenoroc High School. On August 21, 2013, 17-year-old Enrique Hernandez was struck and killed while walking to school along that portion of Old Dixie Highway after missing his school bus.

The initial 1,300-foot-long segment will go from Schalamar Creek Drive to Carroll Street. Officials say the sidewalk should be finished by late October.

The other sidewalk segments will be built from Carroll Road to U.S. 92 and from Clover Road to Schalamar Creek Drive.

Polk County officials say the construction will require some lane and road closures.

(2) MacDill Air Force Base change of command ceremony

MacDill Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony on Friday morning.

Col. Daniel H. Tulley will take over command of the 6th Air Mobility Wing from Col. Scott V. DeThomas. DeThomas is retiring for the Air Force after more than 32 years in the military.

Tulley comes to MacDill from Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina where he was commander of the 43rd Airlift Group. He led the group responsible for the rapid, strategic deployment of forces assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command, the 18th Airborne Corps, and the 82nd Airborne Division.

The change of command ceremony will occur at 9:00 a.m.

(3) Tech Data opens new facility

Tech Data Corporation will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 45,000-square-foot facility on Friday morning.

The new $6 million building will help the Clearwater-based firm continue to grow as a worldwide wholesale distributor of electronics.

Tech Data incorporated an number of interesting design choices in the new facility, including an eight-foot wide conference table and water-chilled air conditioners. Company officials believe the designs will help keep employees happy and loyal.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.

(4) The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival 2014

The world's biggest comedy tour will make a stop in Tampa on Friday.

The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival 2014 plays today and Saturday night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

The festival will feature performances of two stages by some of the world's greatest comedians including Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., Brent Morin, Chris Hardwick, DJ Trauma, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Marc Marion and Reggie Watts.

The show starts at 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.funnyordie.com/oddball .

(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open up their preseason schedule with an away game on Friday night against their in-state rival Jacksonville Jaguars.

Both teams will be featuring new quarterbacks in the game.

Josh McCown is the Buccaneers starting quarterback. He signed with the team in the offseason after spending the past three years with the Chicago Bears. The Bucs are McCown's eighth different NFL franchise he has spent time with.

McCown has two 2014 draftees to throw: wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Backing up McCown will be Mike Glennon, who played 13 games as a rookie for Tampa Bay in 2013.

The Jaguars are expected to start veteran Chad Henne at quarterback. However, former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles, Jacksonville's number one draft pick and future of the franchise, will likely see plenty of action tonight.

Tonight's game begins at 7:30 p.m.

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