Tuesday, January 13, 2009

GNB Nightside Update

Good evening. Here's what making news in Georgia right now.

There's bad economic news out of middle Georgia at this hour. Eddie Wiggins announced that he's closing his car dealership in Warner Robins. He won't re-open it. Wiggins filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on New Year's Eve, but remained open while seeking relief from creditors. The Buick, Pontiac, and GMC dealership officially closed Friday.

Almost a month after the announcement of Cooper Tire closing its doors, one current Albany plant will see increased business. The Miller brewing plant will now produce the Coors brand of beer under the merger of Miller and Coors. Training of new employees will be done through the Georgia Quick Start program. There's no word on how many new jobs created as a result of Tuesday's announcement.

Atlanta could be taking on a big gamble, literally. That's what developers with Underground Atlanta are hoping for soon, as they plan to start a casino-style gaming facility. The Delaware-based Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment plan to bring in video lottery terminals as part of the proposal, pending approval by the Georgia Lottery Corporation. But that effort faces opposition from Governor Sonny Perdue, who's a devout Christian.

Finally, northeast Georgia saw significant improvement in its adult literacy rates. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that more residents in that part of the state have the basic skills to read and understand a newspaper than 10 years ago. Adults in Jackson and Barrow Counties had the biggest increase during the last decade, with Jackson's illiteracy rate dropping from 26 to 16 percent, while Barrow's fell from 23 to 14 percent.

Don't forget to check the GNB Report for the latest news statewide, 24/7. Have a good evening, and keep warm.

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