Tuesday, January 27, 2009

GNB Update

Here's what going on in Georgia for Tuesday...

Has Georgia become the "Hollywood of Christian movies"? Officials at an Albany church think so. Find out why by clicking here.

In a story reported on the "GNB Twitter" Monday night, the investigation into salmonella contamination is complete, and federal officials have mutliple violations at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely. WALB in Albany reports that sanitation problems contributed to the contamination of products containing peanut butter. The Georgia Department of Agriculture also reports 27 violations at the plant within a two-year period. So far, salmonella contamination has been blamed for at least seven deaths nationwide.

There could be an end in sight for Georgia's agricultural woes. Specialists from the University of Georgia spoke in Gainesville Tuesday morning for third annual Georgia Agriculture Forecast. They say that 2009 could be "a turning point" for the state's farmers in terms of overcoming the drought conditions of years past. But Scott Angle of UGA's agricultural school says the struggling economy made agriculture unpredictable. UGA agribusiness center director John McKissick did say that vegetables and fruits will do better this year, urging farmers to stay optimistic despite the economy.

Finally, the new CEO of the Macon Symphony Orchestra officially started work this week. Sheryl Towers main focus for the orchestra is continued growth. She wants to appeal to a more diverse audience throughout middle Georgia.

That's the news for Tuesday. Remember to check the "GNB Report" for the news that interests you throughout Georgia all day, all night. Also, check the new "GNB Twitter" for any breaking news of interest. It's all available at georgianewsbeat.blogspot.com

NOTE: Corrected at 10:07 a.m. EST January 28, 2009

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