Monday, February 9, 2009

GNB Update

Here's to a brand-new work week...And now the news...

An Atlanta-based media company signs a new deal with a company located miles from home. The Boston Business Journal reports that Boston, Massachusetts-based Backchannel Media signed an agreement with Gray Television on Monday. The terms of the deal call for Backchannel to use its interactive technology on Gray owned television stations nationwide. That company owns 36 television stations in 30 markets, including WRDW in Augusta, WSWG in Albany, and satellite sister station WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida/Thomasville/Valdosta. All three stations are currently CBS affiliates.

As first reported on the "GNB Twitter" last week, Georgia Quick Start has announced that it would start taking applications for the new Sewon America plant in LaGrange. Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that 600 positions will be filled at the new facility, which includes openings in stamping, production, and assembly. The opening of Sewon America coincides with the arrival of the new Kia plant that's set to open in nearby West Point later this year.

Here's some news on ethics in the General Assembly. Peach Pundit points to two articles on Governor Sonny Perdue exploiting loopholes in his own ban on taking gifts, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as state Senator Eric Johnson accepting $175 worth of entertainment, at a lobbyist's expense.

And "The Other Athens" takes a look into the Georgia Department of Education releasing its per-pupil expenditures for fiscal year 2008. Read on to find out what it means for students in Athens-Clarke County.

That's the news for Monday. Remember to log on to GNB at for the freshest news 24 hours, seven days a week. Have a good evening.

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