Friday, February 27, 2009

GNB Weekend Update

The weekend has arrived...And now here's the news...

A Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner is now out of work. Insider Advantage Georgia reports that Gena Evans was fired late Thursday by the DOT board. It didn't offer an explanation for her dismissal, which came during a closed board session. Gerald Ross was named acting commissioner in Evans' place.

The drought is back. Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that the state ended 2008 almost out of its shortfall of rain. But so far in 2009, the rain has been almost non-existent. Within the past month, nearly all of Georgia had received less than normal rainfall. Currently, more than 100 of the state's counties are in a "moderate" drought, with portions of northeast Georgia being either in "severe" or "extreme" drought.

More accountability for people managing political campaigns in Georgia. The state Senate Thursday unaminously passed a bill requiring "special or expedited" reporting of campaign contributions made by those who do business with the state. The measure passed 50-0 with no opposition. State senator George Hooks told the Associated Press the legislation was inspired by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

And as first reported on the "GNB Twitter", a south Georgia town will be getting a much-needed economic boost. Governor Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing plans to open a new distribution facility in Cordele. The new facility will bring 130 jobs and $7 million to that community over the next two to three years. The company will utilize two existing buildings that will extend towards I-75.

That's the news. But log on to for the freshest Georgia-related content 24/7. Have a good weekend.

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