Thursday, May 14, 2009

GNB Update

Here's to Thursday...and the news....

There's both good and bad news for a southwest Georgia two-year college. The Albany Herald reports that Darton College in Albany broke ground on its new addition to the student center yesterday. The expansion of the 30,000-square foot facility will cost $19 million to complete. Once finished, it will more than double in size to over 60,000 square feet. Meanwhile, Governor Sonny Perdue yesterday vetoed funding that would have allowed Darton College to purchase the current Albany Museum of Art building.

The continued turmoil surrounding the U.S. automobile industry could force some car dealerships in Georgia to close their doors for good. The Associated Press reports that the Chrysler Corporation wants 13 dealerships in the state to go out of business. The company announced the closure of almost 800 stores in a motion prepared in bankruptcy court earlier today. reports that the news of a Milledgeville dealership being among the 13 Georgia dealerships on the closure list came as a surprise, but plans to stay open.

The decision to wear blue jeans proves costly for a suburban Atlanta police chief. Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox suspended Chief Brad Johnson for insubordination. Maddox wanted Johnson to wear a police uniform instead of jeans. That disagreement led to the suspension, only to have it cut in half after an appeal to the city council. Johnson returned to work yesterday. He says he will wear a uniform.

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