Thursday, January 28, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what's happening for Thursday at GNB...

Efforts to enact a new law that would ban texting while driving have hit a snag. The Georgia Legislative Watch reports that questions over the enforcement of the proposed legislation have led to the formation of a study committee.

Atlanta's mayor helps a former opponent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mayor Kasim Reed will headline a reception to help retire the debt of former mayoral candidate Lisa Borders. It's estimated at $150,000. Borders told the AJC that Reed is helping a friend in need, while critics say it's political payback.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola hopes to gain a bigger share of the Super Bowl ad business. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that billionaire businessman Montgomery Burns from the animated TV series "The Simpsons" will be the focus of this year's campaign. The AJC also says Coke products will have a bigger presence at this year's game than Pepsi products.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

GNB Update

Here's another edition of "Hyperlocal Wednesday" on GNB...

A public school activist is suing Dade County. Click here to find out why he's filing that lawsuit.

The Census Bureau is hiring in one middle Georgia county. Find out where in this article.

A southeast Georgia county is trying to undo the damage from a costly mistake. Click here to find out how much it's going to cost them.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

GNB Update

Hope you're having a good Tuesday...Here's what's happening in the "Blog Files"...

Peach Pundit has an entry on a huge gain for Georgia business...

More furlough days are around the corner for lawmakers. Click here to find out how many of them will be added to this year's session...

and the Saporta Report on why Atlanta is losing out on the future of mass transit.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

GNB Update

Good Monday afternoon at GNB...Here's what's happening...

A commissioner in one southwest Georgia county wants to put a stop to texting while driving. The Albany Herald reports that Dougherty County commissioner Jack Stone is considering legislation that would make that practice illegal. He brought up the proposal during the commission's work session Monday morning. A similar law proposed by state lawmakers would force drivers to pay $100 when they send texts while driving.

Multiple bills were considered by the General Assembly Monday. The legislation considered ranged from creating a metal theft registry in the state Senate, to probation suspension. The Senate Ethics Committee also brought its proposed rules for 2010 up for a vote.

Radio listeners in Warner Robins noticed some changes on their dial on their way to work Monday morning. The Warner Robins Patriot reports that talk station WNNG changed its call letters to WRWR AM/FM. The AM station operates at 1350, while the FM station moved up the dial 99.9 to 107.5. The parent company for WRWR, Georgia Eagle Media, also has plans to put a TV station on the air in June.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

GNB Update

Here's to the upcoming weekend...And now, here's what's happening...

More mergers between two Georgia technical colleges. The Griffin Daily News reports that the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools approved the merger between Flint River Technical College in Thomaston, and Griffin Technical College in Griffin. SACS OK'ed that move at its meeting last month. It's the seventh such merger between technical colleges since July 1, 2009. The combined colleges will be renamed Southern Crescent Technical College.

Furloughs are forthcoming at another Georgia technical college. Full-time employees at Albany Technical College will be furloughed for up to three days. That's according to a request from Governor Sonny Perdue. Still, the furloughs won't affect how long the campus will remain open through the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.

Bibb County school employees could face more furloughs. WMAZ in Macon reports that the board of education there has called a special meeting for Monday to address the issue. Members talked about it briefly on Thursday, but stopped short of bringing it to vote until they could come up with alternatives to make up for any budget cuts.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

GNB Update

It's "Hyperlocal Wednesday" at GNB...Here's what's happening...

Find out why there's a padlock at an Albany skate park...

A chairman in one north Georgia county is reprimanded by his own commission. Click here for more details...

and read more about a "blackout" in a neighboring county.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what happening on the Georgia political front this Tuesday...

Budget hearings got underway under the Gold Dome this morning. Georgia Legislative Watch reports that an amended budget will be released by the close of business today. Governor Sonny Perdue also released an $18 billion budget for fiscal year 2011.

Texting while driving could soon become illegal in the Peach State. The Associated Press reports that two lawmakers are considering a ban on the dangerous practice. Proposed sanctions include fines and driver's license penalties. If passed, Georgia would become the 20th state to ban texting while driving...

and the Saporta Report has an article on why 2010 could be an "odyssey" for metro Atlanta.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

New e-mail address for GNB...

Georgia News Beat now has a new e-mail address. Reach GNB at Thank you.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

GNB Update

Welcome to another edition of "Hyperlocal Wednesday" on GNB...

Elected officials in one Atlanta suburb vote to close a loophole on a sign ordinance. Neighbor Newspapers reports that the Roswell City Council voted to tweak the legislation during a meeting Monday. It's designed to prohibit the building of more digital billboards.

Houston County school officials say they want new zones for their schools. The Houston Home Journal reports the school board there presented a different zoning map for the new Veterans High School that's set to open next academic year. It's being built to ease overcrowding in the county's other four high schools. Final voting on the proposal takes place near the end of the month.

Finally, SWGA Politics has more on why Democrats voted for David Ralston as Georgia's new house speaker.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what's happening on this...the 2nd day of the Georgia legislative session...

Eggs and Issues were the focus at the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday morning...Click here to find out what the outcome was...

A Republican candidate for Georgia's attorney general seat gains momentum after raising more than $60,000. Click here to see who that candidate is...

and click here for more details on former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's visit to Atlanta on Monday night.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

GNB Update

Day 1 of a new legislative session is in the books...Here are some observations from the "Blog Files"...

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle has announced a task force on dealing with Georgia's budget. Click here to see how he plans to deal with the issue.

Also, the state House names a new speaker and speaker pro-tem. Click here for more details. has more on the campaign contributions of various statewide races...

and Peach Pundit has details on one state senator sitting in hot water for an ethics complaint.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

GNB Update

The weekend has arrived...Here's what happening...

Columbus State University finally has a graduate school. University officials made that announcement Friday. The new graduate school will offer more than 30 different programs at the doctoral, master's, and specialist levels. Click here to find out more about CSU's graduate studies.

School officials in one middle Georgia county have delayed the opening of two new schools...for now. reports the two schools won't open until January 28. Both were supposed to open Thursday, but heavy rains in the last two months, plus unpaved parking lots, led to that delay...

and wintry weather conditions have forced the closure of multiple schools, colleges, and universities in the metro Atlanta area. Click here to find which schools and institiutions have closed their doors.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

GNB Update

The first "Hyperlocal Wednesday" of 2010...Here's what's happening...

SWGA Politics has a post on "Reviving The Elephant"...

Expect freezing temperatures and wintry conditions in metro Atlanta Thursday & Friday...Here's more...

and click here to find out why a new shopping center in Clayton County is a
"Renaissance of Redevelopment".

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

GNB Update

Effective today (Tuesday)...there's more hyperlocal coverage on GNB...Here's the news...

One coastal Georgia town hopes to see empty storefronts turn into full ones. Click here for more...

In Charlton County, read why 2009 was a tough year for the locals there...

And in Glennville, a local artist has "palette of talent". Click here for the explanation.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

GNB Update

Here it is...the first post of 2010...

Georgia has a new nominee for Secretary of State. But it's not the person many people expected. GPB News reports Governor Sonny Perdue named former state senator Brian Kemp to replace GOP gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel Monday. Handel stepped down last month to focus on her campaign for governor. State Representative Jim Cole of Forsyth offered to take the job, but changed his mind over the holiday weekend.

Making sure it's not a city "too busy to love." That was the message new Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed delivered as he was sworn in Monday afternoon. Reed is the state capital's 59th mayor. He defeated city councilwoman Mary Norwood in a runoff last month.

The International City has a new mayor as well. Chuck Shaheen and three city councilmen took their oaths of office in Warner Robins on Monday. Shaheen replaces Donald Walker, who died last year.

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