Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Headlines for July 14, 2009

The Bibb County Commission now has a fourth site being considered as a location for the new courthouse. The Telegraph is offering its downtown building as well as some surrounding property to the county for just over 2-million dollars. A final decision on where to locate the courthouse will be made by the Bibb County Commission. They must also vote whether to include the Telegraph's property in their study of proposed sites. Those currently under consideration include a parking lot at 1st Street and Mulberry, the Bb&T Building, as well as land near the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

President Barack Obama's choice to become the new surgeon general has ties to Macon. Dr. Regina Benjamin came here in the 1980's after receiving her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984. She was also a member of the second class at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency in family practice at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Representative Jim Marshall is suggesting that military bases look at becoming energy independent by building nuclear power plants. According to the Telegraph the proposal is included in the 650-page House Defense Authorization Bill. It asks for a study yo look at the feasibility of developing nuclear power plants on bases. The bill recently cleared the U.S. House of Representatives. Marshall says it comes as a response to the military's mandate to have clean, efficient, secure energy. No new nuclear plants have been built in the U.S. since a 1979 accident at 3 Mile Island Power Plant in Pennsylvania.