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Mike Ford "It's hard to understand how the authority can feel like it is representing its music heritage in the state by closing the museum."
FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER IT OPENED ITS DOORS... THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME WILL CLOSE THEM NEXT MONTH.
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I'M FRANK MALLOY.. AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE MUSEUM CAME DOWN JUST BEFORE NOON TODAY.
THE MEETING OF THE HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY STARTED OUT ON A POSITIVE NOTE.
MEMBER BRAD TURNER SAID IT SEEMED LIKE A NO-BRAINER TO GO WITH A PLAN FROM NEW TOWN MACON.
NEW TOWN AGREED TO PUT OUT 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO KEEP THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME OPEN FOR A YEAR... CONSOLIDATE SOME STAFFING AND SERVICES WITH THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME... AND LET THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY KEEP CONTROL OF THE MUSEUM.
AUTHORITY VICE CHAIRMAN ROB GIBSON WAS THE MAIN DISSENTING VOICE.
HE SAID THERE WAS NO PLAN TO MAKE THE MUSEUM MORE PROFITABLE... AND THAT IN A YEAR... THE AUTHORITY WOULD BE HAVING THE SAME DISCUSSION.
OTHERS ON THE AUTHORITY SAID MACON AT LEAST DESERVED A CHANCE.
IN THE END - THE HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY VOTED FOUR TO THREE IN FAVOR OF CLOSING THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS IN THE AFTER SHOCK OF THE DECISION... LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE JUST STARTING TO ASK THE QUESTION... 'WHATS NEXT?'
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"I can't understand why it's closing."
GEOFFRY NUTT WAS ONE OF ABOUT THIRTY VISITORS TO THE GEORIGA MUSIC HALL OF FAME TUESDAY. HE VISITED THE MUSUEM WHILE ON VACATION FROM ENGLAND...
"Well we've seen two or three people really.. which is a shame.. because it's got a lot to offer I think."
HE SAYS HE EXPECTED TO JUST POP IN... BUT ENDED UP STAYING FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS.
"I don't know a lot about this type ofmusic, I know Otis Redding, Little Ricahrd... we had a good experience."
TUESDAY'S VOTE TO CLOSE THE HALL OF FAME ADDS ANOTHER EMPTY MUSEUM TO DOWNTOWN MACON'S TOURISM DISTRICT... LEAVING LOCAL OFFICIALS WONDERING TO DO NEXT.
DURING AN INTERVIEW ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN SAYS WITHOUT THE HALL OF FAME... THE LOCAL ECONOMY MAY BE ABLE TO BETTER SUPPORT OTHER MUSEUMS.
"We can take the money from the hotel motel tax that would have gone to the Georgia music hall of fame and use it to futhur promote the douglas, further promote the sports all of fame."
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE SAYS HE'S NOT READY TO LET MACON'S MUSIC HERITAGE GO.
"Maybe we could look at taking some of the artifacts and making a Macon Music Hall of Fame."
BUT THERE'S STILL THE ISSUE OF WHAT TO DO WITH A FORTY THREE THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT EMPTY BUILDING IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN...
" we will be able to utilize it for some better use or some additional use."
WHAT THAT BETTER USE COULD BE REMAINS TO BE SEEN.
MUSEUM DIRECTOR LISA LOVE SAYS THE MUSEUM WILL CLOSE ON JUNE 12TH AND THE ARTIFACTS WILL MOVE TO THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA.
BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAID HE'S WORKING TO TURN THE SITUATION INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR THE THE COUNTY.
HART SAID... "THE COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE PARTNERSHIPS DEVELOPED DURING THE FIGHT TO KEEP THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME IN MACON AND THAT TOGETHER WE WILL TURN THIS DISAPPOINTMENT INTO A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR OUR COMMUNITY."
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ALSO RELEASED A STATEMENT CALLING THE CLOSINGS TROUBLING...AND DISAPPOINTING.
REICHERT WROTE IN PART... IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE STATE OF GEORGIA HAS AN OBLIGATION TO OUR CITIZENS TO MAINTAIN THE STATE'S CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE AND I SINCERELY REGRET THIS DEVELOPMENT.
HIS SPOKESMAN....CLAY MURPHEY SAID REICHERT WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR FURTHER COMMENT.
TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
DO YOU AGREE WITH THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME IN MACON?
SO FAR 55 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
45 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.. AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.
TWENTY-FIVE YEAR OLD FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON WANTS TO BECOME MACON'S YOUNGEST MAYOR.
BRONSON - ALSO A FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE GEORGIA NATIONAL GUARD - DISCUSSED HIS POLITICAL AMBITIONS AND OTHER ISSUES DURING THIS WEEK'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.
BRONSON SAYS HE WANTS TO HELP DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES BY GETTING RID OF PROCEDURES THAT HAMPER GROWTH..
Paul Bronson, Mayoral Candidate: Being in a historic area, you really can't paint or repaint or redo anything downtown without having to go through all the red tape that it is.
BRONSON IS ONE OF FOUR DEMOCRATS SEEKING THE MAYOR'S OFFICE THIS YEAR. THE OTHERS ARE CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.. FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS.. AND STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN.
REPUBLICAN DAVID COUSINO IS ALSO SEEKING THE POSITION.
YOU CAN CATCH CLOSE-UP IN ITS ENTIRETY AT NOON SATURDAY AND AGAIN ON SUNDAY AT SIX A-M 13WMAZ.
HERE'S A CLARIFICATION ON A STORY WE BROUGHT YOU LAST NIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN ON A PROPOSED BIBB COUNTY SPLOST.
WE INCORRECTLY REPORTED SARAH HUNT'S POSITION .
SHE SAYS SHE WANTS THE SPLOST TO PAY FOR RECREATION PROJECTS... BUT SHE SUPPORTS ITS PASSAGE WHETHER OR NOT RECREATION IS INCLUDED.
TOMORROW... "THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW" WILL SAY GOODBYE AFTER 25 YEARS ON THE AIR... AND YOU CAN WATCH HER FINAL SHOW RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ.
WE'LL ALSO TAKE A LOOK BACK AT HER VISIT TO MACON IN 2007.
YOU'VE GOT THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TELEVISION... IT'S MY FAVORITE THINGS 2007
TOMORROW MORNING... STEPHANIE SUSSKIND WILL SIT DOWN WITH AN OPRAH FAN WHO WAS IN THE AUDIENCE WHEN THE DAYTIME QUEEN TAPED ONE OF HER "FAVORITE THINGS" SHOW IN MACON BACK IN 2007.
THEN... AT 4 P-M... WATCH THE FINAL NEW EPISODE OF THE SHOW.
THAT EPISODE WAS TAPED TUESDAY... AND FANS SAY WINFREY HAD TEARS IN HER EYES... AS SHE DESCRIBED WHAT SHE'S LEARNED FROM HER VIEWERS.
GEORGIA'S KICKING OFF ITS ANNUAL CLICK-IT-OR-TICKET CAMPAIGN... ONE HUNDRED DAYS OF SUMMER HEAT.
HEAT STANDS FOR HIGHWAY ENFORCEMENT OF AGGRESSIVE TRAFFIC.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FROM ALL OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA GATHERED AT BASS PRO SHOPS IN MACON TO ANNOUNCE THE STATEWIDE PUSH FOR SAFER DRIVERS.
OFFICERS WILL BE LOOKING FOR SPEEDERS... IMPAIRED DRIVERS... AND THOSE NOT WEARING SEAT BELTS.
MACON CAPTAIN ERIC WOODFORD SAYS THE GOAL IS TO KEEP TRAVELERS IN GEORGIA SAFE THIS SUMMER.
Captain Eric Woodford, Macon Police Department: "We're committed to public safety on our streets and our roadways. This summer lets drive like our lives depend on it, because it does. And know that Macon Police Department are here to support the Governor's challenge."
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAY YOU CAN ALSO BE TICKETED FOR NOT WEARING YOUR SEAT BELT PROPERLY.
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IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A PARKING SPOT ON CHERRY STREET THIS AFTERNOON... YOU MAY HAVE HAD A TOUGH TIME AS PEOPLE HEADED DOWN TO HELP THEATRE MACON CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY.
THEATRE GOERS SNACKED ON REFRESHMENTS AS THEY CELEBRATED A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AT THE THEATRE ON CHERRY STREET.
ALL EYES WERE ON THE STAGE AS USUAL WHEN A SPOKESMAN FOR MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT DECLARED TODAY AS THEATRE MACON DAY.
"Now therefore I Robert Reichert do here by proclaim May twenty-four two-thousand-eleven as Theatre Macon day in the city of Macon. All citizens are urged to join me in congratulating Theatre Macon's twenty-fifth anniversary and for helping to establish Macon in an arts and cultural center in Georgia."
THE THEATRE IS CURRENTLY PUTTING ON THE SHOW TWENTIETH CENTURY... AND LATER THIS SUMMER THEY'LL PRESENT THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. TO MAKE RESERVATIONS CALL 4-7-8... 7-4-6... 9485.
IF YOU'RE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW E-READER... YOU'LL HAVE ANOTHER OPTION STARTING NEXT MONTH.
BARNES AND NOBLE ANNOUNCED A NEW VERSION OF ITS NOOK E-READER TODAY.
WE SAT DOWN WITH CNET'S DAVID CARNOY VIA SKYPE TO GET THE DETAILS IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
David Carnoy: Well the key thing, really, is that it's smaller than the Kindle and it has a touchscreen interface. It's in that same e-ink screen as the Kindle, but really the big difference is that you can now touch that screen and things happen, so it's much more like a smartphone in that sense.
Leah: Any other features that consumers can look forward to?
DC: Well, it's really at this point it's about form factor. Also, Barnes and Noble has redesigned the interface of the Nook. It costs $139, and that's the same price as the Kindle, so that's a big deal too, that Barnes and Noble is now matching the price of the Kindle Wi-Fi. And from a actual ergonomic standpoint, this is a 7.5 ounce e-reader. The Kindle weighs a little bit more at 8.5 ounces. And this is a little shorter. It looks a little shorter and squatter. It's black, and it's a good-looking e-reader that's easily pocketable.
LJ: Would you say that the Nook is more popular than the Kindle ereader?
DC: No, right now the Kindle is more popular. Barnes and Noble has the Nook Color which is Barnes and Noble is actually saying is the best-selling tablet in the U.S. right now outside of the iPad, the best-selling Android tablet. This new Nook is an e-ink, it's really a dedicated e-reader. That e-ink stream can be read in direct sunlight. And the other big deal about it is that it offers up to two months of battery life. That's with the wireless turned off, it has wi-fi, it doesn't have 3G celluar with it, it has a wi-fi wireless connection and it can get up to two months of battery life, Barnes and Noble says.
LJ: Have you had a chance to try this new Nook out?
DC: Yeah, I played around with it a little bit today, and certainly a nice device. We've been really waiting for e-readers to go in this direction. One of the main problems has been this touchscreen on e-readers, and there's something called neo-node infrared technology. It's actually some infrared sensors in the borders of the screen that sense where your finger is and that's helped bring this technology, the touchscreen technology to e-ink e-readers. You can do this with LCD color devices, but so far it's just coming to e-ink. We also expect Amazon to do something like this with the Kindle maybe as soon as the fall, because really the only way to shrink the Kindle is to make it a touchscreen. Right now there's a keyboard on the Kindle, and the only way to get rid of that is to go with a touchscreen."
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