Braves legend Hank Aaron dies

Hank Aaron smashed baseballs — and he smashed racial barriers. The Atlanta Braves legend and American icon died Friday at the age of 86. Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974 — a once-unimaginable baseball feat — and held the record for

Did you see a local firefighter at Joe Biden’s inauguration?

Georgians watching President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony may not have caught it at the time, but one of Georgia’s own played an integral part in the proceedings. City of South Fulton Fire Capt. Andrea Hall delivered the Pledge of Allegiance at the

Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal dies

Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal, who had just been elected to his fourth term as sheriff, died unexpectedly Wednesday. The cause of death has not yet been released. Royal was first elected in 2009. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation

Former Clarkston Mayor Lee Swaney dies

Former mayor of Clarkston, Lee Swaney, died yesterday, city officials confirm. Swaney served two terms as mayor from 2002 to 2009. In his 2001 first run for the mayoral seat, Swaney touted himself as “a champion for Old Clarkston.”  During his tenure

Valdosta judge Vernita Bender dead

VALDOSTA — The City of Valdosta confirmed that Municipal Court Judge Vernita Bender has died. In 2016, Bender was featured by the Judicial Council of Georgia as one of the most influential African-American judges in Georgia. “Judge Bender leaves behind a legacy of

Atlanta’s first African American police chief dead at 81

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Police Department lost one of its history-makers Friday. Former Police Chief George Napper Jr. was Atlanta’s first African American Police Chief. He died at his home Friday at 81-years-old. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called Napper a brilliant

Georgia’s first African American state trooper has died

Retired Major Robert Hightower became the first African American State Trooper hired by the Georgia State Patrol in 1970. After 28 years of service with the Department of Public Safety, Hightower retired in 1998 as the Division Director of Driver Services. Hightower

Meet Georgia’s new emergency management chief

Gov. Brian Kemp tapped a new emergency-management director for the state Tuesday shortly after extending for another two weeks health measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in Georgia. Capt. Chris Stallings, a former state trooper and most recently head of

Kemp to name new state emergency chief

Georgia’s top emergency official, Homer Bryson, is retiring. Bryson is the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Director. He has held the post since 2016. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will be announcing a new director for the agency tomorrow morning, along

John Lewis lies in state at Georgia Capitol

Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis was honored Wednesday at the state Capitol in Atlanta following his death earlier this month at age 80. His casket lay in state in the rotunda of the Gold Dome for a ceremony presided

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