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1
Oct

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for October 1, 2018

Hansel Camden

Hansel is a young male Labrador Retriever & Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Blue Bell Camden

Blue Bell is a young female Husky & Pit Bull Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

McCoy Camden

McCoy is an adult male Weimaraner who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

I’m an all-purpose pup ready to commit 110 percent. When there’s a crumb dropped, I’ll be there to pick it up for you. When there’s a hole that needs to be dug, I’ll be there with all four feet. When someone needs a buddy to run miles with, I’ll be there with leash in tow. Commit 110 percent to me, and I’ll be yours forever. Recommend 12 years and older.

1
Oct

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 1, 2018

Original Communist (O.C.) Karl Marx published Das Kapital on October 1, 1867.

Voters in the state of Washington adopted the state constitution on October 1, 1889.

The first World Series of baseball opened on October 1, 1903.

On October 1, 1908, Ford introduced the Model T.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924 at Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia, the first American President to be born in a hospital.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia for the 21st time beginning on October 1, 1931.

In a Special Election October 1, 1940, Florence Gibbs became the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia, completing her late husband’s term and serving through January 3, 1941, but no standing for a full term of her own.

Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the Communist People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949.

The Carter Center in Atlanta was dedicated on October 1, 1986.

Mikhail Gorbachev named himself Chairman of the USSR’s Supreme Soviet on October 1, 1988.

President George H.W. Bush condemned Iraq’s takeover of Kuwait in a speech to the United Nations on October 1, 1990.

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The Democratic Party of Georgia trolled Republican Brian Kemp at the UGA game on Saturday, according to the AJC Political Insider.Continue Reading..

28
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 28, 2018

Sorrell Kingsland

Sorrell is a young male Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Class clown seeks good-humored soul mate ready to let the good times roll. My playful jokes, love of all things chewable and slapstick comedy will keep you and your friends doubled over laughing for hours. When I hog the spotlight, just let me know the joke’s over and I’ll settle down.

Raven Kingsland

Raven is a young female Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

It’s the first day of school and, boy oh boy, am I nervous! I’m not sure where to sit, when we eat or even where the bathroom is. All I need is a person I can trust to show me the ropes. Will you be my mentor and show me around?

Russett Kingsland

Russet is a young male Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Camden County in Kingsland, GA.

Easy-going, relaxed pup seeks laid-back human for mutually low stress relationship. Must see the bowl as half-full, enjoy leisurely games of fetch followed by a quick snack and two-hour nap, and be willing to explore the joys of relaxing together.

28
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 28, 2018

William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England on September 28, 1066.

On September 29, 1526, 600 Spanish colonists led by Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon landed on the Georgia Coast, the first European colonists in Georgia.

Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on Sapelo Sound in present–day McIntosh County. He sailed north from Hispaniola during the summer and first landed in present–day South Carolina. Meeting no natives, he traveled south along the coast before settling in Georgia.

To help establish the colony, Ayllon brought with him the very first group of slaves.  But hunger, disease, and conflict with the natives all took their toll, and the settlement survived for only three months.

Other sources say that the September 29, 1526 landing was in South Carolina and Vasquez de Ayllon established San Miguel de Gualdape on October 8, 1526.

On September 27, 1779, John Jay, who previously served as President of the Continental Congress, was appointed minister to Spain to seek Spanish support for the revolution.

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General George Washington led continental troops into the siege of British forces under General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on September 28, 1781.

On September 28, 1863, two Union generals lost their commands after the Confederates routed federal forces at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On September 28, 1889, Georgia Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation designating January 19th a state holiday in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. In 2015, Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Confederate Memorial Day were stricken from the Georgia calendar.

Wyoming adopted the first state constitution to allow women to vote on September 30, 1889.

President Woodrow Wilson spoke in favor of Women’s Suffrage in an address to Congress on September 30, 1918. The bill to pass the 19th Amendment would die in the Senate that year after passing the House.

President Franklin Roosevelt made his ninth visit to Warm Springs, Georgia on September 27, 1927.

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season.

WSB-TV took to the airwaves for the first time on September 29, 1948.

On September 30, 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter led the Harris Poll for President over President Gerald Ford by a 50-41 margin. In November 1976, the popular vote tallied 50.08% for Carter to 48.01% for Ford, with an Independent taking nearly a point.

September 27 is a red-letter day for the Atlanta Braves and pitcher John Smoltz. The team won a record 14th straight Division Championship on this day in 2005. Smoltz set a team record for regular season wins (24) on September 27, 1996 and extended his team record for strikeouts hitting 276. On September 27, 2002, Smoltz set a National League record with 54 saves.

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A State Senate Study Committee is looking at whether restrictions should be placed on service animals, according to the Dalton Daily News.Continue Reading..

26
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 26, 2018

Stephanie Lea Kennedy dog

Stephanie Lea Kennedy is a 22-pound, 14-month old female Labrador Retriever and Beagle mix who is available for adoption from You Lucky Dog Rescue in Alpharetta, GA. She is the mother of four puppies, also available for adoption.

Farrah Kennedy Dog

Farrah Kennedy is a young female Labrador Retriever and Beagle mix puppy who is available for adoption from You Lucky Dog Rescue in Alpharetta, GA.

Matt Kennedy dog

Matt Kennedy is a young male Labrador Retriever and Beagle mix puppy who is available for adoption from You Lucky Dog Rescue in Alpharetta, GA.

26
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 26, 2018

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.

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On September 25, 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis met with General John Bell Hood and visited troops at Palmetto, Georgia.

On September 26, 1928, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Atlanta on behalf of Democrat Alfred Smith’s campaign for President.

Ronald Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Justice of the United States on September 25, 1981. In an interview with Terry Gross, she recalled receiving the call from President Reagan:

“I was working in my office on the Arizona Court of Appeals,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I was at the court in my chambers when the telephone rang. And it was the White House calling for me, and I was told that the president was waiting to speak to me. That was quite a shock, but I accepted the phone call, and it was President Reagan, and he said, ‘Sandra?’ ‘Yes, Mr. President?’ ‘Sandra, I’d like to announce your nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. Is that all right with you?’ Well, now, that’s kind of a shock, wouldn’t you say?”

On September 25, 2008, the last car came off the line at GM’s Doraville Plant.

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Republican Brian Kemp rallied voters in Columbus, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

“We have got to work harder than we ever have because this is a national race,” said Kemp, who has been Secretary of State for the last eight years. “Literally the socialists — the socialists believe it or not from California — billionaires, are throwing millions and millions of dollars to my opponent. Thankfully, they don’t vote here. But you all do.”

There was loud applause and people shouting, “You got my vote” and “Right on.”

“Double down on the phone calls, double down on the doors you are knocking on, double down on texting your friends in your network,” he said. “… We got to get our folks out and we got to get them out early.”

State Rep. Richard Smith, who has been a Kemp supporter throughout the primary and runoff landslide defeat of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in July, was impressed with the turnout on short notice.

“It shows you that there is an excitement,” Smith said. “It is 90 degrees and there are 175-200 people here. That tells you a lot. It tells me they are going to the polls.”

Kemp had a three-stop visit in Columbus on Monday. He participated in a 30-minute Facebook live interview at the Ledger-Enquirer, stopped at the Muscogee County Republican headquarters on River Road, then attended a private fundraiser at Green Island Country Club.

Former Bartow County Probate Judge Mitch Scoggins will run for House District 14, being vacated by State Rep. Christian Coomer, according to the Cartersville Daily Tribune News.

“After serving as probate judge of Bartow County for almost 28 years and working a total of 35 years with Bartow County,” Scoggins said, “I am announcing my bid for the State House of Representatives for District 14.”

“With my experience in county government, I am qualified for the job and will represent the citizens of Bartow and Floyd counties with transparency and accountability.”

Scoggins describes himself as a conservative candidate who is anti-abortion and supports the Second Amendment as well as freedom of religion.

Scoggins joins Ken Coomer, father of Christian, in the race.

The Gainesville Times looks at the changing fight against opioid misuse and overdose.

Roughly a decade ago, states surrounding Georgia with doctors overprescribing painkiller medication passed tough laws that pushed these “pill mills” into the Peach State.

“To give you an example of how bad this was, we raided a pill mill in Bartow County that had so many people coming in to get their prescriptions filled for illegitimate purposes that they had to have a security guard in the parking lot to direct traffic. They had busloads of people coming down from Kentucky to get prescriptions filled for the opioids,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan in a forum Tuesday at the University of North Georgia. Keenan and others gathered Tuesday morning for the Opioid Problems in Our Community forum hosted by the university’s criminal justice department.

GBI Medical Examiner Jonathan Eisenstat said the opioid problem has caused a strain on death investigators, who are now doing roughly 350 autopsies a year per doctor.

“If you’re doing 350 autopsies, you have much less time to do the casework, the reports, talk to the families and things are starting to get delayed. And that causes a delay in the law enforcement as well,” he said.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, who presides over the Drug Court in Hall and Dawson counties, shared more positive information of his “friends” and program participants, who came from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Deal said a Carl Vinson Institute of Government study showed each accountability court graduate had a $22,129 positive impact to the state in fiscal year 2017.

The Macon Telegraph looks at the continuing problem of access to medical cannabis oil for patients and caregivers.

Georgia is one of the few states where medical marijuana is legal but cultivation and distribution are not. That means the 6,421 Georgia residents with medical cards have virtually no legal way to get the medication they need.

“We really have set up a law that is potentially forcing Georgia citizens to break federal law in order to obtain the product,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon who spearheaded the 2015 medical marijuana legislation.

Peake said Georgia residents looking for medical marijuana have few options. Any oil with a THC concentration of more than .3 percent can’t legally be shipped to another state, so they can’t order it online. They also can’t buy the medical marijuana elsewhere and transport it themselves across state lines without breaking federal drug laws.

The only other choice, he said, is to buy marijuana off the street and make the oil from scratch, which is both illegal and medically risky, since consumers have no way of knowing the THC level in the product they’re buying.

Peake decided to offer an alternative. He’s created what he calls an “underground network” to bring the medication in from out of state.

“What we decided to do was try and find a reputable manufacturer who we knew was providing a safe, lab-tested product, see if we could work out an arrangement of getting the product here to Georgia,” he said. “And we’re not involved in that process, so I have no idea how it gets here.”

Valdosta City Schools has earned a $2.9 million dollar grant from the Georgia Department of Education for enhancing literacy, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Hall County Commissioners will consider a dog-tethering ordinance at their next meeting, according to the Gainesville Times.

Lt. Colonel Allen West will deliver the keynote address at a fundraiser for Camp Amplify, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Georgia Gwinnett College President Stas Preczewski announced he will retire at the end of the current acadmic year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Glynn County volunteers registered new voters to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, according to The Brunswick Times.

Women’s Voices of Glynn County, and other volunteers stopped students as they walked past the group’s tent and encouraged those who were not registered to vote in Glynn County to fill out the forms the volunteers had on hand.

“We’re grabbing every student that walks by and asking, ‘Are you registered to vote?’” Galland said. “And if they say yes, we say, ‘In Glynn County?’”

The nationwide campaign is held annually on the fourth Tuesday of September and aims to create awareness of voter registration opportunities and to push the importance of voting.

In Glynn County, several local groups canvassed the community in hopes of increasing the local number of registered voters.

“We have sites all over Brunswick — here at the college, at Wrap Happy, at the two high schools and at Job Corps,” said Cathy Simprini, a member of Women’s Voices of Glynn County, a local nonpartisan group.

Several groups in Savannah also held voter registration drives, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The Floyd County Commission approved plans to create a new dog park, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The board unanimously backed County Manager Jamie McCord’s recommendation to put more money in the budget and issue a call for bids, with an eye to getting it done before the end of the year.

“We need to just go ahead and build this,” McCord said, on the heels of a successful pop-up dog park held Sunday at Riverside Park.

The 2013 special purpose, local option sales tax package contains $25,000 for the project. However, the lowest construction bid submitted in June was close to $30,000 — and none of the proposals were exactly what officials had been looking for.

McCord said the county was notified last week it did not get a national grant it sought to boost the budget. He requested, and received, permission to add another $20,000 from excess SPLOST collections and try again.

“With $45,000, we’ll get the fences, gates, security cameras, a fob entry system and water features, for sure,” he predicted. “We may even get some agility options.”

The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Isles Association of Realtors hosted a forum for citizens to hear from local candidates in the November general elections, according to The Brunswick News.

The Brunswick News talked to Charlie Bailey, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General.

“The vast majority of the people get up every day and they go to work in Georgia, and if they’re lucky, they’re working one job,” Bailey said. “But many of them — far too many of them — are working two and three jobs. And they’re doing that to try to provide a little better life for their kids than they had, and they can’t quite do it. And they can’t quite do it because there’s powerful forces arrayed against them, and they come in the form of organized crime, gangs, human trafficking. They come in the form of special interests, pharmaceutical companies, payday lenders, predatory debt collectors, oil companies.

“They exploit them and they come in the form of the insider politicians that care more about their seat in government and protecting those special interests than they do about protecting the people of Georgia. What I am saying, because the one entity, if you were to say, ‘Who is the one person that is supposed to be standing in-between those Georgians who are getting up every day and going to work and trying to make life a little bit better, and these forces that make it harder for them to do that,’ and that’s the attorney general.”

In regard to medical marijuana, Bailey said the message from his office would be that district attorneys should exercise prosecutorial discretion. He said that if elected, he would advocate for “the legalization of the cultivation, development, distribution, sale and use — with a doctor’s prescription — of medicinal marijuana and cannabis oil.”

24
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 24, 2018

Riley Walton

Riley is a young female Dachshund mix puppy who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

Willow Walton

Willow is a young 6-8 month old, 45-pound female mix breed (Weimaraner mix?) who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

Coco Walton

Coco is a 4-year old, 70-pound female mixed breed Retriever who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.

24
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 24, 2018

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.

On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

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Vice President Mike Pence rescheduled his trip to Georgia in support of Brian Kemp’s campaign, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..

21
Sep

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for September 21, 2018

Gracie Valdosta

Gracie is a young female Labrador Retriever and Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County in Valdosta, GA.

Ruby Valdosta

Ruby is a young female Shepherd dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County in Valdosta, GA.

Kate Valdosta

Kate is a female Shepherd dog mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County in Valdosta, GA.

21
Sep

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 21, 2018

James Oglethorpe was named Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Charles Wesley was named Secretary of Indian Affairs by the Georgia Trustees in London on September 24, 1735.

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John Paul Jones, at the helm of US ship Bonhomme Richard, won a naval battle off the coast of England on September 23, 1779.

After inflicting considerable damage to the Bonhomme Richard, Richard Pearson, the captain of the Serapis, asked Jones if he had struck his colors, the naval sign indicating surrender. From his disabled ship, Jones replied, “I have not yet begun to fight,” and after three more hours of furious fighting the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough surrendered to him.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the first federal judicial system, was adopted on September 24, 1789 with the signature of President Georgia Washington. Under the Act, the original size of the Supreme Court was five Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Washington nominated John Jay as Chief Justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson as Associates.

Also established on September 24, 1789 were the office of Attorney General of the United States and the United States Post Office Department.

On September 25, 1789, Congress adopted the first twelve amendments, called the Bill of Rights, to the United States Constitution. A little more than two years later, in 1791, enough states had ratified ten of the Amendments, with two not receiving sufficient support.

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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis Missouri from their exploratory trip to the Pacific coast on September 23, 1806.

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On September 22, 1862, Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which stated,

“. . . on the first day of January [1863] . . . all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

On September 24, 1862, the Confederate Congress adopted the Seal of the Confederate States of America.

On September 21, 1863, the federal Army of the Cumberland retreated to Chattanooga after its defeat at Chickamauga.

President Rutherford B. Hayes visited Atlanta on September 22, 1877. Click here to read the text of his speech in Atlanta.

The Decatur Female Seminary opened with 60 students on September 24, 1889 and would later be chartered as Agnes Scott College.

White vigilantes seeking to assault African-Americans after reports of four white women being assaulted led to the Atlanta Race Riots on September 22-24, 1906, which would claim the lives of at least 25 African-Americans and one white person.

On September 22, 1918, the City of Atlanta gasoline administator prohibited non-emergency Sunday driving to conserve fuel for the war effort.

On September 23, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was speaking at a dinner with the Teamsters union and addressed attacks that had been made by Republicans, including the allegation that after leaving his dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands, he sent a Navy destroyer to fetch the dog. This would become known as the “Fala speech.”

These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.

The idea for the joke was given to FDR by Orson Welles. The political lesson here is that any time you get an audience laughing at your opponent, you are winning.

A statue of former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol was unveiled on September 23, 1949, the 65th anniversary of Talmadge’s birth near Forsyth, Georgia in 1884.

On September 23, 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon was under fire for allegedly accepting $18,000 and using it for personal expenses. To salvage his place as the Vice Presidential candidate on Eisenhower’s Republican ticket, Nixon took to the airwaves in the first nationally-televised address and delivered what came to be known as the “Checkers Speech. From The Atlantic:

[A] 1999 poll of leading communication scholars ranked the address as the sixth most important American speech of the 20th century — close behind the soaring addresses of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The “Checkers” speech wins this high rank for one stand-out reason: It marked the beginning of the television age in American politics. It also salvaged Nixon’s career, plucking a last-second success from the jaws of abject humiliation, and profoundly shaped Nixon’s personal and professional outlook, convincing him that television was a way to do an end-run around the press and the political “establishment.”

Click here for the full text of the “Checkers Speech.”

On September 24, 1960, USS Enterprise CVN-65, was launched from Newport News Shipbuilding in Norfolk, Virginia, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Enterprise was inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was delivered to President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1964.

On September 23, 1976, President Gerald Ford and former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter met in their first televised debate. On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate.

On September 24, 1976, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter resumed campaigning after the first debate against President Gerald Ford.

Bert Lance resigned as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter on September 21, 1977. After a jury acquitted him on ten federal charges in 1980, Lance served as Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia from 1982 to 1985.

On September 24, 1979, CompuServe offered the first dial-up computer information service to consumers.

Launched as MicroNET in 1979 and sold through Radio Shack stores, the service turned out to be surprisingly popular, thanks perhaps to Radio Shack’s Tandy Model 100 computers, which were portable, rugged writing machines that dovetailed very nicely with the fledgling, 300-baud information service.

MicroNET was renamed the CompuServe Information Service in 1980. Around the same time, CompuServe began working with newspapers to offer online versions of their news stories, starting with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in 1980. At least 10 major newspapers were offering online editions through CompuServe by 1982, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Examiner.

General Colin Powell was confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 21. 1989. Powell served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan before being appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President George H.W. Bush; in 2000, Powell was nominated by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State, the first African-American to hold that post.

Friends debuted on NBC on September 22, 1994.

The last game played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium took place on September 23, 1996.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that the College Football Hall of Fame would move to Atlanta, where it opened on August 23, 2014.

On September 21, 2011, R.E.M. announced on their website that they were quitting as a band.

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Georgia State House Speaker David Ralston suggested naming the new judicial complex near the Capitol in honor of Governor Nathan Deal, according to Fox5Atlanta.Continue Reading..