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Thousands of acres of land in Camden County has been set aside for conservation. The purchase of the property is part of a continuing effort to protect the state’s official reptile, the endangered gopher tortoise.

The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute bought the 16,083-acre tract. The so-called “Ceylon” property borders the Satilla River, according to Andrew Schock, the state director for the Conservation Fund.


Atlanta-based SunTrust and Winston-Salem-based BB&T completed their planned merger Friday, becoming the sixth-largest bank in the nation. SunTrust was the largest bank in Georgia. The companies previously announced the name of the newly-created company in June of this year.

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Ahead of the release of the film Richard Jewell, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has demanded a public statement from Warner Bros. acknowledging that some events in the film “were imagined for dramatic purposes.”

The movie centers on the titular character who discovered a bomb during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. First heralded for saving lives, Jewell was quickly deemed a suspect by the media before being cleared of any wrongdoing.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Researchers on the Georgia coast now believe the rise of black gill disease in the state’s shrimp may be linked to climate change. The condition is tied to warmer water temperatures.

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Families in Georgia, Florida and Alabama are mourning the deaths of sailors slain by a gunman at a Navy base in Florida. Cameron Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, had just arrived at Naval Air Station Pensacola after graduating from boot camp Nov. 22.


A Georgia county has its first all-female firefighting crew.

The Brunswick News reports that three female Glynn County Fire Rescue firefighters have served together in the same engine company for the past several weeks.

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Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast.

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When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement.

  • Ted Turner Honored With Dedication of WarnerMedia's Atlanta Campus
  • Georgia City Urged To Reject Plan For Migrant Children Shelter
  • UGA To Face Off Against LSU In SEC Championship Game

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Today on Political Rewind, the senior-most Republican in Georgia’s congressional delegation announces he will not seek re-election. Why has Rep. Tom Graves joined the GOP exodus from Congress? 

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The founder of CNN and business mogul Ted Turner was honored Friday at a dedication of WarnerMedia's campus in Atlanta.

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The No. 4-ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs play No. 2 Louisiana State University Saturday in the SEC Championship. 

If the Bulldogs win, they have a shot at playing in the National Championship game next year.

L: Samantha S. Shal / R: Ken Lackner

Like the endearing story presented in 1965's animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas, the music from the feature has endured as a holiday classic. The mellow, jazzy piano tunes were arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

And for the 12th year, you can go hear this delightful soundtrack performed live. A trio of musicians — Jeffrey Bützer on drums, T. T. Mahony on keys and Mike Beshera on bass — will once again perform this 40-minute score for Georgia audiences in Atlanta, Savannah and Woodstock.

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The historic site that previously housed the Masquerade music venue is about to become an office park.

Developers Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty announced this week a new project for the Old DuPre Mill location. The initial plans for the property were to convert it into a mixed restaurant and retail space.

The Masquerade, known for having three differently-sized stages dubbed “Heaven,” “Hell” and “Purgatory,” was located for 28 years at the site. It relocated in 2016 to the former Kenny’s Alley space in Underground following some uncertainty.

Matt Misisco

He is, by his account, "World Champion." Of what? Depends on when you ask. 

It may be easier to pin down Judah Friedlander's resume as an actor and comedian in movies like Wet Hot American Summer, American Splendor, Meet The Parents and The Wrestler. Or maybe you'd recognize him — and his hats — from NBC's 30 Rock, where he played the slumpy and kind of sleazy Frank Rossitano.

Comedian Judah Friedlander is probably best known for his role as Frank Rossitano on NBC’s 30 Rock, but his new stand-up series Judah Friedlander: Future President takes a satirical look at America and its complicated place on the world stage. He performed in Atlanta a few weeks ago and joins On Second Thought to share his approach to stand-up.

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For the third time in as many years, the University of Georgia football team will be playing in the SEC Championship in Atlanta.

  • Georgia's Secretary Of State Rolls Out New ‘Secure The Vote’ Education Initiative
  • DeKalb County To Consider Pay Raises For Public Safety Officials
  • Georgia Rep. Tom Graves Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

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DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond proposed a 4% pay raise for public safety officials Thursday. 
If approved by county commissioners, 2,300 employees in the county would be eligible for the raise.

It seemed like winter came early this year with record low temperatures dipping below the 20s. As the cold weather continues, cozy up with a blanket, warm cup of tea and a book.

On Second Thought is joined by three of Georgia’s booksellers, Janet Geddis owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Annie Jones owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville and Charles Robinson co-owner of Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta. They help choose which books to crack open this holiday season.

Rep. Tom Graves
Rep. Tom Graves

Georgia Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) announced Thursday he will not be seeking re-election in 2020. 

In a letter to his constituents, the northwest Georgia lawmaker said "the time has come for me to pass the baton" and leave after nearly a decade in the House.


A cold snap hit north Georgia and the Atlanta region this week. With it came windy and chilly temperatures dipping into the upper 30s. Next week, lows are expected to tease freezing levels in the metro region.

In fact, some areas in the northern part of the state received their first dusting of snow. But cold streaks activate more than meteorologists.

Georgia Secretary of State's Office

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has unveiled a new education program to help voters acclimate to a new $104 million election system that prints out a paper record of your vote that is then scanned and stored for counting.

Secure The Vote” is a website and awareness campaign that will show Georgians how the Dominion Voting Systems ballot-marking devices work, including a streamlined check-in process using iPads, the touchscreen machines where you make your selections and the printed ballot with a summary of your selections that is then inserted into a precinct scanner.

An aerial view of Areu Bros. Studios in Atlanta.


Brothers Ozzie and Will Areu spent a decade in supporting roles at the Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios. During their time there, they helped produce box office blockbusters such as Acrimony, Boo! A Madea Halloween and A Madea Family Funeral.


Last year, Ozzie decided it was time for the Areus to open their own facility in Atlanta as Perry moved operations to Fort McPherson. Their production studio, aptly named Areu Bros. Studios, makes the Areus the first Cuban Americans, really the first Latinxs at all, to own and operate a film and TV studio in the United States.

Isadora Pennington

The recent launch of Disney Plus ratchets up the competitive streaming wars offering even more options for viewers in a field dominated by Netflix, Apple and Amazon Prime.

Videodrome is Atlanta’s last DVD rental store left standing in the age of streaming catering to casual movie watchers and dedicated cinephiles alike.

Friends fans are up in arms after the announcement that Netflix will stop streaming the beloved series in 2020. The gang will be hanging out on the forthcoming HBO Max service.

HBO Max along with NBC's Peacock and Disney Plus are among the many streaming services that were introduced this year — changing the way audiences consume media.

The impeachment proceedings continue in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.  Today, On Second Thought gets the perspective of two Georgia experts pertaining to the possible effects of the hearing. Author, lawyer and Pro Hac Judge to the City of Atlanta Municipal Court, Parag Shah, clarifies hearsay and its admission during the hearings. 

  • Gov. Kemp Appoints Kelly Loeffler To U.S. Senate
  • Jimmy Carter Returns Home After Hospital Stay
  • GSU Students Ask For Grady Statue To Be Relocated

Mary Grace Heath, Office of the Governor

The wait is finally over: Gov. Brian Kemp has formally announced his pick to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Kelly Loeffler is a political newcomer and longtime Republican donor who has decades of experience in the financial services sector. She will be the second Georgia woman to serve in the Senate, and, if she wins a special election next November, she would be the first woman elected to the Senate.

Her appointment comes as President Trump and others urged Kemp to appoint someone else, and as Democrats look to flip the state in 2020.

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On Wednesday's Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp officially announced that Kelly Loeffler is his pick to replace the retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson. An Atlanta business executive, Loeffler is new to the game of politics. 

What can we expect from Loeffler as a senator and as a senatorial candidate leading up to Georgia’s 2020 elections? And, now that the announcement has been made, how will conservative Republicans react to Kemp’s choice? How will Rep. Doug Collins, President Donald Trump’s choice for the Isakson seat, respond?