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The U.S. Mental Health Care System is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet countless people living with or affected by mental illness fall through the cracks.

Georgia ranks 47th out of 50 for access to mental health care, resources and insurance coverage making it even tougher to live with disorders most data and experts find to be under-researched, undertreated and over-stigmatized.

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Eighteen miles of I-85 could be an on-ramp to the future.

The Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, or The Ray, stretches from West Point to LaGrange. Named for a carpet manufacturer once called the "greenest CEO," The Ray is now a proving ground for technologies that could make infrastructure safer and more ecologically sustainable.

So, how would it work? We asked Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray.


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The Grammy Awards will take place this weekend. While music's biggest stars are preparing to hit the red carpets and stage in Los Angeles, friends and families are rooting for Georgia nominees. That includes music producer and composer, David Harris, who worked with the rhythm and blues musician H.E.R. She is nominated in five categories. 

Harris collaborated with H.E.R. on "Focus," which is nominated for best R&B song. Harris also worked on other songs from H.E.R.'s debut album that is nominated for best R&B album. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards airs Feb. 10 at 8:00 pm. 


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"Wildsam" is not your typical travel guide. Created by LaGrange, Georgia, native Taylor Bruce, the highly-designed, pocket-sized Wildsam Field Guide has no starred ratings or glossy photos. Described as existing between a magazine and a guidebook, each Wildsam is instead filled with illustrations and longform essays, interviews with locals and essential knowledge about a place's history as well as critical issues it faces today. The aim, Bruce said, is to give travelers a true sense of place, regardless of where they're from or where they're going. This time, Wildsam is sending travelers across the American South with its newest Road Trip guide.


Police Chief Apologizes For Long-Ago Lynching

Jan 30, 2017
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A Georgia police department is looking at its past to strengthen its relationship with the African-American community. 

 

Last week in LaGrange, something rare happened: the police chief made a public apology for his agency's role in a lynching that happened more than 75 years ago.

 

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Born in the small town of LaGrange in west Georgia, Fuller E. Callaway rose from relative obscurity to become an influential member of the New South. He built up a considerable fortune as a textile manufacturer, but his legacy in Georgia far supersedes his business accomplishments. Two historians, Buck and Carol Melton, delve into the life of the Georgia industrialist in their new book Fuller E. Callaway: Portrait of a New South Citizen.

We talk with both authors about how Callaway’s influence still endures in the Peach State.