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January 1, 2001 MARTA's fare increases to $1.75
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
January 9, 2001 Vince Dooley wins the Amos Alonzo Stagg award for outstanding service to football
  Vince Dooley
January 20, 2001 President William Clinton pardons Georgians during the waning moments of his presidency
  Presidential Pardons
January 22, 2001 Randy Thompson, a Forsyth County firefighter, dies after exhibiting "flu-like" symptoms for several days. His live-in companion is Lynn Turner.
  Forsyth County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
January 30, 2001 A new flag flies of the Georgia capitol for the first time in 45 years.
January 31, 2001 Governor Roy Barnes signs into law a bill changing the design of the state flag.
February 2, 2001 Outkast leaves Eminem's European tour so that "Big Boi" Antwann Andre Patton can be present at the birth of his child
  OutKast
March 14, 2001 The largest traffic accident in Georgia's history occurs on I-75 near Ringgold, Georgia, involving 125 car and killing 5.
March 25, 2001 Julia Roberts wins an Academy Award for Erin Brockovich
  Julia Roberts
April 1, 2001 EP-3E downed on Hainan Island, China
  Fighter downs EP-3E
April 12, 2001 Derwin Brown is honored when Dekalb County's Candler Road police building is named in his memory
  Derwin Brown murdered
April 16, 2001 Driven premieres, starring Atlanta-born actor Kip Pardue. It will gross $32 million in 11 weeks of general release
  Kevin Ian 'Kip' Pardue
June 14, 2001 Andre Rison announces his engagement to Lisa Lopes, which is later called off.
  Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
June 22, 2001 Cobb County police link the deaths of Randy Thomson and Glenn Turner. They begin a homicide investigation.
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
July 5, 2001 Downed EP-3E returned to Dobbins AFB
  Fighter downs EP-3E
July 30, 2001 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, having been called into the Lynn Turner case to assist the Forsyth County police, declare that firefighter Randy Thomson died from antifreeze poisoning. His death will later be ruled a homicide.
  Forsyth County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
September 1, 2001 Wachovia and First Union merge
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
September 9, 2001 Tickets for Lotto South go on sale in Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia
September 11, 2001 World Trade Centers and The Pentagon attacked by terrorists
September 25, 2001 Unsolved Mysteries airs James Sullivan's picture during a show on the murder of his wife, Lita.
  James Sullivan and the murder of Lita Sullivan
September 26, 2001
  Actor Ben Affleck ticketed for speeding
October 4, 2001
  Georgia Supreme Court rules against using electric chair
October 11, 2001 Feds indict former Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, her chief deputy Merle Temple Jr. and A. Stephan Botes, a business owner from Alpharetta, GA. Schrenko, who served as superintendent from 1995 through 2003, ordered the Education Department to issue 11 checks, ranging from $45,000 to $49,900, just under the $50,000 amount that would have triggered an automatic review by the department.
October 12, 2001 Atlanta Braves defeat the Houston Astros in the National League Division Series
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
October 21, 2001 The Arizona Diamondbacks end the Atlanta Braves season in the National League play-offs. The Diamondbacks won 4 out of 5 games
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
October 21, 2001 The Atlanta Braves lose the National League Championship Series to the Arizona Razorbacks, 4 games to 1.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
November 8, 2001 President Bush tells America "Let's Roll" in a nationally televised speech from the World Congress Center in Atlanta
  Georgia World Congress Center
November 12, 2001 Georgia Lottery introduces Lotto South
  Georgia Lottery
November 16, 2001 UGA football fan closes Hartsfield Airport
  Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport disrupted.
November 24, 2001 Tornado strikes Dade County, near State Road 157.
  Dade County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
November 30, 2001 Former Dekalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey and two others are charged in the murder of Derwin Brown, who had been elected to replace Dorsey as sheriff.
  Derwin Brown murdered
  DeKalb County, Georgia
December 3, 2001 I Am Sam starring Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dakota Fanning premieres in Los Angeles
  Dakota Fanning
December 4, 2001 OutKast releases "Big Boi and Dre Present OutKast, compiling songs from the Atlanta-based La Face label:"Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" (1994), "ATLiens" (1996), "Aquemini" (1998) and "Stankonia" (2000).
  OutKast
December 28, 2001 Georgia loses to Boston College in the Music City Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
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