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January 1, 2002 Robert Nardelli is begins serving as Chairman of the Board for The Home Depot
January 14, 2002 Young student on the UGA Campus is sexually assaulted.
  UGA sexual assault
  Clarke County, Georgia
January 19, 2002 Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King and his father, "Daddy" King were co-pastors, reopens after the first phase of a restoration project
  Martin Luther King
January 23, 2002 Levi's Call, a statewide child abduction alert similar to the Amber Alert is implemented. Local law enforcement agencies can place these alerts state-wide through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
  Levi Frady
January 31, 2002 3 West Georgia baseball players charged with sexual assault
  Woman assaulted in apartment of 3 UWG baseball players
January 31, 2002 Olga Korbut arrested for shoplifting at a Gwinnett County Publix
  Olga Korbut shoplifting
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
February 2, 2002 The NFL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Atlanta Falcons to Arthur Blank. Blank, who had co-founded Home Depot and recently retired from his position as co-chairman of the hardware chain store, had earlier reached a preliminary agreement to buy the Falcons from the heirs of Rankin Smith's estate.
  Atlanta Falcons
February 16, 2002 Investigators find bodies at Walker County crematorium
March 11, 2002 H. Rap Brown, former leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was convicted of murdering Fulton County Sheriff Ricky Kinchen as Kinchen and another deputy attempted to serve a warrant.
  Fulton County, Georgia
March 22, 2002 Former President Jimmy Carter accepts the Ivan Allan Award at Georgia Tech
  Jimmy Carter
March 27, 2002 President George W. Bush delivers a major speech on Homeland Security at Georgia Tech
April 8, 2002 Three UGA athletes released on bond in sexual assault case
  UGA sexual assault
April 14, 2002 Tiger Woods wins his second consecutive and third overall Masters Tournament in Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Masters Tournament
April 16, 2002 Erika Greene wins 58 million dollars in the Big Game Georgia Lottery
  Georgia woman wins multi-state lottery
  Georgia Lottery
April 16, 2002 Olga Korbut pays fine rather than go to trial for shoplifting.
  Olga Korbut shoplifting
April 19, 2002
  Police arrest trucker in Dublin
April 20, 2002
  Georgia half-back Joe Geri dies in Milledgeville
April 23, 2002 Change of venue from Dekalb County to Dougherty County for the Derwin Brown murder trial
  Dougherty County, Georgia
  Derwin Brown murdered
April 25, 2002 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes killed in a car-crash in La Cieba, Honduras
  Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
April 25, 2002
  University of Georgia announces cloning advance
April 27, 2002
  Senator Zell Miller addresses NRA
April 28, 2002 Bus crash injures 18 40 miles east of Augusta
April 30, 2002
  Tornado destroys homes in Gordon County
May 1, 2002 The Blackjack Bay Blackjack02 fire is spotted in the Okefenokee Swamp. By the time it is brought under control the fire will have destroyed 106,000 acres of the fragile swamp
May 3, 2002 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes laid to rest in Lithonia, Georgia
  Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
May 7, 2002 Two dead in Smyrna construction accident
  Two workers die in Smyrna construction accident
May 17, 2002 Georgia Lottery introduces Mega-millions, new name for the "Big Game"
  Georgia Lottery
June 11, 2002 Life College, Marietta, Georgia, the largest Chiropractic College in the nation, loses its accreditation.
  Marietta, GA
June 16, 2002 Levi's closes its Blue Ridge, Georgia manufacturing facility
  Fannin County, Georgia
June 17, 2002 George Bush visits Atlanta, speaking at St. Paul's AME Church.
June 27, 2002 Cobb County changes Glenn Turner's cause of death from irregular heartbeat to antifreeze poisoning.
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
July 2, 2002 Police in Thailand arrest James Sullivan at the exclusive Springfield Beach Resort for conspiring to kill his wife Lita in 1987. A local citizen had seen Sullivan on America's Most Wanted. This date is occasionally listed as July 1, local Atlanta time.
  James Sullivan and the murder of Lita Sullivan
July 10, 2002 Dorsey convicted of the murder of Derwin Brown
  Derwin Brown murdered
July 25, 2002 4 murders on the streets of Savannah make this one of the bloodiest days in recent history
  City of Savannah, Georgia
July 26, 2002 Gone With the Wind memorabilia auction nets Melanie Hamilton's sweater for Marietta Museum
  Marietta, GA
  Memorabilia auction nets gains for Marietta museum
July 27, 2002 Savannah unveils a bronze statue on River Street (Rousakis Plaza) commemorating African-Americans who had been forced into slavery and brought to Georgia through the port.
  Slavery in Georgia
July 29, 2002 Bill Elliott wins the Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Speedway
  Bill Elliott
July 29, 2002 Civil rights pioneer W. W. (Wesley Wallace) Law dies, Savannah
August 1, 2002 Three men die when a billboard collapses in Snellville
August 5, 2002 Ben Bernanke is named to fill the unexpired term of a Fed governor
  Ben Bernanke
September 20, 2002 Bomb scare forces evacuation of Barnesville.
  Bomb Scare in Barnesville
September 21, 2002 A man is killed outside an Atlanta area liquor store. This killing will eventually be tied to the Virginia sniper case
September 27, 2002 General release date for Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon. Portions of the film were shot in Berry College (Rome), Atlanta, Conyers, Crawfordville, Peachtree City and Starr's Mill, Georgia.
  Movies filmed in Georgia
  Rome, Georgia
September 27, 2002 Ralph David Abernathy III, is arrested on violation of parole after fellow inmates charged him with theft by deception. Abernathy promised to secure early releases for inmates in exchange for money
  Ralph David Abernathy III
September 28, 2002 From hip-hop to smooth and sexy, the music of TLC earns them a place at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
October 7, 2002 The Atlanta Braves lose the National League Division Series to the San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 2.
November 1, 2002 Georgia's "Black Widow," Lynn Turner, is indicted on charges she killed her husband Glenn, a Cobb County police officer, in 1995
  Lynn Turner
  Cobb County, Georgia
November 2, 2002 President George W. Bush visits Georgia to campaign for Saxby Chambliss and Sonny Purdue, urging Republicans to get out the vote on Tuesday, Election Day.
November 5, 2002 Georgia elects Sonny Perdue as its first Republican governor since 1872
  Sonny Perdue
November 7, 2002 R&B singer Bobby Brown is arrested in Buckhead on drug charges
November 13, 2002 William Putnam is executed for the murder of a couple in front of their children 22 years before.
  A killer pays the price
November 21, 2002 Judge Aubrey Duffey declares a mistrial in the sexual assault trial of two former University of West Georgia baseball players
  Woman assaulted in apartment of 3 UWG baseball players
December 4, 2002 Whitney Houston admits to Diane Sawyer on the ABC news program "Primetime" that she abused marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.
  Whitney Houston
December 9, 2002 Tresury Secretary nominee John Snow announces he will resign his membership to Augusta National because they refuse to admit women.
December 10, 2002 Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize
  Jimmy Carter
December 10, 2002 Morris Brown College loses accreditation
December 17, 2002 Vernon Can Read! published. Vernon Jordan's employer, Robert Maddox, was so impressed with the fact that his chauffeur could read that he told all his friends, hence the title. The book is an accurate look at the difference between life in the North and life in the South for blacks from the 1940's - 1980's.
  Vernon Jordan
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