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January 2, 2006 No 8 Georgia Bulldogs lose the Sugar Bowl to No. 11 West Virginia, 38-35
January 2, 2006 Strong thunderstorms swept the state, bringing F1 to F3 tornadoes across the south and middle portions of the state and into Atlanta. No one died in the storms
January 16, 2006 At the Martin Luther King Day celebrations in Atlanta, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said that New Orleans would again be a "chocolate city."
January 23, 2006 Ford announces that it will close the Hapeville Assembly Plant in 2008. The plant builds the Taurus, which will be phased out.
January 24, 2006 Jury selection begins in former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell's corruption trial
  Mayor Bill Campbell indicted
January 25, 2006 Georgia legislature passes a revised Voter ID bill
January 26, 2006 Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint settled data security breach charges and agrees to pay $10 million in civil penalties and $5 million for consumer redress. The consent judgement signed with the Federal Trade Commission is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the defendant of a law violation.
  ChoicePoint scandal
January 30, 2006 Coretta Scott King, wife of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, dies from complications that resulted from an earlier stroke. She was 78
January 30, 2006 Arguments begin in former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell's corruption trial
  Mayor Bill Campbell indicted
February 7, 2006 At Coretta Scott King's funeral, President George Bush praised the wife of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Georgian Jimmy Carter and Rev. Joseph Lowery (Alabama) verbally attacked the President after his eulogy.
March 10, 2006 Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell is convicted of tax evasion.
  Mayor Bill Campbell indicted
March 12, 2006 Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors announced that it would build a $1.2 billion facility in West Point, Georgia, their first American based plant.
  Troup County, Georgia
March 13, 2006 James Sullivan is convicted of murder in the death of his wife Lita
  James Sullivan and the murder of Lita Sullivan
March 29, 2006 Formal request is made to the Georgia Supreme Court to remove Southwest Georgia Chief Judge Rucker Smith following his arrest on assault charges
  Rucker Smith
March 29, 2006 Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney assaults a Capitol policeman after he stopped her from going around a security checkpoint
  Cynthia McKinney
March 31, 2006 Cynthia McKinney claims in a news conference she was a victim of racial profiling and "inappropriate touching."
  Cynthia McKinney
April 1, 2006 Friends Kyle DeLapp and Hooman Nourparvar of Roswell and Steven M. Gartner of Alpharetta, in Destin, Florida on spring break swim into a dangerous rip current in the Gulf of Mexico to save the lives of 4 children
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Carnegie Awards 2007
April 5, 2006 National Democratic leaders including members of the Congressional Black Caucus and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, upset that Cynthia McKinney had diverted press coverage of Tom Delay's resignation, ask John Lewis to talk with McKinney and ask her to apologize
  Cynthia McKinney
April 6, 2006 Cynthia McKinney apologizes to the Capitol Police for striking a guard
  Cynthia McKinney
April 8, 2006 Strong storms, including imbedded tornadoes, destroy homes and businesses in Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton Counties. A tornado destroys homes and businesses in Crabapple.
April 9, 2006 Phil Mickleson shoots a 3-under round at Augusta National to win his 2nd green jacket
  2006 Masters Tournament
  Masters Tournament
April 17, 2006 Georgia’s Judicial Qualification Commission postpones a hearing to remove Rucker Smith from office pending outcome of his assault trial
  Rucker Smith
April 24, 2006 Michael Vick's attorney announces an out-of-court settlement in a paternity suit, in a case stemming from a 2002 relationship with Sonya Elliott. Vick also infected her with genital herpes.
  Michael Vick
May 1, 2006 Purchase, NY based Pepsi-Cola receives a letter offering Coca-Cola trade secrets including the highly protected Formula X.
May 3, 2006 Paris Bennett of Fayetteville, Georgia lost her bid to become the next "American Idol," narrowing the remaining field to 4
May 4, 2006 Jury acquits Judge Rucker Smith in an assault case that drew state-wide attention
May 9, 2006 Phil Mickelson wins the Masters Tournament in Augusta
  Masters Tournament
June 12, 2006 Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell is sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and a fine of $6,300 for tax evasion
  Mayor Bill Campbell indicted
June 23, 2006 Late in the day, City of Atlanta officials announced that a deal has been struck to purchase the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers for $32 million. The papers were scheduled to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on June 30.
  Martin Luther King
July 5, 2006 Ibrahim Dimson, Edmund Duhaney, and Joya Williams are indicted for trying to sell Coca-Cola's secret formula to Pepsi.
July 7, 2006 Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland of Fulton County Superior Court blocked a revised Georgia Voter ID law.
July 12, 2006 Former Georgia Secretary of Education Linda Schrenko plead guilty to stealing education funds. She is sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.
July 18, 2006 In Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial primary, former Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor defeated Secretary of State Cathy Cox while controversial Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was forced into a runoff by virtually unknown former DeKalb County Commissioner Henry "Hank" Johnson Jr. Republican Governor Sonny Perdue was renominated and Scott Cagle defeated Ralph Reed for Lt. Governor.
  Cynthia McKinney
August 8, 2006 In a run-off election, Hank Johnson defeats Cynthia McKinney for the U. S. House
  Cynthia McKinney
August 26, 2006 John Ripley Forbes, a lifelong nature lover who founded, designed and supported hundreds of nature facilities nationwide, died at the age of 93.
  John Ripley Forbes
August 28, 2006 Columbus, Georgia won the Little League World Series on Monday, defeating Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1, in the rain-postponed final.
  Columbus, Georgia
September 6, 2006 Zoo Atlanta's giant panda Lun-Lun gave birth to a baby panda the size of a stick of butter.
September 6, 2006 Atlanta Falcons owner asks publicly for a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome
  The Georgia Dome
September 6, 2006 Whitney Houston files for legal separation from her husband of 14 years, Bobby Brown
  Whitney Houston
September 7, 2006 After visiting with Little League World Champions from Columbus, Georgia, President George W. Bush visits Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler for a fund-raiser for Republican Max Burns and the Cobb Galleria in Marietta for a speech on the War Against Terror
  Eighth Air Force
  Columbus, Georgia
September 8, 2006 Coaching legend Erk Russell dies from a stroke or heart attack while driving his truck in Statesboro.
  Erk Russell
September 13, 2006 Runaway bridge Jennifer Wilbanks sues her ex-fiance over the money they made selling rights to their story.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
October 16, 2006 After a tumultuous 14-year marriage marked by drug arrests and stints in rehab, Whitney Houston files for divorce from husband Bobby Brown.
  Whitney Houston
October 23, 2006 Ibrahim Dimson and Edmund Duhaney, accused of plotting to sell Coca-Cola trade secrets pleaded guilty on all charges.
October 25, 2006 Coca-Cola CEO Neville Isdell announced the company would donate 2.5 acres of prime real estate adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke for a new Civil Rights Museum.
October 27, 2006 Ford Motor Company auto assembly plant in Hapeville closes
October 30, 2006 George Bush campaigns in Statesboro, Georgia for Republican U. S. House candidate Max Burns
October 31, 2006 George Bush campaigns in Perry for Republican U. S. House candidate Mac Collins
November 7, 2006 Sonny Perdue (Republican) defeats Mark Taylor (Democrat) by a margin of 3-2. In other races, Casey Cagle (R) was elected Lieutenant Governor over Jim Martin (D), Karen Handel (R) defeated Gail Buckner (D) for Secretary of State. U. S. House winners were :Jack Kingston, District 1; Sanford Bishop, District 2; Lynn Westmoreland, District 3; Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr., District 4; John Lewis, District 5; Tom Price, District 6; John Linder, District 7; Jim Marshall, District 8; Nathan Deal, District 9; Charlie Norwood, District 10; Phil Gingrey, District 11; John Barrow, District 12; David Scott, District 13
  Election of 2006
November 26, 2006 Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick makes an obscene gesture to hometown fans at the Georgia Dome.
  Michael Vick
  The Georgia Dome
December 6, 2006 In a letter to Jimmy Carter, Kenneth Stein, former Executive Director of the Carter Center resigns over comments Carter included in his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.
December 25, 2006 Singer James Brown dies
  James Brown
December 29, 2006 The FCC approved the $87 billion buy-out of Atlanta-based Bellsouth by AT&T
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