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January 1, 2007 Falcons Head Coach Jim Mora is fired
  Atlanta Falcons
January 2, 2007 Gaspar, a beluga whale, is euthanized at the Georgia Aquarium. He was suffering from a bone disease contracted before coming to the aquarium
  Georgia Aquarium
January 8, 2007 Falcons name Bobby Petrino of the University of Louisville as their new head coach
  Atlanta Falcons
January 11, 2007 Ralph the whale shark dies unexpectedly at the Georgia Aquarium
January 11, 2007 14 board members from the Carter Center resign, telling former President Carter We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising position. This is not the Carter Center or the Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support.
  Jimmy Carter
January 17, 2007 A TSA agent retrieves a water bottle thrown out by Atlanta Falcons QB Micheal Vick and sends it to be tested. Vick waffled over whether to put it in his checked luggage or throw it away.
  Michael Vick
January 22, 2007 The Florida Attorney-General's office decides not to press charges for possession of marijuana against Falcons QB Michael Vick.
  Michael Vick
January 23, 2007 Willie O. "Pete" Williams, 44, became a free man after spending nearly nearly half his life in prison for rape. DNA evidence, not available at the time of his conviction, freed him.
February 2, 2007 Former Coca-Cola secretary Joya Williams is convicted of trying to sell Coke secrets to Pepsi
  Coca-Cola
February 27, 2007 In a daring daylight robbery, two women hold up a Bank of America branch in Smyrna, Georgia. The media dubs them "The Barbie Bandits" and the case garners worldwide attention.
  Barbie Bandits
February 28, 2007 Police receive hundreds of tips after releasing closed circuit photos of the Barbie Bandits. One man identifies the girls as strippers "Charli" (Heather Lyn Johnston) and "Adrianne" (Ashley Nicole Miller).
  Barbie Bandits
March 1, 2007 Sumter County Regional Hospital in Americus is struck by a tornado, killing 2.
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
March 1, 2007 Police arrest the Barbie Bandits and a third man, Michael Darrell Chastang, who is identified as one of the bandit's boyfriends
  Barbie Bandits
March 1, 2007 6 people die when an EF-2 tornado destroys a trailer park near Newton.
  Georgia Tornadoes
  Baker County, Georgia
March 6, 2007 Eddie Nabors of Dalton, Ga. was one of two winners to share a $390 million Mega Millions jackpot - the largest in U.S. history.
  Georgia Lottery
  Whitfield County, Georgia
March 8, 2007 6-year old Christopher Barrios disappears from a Brunswick, Georgia trailer park
March 12, 2007 R. E. M. is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio
March 15, 2007 Christopher Barrios Jr. body is found. He had been choked to death, wrapped in black plastic bags and dumped in woods about two miles from his home.
  Christopher Barrios
March 15, 2007 George and David Edenfield are arrested for the murder of Christopher Barrios
  Christopher Barrios
March 24, 2007 Lynn Turner is convicted of the murder of Randy Thompson
  Lynn Turner
  Whitfield County, Georgia
April 2, 2007 With Atlanta hosting the Final Four in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Florida Gators defeat Ohio State, 84-75
April 4, 2007 The Census Bureau reports that the 28-county Atlanta Metropolitan region grew by 890,000 in a ten-year period
April 5, 2007 An opening day promotion at Six Flags over Georgia snarls traffic during rush hour on I-20 west of Atlanta
April 7, 2007 The World of Coca-Cola near Underground Atlanta closes
  Coca-Cola
April 15, 2007 A tree felled by lightning strikes power lines near Waycross, starting the largest wildfire in the history of the state
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia
  Charlton County, Georgia
  Ware County, Georgia
April 25, 2007 Evidence of dogfighting is found on the Virginia estate of Michael Vick. Officers had raided the home to arrest Vick's cousin and his cook on narcotics charges
  Michael Vick
May 5, 2007 A 2nd fire is caused by lightning south of the Okefenokee Swamp
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
May 15, 2007 Yolanda "Yoki" King, daughter of Martin Luther King dies in Santa Monica, California from heart problems
May 20, 2007 The fires in southeast Georgia converge and become known as the Georgia Bay Complex, one of the largest fires ever to occur in the nation
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
May 24, 2007 Tuberculosis patient Andrew Speaker crosses the U. S. - Canadian border in Champlain, NY.
  Georgia TB patient
May 25, 2007 Lawyer Andrew Speaker is quarantined by federal officials
  Georgia TB patient
May 27, 2007 The World of Coca-Cola near Centennial Park opens.
  Coca-Cola
June 1, 2007 Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Folkston Post Office celebrated the release of a new "Okefenokee Swamp" Postage Stamp. The stamp is part of the Scenic American Landscape series.
  Charlton County, Georgia
June 2, 2007 Tropical storm Barry strikes Pinellas County, Florida and moves northeast, bringing rain needed to douse fires in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp and nearby Waycross
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
  Charlton County, Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia
June 7, 2007 Virginia State Police announce an investigation with federal authorities into dogfighting at Michael Vick's Virginia estate
  Michael Vick
June 11, 2007 Genarlow Wilson conviction for having sex with a 15-year-old is overturned in a Superior Court.
  Genarlow Wilson
June 11, 2007 A Monroe County Superior Court judge reduces Genarlow Wilson's conviction to a misdemeanor and orders him freed. Attorney General Thurbert Baker appeals the decision to the Georgia Supreme Court.
  Genarlow Wilson
June 25, 2007 Professional wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and 7-year old son Daniel are found dead in their Fayetteville home.
  Fayette County, Georgia
July 17, 2007 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and others are indicted for dogfighting activities at Vick's Virginia estate. Federal authorities believed dogfighting had been ongoing for 6 years.
  Michael Vick
July 18, 2007 Castleberry Foods voluntarily recalls chili and other products from its Augusta plant following an outbreak of botulism tracked back to the plant
  Food recall at Castleberry in Augusta
July 20, 2007 Georgia's Supreme Court hears two appeals, one from the state attorney general, Thurbert Baker, to overturn the Genarlow Wilson plea agreement validated by a Monroe County judge, the second an appeal by a Wilson attorney to release her client on bond.
  Genarlow Wilson
August 3, 2007 Former U. S. Senator Sam Nunn met with a group of moderates in New York City to discuss the possibility of forming a third party with a moderate candidate.
August 4, 2007 Federal authorities bust an illegal still operating in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Clayton, Georgia. It is the largest operation found in the National Forest in over 20 years.
  William Rabun
August 4, 2007 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 755th round-tripper, tying Hank Aaron's Major League record for lifetime home runs with an opposite field smash off Padres pitcher Clay Hensley at Petco Park in San Diego.
  Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record
August 7, 2007 In the fifth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals, San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds hit his 756th career homer against journeyman hurler Mike Bacsik
  Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record
August 20, 2007 According to his attorney, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick reached a plea agreement on dogfighting charges that had all but destroyed his football career.
  Michael Vick
August 22, 2007 "Barbie Bandit" Heather Lyn Johnston pleads guilty to theft by taking and marijuana possession.
  Barbie Bandits
August 24, 2007 Michael Vick's plea agreement to dogfighting-related charges is filed in federal court in Richmond, Virginia. 15 minutes later, the NFL suspends Vick indefinitely.
  Michael Vick
August 26, 2007 Warner Robbins team wins Little League World Series, defeating Japan by a score of 3-2. It marked the second consecutive year the championship had been won by a team from Georgia.
  Warner Robbins wins Little League Championship
August 27, 2007 Michael Vick pleads guilty in federal court to charges from dogfighting-related charges
  Michael Vick
September 16, 2007 Tiger Woods wins the PGA Tournament at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta
  Tiger Woods wins 2007 PGA Tournament
September 20, 2007 Friends Kyle DeLapp, Hooman Nourparvar, and Steven M. Gartner receive the Carnegie Medals awarded for extraordinary civilian heroism
  Carnegie Awards 2007
September 28, 2007 Alpharetta-based Net Bank is closed by the Office of Thrift Supervision and its assets turned over to the FDIC. This is the first bank closing in Georgia since 1992.
October 20, 2007 Sonny Perdue declares North Georgia a disaster area siting falling water reserves and a long-term lack of rain. He asks President George Bush to do the same
October 21, 2007 Following a sold-out show in The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Kid Rock and his 6-man posse engaged in a fight with Harlen DeJon Akins at a Waffle House. Rock (Robert Ritchie) and 5 other men were arrested after leaving the scene in an RV. They were released Sunday afternoon after posting bond.
October 26, 2007 Georgia Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision rules Genarlow Wilson's sentence for having consensual teen sex is cruel and unusual punishment
  Genarlow Wilson
November 19, 2007 Michael Vick voluntarily begins serving his sentence three weeks before schedule.
  Michael Vick
December 1, 2007 Marina, the Georgia Aquarium's ailing beluga whale, died about 2 AM
  Georgia Aquarium
December 10, 2007 U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson orders Michael Vick, convicted on charge of conspiracy in connection with a dogfighting enterprise known as "Bad Newz Kennels" from 2001 through April 2007, to 23 months in jail.
  Michael Vick
December 10, 2007 Bobby Petrino resigns as Atlanta Falcons coach with a 3-10 record.
December 12, 2007 Atlanta appoints assistant coach Emmitt Thomas as interim head coach.
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