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January 1, 2008 Meredith Hope Emerson turns up missing after hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Freeman Trail through the Blood Mountains Wilderness.
  Meredith Emerson
January 4, 2008 Gary Hilton dumps the body of Meridith Emerson less than a mile from the spot where Levi Frady's body had been dumped in 1997.
  Levi Frady
  Meredith Emerson
January 7, 2008 Gary Hilton shows police where they can locate the body of Meredith Emerson in Dawson Forest
  Meredith Emerson
January 17, 2008 Two off-duty Dekalb County police officers, Ricky Bryant Jr. and Eric Barker, 33, are murdered parking lot at the Glenwood Gardens apartment complex
  DeKalb County, Georgia
January 23, 2008 Mike Smith is appointed head coach of the Atlanta Falcons
January 31, 2008 Gary Hilton pleads guilty to murdering Meredith Emerson.
  Meredith Emerson
February 1, 2008 Barbie Bandit Ashley Nicole Miller pleads guilty to theft by taking and possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute.
  Barbie Bandits
February 5, 2008 Georgians turn out in record numbers for an election, selecting Barrack Obama and Mike Huckabee as our choice for Democrat and Republican nominees for president.
February 5, 2008 A Washington D. C. court of appeals hands Georgia a major loss in its water wars with Florida and Alabama. The three-judge panel held that Georgia did not have a right to increase its draw of water from Lake Lanier
  Lake Lanier
February 6, 2008 Emu snarls traffic on I-20 near Appling
  Escaped Emu on I-20
  Columbia County, Georgia
February 7, 2008 Explosion at the Dixie Crystals sugar refinery owed by Imperial Sugar
  Dixie Crystal Plant Explosion
February 11, 2008 Sixth death confirmed in Dixie Crystals plant explosion
  Dixie Crystal Plant Explosion
March 5, 2008 Eve Carson of Athens, Georgia was killed during a "random act of violence." Carson, who attended Clark High School in Athens was serving as student body president for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while majoring in biology and political science.
March 7, 2008 Castleberry Foods plant in Augusta loses its FDA-issued temporary operating license and closes for a month
  Food recall at Castleberry in Augusta
March 12, 2008 Police arrest Demario Atwater in the murder of Athens native Eve Carson
March 13, 2008 Police in Chapel Hill arrest Lawrence Lovette Jr. in the murder of Eve Carson
March 13, 2008 Georgia Bulldogs (UGA basketball) defeat Mississippi (Ole Miss) in overtime, 97-95
  2008 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball
March 14, 2008 A strong tornado strikes the Georgia World Congress Center, Phillips Arena, The Equitable Building, and the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill (now upscale condos). Nearby, the Georgia Dome suffers damage while the Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament is being held inside. Numerous minor injuries and one life-threatening injury are reported.
  The Georgia Dome
  2008 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball
  2008 Georgia tornado outbreak
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  DeKalb County, Georgia
  Georgia World Congress Center
  Georgia Tornadoes
March 15, 2008 Georgia Bulldogs (basketball) defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 60-56 in overtime at Alexander Memorial Stadium. Later the same day the Dogs hand Mississippi State a 64-60 loss in the SEC semifinal game
  2008 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball
March 16, 2008 Georgia Bulldogs (basketball) easily defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks 66-57 to gain the number 14 seed in the NCAA tournament.
  2008 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball
March 20, 2008 Georgia Bulldogs basketball team is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in first-round play against Xavier College. They lost 73-61
  2008 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball
March 24, 2008 Barbie Bandits Ashley Nicole Miller and Heather Lyn Johnston are sentenced following earlier guilty pleas. Cobb County Judge Mary Staley handed down a 10-year sentence to Johnston to be served on probation for theft and misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. Johnston's co-defendant Miller was sentenced to two years for the bank theft and drug possession charges with eight years on probation.
  Barbie Bandits
March 27, 2008 Charles Johnson enters Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. He stalks a male nurse whom he blames for his mother's death in 2004 and kills him. He kills two more people while making his escape before being shot by a Columbus police detective.
  Gunman at Doctors Hospital
  Columbus, Georgia
  Muscogee County, Georgia
April 1, 2008 Police in Waycross uncover a plot to "hurt" a school teacher by nine of her third-grade students.
  Plot against Waycross teacher
April 11, 2008 Georgia Tech baseball player Michael Hutts is found dead in his off-campus apartment. It is later determined he died of morphine toxicity.
April 15, 2008 Delta annouces its intention to merge with Northwest Airlines
  Delta Air Lines
April 15, 2008 Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Sage Publications filed a copyright infringement suit against four Georgia State University officials alleging "systematic, widespread and unauthorized copying and distribution of a vast amount of copyrighted works."
  Copyright Lawsuit against Georgia State University
May 11, 2008 11 tornadoes touch down in the state of Georgia.
  Bibb County, Georgia
  Laurens County, Georgia
  Johnson County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Clayton County, Georgia
  Carroll County, Georgia
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
May 12, 2008 Former Representative Bob Barr from Georgia's 7th District announces his candidacy for President on the Libertarian ticket.
May 20, 2008 Jimmy Carter's former chief-of-staff Hamilton Jordan dies in Atlanta
  Hamilton Jordan
June 28, 2008 Owner "Sonny" Seiler announces the death of University of Georgia Athens mascot Uga IV
June 30, 2008 1200-megawatt coal-fired Plant Longleaf is blocked by Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore of the Fulton County Superior Court.
  Early County, Georgia
July 6, 2008 General Electric/Universal, owner of NBC and other media properties announces an agreement with Landmark Communications to purchase Cobb County-based cable property The Weather Channel
  Cobb County, Georgia
July 8, 2008 Barrack Obama visits McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia
July 23, 2008 U. S. President George Bush visits Atlanta for a fund-raising event for Rick Goddard, running for the House of Representatives from Georgia's 8th congressional district
July 24, 2008 Georgia State University, appearing in U. S. District Court in Atlanta, asserted that its online distribution of course material is permitted under copyright law's fair-use exemption in this closely watched case
  Copyright Lawsuit against Georgia State University
July 25, 2008 OSHA fines Imperial Sugar, owner of the Dixie Crystals plant that exploded near Savannah, 8.8 million dollars.
  Dixie Crystal Plant Explosion
July 29, 2008 Natural Resources Defense Council rated Georgia's beaches highest in Water Quality and Safety of all Southeastern states. Several St. Simons and Jekyll Island beaches never exceeded federal guidelines for pollution.
August 21, 2008 As Tropical Storm Fay makes its third landfall near Flagler Beach, Florida, heavy rain begins to drench south Georgia
August 25, 2008 After touching most parts of the state of Georgia, tropical depression Fay leaves northeast Georgia
August 28, 2008 50,000-student Clayton County School System loses its accreditation
  Clayton County, Georgia
August 29, 2008 Alpharetta-based Integrity Bank, with assets of 11.1 billion dollars is closed by the FDIC. All assets are purchased by Regions Financial over the weekend.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
September 1, 2008 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta estimated start date for samonella outbreak later associated to the Peanut Corporation of America
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
September 5, 2008 Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox wins 1.0 million dollars on "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?," hosted by Georgian Jeff Foxworthy
September 8, 2008 First reported case of salmonella eventually linked to peanuts
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike strikes Galveston, Texas, cutting power to to 9 oil refineries that serve the Southeast United States.
  Georgia Gas Shortage
September 16, 2008 Former state representative Ron Sailer sentenced to more than 5 years of supervised released following his conviction on a fraud charge
September 16, 2008 Jack Alderman is punished by death for the murder of his wife
  Jack Alderman
September 16, 2008 With power out in Galveston refineries, gas shortages hit Georgia and other Southeastern U. S. states
  Georgia Gas Shortage
September 17, 2008 Hanover Foods purchases Castleberry Brands and announces the closing of the Garden City (Augusta) plant
  Food recall at Castleberry in Augusta
September 30, 2008 Gas begins to flow to stations in Georgia, relieving the crunch following Hurricane Ike
  Georgia Gas Shortage
October 24, 2008 Alpharetta-based Alpha Bank and Trust is closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance and the FDIC is appointed receiver.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
October 27, 2008 "Advanced Voting" begins for the November, 2008 general election
October 29, 2008 Delta completes its acquisition of Northwest Airlines, pending judicial review
  Delta Air Lines
November 4, 2008 In the general election, Republican John McCain receives 2,046,419 votes (52.3%) to Democrat Barrack Obama's 1,840,397 votes (47.0%). Libertarian Bob Barr received 28,771 (0.7). For the U. S. Senate, Republican Saxby Chambliss received 1,864,909 votes (49.8%), Democrat Jim Martin received 1840397 votes (46.8%) and Libertarian Allen Buckley received 127.785 votes (3.4%), forcing the election into a run-off. U. S. House elections sent Jack Kiingston, Sanford Bishop, Lynn Wesstmoreland, Hank Johnson, JR., John Lewis, Tom Price, John Linder, Jim Marshall, Nathan Deal, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, John Barrow, and David Scott to Washington
November 7, 2008 Brian Nichols is convicted for the murder of four people including a judge, a federal agent, an officer of the court, and a deputy sheriff as well as 50 other crimes. Although the jury deadlocked on the death sentence, Judge James Bodiford sentenced Nichols to the maximum time on each offense.
  Atlanta courthouse attack
November 8, 2008 A group of hackers coordinates a series of ATM withdrawals at 2,100 ATMs located around the world, including in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, and Canada.
  RBS WorldPay Hacked
November 10, 2008 RBS WorldPay discovers a $9 million fraud perpetrated two days earlier.
  RBS WorldPay Hacked
November 14, 2008 The Tour de Georgia, North Americas premier professional cycling event, is canceled
November 14, 2008 Castleberry Foods plant in Augusta closes after a botulism scare caused sales to fall.
  Food recall at Castleberry in Augusta
November 14, 2008 Scientists identify the "DNA fingerprinting" for the strain of salmonella causing a recent outbreak.
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
November 25, 2008 13 cases of salmonella are reported to the CDC in a single day, the maximum for this outbreak. Average rate for November is 8-10 cases per day.
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
December 3, 2008 Incumbent U. S. Senator, Republican Saxby Chambliss defeats Georgia Democratic senator Jim Martin in a runoff election. Chambliss received 1,220,876 votes (57.4%) to Martin's 905,650 votes (42.6%).
December 5, 2008 The First Georgia Community Bank, Jackson, GA became the third Georgia bank to close this year. The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance named the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as Receiver. United Bank of Zebulon, GA immediately assumed all depository accounts and other bank assets.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
December 12, 2008 Haven Trust Bank in Duluth, Georgia was closed Friday by the Georgia Department of Banking, which named the FDIC as receiver. The FDIC immediately transferred the deposits to Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T), headquartered in Winston-Salem.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
December 12, 2008 Brian Nichols is sentenced to the maximum for each of the 54 crimes he committed in his May, 2005 rampage.
  Atlanta courthouse attack
December 17, 2008 Cooper Tires announces the closure of its Albany, Georgia facility, slated for completion in December, 2009. Production will move to three other plants in the United States.
  Albany, Georgia
December 19, 2008 Canopy Skywalk collapses at Atlanta Botanical Garden killing 1 and injuring 18
December 23, 2008 RBS WorldPay announces it discovered "its computer system had been improperly accessed by an unauthorized party" on November 10.
  RBS WorldPay Hacked
December 29, 2008 The Atlanta Falcons defeat the St. Louis Rams, 31-27, sending the Falcons to the divisional playoffs.
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