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January 9, 2009 The first salmonella product is identified by a Minnesota scientist in a King Nut peanut butter bucket.
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
January 10, 2009 King Nut voluntarily recalls peanut butter manufactured for it by Peanut Corporation of America at their Blakely, Georgia plant. The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture matches the salmonella from King Nut peanut butter to the illnesses in Minnesota
  Early County, Georgia
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
January 13, 2009 PCA voluntarily recalls peanut butter produced after July 1, 2008
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
January 16, 2009 Peanut Corporation of America recalls peanut paste produced after September 26, 2008
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
January 27, 2009 The FDA completes an inspection of the Peanut Corporation of America facility in Blakely, Georgia.
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
January 28, 2009 Based on the findings of the FDA inspection, Peanut Corporation of America recalls all products produced at its Blakely, Georgia after January 1, 2007.
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
February 2, 2009 President Barack Obama promises a comprehensive review of the FDA.
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
February 6, 2009 It is revealed that the Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped salmonella-infected products
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
February 6, 2009 FirstBank Financial Services of McDonough, Georgia, was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. Deposits and some assets were transferred to Regions Bank, Birmingham, Alabama
  Bank Failures in Georgia
February 13, 2009 Peanut Corporation of America files for bankruptcy
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
February 24, 2009 The state of Georgia furloughs about 25% of its workforce (25,000 workers) because of a budget shortfall
February 24, 2009 The last case of Peanut Corporation of America salmonella outbreak is reported to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. During the 6-month outbreak 691 cases were reported in the United States and one in Canada. The infections resulted in 8 deaths.
  Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak
March 6, 2009 Freedom Bank of Georgia in Commerce was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance and the FDIC was named as receiver. Deposits and some assets were transferred to the Northeast Georgia Bank in Lavonia.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
March 10, 2009 Actress-singer Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember, License to Wed) weds rock musician Ryan Adams in a quiet ceremony in Savannah.
March 20, 2009 FirstCity Bank of Stockbridge, Georgia, is closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. The FDIC is named receiver, but no bank is willing to assume the deposits
  Bank Failures in Georgia
March 27, 2009 Omni National Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, was closed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, will act as paying agent for the insured deposits.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
March 27, 2009 Shirley Sherrod gives a speech at the Atlanta NAACP regional meeting in which she describes helping a white farmer (Roger and Eloise Spooner) in 1985. Sherrod's father had been killed by racists in 1960.
April 12, 2009 Angel Cabrera wins the 73rd Annual Masters in a three person playoff.
April 20, 2009 Six Flags Inc., parent company of Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water, is delisted by the New York Stock Exchange.
April 24, 2009 American Southern Bank, Kennesaw, Georgia, was closed today by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. The FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Bank of North Georgia, Alpharetta, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits, excluding those from brokers.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
April 25, 2009 George Zinkhan UGA marketing professor and head of the school's marketing department kills his wife and two fellow members of the Athens Community Theater. A worldwide manhunt ensued.
April 29, 2009 A 39-year old Kentucky woman visiting friends in LaGrange and who recently traveled to Cancun, Mexico, is Georgia's first confirmed case of swine flu
May 1, 2009 Silverton Bank, National Association, Atlanta, Georgia, a commercial bank that provided banking services to other banks, was closed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created a bridge bank to assume operations.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
May 9, 2009 The body of UGA professor George Zinkhan is discovered in a shallow grave in northern Clarke County, Georgia
May 14, 2009 Chrysler announces it plans to close 14 dealerships in the state of Georgia
  Chrysler closes 14 dealerships in Georgia
May 18, 2009 Atlanta rapper Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, is shot at the Beverly Center. He is pronounced dead a few minutes later at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
May 20, 2009 Aubrey Louis Berry is arrested by police at LAX for the murder of Dolla, an Atlanta rapper
May 20, 2009 Michael Vick leaves federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas
  Michael Vick
June 19, 2009 Georgia Theater in Athens, built in the 1890's, is gutted by fire.
  Clarke County, Georgia
June 19, 2009 Southern Community Bank, Fayetteville, Georgia was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was appointed receiver. The FDIC assumption agreement with United Community Bank, Blairsville, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits of Southern Community Bank.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
June 26, 2009 Community Bank of West Georgia, Villa Rica, Georgia, was closed today by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. The FDIC was appointed receiver. They will mail checks to depositors for their insured funds.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
June 26, 2009 Neighborhood Community Bank of Newnan was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. The FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with CharterBank, West Point, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits of Neighborhood Community Bank.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
July 9, 2009 The Georgia Supreme Court overturns a lower court ruling allowing Plant Longleaf to move towards licensing
July 14, 2009 The U. S. prison web site reports that Bernie Madoff has moved to Atlanta Federal Penitentiary and assigned the number 61727-054.
July 15, 2009 Georgia unemployment reaches 10.1%, highest rate since records were kept.
July 17, 2009 First Piedmont Bank, Winder, was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. The FDIC entered into a purchase agreement with First American Bank and Trust Company, Athens, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
July 17, 2009 The First Piedmont Bank, Winder, fails. Its assets are purchased by First American Bank and Trust.
July 19, 2009 Record low temperatures were set across the state as an unusually strong cold front swept through. In Atlanta, the low reached 63, tying a record set in 1967, while in Athens the 58 degree temp shattered the previous low record of 62 set in 1925.
July 19, 2009 In a ruling on the Georgia-Alabama-Florida water wars U. S District Judge Paul Magnuson rules that Lake Lanier was not intended to be the primary water source for metro Atlanta
July 22, 2009 ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews calls Dekalb County 911 to report paparazzi waiting near her condo.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
July 24, 2009 Security Bank Corporation of Bibb County, Jones County, North Metro, North Fulton, and Gwinnett County, organized as individual banks, were closed today by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. The FDIC entered into a purchase agreement with State Bank and Trust Company, Pinehurst.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
August 1, 2009 Shirley Sherrod accepts an appointment to USDA Director of Rural Development in Georgia.
August 11, 2009 Kristi Cornwell is reported missing to Blairsville, Georgia police
  Union County, Georgia
  Kristi Cornwell
August 21, 2009 A $50,000 reward fund is established for information on Kristi Cornwall
  Kristi Cornwell
August 21, 2009 ebank, a Georgia bank and one of the first Internet Banks fails. Its assets are purchased by Stearns Bank
  Bank Failures in Georgia
August 21, 2009 First Coweta Bank fails. Its assets are purchased by United Bank
August 22, 2009 America's Most Wanted profiles the case of Kristi Cornwell, missing from Blairsville
  Kristi Cornwell
August 29, 2009 Near Brunswick, Georgia police find 9 victims in a trailer park. Seven people were dead at the scene.
  Glynn County, Georgia
August 30, 2009 An eighth victim dies from the trailer massacre in Glynn County
  Glynn County, Georgia
September 5, 2009 17-year old Melanie Oudin of Marietta defeats seeded Maria Sharapova at the U. S. Open. Oudin will eventually lose in the quarter finals.
  Marietta, GA
September 11, 2009 A hunter finds camping supplies, clothes and books belonging to convicted killer Gary Michael Hilton in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
  Meredith Emerson
  Fannin County, Georgia
September 14, 2009 Jody Powell dies from a heart attack in his home in Maryland
  Jody Powell
September 15, 2009 Jimmy Carter portrays an outburst by a South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson as "racist." During a speech by President Obama in Congress, Wilson called out "You lie" when the President said his health care package would not cover illegal immigrants.
  Jimmy Carter
September 17, 2009 Some of the heaviest rain ever reported in Georgia falls northwest of Atlanta as a tropical system dumps rain across the state. Places in Cherokee and Cobb Counties report one-day totals near 9.0 inches with weekly totals between 18.0 and 21.0 inches
September 25, 2009 Georgian Bank of Atlanta closes. Its assets are purchased by First Citizens Bank and Trust Company
October 5, 2009 David Edenfield is convicted for the March 2007 sexual assault and choking death of Christopher Barrio
  Christopher Barrios
October 6, 2009
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October 19, 2009 The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on "statistically unlikely" improvements in federally mandated student testing. They find 12 schools in the Atlanta area out of 19 in the state meet their criteria and begin an investigation.
  Atlanta School Cheating Scandal
October 23, 2009 American United Bank of Lawrenceville fails. Its assets are purchased from the FDIC by Ameris Bank
November 6, 2009 United Security Bank of Sparta, GA fails. Its assets are purchased by Ameris Bank
November 8, 2009 Comedian/rapper Katt Williams was arrested in Newnan, Georgia after breaking into a home. The Woodland Hills, Calif. resident was in Georgia to film a movie.
November 10, 2009 A federal grand jury returned indictments against 4 people for the attack on the RBS WorldPay system headquartered in Atlanta
  RBS WorldPay Hacked
November 19, 2009 FAA computer glitch in Atlanta causes delays throughout the United States
November 19, 2009 Word reaches the Bulldog Nation that UGA VII, the team mascot, has passed away from heart failure. He was 4.
December 4, 2009 Three banks fail. First Security National bank of Norcross, The Buckhead Community Bank, Atlanta and the Tattnall Bank, Reidsvile. The State Bank and Trust purchased the assets of the first two and Heritage Bank of the South purchased the assets of the third bank.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
December 17, 2009 Vice President Joe Biden presents the North Georgia Network, a new electrical cooperative, with $33 million stimulus grant in Dawsonville
  Dawson County, Georgia
December 18, 2009 RockBridge Commercial Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, fails.
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