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January 2, 2011 The remains of Kristi Cornwell are found near the site of her kidnapping in August, 2009
  Union County, Georgia
  Kristi Cornwell
January 9, 2011 A crippling snowstorm dumps 3-10 inches of snow across North Georgia. An unusual cold snap of 96 hours of below freezing weather keeps the snow in place forcing up to a week of school and business closings
January 10, 2011 Emmanuel Hammond, convicted of the murder of Julie Love files a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court, which was denied.
  Murder of Julie Love
January 12, 2011 Governor Nathan Deal sets aside $46 million dollars to develop regional water reservoirs in Georgia
January 14, 2011 Oglethorpe Bank, Brunswick, GA fails. Assets are purchased by Bank of the Ozarks.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
January 15, 2011 The Atlanta Falcons lose to the Green Bay Packers 48-21 in the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome
  Atlanta Falcons
  The Georgia Dome
January 18, 2011 Atlanta public high schools are placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which warned that board infighting in the governance of the city's school system had reached a dangerous level.
  Atlanta School Cheating Scandal
January 21, 2011 Enterprise Banking Company, McDonough, GA fails.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
January 25, 2011 Emmanual Hammond is executed by the state of Georgia
  Murder of Julie Love
January 31, 2011 Walton County's Besse Cooper becomes the oldest living person in the world.
  Walton County, Georgia
February 4, 2011 American Trust Bank, Roswell, GA fails. Assets are purchased by Renasant Bank
  Bank Failures in Georgia
February 4, 2011 North Georgia Bank, Watkinsville, GA fails. Assets are purchased by BankSouth.
February 18, 2011 Habersham Bank, Clarkesville, GA fails. Assets are purchased by SCBT N. A.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
February 18, 2011 Citizens Bank of Effingham, Springfield, GA fails. Assets are purchased by Heritage Bank of the South
  Bank Failures in Georgia
March 6, 2011 UGA centerfielder Johnathan Taylor suffers a serious spinal injury in a collision with leftfielder Zach Cone trying to catch a fly ball during a game with FSU.
March 7, 2011 The Georgia Supreme Court in a 6-1 decision that the Voter ID law passed in 2005 is legal, finishing challenges in both state and federal courts
March 29, 2011 Brian Gregory named Georgia Tech basketball coach
April 19, 2011 Plant Longleaf, Georgia's 11th coal-fired electric plant is required to report on only two additional pollutants to get a license, in spite of pro-environment protests.
  Early County, Georgia
April 27, 2011 Tornadoes strike Ringgold and Cedartown, killing 15 in Georgia and 295 throughout the South.
  Catoosa County, Georgia
  Polk County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
April 28, 2011 Governor Nathan Deal visits tornado damage in Ringgold
  Catoosa County, Georgia
May 6, 2011 Mary Tyson of Albany, Georgia is selected "Mother of the Year" by Good Morning, America.
  Albany, Georgia
May 13, 2011 Governor Nathan Deal signs a bill into law giving police authority to question suspects about their immigration status
May 19, 2011 For the first time since June, 2009 Georgia's unemployment rate drops below 10%
May 26, 2011 Eddie Long settles lawsuits with four young men out-of-court, avoiding public airing of charges of sexual impropriety in the suits.
  Bishop Eddie Long Scandal
May 30, 2011 A Beechcraft Bonanza plowed into a mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Later investigation by the NTSB revealed a known issue with the altimeter, with no evidence the problem was corrected
June 8, 2011 U. S. Federal Appeals Court in Atlanta hears arguments regarding the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal, arguing for the Obama Administration, defended the requirement that almost all Americans purchase health insurance by 2014. Under questioning from the judges Katyal admitted that "requiring a private citizen to purchase a product from a private company" had never been done before. Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, argued on behalf of 26 states, including Georgia.
June 11, 2011 Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope rescues Bryson Moore from a pool in Americus, Georgia. Bryson had fallen into the deep-end and was underwater.
  Sumter County, Georgia
June 29, 2011 The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a 2009 ruling by Judge Paul Magnuson and directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider giving Georgia permanent access to Lake Lanier water.
  Lake Lanier
July 5, 2011 Educators in 44 of 58 schools in Atlanta that were investigated were found to have used a code of silence, retaliation, and suppression of information to allow cheating on tests for the past decade.
  Atlanta School Cheating Scandal
August 2, 2011 Zephyrhills, Florida, police officer Kevin Widner encounters gunfire on when he pursues a white Subaru speeding in a 35 mph zone. The group is later identified as the Dougherty family.
  Dougherty Gang
August 2, 2011 The Dougherty gang, comprised of 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty and her two younger brothers, Dylan, 26, and Ryan, 21, from East Palatka, Florida rob CertusBank in Valdosta, Georgia
  Dougherty Gang
  Lowndes County, Georgia
August 9, 2011 Frankiln Delano Roosevelt's Warm Springs home, known as the McCarthy cottage or the Little White House, burned to the ground, a major historic loss for the state of Georgia.
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
August 10, 2011 REI employee spots the Dougherty gang in Colorado Springs. Police in Pueblo County, Colorado pursue the gang on I-25 and halt the car with "stop sticks"
  Dougherty Gang
September 5, 2011 An unusual Labor Day quarter-mile wide tornado traveling at speeds estimated at 90mph cut a 24-mile swath in Cobb and Cherokee County destroying 400 homes.
September 9, 2011 Four North Georgia terrorists are arraigned in Gainesville in front of Magistrate Judge Susan Cole. They plead not guilty. She heard testimony and arguments relating to Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, Georgia, who faces federal charges of conspiring to possess an unregistered explosive and an unregistered silencer, but did not rule on bond.
September 13, 2011 The Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate in Georgia reached 18.7%, the highest rate since 1983.
September 20, 2011 Troy Davis, the convicted killer of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail lost his appeal for clemency before the Georgia Pardons Board.
September 21, 2011 Troy Davis is executed at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Butts County
  Butts County, Georgia
October 2, 2011 Cornelius Washington arrested for DUI in Commerce, Georgia
  Cornelius Washington DUI
October 13, 2011 The Georgia licensing board revoked teaching certificates for three administrators and impose two-year suspensions on eight teachers implicated in the Atlanta Cheating Scandal.
  Atlanta School Cheating Scandal
November 1, 2011 Dan Roberts, 67, Frederick Thomas, 73, Samuel Crump, 68, and Ray Adams, 65 are arrested in Toccoa, Georgia for plotting to kill government employees using bombs and ricin.
  Stephens County, Georgia
November 20, 2011 Longtime "Voice of the Dogs" Larry Munson died in Athens, Georgia, from complications of pneumonia.
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