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January 1, 2014

Chambliss' retirement top state story, AP says

ATLANTA —

Georgia headlines in 2013 marked everything from tragedy and corruption to political surprises and new births.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced that he won't seek a third term, kick-starting a busy 2014 election year for the state.

Famed television cook Paula Deen also saw her career take a turn, though it wasn't voluntary, and the Atlanta Braves shocked baseball fans by announcing plans to leave downtown in favor of a new stadium in suburban Cobb County.

There were plenty of court cases to watch, from a widespread cheating scandal in Atlanta public schools to a trio of high-profile murder trials.

Here's a look at the top stories in Georgia over the last 12 months.

SAXBY CHAMBLISS RETIREMENT — The Republican senator announced in January he wouldn't run for re-election in 2014. The move set up a free-for-all Republican primary that will showcase the divide between tea party conservatives and the business establishment. Democrats hope a Republican melee opens the door for an upset in the general election. Three sitting congressmen headline the Republican field. Democrats' leading hopeful is Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn.

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOL CORRUPTION — In March, a Fulton County grand jury indicted former Atlanta Public Schools chief Beverly Hall and dozens of other administrators and teachers, accusing them of engineering a sweeping effort to falsify standardized test results. A massive trial is expected in 2014.

BRAVES TO MOVE; FALCONS WILL STAY — The Atlanta Braves had perhaps the most surprising move of the year. No, they didn't win a playoff series. They just announced after months of secret talks with Cobb County leaders plans to move to a suburban stadium and leave downtown, where they've played since moving from Milwaukee in 1966. Cobb taxpayers will own the stadium and pay a significant portion of its construction cost and upkeep. The Braves' departure aside, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed managed to keep the NFL's Atlanta Falcons happy. He agreed for the city to cover part of the construction costs for a new retractable-roof stadium to replace the Georgia Dome. Both new stadiums are projected to open in 2017.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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