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This summer on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

Host Rickey Bevington takes your submissions and then brings you the history behind the places Atlantans call home.

We're calling it “What’s In A Name?

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This summer on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

Host Rickey Bevington takes your submissions and then brings you the history behind the places Atlantans call home.

We’re calling the project “What’s In A Name?

Today's comes from my Georgia Public Broadcasting colleague Virginia Prescott who asks about the Blandtown neighborhood just west of Atlantic Station.

GPB Evening Headlines For Tuesday July 3, 2018

Jul 3, 2018

  • Tens of thousands of runners, walkers and others prepare for the AJC Peachtree Road Race
  • Georgia State Patrol stopped more than 100 drivers under the new "hands-free" driving law
  • A veteran who set himself on fire to protest the Department of Veterans Affairs has died  

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Several hundred paddlers spent seven days and nights paddling down a Georgia river in hopes of raising awareness to the importance of maintaining river health. 

The last day of Paddle Georgia 2018 started in Juliette and ended at Amerson Park in Macon. The 11-mile stretch was a final ode to the carefree, adventurous trek down the rivers where paddlers of all ages took to the water to kayak, canoe and surf the rapids for the weeklong event.

  • More Than 100 Cited On First Day Of 'Hands Free Georgia Act'
  • Thousands Expected For Peachtree Road Race On Wednesday
  • Forest Park To Decriminalize Marijuana

Forrest Park City Council on Monday voted 3-2 for decriminalization of marijuana, officials said, making it the sixth city in Georgia to do so. 

Now, people possessing less than an ounce of marijuanna face a ticket as opposed to arrest.

First time offenders will be charged $100 and a $300 fine is attached for a repeat offence, but because the offence is no longer a misdemeanor no one faces jail time. Or a criminal record that could affect student loan eligibility or job prospects.


Stigma can be one of the main reasons people with mental illness might not seek treatment or take their medication.

In communities of color, that stigma can be worse. In a race conscious society, many say they don’t want to be perceived as having yet another deficit.



Georgians are learnig to abide by the state's new "hands-free" driving law.

Atlanta United drew the world's largest sports crowd on Saturday. 

Early voting gets underway today in Georgia's Runoff Election Tuesday, July 24th. 

New Georgia Laws In Effect Now

Jul 2, 2018
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July 1 marked the first day many new Georgia laws went into effect.

While the hands-free driving law might be the most well known addition, keep in mind that it's not the only one to be aware of.

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What is there was a primary runoff election and no one voted?  Early voting for the July 24th election starts today, but candidates vying for a spot in the general election worry voters won’t show up to cast ballots. 

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Saturday in Atlanta was a day of impressive numbers for soccer fans.

Home team Atlanta United FC beat rival Orlando City SC 4-0. The win happened in front of a single crowd bigger than the combined crowds from both World Cup games that day.

In May, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that African American children under the age of 12 are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts.

GPB Morning Headlines For Monday, July 2, 2018

Jul 2, 2018

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Protesters of the Trump administration's policy of detaining families and separating children from parents who enter the Unites States illegally are gathering Saturday in cities across Georgia.

Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Dalton, Lawrenceville, Lumpkin, Savannah and Valdosta will be represented, according to the official website.

GPB Evening Headlines For Friday June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018

  • Outside Lawyers Cost Millions For City Of Atlanta
  • DNR Cracking Down On Boating Under Influence
  • Unresolved Tax Issues Will Close Macon Libraries

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Early voting in the Republican runoff for governor starts Monday and a new poll shows Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp neck and neck among GOP voters.   

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An unresolved budget fight in Macon-Bibb County means that at least in the short term, local libraries will close.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission was faced with a dilemma this week when trying to find a way to address a projected budget shortfall of about $14 million dollars.

  • GBI Warns Of Deadly New Street Drug Found During Autopsies
  • Savannah Names New Police Chief
  • 4th Inmate Dies In Custody This Week