North Georgia

When longtime Chattanooga country music deejay David Earl Hughes died in 2004, the funeral ceremony ended with the whistling theme song to "The Andy Griffith Show" -- Hughes' favorite TV program.

A former North Georgia judge who was disbarred for defying authority, misusing his position and smoking marijuana has accused his immediate superiors in a federal lawsuit of conspiring to sabotage his political ambitions.

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — The July 31 election is weeks away, but interest is already strong -- judging from the standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night for a candidates' forum at the Walker County Civic Center.

DALTON, Ga. — As each Whitfield County candidate was given three minutes to speak Tuesday night, most stressed the importance of improving education and the local economy.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — A Walker County family and at least 17 others could go to trial late this year, accused of being involved in a multi-state marijuana operation.

A BMX bicycle track is in the works at Rossville Park.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will soon expand its Automated Fingerprint Identification System to include palm prints and greater access to federal data, among other upgrades.

ATLANTA — The former director of Georgia's ethics commission has sued the agency, claiming she was forced out after trying to advance a probe into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

ATLANTA — A $214 million bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has experienced repeated problems with airflow systems, government documents and internal emails show.

Astronomer David Dundee is offering a deal for those who visit the Tellus Science Museum tonight in Cartersville, Ga., for a special program dedicated to the transit of Venus.

Neighbors have wildly different opinions of Doug Parker. Some say he was kind, personable and helpful; others were downright afraid of him.

When quarter-sized hail, tornado-spawning clouds or another form of severe weather strikes Catoosa County, Ga., Jon Klepper can report it to the National Weather Service, because he took a course and got certified.

Avi Giron will be the first in her family to go to college, and she attributes that in great part to a Dalton State College program for high school students.

Harry Tobin thought he made the right call. Payments on land he agreed to buy in Dade County were going to the bank; in three years he would collect a portion of the profit from his lot's sale -- maybe as much as $26,000.

ATLANTA — Georgia officials are exploring whether the state could expand its use of for-profit companies to hold down ballooning Medicaid costs and better coordinate care, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.

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