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Herbert Jenkins

Soon after Mayor William Hartsfield named him police chief, Jenkins busted up the KKK-infiltrated police union and hired the city’s first eight black officers.

“EcoSense For Living” continues Turner family commitment to the environment

Every Wednesday night at 7:30 during April's Earth Month, GPB has aired an episode of "EcoSense For Living," the newest TV venture from producer and host Jennie Garlington. Each week, the fascinating series shows viewers how each of us can impact the environment with the choices we make, whether it's how we choose to clean our windows, what and how we purchase groceries and even where we root for our favorite Atlanta sports team. Tonight's final episode in the series focuses on the power of green buildings, including Georgia's first LEED certified school, Arabia High in Lithonia and even Philips Arena downtown, a massive structure not originally intended as a green building but has achieved LEEDS certification in recent years.

Video of the Day: Jack McBrayer on “Conan”

Our favorite Stone Mountain pig farmer with our favorite TBS host. Hat tip to Tumblr peachtreekeen for pointing this out.

“All My Children” icon Susan Lucci discusses cancellation rumors during her Atlanta debut

Crescent Avenue became so clogged with illegally parked cars Monday night, it became a matter for the Atlanta Police department. The attraction inside the Margaret Mitchell House? Soap superstar Susan Lucci, making her Atlanta debut to introduce fans to her new memoir, "All My Life." As Intel arrived, we witnessed one over zealous fan buy an arm-load of books, vaporizing the 120-copy inventory the Midtown tourist attraction had on hand for the book signing.

Big Brothers Shortage

A year ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta launched its fiftieth year while facing a major dilemma. The organization, which serves about 3,100 children, had a list of 1,100 boys waiting for Big Brothers. There was no such backlog for Sisters; in fact, an excess of women wer

Patty Loveless

At fifty-four, country songstress Patty Loveless can still belt out tunes in a rich, Kentucky-bred lilt and shimmy blithely around a stage, her strawberry-blond shag swinging. But the Paulding County resident and Georgia Music Hall of Famer doesn’t take for granted that she can breathe well enough to do so. Her older sister, Dottie—a spunky singer herself, whose gumption first inspired a young, shy Loveless to perform—died at forty-eight because she couldn’t b

Five Minutes With . . . Brett Abbott

Brett Abbott has some big shoes to fill as the new curator of photography at the High Museum. His predecessor, Julian Cox, was known for moving outside the High’s ivory tower, and he raised the museum’s national profile with his 2008 civil rights exhibition, Road to Freedom. But Abbott, thirty

Brett Abbott’s Picks

Leonard Freed's "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Baltimore" (1964) "I'm particularly fond of this picture for the same reason that Leonard Freed, the photographer, was delighted by it. It is one of Freed's most iconic images, in large part because it depicts a popular figure: Martin Luther King Jr. What might be surprising to people, however, is that Freed liked the picture not so much for King's inclusion as for the gestures of those anonymous figures who surround him on the right side of the composition. The genuine sense of enthusiasm and joy that emanates from their expressions as they reach to embrace King's hand makes this picture a riveting and emblematic document of our nation's history." Harry Callahan's "Eleanor, Chicago" (1947) "Harry Callahan was one of Atlanta's great photographers. In this picture, one of many fascinating portraits he made of his wife, Eleanor, he filled the entire frame with her head and upraised arms, allowing for the lines of her bare skin to articulate an elegant and stunning composition."

Month-long TCM employee guest programmer series introduces viewers to the Atlanta folks behind the films

Emmy winner Alec Baldwin only wishes he could be Matt Pylant. What the member of the Turner Classic Movies digital activation team lacks in acting trophies on his mantle, he surely makes up for in bragging rights.

Britney Spears crashes, burns on “GMA,” announces tour stop at Philips Arena

Hey, Britney Spears, you just poorly lip synced your way through an Auto-tuned audio nightmare on "Good Morning America" while wearing size 16 fishnets and being schooled by your back-up dancers. What's next?

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