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Tat Thompson used to have, as he says, a "tremendously nice" office.
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Notable deaths of 2001

Lore K. Wright, 62. A professor and chairwoman of the Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health at the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing. Jan. 13.
Business may boost downtown

...Mr. Dallas said, adding work should be complete early next year. The entertainer purchased the old First Federal Savings and Loan Association building from SouthTrust Corp. on Sept. 29 for approximately $1 million. The midrise building, which...
James Brown buys downtown building

James Brown finally got his name attached to an Augusta landmark.
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Stocks finish weekat another record NEW YORK -- Financial and consumer shares led stocks higher Friday, reversing the market's one-day slide and gaining just enough to close the week at record highs. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 90.93 to 9,167.50, erasing Thursday's 85-point drop and squeaking past Wednesday's record close of 9,162.27. Most broad-market measures also set new highs by a narrow margin as Wall Street quickly shrugged off a brief bout of renewed worry about Japanese and Asian recovery efforts.
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Police searching for missing man Though they suspect foul play, South Carolina officials are hopeful that they will find a 61-year-old Greenwood man who has been missing for a week. Marvin Chipley of Jennings Avenue in Greenwood was reported missing last Tuesday by his brother, Robert Chipley. Edgefield sheriff's deputies found Mr. Chipley's red Ford Escort on Sunday afternoon on the shoulder U.S. Highway 25, six miles outside Edgefield. The vehicle was headed toward Augusta, officials said.
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Pocket change

The year in review

Most major business stories in 2000 shared a common thread - nearly all occurred outside Richmond and Columbia counties. Burke, Aiken and Edgefield counties accounted for most of the new jobs and capital investments in the region. 2000 smiled most on the two South Carolina counties. More than a half-dozen major industrial projects materialized in Aiken and Edgefield counties, including Newman Technologies, a parts supplier to Honda Motor Co.; Shinsho American Corp., a Japanese wire-maker; and apparel giant VF Corp.
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Henry Getzen Neal

DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Henry Getzen Neal, retired Executive Secretary and Legal Counsel to the Georgia Board of Regents, and former Assistant Attorney General and Legal Counsel to Governor Ernest Vandiver and Governor Carl Sanders, died at his home
R. Hunter Rackley (MILLEN, Ga.)

MILLEN, Ga. - Dr. Robert Hunter Rackley, Sr. of Millen, 85, entered heaven on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. He was a patient at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro at the time of his death. Born April 3, 1922, to the late Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Lawson Rackley, he was educated in the Millen public schools and was a graduate of Middle Georgia College. He earned his DDS degree from Emory University in 1944. He served as a Navy dental officer during World War II before returning to Millen in 1947 where he practiced for more than 45 years. Dr. Rackley was a leader in his profession, his church and his community. He served as president of the Georgia Dental Association, the Georgia Academy of Dental Practice, of which he was a charter member, and the Southeastern Dental Society. He was a special investigator and president of the Georgia Board of Dentistry and served as a member of the Georgia delegation to the American Dental Association for 20 years. He was a member of the original faculty of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta and was a dental advisor to the CSRA and Georgia Dental Hygienists associations. In addition, he was a life member of the Eastern District Dental Society, the Southern Academy of Periodontology, the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics, The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society, and was the organizer and charter president of the Pankey/Dawson Study Club for Advanced Dentistry. He represented dentistry on the national level by serving on the Health Committee of the First Congressional District of Georgia. He and his wife were the delegation leader/hosts of the three-week Georgia Dental Leaders Goodwill People-to-People Travel Program to Europe and the former Soviet Union. Honors and awards for his service to his profession include being elected an honorable fellow of the Georgia Dental Association, receiving the GDA president's award for distinguished service, and receiving the GDA Award of Merit, the highest honor the association can bestow upon a member. He was elected an honorable fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists and was the recipient of the Emory University Distinguished Alumnus Award and the award for meritorious contributions to dental education from the MCG School of Dentistry. The Pankey/Dawson Study Club chose to honor him by establishing the annual Hunter Rackley Seminar and presenting him the Lifetime Achievement Award. A loyal supporter of Middle Georgia College, Dr. Rackley was alumni association president, presidents' club member, board member of the MGC Foundation and recipient of the school's first annual Distinguished Alumnus Award. In his hometown, Dr. Rackley was a member of Millen Baptist Church where he was chairman of the Board of Deacons and chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. He served as president of Millen Rotary Club and was honored by the club as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was chairman of the Jenkins County Board of Health for 25 years, chairman of the Jenkins County Board of Education, founder and charter president of the Jenkins County Health Professionals Association, member of Millen City Council, and chairman of the Fort Lawton-Little Buckhead Creek Watershed Project. He was also vice president and director of First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Sylvania, GA. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Millen Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Millen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the grandsons, and honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Millen Baptist. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crowe-Fields Funeral Home in Millen. In addition to his parents, Hunter Rackley was preceded in death by his brother, William Floyd Rackley and his wife of almost 55 years, Frances Harwell Rackley. He is survived by his four sons and daughters-in-law, R. Hunter, Jr. and Pattie Rackley of Indianapolis, IN, J. Lawson and Kathy Rackley of Athens, Stewart C. and Gilda Rackley of Millen, and Scott H. and Karen Rackley of Macon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jan R. and Dr. Joseph F. Griffin of Millen, and Allison R. and Dr. Charles F. Cowart of Douglas; 15 grandchildren R. Hunter, III, Clay and Spencer Rackley of Indianapolis; Lauren R. and Bill McGouirk of Silver Springs, MD; Katie, J. Lawson, Jr., Kason and Lea Rackley of Athens; Anna G. and John T. Herrington, III and Sarah Griffin of Millen; Jacquelyn, Jonathan and Jackson Cowart of Douglas; Kyle and Emily Rackley of Macon; a sister, Kathryn R. Hale of Dalton; and a sister-in-law, Jane H. Salter of Thomaston. Donations may be made to Millen Baptist Church, P. O. Box 827, Millen, GA 30442, Guido Evangelistic Association, P. O. Box 508, Metter, GA 30439, or to Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Foundation, Inc. School of Dentistry Building Fund, 919 Fifteenth St., Augusta, GA 30912. Sign the guestbook at