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Kennesaw Replaces Stolen Confederate Flag

Aug 17, 2017
City of Kennesaw

The city of Kennesaw replaced a stolen confederate flag in the city's Commemorative Park Thursday.   Police say the flag was stolen sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.  

City officials say they had to replace the controversial banner because state law prohibits the removal of Confederate monuments.  

The Georgia code has "very specific direction regarding memorials dedicated to, honoring, or recounting the military service of any past or present military personnel of Georgia, the United States, or the Confederate States of America," the city said on its website. 

David Goldman / Associated Press

A small Civil War museum in Henry County has closed its doors and boxed up its artifacts.

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The volunteer-run Nash Farm Battlefield Museum in Hampton said it shut its doors for good on Thursday because a county commissioner had requested that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum.

Bill Dodd and his wife run it privately in a county-owned building. 

Members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi said they're heading to Douglas County this weekend. It's to protest a judge's prison sentence for two people there this week.

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Kayla Norton and Jose Torres will each serve several years in prison for disrupting a black child's birthday party in 2015. They made armed threats, said racial slurs and waved the Confederate battle flag.

Police near Georgia's coast are investigating a report that 70 Confederate flags were stolen from the graves of soldiers who fought in the American Civil War.

The local Sons of Confederate Veterans traditionally place the flags on Confederate soldiers' graves in Oak Grove Cemetery on Confederate Memorial Day in April, an official holiday in Georgia and other southern states. They were reported missing on Aug. 18.

A police officer fired for flying the Confederate battle flag at her suburban Atlanta home says she had no idea the emblem was controversial and is appealing her termination.

Former Roswell police Sgt. Silvia Cotriss tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she'd been flying the battle flag below the American flag in front of her house in nearby Woodstock for more than a year with no complaints.

The 20-year veteran officer told the Atlanta newspaper that if she'd known the flag offended someone, she wouldn't have done it.