Henry County, Georgia

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Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 119,341. The 2009 Census Estimate placed the population at 201,343.[1] The county seat is McDonough.[2] This county is a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

It is home to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

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Media

Radio

Henry County has one radio station, WKKP AM 1410, broadcasting a classic country music format.

Television

Henry County has several Local Access Channels that are available on the Charter Communications system. One is Henry TV on local cable channel 14. There are also two community access cable channel. One being the Southern Crescent Broadcasting, Channel 15, owned and operated by Michelle Deraney. Beginning operation in 2004, SCB-TV has been providing Henry, Lamar and Butts counties with local news, business information and entertainment. Southern Crescent Broadcasting is a six time Telly Award winner.

Newspapers

The Henry Daily Herald is the legal organ of Henry County and publishes six days a week. The paper was founded in 1874. The Herald is owned by Southern Community Newspapers, Inc. based in Lawrenceville, Ga.

History

Henry County, Georgia was created by the Georgia State Legislature in 1821 from land acquired from the Creek Indian Nation by the First Treaty of Indian Springs. Henry's original land area was much larger than it is today, stretching from near Indian Springs (present-day Indian Springs State Park) in the south to the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs in the north; encompassing most of present day Metropolitan Atlanta. Before one year passed the size of the County was diminished through the separation of land areas which, in whole or in part, became present day DeKalb, Fulton, Fayette and Newton Counties. Later divisions resulted in Clayton, Spalding, Rockdale and Butts Counties.

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