If you’ve noticed a burning smell and the thick layer of smoke over Atlanta the last couple of days, it’s because of wildfires burning in North Georgia. A recent shift in the wind has pushed the smoke further south, according to a report from CBS46. Health officials are warning that the smoke could be affect people who have breathing problems.

Nov. 17 is Georgia Gives Day, where residents are urged to make donations to nonprofits across the state. Since 2012, Georgia Gives Day has inspired donors to give upwards of $9 million.

The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will hold its annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. The program will feature a keynote speech by Joe Galloway, one of America’s premiere war correspondents and co-author of the international bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once… And Young,” which was adapted into an acclaimed film. There will also be welcoming remarks by master of ceremonies Major Scott Delius of the Georgia Army National Guard, an Afghanistan veteran; presentation of the colors by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard; Atlanta Opera soloist Timothy Miller performing the National Anthem; the 116th Army Band will play patriotic selections starting at 10:30 a.m. and perform during the program, as well. In a salute to the 75th anniversary of the USO, Mary Lou Austin, President and CEO of the USO Council of Georgia, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.