NEWNAN, Ga. -- The 11Alive News Today Where U Live morning show tour went out with a bang when the crew rolled into Newnan on Friday.
Families, business owners and elected officials gathered outside the Coweta County Courthouse in downtown Newnan to show off all the things that make their city a great place to live, work and visit.
Mayor Keith Brady made an appearance, as did 11Alive's youngest fan -- Mayor Brady's baby grandson, Benjamin. Councilman Ray DuBose, owner of R. DuBose Jewelers, also stopped by to spend some time with Karyn Greer and Chesley McNeil. DuBose is one of many who have turned Newnan into a haven for local businesses; the majority of the downtown storefronts house unique locations like PSS Signs & Glass, Let Them Eat Toffee and the famous Redneck Gourmet.
VIDEO | 11Alive's Julie Wolfe checks out The Redneck Gourmet
Coweta County features a perfect blend of history and new development -- in fact, a brand new state park, Chattahoochee Bend, recently opened in Newnan. But the courthouse and the old Southern homes lining Greenville Street point to a city that is proud of its past.
One notable event in Newnan history is the 1948 murder of a local sharecropper by a wealthy landowner. The act inspired a book, Murder in Coweta County, which was made into a 1983 TV movie starring Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash.
VIDEO | Murder in Coweta County
Newnan can also boast several ghost stories. Paranormal investigator Christina Barber knows them all; she operates Newnan Ghost Tours and shares the many spooky legends of Coweta and surrounding counties in her book, Spirits of Georgia's Southern Crescent.
But in the here and now, Newnan is quickly growing into one of metro Atlanta's most popular locations -- winning awards, attracting film crews and establishing itself as a Southeastern medical hub with such facilities as Piedmont Newnan Hospital and a branch of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which will open in August.
VIDEO | Newnan becoming a medical destination
Newnan is also the hometown of country music superstar Alan Jackson, for whom a nearby portion of Interstate 85 is named. Many of his family members still live nearby, including his older sisters, twins Cathy and Carol Jackson.
Newnan was the seventh stop on 11Alive's Where U Live morning show tour. Previous visits include Decatur, Duluth, Woodstock, Covington, Stone Mountain and Roswell.