(WXIA) -- These are the top 11 local and national stories to be talked about on Thursday. Be in the know as you start your day.
1. The heroes of the McNair shooting
They deserve it - say "Thank You" to some who saved the day at McNair Early Learning Center.
2. Who is Michael Brandon Hill
Learn more about the man who could have fired 500 rounds of ammo, according to police.
3. Jason Heyward to undergo jaw surgery
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward will undergo surgery on his broken jaw Thursday.
4. Patrol car hit while officer investigates accident on I-75/85
An officer of the Atlanta Police Department responded to a vehicle accident on Interstate 78/85 southbound Wednesday night, when another driver ran into the back of his patrol car.
5. Georgia Tech students gives "epic" speech
Georgia Tech sophomore and mechanical engineering major Nick Selby provided what The Wall Street Journal calls "an absolutely enthusiastic and motivational welcome" for the entering batch of students at the 2013 Freshman Convocation.
6. Dolly Parton announces amusement park expansion
Dolly Parton is planning a major expansion of Dollywood, her theme park in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains.
7. Boil water advisory in Tucker
DeKalb County officials have issued a boil water advisory for the Tucker area.
8. "Skip Starbucks Saturday"
An advocacy group has called for "Skip Starbucks Saturday" this weekend - a nationwide boycott on Aug. 24, to pressure the coffee giant to amend its current policy, which allows customers to carry loaded guns into Starbucks stores where permitted by state law.
9. Tony Gonzalez livid over 'ridiculous' hit on Dustin Keller
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez says there is no place for the career-threatening hit Houston Texans rookie safety D.J. Swearinger delivered in Saturday night's preseason game
10. Students begin new day, new focus at McNair
Just under 150 students showed up for classes at McNair High School Wednesday morning, along with 67 school staff members. Thursday, they return back to the normal campus.
11. Things to do on Thursday
From music to comedy to art, there's plenty to do on Thursday in and around Atlanta.