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Robert Harrison

The Athens community is invited to a free health fair tomorrow morning at First AME Church on Hull Street. Providers include the ACC Health Department, Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, Athens Neighborhood Health Center, Athens Nurses Clinic and UGA among others.

Robert Harrison is one of the organizers. He says the agencies will provide a variety of services.

“We’ve been able to do mammography, prostate exams, screenings for hypertension, diabetes, vision and dental exams.”

He says everyone is invited.


Jackson County authorities are investigating after two unusual incidents involving school children this week. Sheriff Janis Mangum says Tuesday afternoon between 4 an d5 o’ clock, two people apparently tried to abduct two children as they got off their school bus. They claimed to be employees with the Department of family and Children Services.

Lyme disease is on the rise, and treatment is behind

Aug 10, 2018
Georgia Health News

Cases of Lyme disease – a tick-borne illness characterized by fever, headache, and sometimes a rash –  are on the rise across the country, and some reports suggest the disease is spreading into Georgia. When left untreated, the illness can lead to serious and expensive health complications.

On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett talks with Andy Miller about why Lyme disease presents such a complex medical challenge to doctors and scientists. Read more.

Athens News Matters for August 10, 2018

Aug 10, 2018

It’s a back-to-school edition of Athens News Matters. Panelists Gwen O’ Looney Lee Shearer discuss racial disparities when it comes to school achievement and school discipline numbers.

They weigh in on the appropriateness of punishment handed down in a sexual assault case.

The outcome of an internal affairs investigation at the ACCPD and ending the school-to-prison-pipeline are also up for discussion on the next edition of ANM.

Gun Safety Advocates Set Their Sights on Elected Office

Aug 10, 2018
AP Photo/Kate Brumback

A gun safety advocacy group that began in 2012 after 20 young children were shot down in their classrooms has grown since then and is increasingly focusing on getting its members into elected office.

More than a thousand volunteer leaders from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered Friday at an Atlanta hotel for a two-day conference called Gun Sense University. The kickoff event included big-name supporters, like actress Julianne Moore and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as survivors of gun violence.