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The University of Georgia’s first Black graduate has penned her autobiography. Sixty years after the integration of UGA, Mary Frances Early is releasing the book titled: “The Quiet Trailblazer: My Journey as the First Black Graduate of the University of Georgia.” She shares life lessons from her childhood, her pivotal role in helping desegregate UGA and beyond. During an interview with the civil rights pioneer, she shared insights into the book.

The University of Georgia is being recognized nationally for its efforts at diversity. For the eighth year in a row, UGA has received a HEED award. The Insight Into Diversity and Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Commissioners postpone action on eviction relief plan

Sep 22, 2021

Athens Clarke County commissioners decided last night to postpone a decision on the future of a local eviction relief program. Only one organization responded to the county's request for proposals and staff recommended against accepting that bid.

Commissioners could have decided last night to reopen the request for proposals and extend the deadline, but instead decided to address the issue at their October 5th meeting.

St. Mary's Hospital Part of Major Cardiac Study

Sep 21, 2021
St. Mary's Hospital

A recent major study, which involved Athens, shows a noninvasive procedure can help heart patients. St. Mary’s Hospital joined more than 20 other facilities around the world as part of a study on high-resolution CT imaging. The study showed the procedure worked as well, if not better, than stress tests in determining the risk of heart attacks.

“Some of the patients who had a negative stress test actually had a significant blockage on the heart catheterization.”

ACC Commission meets tonight

Sep 21, 2021

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners meet tonight at 6 PM.

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This week on Athen's News Matters, Alexia Ridley sits down with Auditor Stephanie Maddox to discuss the ongoing controversy of the alleged criminal wrongdoing of two high-ranking ACC officials, UGA researcher Ralph Tripp discusses a medicine that could be a game-changer in the fight against covid, an interview with a UGA pharmacy professor about the risks of vaping, a story on renewable energy sources, and Alexia Ridley sits down with this week's panel to discuss news and politics. 

This week on Athens News Matters, ACC District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson discusses the police civilian oversight board, Tommy Valentine of Historic Athens talks about the future of the West Broad School site, an audio essay from UGA's Greg Trevor as he remembers the tragedy he witnessed in New York on September 11, 2001, and Alexia Ridley talks with this week's panel.

Today on Athens News Matters,  Chris Dowd of Athens Politics Nerd discusses the dissmissal of a call to criminally investigate ACC Manager Blaine Williams, Clarke County School District official Gillian Whatley gives an update on Clarke County Schools and their response to COVID-19, and Alexia Ridley talks with this week's panel.

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The White House and congressional Democrats have reached an agreement on a framework to pay for a final spending package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Thursday.

But that's where the details stopped. Pelosi and Schumer didn't offer any specifics on the framework or the amount of revenue they seek to get to pay for the measure.

One person is dead and at least a dozen others are wounded after a shooting incident at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tenn., a suburb east of Memphis, officials said.

According to Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane, officers received a call at 1:30 p.m. local time Thursday about an active shooter at the supermarket.

Minutes later, police arrived and Lane says they went aisle by aisle inside the store to search for victims who may have been injured, finding some hiding in freezers and locked offices.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it would send roughly $148,000 to one Florida school district, Alachua County Public Schools, reimbursing it for money that has been withheld by the state.

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