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Athens News Matters for January 18, 2019

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There's a new police chief in the Classic City, and this week on Athens News Matters, guests discuss everything we know about Chief Cleveland Spruill, Sr.

From renovated parks, to city offices and a new judicial building, the debate over SPLOST 2020 is in full force. Guests discuss just some of the needs around Athens and how funds from SPLOST could help; and panelists weigh in on whether or not Athens should join the ranks of cities who are decriminalizing marijuana use.


MLK Jr. Day events getting underway this morning in Athens with the University of Georgia’s 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast. Hundreds of attendees filled the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center to hear keynote speaker Tiffany Cochran Edwards address this year’s theme: The Power of the Dream: Building the Beloved Community.

“When I first heard the theme I was like, this is perfect because I really think in today’s negativity we need more optimism,” according to Cochran Edwards. “Dr. King’s legacy is just as relevant today as it was in the 60s.”

2019 Fulfilling the Dream Award Winners

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UGA holding the 16th Annual Freedom Breakfast this morning at the Tate Student Center. The Winners of the Fulfilling the Dream Award included student Charlene Marsh and professor Dr. Paige Carmichael.

Marsh, a fourth-year UGA student studying international affairs and political science, was a bit overwhelmed by the honor.

“I guess the best word for me right now would be undeserving, especially getting to see the people who have won the award in the past, but at the same time very inspired,” Marsh said.

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County Manager Blaine Williams has appointed Michelle Nguyen as the Economic Development Department Director for Athens-Clarke County. She worked in human resources for the county before joining the Economic Development staff in July 2017.

“That was a really, really great opportunity for me since it was a newly created positon...and getting involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem here which is already pretty vibrant, but has a lot of opportunity to grow,” according to Nguyen.

Upcoming MLK Jr. Memorial Events

Jan 18, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial events for 2019 kick off with the University of Georgia’s 16th Annual Freedom Breakfast Friday at 8 a.m. at the Tate Student Center.

This year's speech will be delivered by Tiffany Cochran-Edwards, a former Atlanta news anchor who is currently the national brand manager for The Cochran Firm. The winners of the Fulfilling the Dream Award will be announced.

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After blanketing much of the Midwest in snow, a winter storm is now moving towards New England, with more than 100 million Americans in its path. The storm is expected to drop snow, ice and freezing rain in many places, and forecasters say temperatures will fall quickly afterwards, as arctic air envelops much of the East Coast.

President Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Saturday as the remains of four Americans killed earlier this week by a suicide bomber in Syria were returned to the U.S.

Trump, who met privately with family members of the four Americans, was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.

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For the third year in a row, demonstrators gathered in the nation's capital and cities around the world for the Women's March.

In Washington, D.C., crowds of people wearing pink hats marched from Freedom Plaza down Pennsylvania Avenue, advocating for women, immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ people. They're taking to the streets just weeks after women were sworn into Congress in record numbers.

Nursing requires hands-on training. But research has found that university curriculum often goes light on one of life's universal experiences — dying. So some colleges have gone to new lengths to make the training more meaningful.

There's a sound near the end — the death rattle. People stop swallowing. The lungs fill up. There can be involuntary moaning.

"So you get all that noise. And that's really distressing for family members," Professor Sara Camp of Nashville's Belmont University says.

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