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37 people have been charged, 60 weapons taken off the streets, several kilos of drugs confiscated and a millions seized in Athens as part of Operation Tourniquet. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department, along with state and federal agencies, held a press conference this afternoon. Chief Cleveland Spruill said it part of an effort combat an escalation in violent crime.


According to a report published today by Bloomberg News, Black Georgians who lost their jobs during the pandemic were more likely than White ones to be denied unemployment benefits.

In the year following the beginning of the pandemic, 2.25 million people applied for unemployment benefits in Georgia.

But the Georgia Department of Labor ruled that 800,000 of these were invalid, based on standards that require people work for employers participating in the unemployment system and that individuals make enough money to file claims.

UGA hosted its annual Operation Safe Drive event Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of students, staff and faculty members lined up at the Tate Center Parking Deck for free vehicle inspections.

Blaine Van Note is Projects and Special Events Manager at Transportation and Parking Services.


Conflicting and confusing information about booster shots - who can get them and when -- continues to hamper the effort to control Covid-19.

On October 29, 2021, the FDA authorized emergency use of pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. Additionally, an FDA official states authorizing booster shots for all vaccinated adults is a high priority.

Dr. Ashley Hannings professor at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy joins Chris Shupe to clarify what you need to know about boosters, as well as whether parents should delay vaccination for their children.


The Native American scholar and leader of the Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah, is one of the most remarkable figures in American history.

His creation of a system of writing for the Cherokee language, and his attempt to reunify the Cherokee people after removal from their homeland are only two of the events that marked his extraordinary life.

With Thanksgiving coming up, we'll take a look at Searching for Sequoyah, a new documentary honoring his achievements and legacy.

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This week on Athens News Matters, Chris Shupe sits down with vaccine expert Dr. Ashley Hannings to clarify what you need to know about booster shots, as well as whether parents should delay vaccination for their children.

This week on Athens News Matters, Clarke County voters overwhelmingly approved a $120 million continuation of the one percent sales tax to fund education improvements. Chris Shupe sits down with the chief of operations for the Clarke County School District to discuss what school district officials have planned for the new revenue. Lauren Baggett and Dr.

This week on Athens News Matters, Alexia Ridley sits down with Editor of Oconee County Observations, Lee Becker, to discuss a sales tax to fund education improvements and how the vote sailed through in Clarke County, but Oconee County voters gave a thumbs down to a similar measure for transportation funding.



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A new strain of COVID-19 first discovered in South Africa was declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organization on Friday. Here's how the pharmaceutical industry plans to address the latest coronavirus curve ball.

Vaccine makers are already pivoting their efforts to combat the new variant: testing higher doses of booster shots, designing new boosters that anticipate strain mutations, and developing omicron-specific boosters.

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