Athens News Matters: 12/04/2020
This week on Athens News Matters:
- Mayor Kelly Girtz and District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link joins us to discuss the conversation surrounding the one-percent increase in the city's tax on hotel rooms.
- We catch up with Democrat Deborah Gonzalez to discuss her win in the Western Judicial Circuit DA runoff and her campaign.
- The panel discusses this week in news and politics including Deborah Gonzalez and the dispersement of the COVID-19 vaccine in Athens.
- Dr. Jeff Humpreys (Director of Simon S. Selig, Jr. Center for Economic Growth at UGA) joins us to discuss his research on the financial and economic benefits that higher education degrees have on graduates and the state.
- We sit down with Bob Sleppy, Executive Director of Nuci’s Space, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Athens nonprofit.
- Daniel Sollenberger (Department of Natural Resources) and Dr. John Maerz (Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, Wildlife) provide insight on the invasive Cuban Tree Frog, and what to do if you see one.
- We are joined by the Director of the State Botanical Garden, Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, as she talks about some of the events and exhibits you can enjoy at the State Botanical Garden.