Alexia Ridley

News Anchor

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This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

The Athens Area Arts Council has earmarked new money to support emerging Black artists through a series of grants. Board member James Simmons joins Alexia Ridley to talk more about the Council and its program. 

Work continues on the Bethel Homes redevelopment in north Athens, now known as the North Downtown Transformation Project. The project is soliciting community input in a series of virtual workshops next week.

The panel discusses the week in news and politics, including the Mayor and Commission's recent vote on how to allocate CARES Act funding, and the results of an ACCPD internal investigation regarding the department's use of tear gas against protestors in May.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear: 

  • A back-to-school pandemic update from Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams
  • Local service workers' concerns about the end of federal unemployment benefits
  • The panel discuss Demond Means' $637,000 settlement and the return of university students
  • A three-part series on how local authors, publishers and bookstores are faring during the pandemic
  • How face masks are causing "mascne" breakouts, and what you can do to prevent them
  • Two ANM producers review Taylor Swift's new album, "Folklore"