Alexia Ridley

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Piedmont Health System is opening a mass vaccination clinic on its Athens Regional Oconee Health Campus. Piedmont has transitioned from eight patient COVID vaccine locations across the system to three, hub-based locations in Atlanta, Athens, and Columbus. The facility will serve eligible Piedmont patients and will be able to provide 700 to 800 vaccines a day, depending on supplies.

The site is by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted.

The clinic is scheduled to open Thursday, March 4th. It is located at 1305 Jennings Mill Road.

The ACC Mayor and Commission are considering funding for area services and nonprofits as part of the ongoing budget process. One such organization seeking some 960-thousand dollars in continued funding is Athens Eats Together. The county-wide initiative was founded to provide emergency food relief to Clarke County residents [in need] suffering from food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Athens Farmers Market is opening two weeks ahead of schedule this year. Market manager Sarah Thurman says more than 60 local vendors are participating in the market, beginning March 6th.

"For the last decade, our farmers have been investing in coop houses and greenhouses that allow them to expand their growing season, and have been getting better at growing in the wintertime. So they had plenty of food, and we decided to let them open up and get it to the people."

The city of Hull is offering assistance to families in need this Saturday. Mayor Paul Walton says thousands of pounds of food are being distributed.

"This coming Saturday, February 27th, at 8 AM at Hull City Hall, the city will be having a food distribution where we'll be distributing 10,000 pounds of food, hopefully, to feed over 200 families."

The packages will include a variety of food items.

"It will be canned goods, juice, meat, it's a little bit of everything. And one more thing that we'll be adding to each box is facemasks for the recipients.

College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Agribusiness is the number industry in Georgia, with a $76 billion annual financial impact. While early in the pandemic last year, some sectors, especially livestock, suffered losses; one area that actually saw growth was agritourism.

Mark McCann is an assistant dean for the extension at the University of Georgia.

"There's been a push as we've tried to be spatial in COVID times and spread out. Then there's been a push for people in recreational activities who aren't looking for amusement parks that are densely populated, they're looking for trips to the country."