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Jackson EMC is sending crews to help restore power in the wake of damage caused by that winter weather. April Sorrow is Vice President of Communication with the company.

Family Promise of Athens

Family Promise of Athens is hosting its annual La Table fundraising event, Tuesday, February 23. As with many events impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s gathering will be virtual. Davin Welter is Executive Director of Family Promise.

"It is our single biggest fundraiser of the year. It's also important for us because it's an opportunity for us to gather together as a community. We work with 40 area congregations so it is rare for us to have an opportunity to all gather, and La Table provides that for us."

Tammy Gilland is a board member of the nonprofit.

Lee Merritt

Georgia’s governor is supporting a plan to overhaul Georgia’s citizen’s arrest statute. The measure came under scrutiny last year after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

"Ahmaud was a victim of a vigilante style of violence that has no place in Georgia."

During a media conference Tuesday afternoon, Governor Brian Kemp says he wants to end the 1863 law.

Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (https://www.athensculturalaffairs.org/)

The city of Athens will join a few others around the state in selecting a Poet Laureate. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor is a professor of TESOL and World Language Education at UGA. She says the program will celebrate and encourage literary arts in Athens.

"First, I would love to see more pubic eyes on poetry in Athens just like Amanda Gorman brought to the United States. It's like "Wow! Poetry doesn't have to be something that feels really difficult or reserved only for those with great scholarship and literature and letters. It's something that can really grab and unify all of us.'"

Clarke County School District

Clarke County students begin heading back to school this week. In-person classes began for some students today. We spoke with Clarke County School superintendent Dr. Xernona Thomas about the transition.

"It will be for our students who are served through our Adaptive Special Education program."

The phased-in plan will continue adding days and grades through March 22nd when high schoolers will also attend in-person classes and students will attend four days a week.

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