Devon Zwald

Grady College Graduate Assistant

District 6 Commissioner Jesse Houle joins us to talk about the Athens-Clarke County budget and a proposed civil rights ordinance.

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Athens-Clarke County Commissioners will hear a proposal this evening for a new sales tax to fund transportation improvements.

County officials originally planned for the special purpose local option sales tax, or T-SPLOST, 2023 referendum to occur November 2022, but now want to move the date up to May because collections have been coming in more robustly than expected.

The projected collections for the proposed SPLOST would exceed TSPLOST 2018 collections, which funds, among other things, transit expansion as well as improvements to the firefly trail.

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee onto his neck. His death sparked national outrage and calls for justice for victims of police brutality. It has also been over a month since Chauvin was found guilty of killing Floyd, which seems to be a step in the right direction for justice. Earlier this week, we sat down with Mokah Jasmine Johnson of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement about how the struggle for racial justice looks today and how far we’ve come since last year.

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Two weeks ago, at the age of 73, Olyn Gee officially earned his degree from the Grady College of Journalism. This is the second degree he earned from the University of Georgia; the first was in political science in 2018, at the tender age of 70. Olyn joins us to talk about his time at UGA.

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The recent announcement from the CDC that suggests that people who are fully vaccinated can forgo masks in many situations came as a surprise to many. In the days following the announcement, some reacted with skepticism, saying that the CDC moved too quickly. 

Dr. Mark Ebell from the University of Georgia College of Public Health says the CDC's guidance is appropriate, and he joined Alexia Ridley to talk about what the guidance means, his concerns, and why you may still want to keep a mask handy.

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