Jessica Wurst

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters
Grady Newsource


The Clarke County Board of Education is set to vote on a $171 million dollar proposed budget this evening.

While the tentative budget doesn’t increase the millage rate, Board members are banking on continual growth in property values - a trend that has held steady, despite the economic fallout from the pandemic. The district is also expecting a slight increase in state funding in the next year.


Parker Executive Search

The firm tasked with finding a new chancellor for the University System of Georgia quit this week.

The search for a new chancellor for Georgia's higher education system was put on pause this week when Parker Executive Search pulled out of the process. The firm quit amid "mounting questions about whether former Gov. Sonny Perdue will be tapped" for the job, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The position is one of the most powerful in state government, and the person who acquires this title will lead the system of 26 public colleges and universities.

A new report from Environment Georgia makes the case for increasing wind power in Georgia, and highlights how much more the state could be doing to generate it.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Walking through the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, you’ll hear trees swaying around as the wind blows and leaves crunching as wildlife scurries by. But now, you have access to another soundtrack. . . . .

"Think of a sound soundtrack for your journey through a space that is located in your phone, and triggered by a GPS locating application." -Andres Luz

Andres Luz is a graduate student at the University of Georgia who spearheaded the Soundwalk project.

Athens News Matters: Mariah Parker

Apr 30, 2021

ACC Commissioner Marish Parker on the county’s budget, social justice, her reaction to the verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd, and a seeming explosion in police shootings.