Martin Matheny

Producer/Athens News Matters/Host: All Things Considered, Night Music

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, Greg Trevor was in his office on the 68th floor of One World Trade Center. Twenty years later, Trevor, Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications at the University of Georgia, remembers that day and its aftermath.

This essay first appeared in James Magazine – Insider Advantage Georgia.

The region’s largest hospital was on total diversion as of midday today, as local healthcare infrastructure continues to struggle with the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Shortly after noon, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center reported its emergency department was overcrowded, and that the hospital was diverting all incoming traffic. St. Mary’s Hospital was accepting patients, although its emergency department was listed as busy according to the Georgia Coordinating Center.

Today on Athens News Matters,  Chris Dowd of Athens Politics Nerd discusses the dissmissal of a call to criminally investigate ACC Manager Blaine Williams, Clarke County School District official Gillian Whatley gives an update on Clarke County Schools and their response to COVID-19, and Alexia Ridley talks with this week's panel.

Chris Dowd of Athens Politics Nerd reported last week that the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia dismissed a call to criminally investigate Athens Clarke County Manager Blaine Williams’ alleged obstruction into an open records request in 2018.

This is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga involving Clarke County Auditor Stephanie Maddox, who accused Williams and Mayor Kelly Girtz of discrimination and harassment surrounding Maddox’s formal requests for information on the local government’s 2018 wage study.

The University of Georgia says that it has provided some 3,700 vaccine shots to underserved communities in Athens since February.

The shots have primarily come through a mobile clinic, which is sponsored by the Augusta University/UGA medical partnership. Vaccines are administered by faculty and students at UGA, and the mobile clinic has partnered with, among other organizations, the state Department of Public Health, the Clarke County School District, and the Athens Community Council on Aging.