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Athens News Matters for May 11, 2024

Sidney Waters, local business owner, challenges incumbent Carol Myers in District 8 Commission Race

On May 21st, Athens-Clarke County residents will get their last chance to vote in the General Primary. Early voting has already begun, and several local races are on the ballot. Last week we heard from Carol Myers, current District 8 Commissioner, who is running for re-election. Sidney Waters is a local business owner and Myer’s opponent in District 8. WUGA’s Alexia Ridley sat down with her earlier this week to discuss her platform.

Sound It Out Together Campaign aims to make family mental health conversations easier

A new study finds that one in five adolescents report symptoms of anxiety and depression. To honor Mental Health Awareness Month, WUGA’s Alexia Ridley spoke with Dr. Charmaine Jackman, an expert in youth mental health. She told her about the Sound It Out Together Campaign, an initiative that aims to help families discuss mental health together.

How much do consumers want to know about how their food impacts the environment? Not too much and not too little, it turns out.

How much do consumers want to know about the environmental impact of the food they eat? Researchers from the University of Georgia set out to answer this question in two recent studies. Dr. Jessica Holt is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is a coauthor of the studies. She sat down with WUGA’s Alexia Ridley to discuss what consumers want to know, and how this impacts what they buy.

The eye of the storm: virtual reality tool helps people prepare for hurricanes

Hurricane season is upon us, and the Southeast is bracing for a busy season of severe storms. Grace Ahn, a professor in UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, has spent the past several years developing federally funded virtual reality technology that lets coastal residents experience the life-threatening devastation caused by hurricanes and other severe weather.

Her goal: convince these residents to be ready for a real storm surge before it strikes.

Professor Ahn talks about this technological breakthrough with WUGA’s Greg Trevor in the latest episode of our new series, “A Few Minutes With …” exploring UGA initiatives and their broad benefits to the state of Georgia and beyond.

Once this new app is developed, Ahn’s next initiative will be making it available to first responders and other local leaders, who can share this technology with the residents they serve.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!