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Athens News Matters: This Week's Panel - September 24, 2021

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Alexia Ridley talks with this week's panel: Chris Dowd and Gwen O'Looney. 


In “The Quiet Trailblazer,” Mary Frances Early recounts her firsthand experience coming to campus in the summer of 1961, joining Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes, the first Black students to enroll at UGA, and making history with her graduation with a master’s degree in music education in August 1962.

She chronicles her career as a music educator, first teaching in segregated schools before blazing trails to lead the Atlanta City Schools music education department and become the first African American elected president of the Georgia Music Educators Association.


Between passing a non-discrimination ordinance this summer, planning to create a Human Relations Commission, and commissioning a disparity study, the ACC government is putting a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

District 6 Commissioner Jesse Houle joins us to talk about the government’s recent efforts:


Three weeks and two home games into football season, COVID case numbers in the state and our area dropped last week. So is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

One researcher who can shed some light on what to expect is John Drake, director of the University of Georgia Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, and he talks about where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic.

WUGA's Chris Shupe talks with John Drake:


The fate of embattled County Auditor Stephanie Maddox will rest in the hands of Athens-Clarke Commissioners tonight.

The Mayor and Commission meet tonight at 7pm in a last-minute special called session. According to the meeting’s tentative agenda, lawmakers will go into a closed discussion about Maddox’s work, then, in a public meeting, will consider her continued employment.