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Athens April Unemployment Rate Unchanged from March

May 25, 2017

Athens unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in April, which is unchanged from March. The Georgia Department of Labor released the numbers today.

"In Athens we saw the numbers remain steady, going from from March to April," according to Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

 He says while the rate was unchanged, the numbers actually improved for Athens.

Public Input Sought on TSPLOST Projects

May 25, 2017

Clarke County leaders are reminding Athens residents to comment on proposed projects for a  2018 Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax.

A Citizens Advisory Committee is currently considering 36 projects, with a cost of $256 million. That number has to be whittled down to a list of projects totaling no more than $154.5 million.
Commissioner Melissa Link says it's important for members of the community to get involved.

Georgia's university system says campuses won't provide gun storage facilities or signs when a new state law permitting concealed handguns takes effect this summer.
The guidance released Wednesday also makes clear that people will be able to carry concealed weapons during tailgates.
The law takes effect July 1 and allows people with state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons onto public campuses. Georgia previously banned guns on campuses.

"Travel on the Cheap" Tips at Athens Library

May 24, 2017
Athens Regional Library

Summer vacation season is almost here and Athens residents planning to travel can pick some tips for traveling on a budget tonight at the Athens library. Former Athens Mayor and frequent traveler Gwen O' Looney is holding her "Travel on the Cheap" workshop. She says a little planning can go a long way.

"I'm going to show people when you buy tickets, what to think about and how far ahead you should think, what happens when you think ahead and what happens when you don't thin ahead," O' Looney said. "Both of those can be capitalized into savings."

Athens News Matters May19, 2017

May 24, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters the panelists Blake Aued, Gwen O' Looney, and Rebecca McCarthy discuss Clarke County's FY 2018 budget as well as possible demolitions in historic areas and proposed moratoriums regarding some of those projects.