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The Health Report: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Nov 19, 2021

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how some police departments in rural Georgia are investing in crisis intervention training to better respond to mental health crises. 


The Athens Clarke County Commission voted last night to approve new commission district maps to submit to the state government for approval.

The motion passed 6-3 with commissioners Mike Hamby, Ovita Thornton and Alison Wright opposing.

While Commissioner Wright objected to the map’s changes to her district, Commissioners Hamby and Thornton objected to the map-making process, which they said was rushed.

Hamby states: 

Final decisions on the maps, however, are up to state lawmakers, who are expected to take up redistricting after the new year.


 Sales at Georgia-based Home Depot continued to climb through the third quarter along with a booming U.S. housing market this year.

According to a survey by Zack’s Investment Research, revenue rose almost 10% and the average receipt rose almost 13% as people prepped their homes for the winter season and prices rose due to snarled supply chains.

Hardware stores have been a hub of activity this year as people working from home took on new projects and many moved into new homes.

Before many hit the road for Thanksgiving, the University of Georgia is once again hosting its annual free vehicle inspection.

Operation Safe Drive takes place Thursday, November 18th at the Tate Center Parking Deck. Transportation and Parking Services mechanics will top off fluids, check belts and wiper blades, pressurize tires and perform a quick visual inspection of vehicles at the event.  All UGA students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by between 10 am and 2 pm. The Office of Sustainability and Bike Athens will provide free bicycle safety inspections and tune-ups.

Environment Georgia on Solar Energy in the State

Nov 16, 2021

Georgia ranks 7th in the nation when it comes to growth in solar power generation since 2011. That’s according to a new report by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. The organization hosted a webinar about that report. Jennette Gayer is with the nonprofit, which supports the Build Back Better plan.