Mariah Parker

Photo: ACC Government

Ke’Travian Tyvon Cole was shot and killed on May 1st, one of several young Black men and teens killed or injured in Athens this year.

The 20-year-old rapper was struck down on the way to perform a show, under his stage name - EBE Montana.

Commissioners wrangle over living wage

May 26, 2021
District 8 Commissioner Carol Myers told her colleagues she would have a hard time supporting a living wage for part time county employees as long as retirees were not seeing regular cost of living increases in their benefits.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners continued work on the county’s budget at a meeting on Tuesday, where much of the discussion centered on the thorny issue of a living wage.

While most Commissioners broadly agree that the county should pay all its employees a living wage of $15 per hour, they differed on some of the details. One of those details is whether part-time and seasonal employees should be included in the pay bump.

That’s a proposition that District 8’s Carol Myers pushed back on, citing a lack of consistent increases in retiree benefits.

Athens News Matters: Mariah Parker

Apr 30, 2021

ACC Commissioner Marish Parker on the county’s budget, social justice, her reaction to the verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd, and a seeming explosion in police shootings.

Photo/Spencer Donovan

A committee of Athens-Clarke County lawmakers continued to refine the language of a proposed civil rights ordinance in a meeting on Thursday.

The ACC Commission’s legislative review committee spent most of their meeting yesterday discussing a potential civil rights ordinance, something that many commissioners have wanted to pass for months. ACC officials say the current draft of the ordinance incorporates ideas from similar laws passed in the metro Atlanta cities of Brookhaven and Decatur.

While Athens is a music town primarily known for its rock music, it also has a steadily thriving hip-hop scene and an upcoming virtual event hosted by the American Constitution Society will explore how rap artists are targeted in the legal system.

This upcoming Wednesday night, the ACS will host a panel featuring community leaders such as Mariah Parker and Montu Miller to discuss the criminalization of Black culture and creative expression, specifically rap musicians.