UGA offers events exploring wrongful convictions

The University of Georgia last week held multiple events – all with the same purpose – to study and explore wrongful convictions within the United States. “The public events involving The Innocents performance project begins (last) Wednesday,” according to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald. “There will be a discussion about the music and theatrical project… in the Lamar Dodd School of Art room S160. The discussion previews The Innocents performance, which is Thursday evening.” Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA Featured in the project …

Man killed in motel fire

At least one person suffered severe injuries early last Saturday morning when a fire engulfed several rooms at the Bulldog Inn motel on Commerce Road in Athens. The fire reportedly destroyed the entire second floor of the motel, displacing several residents. A police report released Monday by the Athens-Clarke County police identified the victim as Reginald Bernard Echols, 42-years-old, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald. Read more: Wrongful Death Lawyer, Athens GA  “Police said that when they arrived on the scene at about 1:30 …

Developers nix proposed Prince Avenue development

Three developers who were seeking to purchase land in Athens for a mixed-use development project have no immediate plans to continue the venture. The purchasing contract, which was for property located at 1190 Prince Avenue, was recently terminated, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald. The property in question was a six-acre tract located across from Piedmont Athens Regional hospital. Read more: Business Litigation Attorney, GA  “Athens attorney Jim Warnes, the local attorney who was working with the team of three local developers who proposed …

Senate approves craft brewery sales bill

Athens breweries may soon be able to sell directly to consumers thanks to a new bill the Senate voted in favor of last Thursday. The Senate voted 49-2 to approve the bill, which will allow craft breweries to sell directly to the consumer. The legislation will now move to the House, where it has support from influential representatives, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. Read more: Business Litigation Lawyer, Athens GA That’s good news for Terrapin Beer Co., Creature Comforts Brewery and the …

Analysts: Athens economic outlook good

Analysts from the University of Georgia spoke to a crowd of more than 500 people last week and told them that Athens’ economic outlook is good. So good in fact, that Athens will outperform the state average. And Georgia’s economic growth is already expected to outperform the nation’s. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, jobs will be plentiful, income will rise, and housing prices have recovered to pre-recession levels, if you don’t take inflation into account, said Ayers and UGA economic analyst Jeff …

Mosque in Athens Hosts Open House

A mosque in Athens held an open house last Saturday in an effort to give people a window into what Islam is all about. According to an article in Flagpole Magazine, the Al-Huda Islamic Center, which is located at 2022 S. Milledge Ave., hosted the open house last Saturday from 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. The open house featured henna, meet-and-greets, Quran readings and more. “The timing is so crucial to give people a window to know about Islam,” said imam Adel Amer. “Actually the problem …

Local shoe service shop turns 40-years-old

A popular shoe service store in Athens celebrates 40 years this year, but it’s really been around even longer than that, according to an article about the shop in the Athens Banner-Herald. Marvin’s Shoe Service, which is located on College Square, will turn 40 – but there’s been a show repair shop at that location, 156 College Avenue, since at least 1902, the article reads. It was in 1977 that Marvin Eberhart (deceased) purchased the shoe shop and changed its name. Now, it’s Marvin’s son, …

Study shows concussion effects can linger after symptoms disappear

A new study out of the University of Georgia shows that the effects a concussion has on driving a vehicle may outlast symptoms. Researchers in the UGA College of Education’s department said that many patients who felt like they had fully recovered following a brain injury, still were likely to drive erratically while using a driving simulator, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. At times, the driving was so erratic researchers compared it to driving under the influence of alcohol. Read more: Brain …

Athens celebrates 2-1-1 Day

Athenians had the opportunity this week to celebrate National 2-1-1 Day thanks to the United Way of Northeast Georgia, who promoted participation in the event. National 2-1-1 Day was held Monday, Feb. 11. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. The service reaches approximately 270 million people (90% of the total U.S. population) covering all 50 states (including 41 states with 90%+ coverage), the District of Columbia and Puerto …

American Veterinary Medical Association holds benefit auction

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association is holding its annual benefit auction today, beginning at 6 p.m. The event, which will include dinner, entertainment and a live silent auction, will be held in the Veterinary Education Center on the Veterinary Medical Center campus. Starting at 4 p.m. CVM alumni can get a tour of the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which opened in 2015. According to an article by Athens Banner-Herald, multiple items will be available …

Students perform ‘For You’ at Lamar Dodd School of Art

Students at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia gave a performance last Wednesday night that included aerial dance, orchestral music and a giant wooden boat. The performance, which was called “For You,” was a collaborative final project of students who attended an experimental four-week class that was offered to students of various art majors. They also joined students and faculty of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Bringing together music, video and installation art, the performance lasted …

Athens residents help tornado victims

Multiple people who volunteer with the Athens-area American Red Cross made their way to Albany last week to help tornado victims. Nearly 500 Red Cross volunteers have helped since the storms hit a couple of weekends, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. Deadly tornadoes tore through communities across the Southeast, including the city of Albany, Georgia. Albany is about 180 miles south of Atlanta. The storm tossed houses and vehicles as it passed through the city. For several blocks all you can see …

Avid Bookshop in the running for National award

Publishers Weekly recently announced finalists for this year’s Bookstore of the Year Award and an Athens bookshop was on the list. Avid Bookshop, a relatively new (Oct. 2011), locally owned bookstore based in Athens, Ga., is about an hour from Atlanta. The shop regularly holds events like readings and signings with authors of all backgrounds, genres, and fame levels. They offer special order on virtually anything in print, personalized shopping services, wish lists, book club consultations, and more. Read more: Attorneys in Athens GA Publishers Weekly, …

Athens college collects donations for tornado victims

A college located in Athens collected items last week for tornado victims in South Georgia. Athens Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. It was founded in 1958 as Athens Area Vocational-Technical School. The school gathered donations for tornado victims last week and a truck from South Georgia Technical College was scheduled to pick up donations at 11 a.m. Friday. The college asked that people bring donations to the Athens Tech Library by the end of the …

Multiple Oconee students awarded scholarships during MLK event

Six students from Oconee County schools were awarded scholarships along with other Athens-area high school seniors during the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship banquet recently. More than $10,000 in scholarships were awarded by the Athens Area Human Relations Council, Inc. on Jan. 14, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship banquet also featured former University of Georgia Social Work Dean Maurice C. Daniels as the keynote speaker. The inaugural Rev. David H. Nunnally Community …

Athens named one of best cities for families

Athens was recently ranked in a list of best cities for families by Apartment List. There are 509 other cities on the list, each of them judged on safety, affordability of housing and the quality of its education and child friendliness. Athens was ranked as 461, one spot above Atlanta. In regards to safety, Athens scored a C rating. Safety makes up about 35 percent of the overall rating and the score was based on a 2015 report on crime within the United States that …

Man brings pipe bombs to Athens police

A man brought four pipe bombs to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department last Thursday after he said he found them in his father’s shed. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the devices were determined by police to be actual, live bombs. The police took the bombs away from the police department headquarters, which is located on Lexington Road in Athens, to an offsite location in order to detonate them safely. Read more: Criminal Defense Attorneys, Athens GA  “The man told police he found …

Miss University of Georgia 2017 crowned

A junior public relations major at the University of Georgia was crowned last week Miss University of Georgia 2017. Hanna Holley is from Dexter and not only won the crown, but also a $1,750 scholarship. The event was held in the Fine Arts building Jan. 21. Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA  According to an article in The Red & Black, first runner-up Alexa Gilomen, a senior journalism major from Suwanee was awarded a $750 scholarship and second runner-up Nia Hampton, a senior year communication studies …

Man commits suicide in front of Athens library

A man in his twenties fatally shot himself as he sat on a bench in front of an Athens library last week. The incident occurred last Wednesday morning about 4:30 a.m. in front of the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter Street. According to an article published by the Athens Banner-Herald, Athens-Clarke County police spent about an hour on the phone with the suicidal man early Wednesday morning, but were unable to talk him out of fatally shooting himself. “The victim called police at about 3:30 …

UGA students mentor children through WIT program

An organization founded by University of Georgia students seven years ago is working with Athens-Clarke county area children to ensure they receive equal treatment when it comes to their education. Whatever It Takes is a student mentoring program that focuses on children’s’ academics, health, family and safety issues. It was originally started when a group of UGA students realized that Athens-Clarke County is one of the poorest in the nation, has a very low graduation rate, and the learning curve for students is well below …

Oconee County officials discuss wastewater expansion

While an immediate need for expansion isn’t necessary, Oconee County officials are thinking ahead when it comes to water rights and feel that in order to keep up with the county’s rapid growth rate, they have an urgent need to expand its wastewater treatment operations immediately – for the future. Oconee County commissioners met and discussed the topic in a day-long meeting last week. Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, Oconee’s raw-water rights at the Bear Creek …

National science reporter speaks to UGA students

A national science reporter for NPR visited the University of Georgia last Tuesday to speak to students, faculty, staff and visitors about global health issues. Rob Stein, who is an award-winning science journalist with more than 25 years of experience, mostly covers health and medicine topics. He tends to focus on stories that illustrate the intersection of science, health, politics, social trends, ethics, and federal science policy. He also tracks genetics, stem cells, cancer research, women’s health issues and other science, medical, and health policy …

Athens women attend Washington Women’s March

An estimated 3 million people took to the U.S. streets last Saturday, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president, to stand up for women’s rights. Hundreds of thousands of marchers traveled to the nation’s capital – including many Athens women. Washington was considered the hub of women-led marches, which eventually spread to hundreds of cities across the nation. One group of marchers from Athens told the Athens Banner-Herald that it was so crowded in Washington, they traveled for at least …

Man chokes, threatens to kill girlfriend

A domestic dispute became heated when an Eatonton man allegedly strangled and threatened to kill his girlfriend who was trying to take a break from the relationship. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the man was arrested following the incident. Athens-Clarke County Police said the man held a gun to the woman’s head and threatened to kill her. He also strangled her. Read more: Domestic Violence Attorneys, Athens GA According to police, the alleged assault happened last Friday night at the victim’s home. …

Police help elderly Athens woman move

An 83-year-old woman who was living in an unhealthy environment has the Athens-Clarke County Police Department to thank for her recent move. According to various media reports, Ms. Mary had called police to inform them that the family member she was living with “constantly yelled at her with cuss words” and “made her health worse.” Read more: Elder Law in Athens GA It wasn’t long after an investigation into the complaint that authorities arrested the family member. The police then collaborated with Ms. Mary’s church …

Police brutality case headed to federal court

A case where a University of Georgia student claims his civil rights were violated when he was beaten by an Athens-Clarke County police officer is now headed to federal court. This isn’t the first time the officer in question has faced a legal battle either. Jonathan Fraser reportedly faced and beat similar charges more than a decade ago, according to court filings. Read more: Personal Injury Lawyers, Athens GA The Athens Banner-Herald reports the current court filing was filed in November after the incident was captured …

Hundreds volunteer in Athens on MLK Jr. Day

Hundreds of people used their MLK Jr. holiday to help clean up the city on Monday in Athens. More than 600 volunteers made changes around Athens such as cleaning up trash and planting daffodils on the Loop 10 Prince Avenue exit ramps – among other projects. This was the 15th year volunteers joined in the efforts at the annual Athens MLK Day of Service. Prior to the clean-up efforts, volunteers met at Lay Park to hear inspiring words from Lemuel LaRoche, director of Chess and …

Hundreds attend MLK Jr. Service in Athens cemetery

Athens’ Brooklyn Cemetery held its 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service and more than 200 people attended. According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, many of the attendees stayed into the afternoon, which is when a dedication was held for the cemetery’s new gate. It was also a time to honor the man who sculpted the three-panel gate – metal sculptor Harold Rittenberry. The congregation of Holy Cross Lutheran along with many others helped get the gate built and aided in the …

Stained-glass windows at Athens church undergo restoration

Multiple stained-glass windows from St. Joseph Catholic Church, which have been in place for the past century, were recently removed for restoration. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the nearly two dozen windows at the church were removed during the past week and after they undergo restoration, the windows will be reinstalled in a new St. Joseph church. Read more: Lawyers in Athens GA  “We told the developer we were keeping the windows,” said congregation member Pete Konenkamp. “There was never any question …

Former UGA student pleads guilty to felony charges connected to damaged vehicles

A former University of Georgia student who caused more than $30,000 in damages to a vehicle belonging to fellow UGA students has pleaded guilty to all felony charges against him. The incident reportedly happened in the parking garage of a downtown Athens luxury apartment building, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald. Read more: Criminal Defense Attorneys, Athens GA  “In exchange for pleading guilty to 11 counts of second-degree criminal damage, Brandyn Matthew Clark was accepted into the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Pretrial …