Downtown Athens’ Parking Meters to be Replaced by End of Year

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Some parking meters along Clayton Street in Athens that are “pay-and-display” will be replaced before the end of the year due to ongoing complaints. The city is replacing the kiosk-style meters with single-space meters, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald. Read More: Business Law Attorney in Atlanta “When they were installed on Broad and Clayton streets downtown several years ago, the ‘pay-and-display’ meters represented the state of the art in digital parking technology, allowing downtown visitors to use credit cards and dollar bills, …

DOL Fiduciary Rule to Put New Pressure on Financial Advisors

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A new report published by S&P Global Market Intelligence shows that the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule, which was announced in April and expected to roll out in April 2017, will put new pressure on financial advisors specifically regarding retirement accounts, but also will pressure the entire fund industry. Read More: Business Law Attorney in Georgia According to an article by Investment News, the DOL rule will put pressure on mutual fund fees and could lead to fewer fund share classes. “I think the …

Girl Brings Knife to School as Protection Against Clowns

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Amid reports of alleged scary clowns trying to lure children recently in Athens, Monroe and various other cities, one young girl decided to take matters into her own hands. Read More: Criminal Law Attorney in Georgia On Friday an 11-year-old Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School student reportedly brought a knife to school to protect against a potential clown attack. According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the girl was arrested for the incident. “The girl was taken by the principal to the front office where she …

Athens’ Five Points Gets New Rustic Bar

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A restaurant in Athens’ Five Points recently held a grand opening of its basement bar. Read More: Business Law Attorney in Atlanta According to an article by the Red & Black, The Pine, which is a Southern-inspired restaurant located in the heart of Five Points at 1235 S. Milledge Avenue, held the grand opening over last weekend. “The Pine is well-known by locals due to its Southern cuisine with a twist and its commitment to giving customers an authentic experience – even preparing many of …

UGA Student Killed and Two Others Injured in Impaired Driving Incident

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A driver under the influence of prescription drugs on Monday struck and killed a University of Georgia student and injured two cyclists in Athens-Clarke County. Read More: Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta “Ashley Block, 25, a graduate assistant at UGA, was killed during the Monday night bike ride on South Milledge Avenue. Police said the car hit her head-on, throwing her near a roadside ditch. She was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to an article by FOX-5 News. “Roger Molly, owner of Hub Bicycle, the company that organized …

Athens-Clarke County Commission approves 100 Prince Development

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On Tuesday the Athens-Clarke County Commission gave final approval for the Daily Groceries Co-op to move into a larger space at 100 Prince, what’s now the St. Joseph Catholic Church property. Read More: Business Law Attorney in Atlanta “The mixed use project—which will also include a restaurant in the historic sanctuary and 126 apartments aimed at young professionals and empty-nesters—was lauded by many neighborhood residents as the type of development Athens needs,” an article by Flagpole Magazine reads. “Some on nearby Pulaski, Barrow and Childs streets, …

Early Athens Voting Sites Decided on by Athens-Clarke Elections Board

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The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections abandoned a proposal to bring an early-voting site to the county’s eastside on Tuesday. Read More: Business Law Attorney in Georgia According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the board did add Georgia’s Tate Student Center to a list of early-voting locations for the Nov. 8 election. “For the past few months, in anticipation that presidential balloting on Nov. 8 pitting Democrat Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump might drive heavy turnout, the local elections board has looked for ways to …

Low-income Students Struggle to go to College Due to Lack of Scholarship Funds

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According to a new report, low and middle-income students are increasingly struggling to go to Georgia public colleges due to a lack of scholarship availability, including the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship. Read More: Business Law Attorney in Georgia The HOPE Program (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) was created in 1993 under the supervision of Georgia Governor Zell Miller. The HOPE scholarship and grant program rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges. HOPE is …

Burglary Organization Targets Asians in Athens, Atlanta

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According to authorities in Athens, a burglary ring that has targeted Asians in Atlanta may also be working in Athens now. Read More: Business Litigation Attorney in Georgia An article by Athens Banner-Herald says that at least two Asian families have recently returned to their homes to discover their back doors had been smashed in and their homes ransacked. “A University of Georgia research scientist and his wife Wednesday night returned to their home on Falling Shoals Drive to find someone used a brick to …

Athens Residents Honor 9/11 Victims

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Athens residents gathered Sunday at the 9/11 Memorial Trail to honor those who died fifteen years ago. Read More: Brain Injury Attorney in Georgia According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, more than 150 people gathered for a ceremony on the trail. “The 9/11 Memorial Trail in east Athens was crowded with people who sang together and heard about the victims of the terrorist attacks,” the article reads. “Bob Hart, a retired University of Georgia technology teacher, created the trail the same year as …

New York Gym Opening New Location in Athens

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A gym headquartered in New York City is opening its newest franchise location in Athens. Read More: Georgia Lawyer The chain is best known for its unique programming aimed at making serious fitness fun with cutting-edge classes and training. The new location will be at 196 Alps Road in Athens. A press release by Crunch reads that the new location is set to open this fall. “Crunch Athens will bring its ‘No Judgments’ philosophy and fusion of fitness meets entertainment to the diverse and spirited …

Book Sales to Fund Oconee Library Programs

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For the first time in several years the state of Georgia had budgeted money for library books and the Oconee County library will supplement the money with a used book sale next Thursday through Saturday. Read More: Personal Injury Lawyer in Athens, GA According to an article by the Oconee Enterprise, Oconee County Librarian Rhea Herbert said about $7,000 from the state will trickle down to Oconee County, but that money will only allow the library to purchase about 200 new books. “The sale of …

Man Wanted for Murder in Oconee County Found in NC

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A man who was wanted for murder in Oconee County was captured on Thursday 200 miles away in North Carolina, according to investigators on the case. Read More: Athens Criminal Defense Attorney According to an article by 11-Alive, it was only a short time after the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released information and a picture of the suspect that authorities in South Carolina nabbed the Rock Hill, S.C. native in North Carolina. Jamar Antron Harris, 32-years-old, is accused of killing Rendell Joman Cunningham. Cunningham’s body …

UGA Student Who Survived Fatal Crash Speaks Out For First Time Since Accident

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The lone survivor of a tragic crash that killed four University of Georgia students recently released a short video from her hospital bed at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to tell everyone that she’s getting better. Read More: Georgia Self Defense Attorney  An article by Daily Mail reports that Agnes Kim just wanted to thank everyone who has supported her during this difficult time. The video was released just four months following the horrific crash that killed four of Kim’s friends. ”The 21-year-old  was critically …

UGA Releases Brand New Logo

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The University of Georgia this week released its newly designed logo. According to an article on the website underconsideration.com, while credit for the logo isn’t specified to one person, UGA does offer credit for the design to at least 260 people, including staff, students, alumni and faculty who offered their suggestions in a public meeting. Read More: Jefferson DUI Attorney “The public phase of the comprehensive capital campaign launches in Fall 2016. It is important to have a strong and consistent visual identity so our …

Relatives Search for Answers After Athens Man Killed

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The family of an Athens man who was murdered told media on Monday they are praying for some answers about the incident. Read More: Athens Attorney According to FOX-5 News, Athens-Clarke County Police said Daimeyan Stevens, 29, called 911 on August 16 to report someone had shot him. Stevens died a short time later at Athens Regional Medical Center. The man was killed in his apartment and a 3-year-old and 1-year-old were reportedly inside the apartment at the time of the shooting and witnessed the entire ordeal. …

Athens-Clarke Planning Commission Praises Infill Housing Proposals

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The Athens-Clarke County planning commission praised a proposed zoning ordinance amendment Thursday, but voted unanimously to table it so county staff can tweak it. Read More: Criminal Defense Lawyer in Athens According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the proposed ordinance is aimed largely at controlling the size of new construction projects in intown residential neighborhoods. “The planning commission will see the revised proposal in October meeting, and could decide to send it to Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission for final action,” the article reads. …

UGA Grad Appointed to DOT Position

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A University of Georgia graduate has been appointed as the Director of transportation and public works for Athens. Read More: Athens Personal Injury Attorney Steve Decker currently serves as the Interim Department Director. Drew Raessler will step into his new position on Sept. 19. According to a press release from the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, ACC manager Blaine Williams nominated Raessler, a former Cobb County Department of Transportation construction engineer, as the director. “I am excited that Drew will be coming to our dynamic government …

UGA Researchers Discover Drug to Treat Sleeping Sickness

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Researchers at the University of Georgia are working to find the fastest way possible to treat and cure human African trypanosomiasis, also referred to as sleeping sickness. Chemical testing within human clinical trials with the drug have already taken place and researchers are now working to improve them in order to find a faster route to field studies in order to treat the disease utilizing oral drugs on patients. Read More: Athens Employment Law Attorney The study, “Discovery of Carbazole-Derived Lead Drug for Human African …

UGA no Longer Considered ‘Party School’

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The University of Georgia just a few years back made The Princeton Review’s No. 1 party school on its list of Top Party Schools. This year however, UGA didn’t make the list at all. Read More: Madison Probate Attorney The Princeton Review publishes an annual list of college superlatives in a variety of categories, according to an article published in the Augusta Chronicle. This year’s topics were published on Monday.   The Princeton Review is a college admission services company offering test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and …

Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Pulled From Meeting Agenda

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An anti-discrimination ordinance that Athens-Clarke County commissioners were scheduled to vote on Sept. 6 has been pulled from the meeting agenda. Read More: Athens Wrongful Death Lawyer “In a statement released Monday, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson announced she has pulled the ordinance from the September agenda, citing the possible expansion of the ordinance to encompass restaurants that make more than 50 percent of their sales in alcohol as well,” according to an article published by the Red & Black. “In her statement, Denson said …

Piedmont College Makes Magazine’s Best List

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A Demorest-based college that also has a campus in Athens has made a magazine’s “Best Bang for Buck” list. Washington Monthly recently released the list, which features the best colleges in the Southeast. Read More: Personal Injury Attorney in Georgia Piedmont was No. 20 on the list for the Southeastern U.S., according to the Athens Banner-Herald. Several other Georgia colleges also made the magazine’s Southeastern Top 20, including Georgia Tech, at No. 14, Macon’s Mercer University at 18 and Gainesville’s Brenau College at 19. “Agnes …

Cultural Affairs Commission Seeking Art Proposals From Public for Playground

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The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is still looking for an artist for the World of Wonder Playground at Southeast Clarke Park. A selection panel was not able to make a choice among the first round of submissions, so they are continuing their search. Read More: Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgia “The initial call led to three submissions, according to ACAC chair Marc Beechuk. One of the proposals was rejected because it involved the use of concrete, and concrete work at the park is completed,” an …

Smart-Signal System Aimed at Easing Traffic Congestion in Athens

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A new smart-signal system that is already 90 percent installed in Athens could help ease traffic congestion, especially on game days. Read More: Employment Law Attorney in Georgia According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, Athens-Clarke County traffic engineers are gathering data and getting more comfortable with the software upgrade that will allow for real-time remote control of the county’s 177 signalized intersections. “Athens-Clarke County is among the first communities in the state to get both the hardware and software being supplied through the …

United Health Care Plans May Soon be Out of Network at Athens hospital

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A commonly used health insurance plan in Athens may soon be out of network at Athens Regional Medical Center once the hospital is taken over by an Atlanta-based healthcare system. Read More: Drug Defense Attorney in Georgia United Health Care is still currently in network at Athens Regional, but that could change once Piedmont Healthcare takes over, according to an article in Flagpole Magazine. “A contract dispute over reimbursement rates means that, as of July 1, UnitedHealthCare plans are out of network at five of the six …

Some Commissioners Re-Thinking Art for Rail-to-Trail Project

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Some Athens-Clarke County commissioners are re-thinking the proposal for the artwork associated with the rail-to-trail project in east Athens. Read More: Self Defense Attorney in Georgia According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the initial section of the rail-to-trail project, a multiple-use concrete path following the abandoned Georgia Railroad right of way, which is sales-tax-funded, is slated to begin on East Broad Street near Weaver D’s restaurant, run through Dudley Park, and will end at Old Winterville Road near the Athens Perimeter. “Under a …

U.S. Senator Visits University of Georgia

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A U.S. Senator visited the University of Georgia recently to learn about the services it offers its student veterans. Read More: Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgia According to an article by the Red & Black, the university’s student-run newspaper, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) visited the Student Veterans Resource Center in the Tate Student Center Monday to meet with some of the university’s veterans. “Bill McDonald, the dean of students, introduced Isakson as the senator sat with over a dozen university students who had served in …

Athens-Clarke Commissioners Review Electric Pet Fence Ordinance

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Pet owners in Athens who use electric fences may face some changes following a recent meeting by Athens-Clarke County commissioners where they reviewed the issue. Read More: Personal Injury Attorney in Georgia According to an article by the Red & Black, at the meeting held on Aug. 16 the Athens-Clarke county commissioners reviewed an ordinance that would define what an electronic containment system is and the circumstances in which it would be able to be used. “Anytime we have animal issues come up they can …

Athens Preschool Academy Closes Its Doors Following Walk Off

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An Athens preschool and daycare center has officially closed its doors after half a dozen staff members walked off the job when their paychecks were delayed. Read More: Personal Injury Attorney in Georgia According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, Little Ones Academy on Atlanta Highway has notified the state government it has voluntarily closed its doors. “The closing applies both to the pre-school operation, which included pre-kindergarten classes, and the separate daycare operation, according to a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Early …

Athens Gets New Restaurants as New UGA Students Arrive

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As students begin first semester at the University of Georgia, there are multiple new restaurants they will be able to enjoy along with Athens residents.  At least three new restaurants have opened their doors in town over the summer, including two new sweet spots, according to an article in the Red & Black. Read More: Brain Injury Attorney in Georgia Zombie Coffee & Donuts opened in downtown Athens at the end of April and they offer a twist on the classic coffee and donut combination. …