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Local Police Department Becoming More Transparent with Community

If you call the Athens-Clarke County Police Department today during regular business hours, you can get your questions answered by Epifanio Rodriguez, the Public Information Officer. Up until recently, you might not have received that help. When R. Scott Freeman became Chief of Police in Athens-Clarke County in July of 2015, there was no full-time Public Information Officer (PIO). The department had a Public Information Aid working part-time helping to route incoming media requests and provide updates to the community. “During my assessment of the ACCPD during my initial 100…

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2016 Election Athens-Clarke County Top Stories 

Local Business Owners Weigh in on 2016 Election

Georgia was just ranked the best state in which to do business for the 4th year in a row. On Wednesday, Site Selection announced its annual rankings for the most “business-friendly” state. This¬†makes the economy an even bigger election issue here. Many small businesses worry about the effects of the election on their own companies but don’t agree on solutions. Kelly Barns has owned her own business, Treehouse Athens, for over 20 years. Her biggest concern for this year’s election are health care and taxes. She says the she wishes…

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BREAKING: Counterfeit bills reported in Watkinsville, GA

Thirteen fake $20 bills have been reported in Watkinville, according to the Police chief, Lee O’Dillon. Chief O’Dillon believes people who attended the Georgia/Florida game last weekend brought fake bills back from Jacksonville. According to the Chief these bills have been used at different restaurants and vendors, who noticed they were bad quality. Oconee State Bank confirmed that the bills were counterfeit. They are not sure where they came from. This has never happened before.There have been three different cases reported so far at this time. The Secret Service is…

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Harvest for Homeless

  The Athens Area Homeless Shelter will host its annual Harvest for the Homeless event Friday at the Classic Center. Gaylon Gene Vaden is a former cancer survivor and homeless man. He says he understands why people are homeless today, and he believes people have the wrong impression of homeless people. “I think the media…they’re wrong” – Vaden Vader says, that homeless people are good people. According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs thousands sleep homeless each night, and the number is going down. ” On the night of…

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Student Spotlight on the Arts

  The Spotlight on the Arts Festival took place Thursday at Tate Student Center at UGA. Students from all different areas of campus including: Hugh Hodgson School of Arts, Lamar Dodd, School of Dance, and more are showcasing their talents at Tate Student Center. Today is the second of a twelve day festival celebration. “The intention of the Spotlight on the Arts Festival is to just showcase things that already are happening at UGA throughout the year” – Camie Williams, Public Relations Coordinator of Arts in the Provost Office. There…

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2016 Election Top Stories 

Georgia Interest in the Libertarian Presidential Candidate

Recent presidential polls are indicating that Georgia could become a little less red and a little more blue after next week’s election results come in. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was in Atlanta yesterday for a rally, hoping to capitalize on the purple nature of Georgia this election cycle. “My pitch to voters is: look nobody wants to vote,” Johnson says. “I don’t find anyone that really wants to vote for Trump or Clinton. There is a principled alternative to both of them.” Governor Gary Johnson believes he is that principled…

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Getting To Know Captain Chris Smith

JEFFERSON, Ga.– The Jackson County Courthouse has offices that many work in day-to-day. One of the employees who gets to say that they work in the courthouse is Captain Chris Smith. Smith is a Division Commander of Jackson County¬†and has worked for Jackson County since 1998. “Its not what you see on TV,” says Smith. “The guidelines that we have to follow, the laws that are in place that we have to adhere to. You know we can’t just go out and do what we want to do.” Before being…

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Health Oconee County Top Stories 

Oconee County Water Boil Advisory

NOTICE: This is not the same boil advisory from previous weeks. Diana Raber from the Office of Director of Oconee Utilities Department says that a boil water advisory is active for some Oconee County residents on Mars Hill Rd. until further notice. The boil advisory is due to a planned water service outage that concluded at 10:30 a.m. The outage was part of a road widening project on Mars Hill Rd. Residents will be notified by email when the boil advisory is lifted. For breaking updates, follow Grady Newsource on…

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2016 Election Athens-Clarke County News Top Stories 

Only One More Week of Early Voting Remains

UPDATE: Friday is the last day for advanced voting. That includes early voting and absentee voting. Here are the locations in Athens where you can vote early: Don’t miss the Grady Newsource Election Special show, You Decide Athens Georgia! For breaking updates on Election 2016 and local Athens ballot information, follow Grady Newsource on Facebook and Twitter @GradyNewsource. 10/27/2016: ATHENS, Ga.–Week two of early voting is coming to a close and thousands of voters in Athens-Clarke County are still pouring in to early voting locations. According to Interim Director Cora…

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Athens Anti Discrimination Ordinance Consequences

The Athens Anti Discrimination Ordinance was passed on Tuesday by commissioners, and here are some provisions. Listed below are what bars could face if they are found to be discriminating against citizens by the Athens-Clarke County Attorney: A maximum civil fine of up to $1000.00 Subject to license of suspension Revocation of license Probation The alcohol ordinance was officially voted into effect on Tuesday at the Athens Clarke County Commissioners meeting. The ordinance states that bars now have to place a dress code outside of their door, and most apply…

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Gas Explosion Pipeline Update

Photo Credit: Colonial Pipeline Press Release Gas prices continue to rise in the Athens area. This is possibly due to the gas explosion that left one worker dead, and four others hospitalized on Monday in Shelby County, Alabama. GasBuddy.com reports the average price of gas in the Athens area is $2.23. The lowest price for gas in the area is $1.92. According to an update released by Colonial Pipeline on November 2nd, “No observable impacts have been noted on nearby waterways or drainage paths. Out of an abundance of caution,…

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Georgia’s Age Limit on Talking on the Phone While Driving

As of 10:35, the leading answer on the Grady Newsource Twitter poll was 21 years old… That’s incorrect! Epifanio Rodriguez, the public information officer of Athens Clarke County Police Department, says all drivers in Georgia under the age of 18 cannot use a phone in the car at all. Drivers over the age of 18 are allowed to dial and receive phone calls while driving. The Georgia law restricting 18+ year olds prohibits “any text-based communication” – not limited to text messages. Legal exceptions can be made if drivers are…

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