Month: February 2018

Opioid Crisis Hits Northeast Georgia

Madison County is now considering joining Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties in a multi-state federal lawsuit suing manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs. Reporter Bethany Bell reported live at the Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley law firm with more on how the opioid crisis has affected our local community. No one at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard &…

Poverty Cuts

President Trump’s 2019 fiscal budget proposal would give a major decrease in funding to public housing. This decrease could mean Athens Housing Authority has to get more creative on how they plan to provide affordable housing for the community. Reporter Brittany Stocus has more on the story.   The budget still has to be voted…

Faster Internet for Madison County

The Madison Co. Board of Commissioners is currently considering a pitch from a fixed- wireless internet service provider, Open Broadband. The board receives many complaints from residents about slow internet service in the county. The county currently uses a DSL internet provider. “DSL uses traditional phone lines to connect consumers to the Internet, which is…

Parking Lot and Road Closures

The Facilities Management Division, FMD, has placed an advisory out for parking lot and road closures. The D.W Brooks Drive Chilled Water Piping Project will be undergoing construction that will effect parking as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the Athens area. This project will improve road conditions, crosswalks, parking and the overall flow…

Medical Marijuana Legal to Possess in Georgia but Not to Grow

Possessing medical marijuana in Georgia is legal with a registered medical card. However Georgian’s still cannot legally grow it, and if you go across state lines to legally purchase and bring it back, it’s considered a federal offense. House Bill 645 is the latest bill going through the general assembly. The bill allows for the growth…