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Georgia's Toxic Sites Await Cleanup as Funds are Diverted

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Georgia Water Coalition

Georgia has more than 500 hazardous sites in need of costly cleanup, but an analysis of state spending shows that it routinely shorts the trust fund that's supposed to pay for them.

Less than half of the $14.5 million in fees the state collects on average for hazardous waste cleanup annually is spent on that need, a WSB-TV analysis of state budget figures shows. The rest goes into Georgia's general fund for other purposes.

Athens News Matters for February 16, 2018

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On this edition of Athens News Matters, guests Blake Aued with Flagpole and District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link discus, a public meeting planned for Clayton Street, the Athens Comp plan, and the market garden.

Athens Tool Library in Need of Donations

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Berkeley Public Library

A collaboration between two Athens organizations is working to create a new source of assistance for the community.

The Athens Regional Library are LEAD Athens are working together to create the ACC Tool Library. The goal of the effort is to provide members of the community with tools they need, that they might not otherwise be able to afford or have access to. Project Director Mike Hodges says more donations are needed for the library.

Groundbreaking for Bogart Library Expansion

Feb 17, 2018

Members of the community are invited to attend the groundbreaking for an expansion project at the Bogart Library. The branch, located on Burson Avenue, opened in 1997. The expansion and renovation will increase the library’s size from 3,700 square feet to 10,000 square feet. Rhiannon Eades is Public Information Officer with the Athens-Clarke Library.

A new bill in the state senate would call for background checks of employees at nursing homes. Introduced on Tuesday, Senate Bill 406 would require nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities to conduct criminal background checks on all employees.

Under the bill, a state-wide “Caregivers’ Registry” would also be established. It would allow certain employers access to the background checks and other pertinent information. Evan Jones is with the law firm Blasingame, Burch & Garrard, Ashley, his primary focus is nursing home neglect and abuse.

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In more than three decades of work, Doug Jones has carved out a niche in the acting world by playing strange and otherworldly creatures. He was a demonic superhero in Hellboy and a monster with an appetite for children in Pan's Labyrinth.

But there was one storyline that proved elusive: Jones says, "I never saw romantic leading male [stories] coming with any creature roles."

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Trees And The Wind, In Pyeongchang

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We expected the cold. It was, after all, the Winter Olympics.

But the wind is what has made an impression on many of us visiting Pyeongchang. It's even caused competition schedules to be rewritten.

For a string of days last week, the wind blew steady at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts of 45 mph. Concession stands and security scanners were toppled; temporary tents were blown away.

On the worst day, it looked as if a massive dust storm had descended. Three days later, we were still shaking sand out of our boots.

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