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Athens-Clarke commissioners have added funding to several projects, including the firefly trail, sidewalks, and street paving, after changing estimates of TSPLOST revenue.

Commissioner Jerry NeSmith says ACC staff studied sales tax trends and came up with the most recent numbers by looking at the past five years instead of ten previously. In addition to adding money for new projects and some already on the list, NeSmith requested $340,00 for the county take over private streets in a neighborhood near the mall, a move he says will also benefit the county.

Oconee Schools to Delay Dismissal for Eclipse

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Oconee County Public School officials announced that they will dismiss 30 minutes later than usual on August 21 because of the solar eclipse.

Claire Miller, Oconee County Chief Academic Officer, announced in a news release on Wednesday that the elementary schools will dismiss at 3 p.m. that day, and the county’s high schools and middle schools will follow at 4 p.m.

Firefly Trail Inc.

The Athens-Clarke County Commission found a way to restore $5 million of funding for the Firefly Trail project: revise revenue projections on a proposed 1-cent sales tax.

Commissioners believe that basing revenue projections on the past five years of sales tax collections, instead of the past 10 years, yields a higher total for the five-year tax — $109.9 million as opposed to $104.5 million. This announcement was made in Tuesday’s commission meeting. Mark Ralston, President of Firefly Trail Incorporated, explained that he is excited about this new announcement.

Judge Dismisses Discrimination Suit Against CNN, Turner

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A federal judge has dismissed a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit filed by current and former black employees of Time Warner, owner of Turner networks including CNN, TNT and TBS.
U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey of the Northern District of Georgia wrote in Tuesday's dismissal order that the two employees named in the suit failed to show that intentional discrimination based on their race occurred.

Books for Keeps Annual Book Sale

Jul 26, 2017

The Athens nonprofit Books for Keeps will holding its Annual Book sale beginning next week. Organizers say the sale allows donated books to find new life. Many of the families currently served by Books for Keeps come to the sale in order to stock their home libraries. Preview night is Thursday, Augusts 3rd, and a $10 admission fee gives interested buyers first crack at the wide range of books.

Leslie Hale is Executive Director of the organization.

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WUGA 30th Anniversary Gala with Steve Inskeep

WUGA 30th Anniversary Gala August 28, 2017

Ticket deadline is August 14

WUGA ARTIST IN RESIDENCE FOR AUGUST

Artist In Residence Event for August

Saturday, August 19 3-5pm

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Host David Barbe and his Music Business Students from UGA's Terry College, present live recordings of performances from the stages of Athens Georgia!

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As it was for many of us, 2016 was a helluva year for Margo Price — except while we were trying to keep our heads from spinning over presidential politics and mourning the deaths of one beloved musician after another, she was also having one of the biggest artistic breakthroughs of the year. After a decade of trucking away with various bands in the East Nashville scene, Price finally released her masterful debut, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, via Third Man Records.

ALA.NI On World Cafe

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In this session, we are joined by ALA.NI, a British singer-songwriter whose debut album, You & I, is a remarkable update on the cabaret tradition.

The London-born, Paris-based performer was surprisingly candid during our World Cafe interview:

The U.K. has only recently rolled out the largest warship the country has ever produced, testing the massive aircraft carrier's sea legs off the coast of Scotland, but already the British navy has a destination in mind for the HMS Queen Elizabeth and its still-to-be-named sister ship: the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Charlie Gard, a terminally ill British baby whose parents fought in court to transfer him to the U.S. for treatment, will be moved to a hospice facility to die.

A British judge approved the transfer plan on Thursday, days after Charlie's parents dropped their efforts to receive experimental treatments.

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