Relatives of Zell Miller say he will no longer make public appearances as he deals with health challenges.
The 85-year-old former Georgia governor and U.S. senator took a fall at a Young Harris College basketball game in February 2016.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that tests at a hospital later found proteins associated with Parkinson's with Lewy bodies — a form of the disease associated with dementia.

Community Rights Movement Activist Coming to Athens

8 hours ago

The North Oconee River Project is hosting a Community Rights Movement workshop in Athens next week. It’s aimed at helping people develop and pass locally enforceable laws.

Activist Paul Cienfuegos has spent the past two decades doing grassroots organizing and holding Community Rights workshops. Cienfuegos says it’s important that communities establish their right to local self-government and their right to protect their health, safety and welfare. Something he says is more difficult than many realize.

Oconee County Deputy Hit by Car Released from Hospital

22 hours ago

An Oconee County Deputy hit by a car Tuesday evening has been released from the hospital. According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. George Roberts was released and all tests and x-rays were fine. Roberts was directing traffic in front of Oconee Veterans Park Tuesday evening when the accident happened. He was conscious, alert, and talking on the scene after the incident. The driver of the vehicle that stuck the deputy did stop.

Red Cross Seeking Blood Donations for Cancer Patients

Oct 17, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others. Kristen Stancil is Communications Manager with the organization.  She says most people don’t think about the need for blood in treating cancer patients.

Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health officials announced Monday that the state’s premature birth rate increased in 2016.

Premature babies are defined as infants born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. In 2016, Georgia’s pre-term birth rate was 11.2 percent. That’s an increase from 2015’s 10.8 percent rate. Georgia’s rate is also higher than the national average for pre-term birth which is 9.8 percent.