Athens Police are also looking for a suspect wanted in connection with an aggravated battery. According to a media release from department spokesperson Epifanio Rodriguez, officers were dispatched to a residence on McKinnley Drive. When they arrived they found a woman who was the victim of a domestic violence incident which left her face unrecognizable. The victim sustained several facial fractures. The suspect is 45-year old Demarkous Martin. Police say he left the scene before officers arrived.

Governor Nathan Deal is in Europe this week on an economic development trip for the state. 


The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Governor Deal left for Paris on Saturday, and will travel to northern Italy on Tuesday. He will be meeting with businesses that already have operations or relations with Georgia.


 After reopening a cold case, authorities in Georgia have arrested five people — including two law enforcement officials — in a killing they say was racially motivated.

Timothy Coggins, a 23-year-old black man, was found dead along a road in the city of Sunny Side, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Atlanta, on Oct. 9, 1983. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Spalding County Sheriff's Office reopened the case in March after getting new information.

Athens News Matters for October 13, 2017

Oct 16, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters, guests Blake Aued,Gwen O’ Looney and Russell Edwards engage in spirited discussion regarding a recent candidates’ forum and discrepancies in discipline and achievement for African American students in Clarke County.

Hundreds of attendees are expected to take part in the day-long conference which is aimed at bringing together public health representatives, researchers, and others from across the state to address complicated problems including opioid addiction, health equity, and rural health concerns.

Marsha Davis is the Associate Dean for Outreach in the College of Public health and the event organizer.