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.

Athens News Matters Summary for February 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

On the latest edition of Athens News Matters, guest Blake Aued and Melissa Link tack topics including the Athens Comprehensive Plan, the garden Market and a public meeting planned for Clayton Street.

This week Athens Republican Houston Gaines announced his intention to once again run for House District 117.

The race will be a rematch between Gaines and State Representative Deborah Gonzalez. The Democrat won by 450 votes during a special election last year to fill the post vacated by Regina Quick.  Gaines says this year’s race will be very different.

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Georgia Health News is our weekly feature that keeps you up to date on what's happening in health around the state. This week, Andy Miller and Victoria Knight discuss the lack of healthcare in rural Georgia, and the bill House lawmakers have proposed to address the issue.