Athens News Matters for June 15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018

Panelists Gwen O’ Looney with WXAG, and Blake Aued with Flagpole and Lee Shearer with the Athens Banner Herald discuss Tuesday’s commission work session, Casey Cagle comments caught on tape, the upcoming runoff election, and what’s happening at the Lyndon House.

Pete Souza

The Affordable Care Act is once again facing political and legal pressure. A lawsuit threatens to overturn the ACA, which would reverse one of the law's most popular provisions -- protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

Juneteenth Celebration at West Broad Farmers Market

Jun 15, 2018

Members of the community are invited to the 4th annual Juneteenth Celebration in Athens. Juneteenth is an African-American holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves in Texas and across the South.

Each year the Athens Land Trust marks this occasion by hosting a Juneteenth celebration at the West Broad Farmers Market. This year, this event is a recipient of one of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission’s Arts In Community Grants.

The program features guest speakers, poets, live performances, a fashion show, an art exhibit, workshops, kids’ activities and more.

Smart Justice Roundtable in Athens

Jun 15, 2018
Photo courtesy Jeanne Davis

With around 50 thousand people in prison and 40 thousand in jail, Georgia has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia wants to change that.


Spokespeople from the group traveled from Atlanta to hold a roundtable on Thursday to discuss possibilities for prison reformation on a local level.


Athens News Matters Summary for June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

Developments at this week’s commission work session, Casey Cagle caught on tape, and happenings at the Lyndon House are discussed on the next edition of Athens News Matters.