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The Foundry is hosting the third annual Athens in Harmony concert this Sunday, January 14th.

 

The lineup includes a unique collaboration of the city’s gospel, soul, reggae, blues singers, Hip-Hop artists, and rock musicians.

 

The Athens in Harmony concert is aimed at showing the community’s concern for the rights and safety of blacks and other minorities as well as the safety of the police force.

 

The crime numbers for 2017 are in for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, and they are some of the lowest the department has seen since unification.

 

The total number of arrest was down from over 4100 in 2016 to just over 3500 in 2017. Part 1 crimes, which include murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and larceny are down.

 

Public Information Officer Epifanio Rodriguez says the number burglaries was down significantly in 2017.

A blood shortage is prompting the Red Cross to issue an urgent call for blood and platelet donations. January is National Blood Donor Month and the organization needs donors of all blood types to make an appointment to help address a winter blood donation shortage.

 

Kristen Stancil is Communications Manager with the Red Cross. She says severe weather has forced blood drive cancellations during an already difficult time of year.

 

Today is a historic one for the Athens community. 57 years ago, on January 09, 1961 students Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes integrated the University of Georgia.

Hunter-Gault graduated from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1963, going on to work for prestigious media outlets like The New Yorker, The New York Times, PBS, CNN and NPR.

 

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