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Athens for Everyone

Athens for Everyone is hosting its 2018 Annual Members Meeting this weekend. Members will receive ballots for the organization’s board and platform issues. The meeting is scheduled from 1:30 to 4 pm Saturday at the Athens-Clarke Regional Library. 

The meeting will feature a review of finance and accomplishments, and remarks from officers.

In addition, the presentation of awards for member of the year, elected official of the year, and the Laura Conroy Community Spirit Award will be presented.

GA ICAC

Georgia’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has released it 2017 data. The mission of the ICAC task force is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing an effective response to cyber enticement, child pornography and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. 

 

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Georgia's top judge applauded progress made on criminal justice reform in the state.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines, who plans to retire in August, gave his State of the Judiciary address Thursday before the General Assembly.

Criminal justice reform has been a priority for outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal. Hines said reform measures implemented in recent years are accomplishing three goals: holding lawbreakers accountable, improving public safety and saving money.

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A former teacher and University of Georgia football player who admitted to a sexual relationship with a student will serve five years in prison.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 33-year-old Michael Henderson pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority on Wednesday and received a 20-year sentence, 15 years of which he'll spend on probation.

Henderson told police he had a two-year relationship with a student at Parkview High School, beginning when she was 16 and in his geometry class.

With Georgia experiencing a spike in both fatal crashes and auto insurance premiums, legislators advanced a proposal to make it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving.

A House committee on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill by Republican Rep. John Carson of Marietta.

In Georgia, it is illegal to text behind the wheel, but drivers are allowed to dial and hold their phone behind the wheel. Law enforcement officers say they often cannot tell whether a driver is texting or merely dialing, making it difficult for them to enforce the law.

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