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Athens' Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in May

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Athens' unemployment rate was up slightly last month. The Georgia Department of Labor released the numbers Thursday. The rate was 4.5 percent in May, compared to 4.4. percent in April. Commissioner Mark Butler says the labor force, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs, increased.

UGA Alumni Couple Start Education Scholarship Fund

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UGA Today

A University of Georgia alumni couple has established a teacher education scholarship fund to assist future teachers from underrepresented populations.

Johnny Sanders Jr. and Rubye Coleman-Sanders, who both received doctoral degrees from the UGA College of Education, created the scholarship fund to help underrepresented college students at UGA who aspire to teach in communities that struggle to retain high quality teachers. The Sanders couple sees the scholarship as a way to give back to the UGA College of Education while also helping to advance the careers of current students.


AthFest gets underway this weekend and Cine is offering a look at what’s become an instant classic.

Cine is offering four additional screenings of the documentary “Athens in Our Lifetimes” during this upcoming AthFest weekend. The film shows the history of how Athens became the city it is today. Co-producers Grady Thrasher and Kathy Prescott say they are pleased with the reception.

UGA Expert on 6th District Race Results

Jun 21, 2017

All eyes were on Georgia Wednesday night as Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the effort to win the 6th District Congressional seat. Trey Hood is a professor at the University of Georgia's  School of Public Affairs, or SPIA. He says the race didn’t live up to the hype.

" I don’t think it’s what everyone expected, but it turned out to be pretty anti-climatic, at least for me. And now looking back on things, maybe, you could say, it’s just exactly what should’ve been predicted," according to Hood. " A Republican winning a very Republican leaning district."

Inmates Accused of Killing Guards Face Murder Charges

Jun 21, 2017
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office via AP

Two inmates accused of killing their guards on a Georgia prison bus have been brought before a judge on charges including murder, felony escape and hijacking a motor vehicle.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley said it is very clearly a death penalty case.

Multiple news outlets report that Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, appeared in court in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, on Wednesday.

The judge declined to set bond, citing the nature of the charges.