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The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is holding a protest rally at the Arch this evening after a young man filed a discrimination complaint against Jerzees Sports bar. Co-founder and President Mokah Johnson says the problem seems to primarily affect African-American males.

"It is to bring awareness to the ongoing issue of discrimination downtown,” Johnson said. “Bar owners are still turning away black and brown patrons; some bars are not stating why they’re turning people away, at this point they’re just telling them that they cannot get in.”

Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. In Oconee County Five schools were named Highest Performing and four others were named Greatest Gains Schools.  Jefferson High School in Jefferson City, Gainesville Exploration Academy, Oglethorpe County Middle School, and three Hall County schools were chosen as Greatest Gains schools. Jefferson High School was also selected a Highest Performing School.

Highest Performing Schools:

Oconee County:

High Shoals Elementary School

Malcom Bridge Elementary School

Athens-Clarke Library

The Madison County Library has received a Vibrant Communities Grant. The funds were awarded by The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts. In addition to libraries; schools, arts centers, historical societies, nonprofits and others applied for the $1200 award. Madison County will use the grant to fund “Timeless Tales and Ancient Arts @your library,” featuring storytellers, musical performers, and local art instructors.


Open enrollment is underway for Obamacare and an Athens navigator says the numbers are surprising.

Changes in the funding for out-of-pocket costs for the Affordable Care Act, have resulted in unforeseen discounts for many of those seeking coverage. Harold Webber is a Health Plan Navigator and Outreach Coordinator at Athens Neighborhood Health Center. He says those unexpected lower, and in some cases, no premiums, have resulted in a boom in enrollment.

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A UGA researcher has a new research project that she’s hoping will help alleviate loneliness in elderly people. 


Heidi Ewen is hoping that fostering cats may help seniors in the Athens community to feel a little less alone.


“Loneliness is a really big problem among older people, particularly those who live alone, and that’s the population we’re targeting,” said Ewen.