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Envision Athens Open House Sessions

Sep 20, 2017

Envision Athens is unveiling the draft Action Agenda over four open house session starting next week.  The meetings will feature a brief presentation, then attendees are encouraged to read about major outcomes from the process, review the draft action proposals and indicate their priorities.  Members from the 38-member steering committee and the planning team will be available to discuss the plans and hear comments.


Members of the community are invited to the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s September 2017 Brown Bag Lunch. They’ll learn about the history of confederate monuments in Athens and throughout the nation.

In the wake of the national discussion regarding confederate symbols, the Lyndon House is hosting ‘Confederate Monuments-Context and Controversy.’ University of Georgia Professor Dr. Kela Reason will discuss the history and construction of the monuments and memorials. She will provide context during the informal dialogue.

University of Georgia

Two University of Georgia researchers have found that new public health messaging could play a role in preventing hot car deaths.

UGA doctoral student Castle Williams and professor Andrew Grundstein surveyed both parents and experts on the topic of hot car deaths.

The study found that most parents do not believe they would accidentally forget a child in the car. Instead, parents thought that the majority of hot car deaths were intentional. Lifestyle factors like low income, were also thought by parents to make others more likely to forget a child in the car.

Online Athens

An Athens man is facing criminal charges for attempting to make a bomb in his apartment.

David Aaron Romine’s apartment at Towne View Place was inspected on Monday morning. Inside the eastside apartment, law enforcement found a metal pipe, electrical components, chemicals, wiring, an alarm clock and a pressure cooker.

The Athens-Clarke County police spokesman said he believes mental health issues may have played a role in Romine attempting to make a bomb. 

Associated Press

Three people face charges after violent clashes with campus police at Georgia Tech following a vigil for a student fatally shot by officers, a university spokesman said Tuesday.

Police shot and killed Scout Schultz, 21, Saturday night after the fourth-year student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.