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State and local nonprofits are gathering at the Athens Library Thursday evening to take part in a Smart Justice Roundtable. Organized by the American Civil Librerties Union of Georgia, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, and the Economic Justice Coalition, the discussion is aimed at addressing the issue of mass incarceration in Georgia.

The focus is on Athens joining in the ACLU’s multi-year effort to reduce the jail and prison population by 50% and to combat the racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Atlanta Police Department

An Atlanta police officer has resigned after her arrest during a drug raid at an apartment complex.

Atlanta Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officer Iris Rowe resigned Wednesday after her arrest Monday. She is being held at the Fulton County Jail on multiple drug charges including possession of marijuana and MDMA with intent to distribute.

Rowe had been with the department since 2016 and assigned to the mobile patrol unit. She along with two others, Jeremy Laye and Tony Robinson, were also arrested and accused of selling drugs.

The Red Cross is launching a new campaign this summer, in hopes of reversing a declining donor population.

The goal of the Missing Types campaign is to raise awareness while recruiting new donors and reaching out to those who haven’t given blood in years. Communications Manager Ronnika McFall says the campaign is getting support as companies, organizations and agencies throughout the nation.  remove the letters A, B and O from their brands.


Federal authorities say they've reached a settlement with a Georgia manufacturing plant which had been cited for failing to take steps to prevent hazardous air emissions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced that Decostar Industries Inc. of Carrollton will take steps to control hazardous air emissions to protect workers, residents and improve overall air quality.

Smart Justice Roundtable at Athens Library

Jun 13, 2018

A trio of Local and state organizations meeting in Athens this week to tackle mass incarceration. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Economic Justice Coalition, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia are taking part in the Smart Justice Roundtable this Thursday at the Athens Library.

The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is inviting members of the community to a roundtable discussion Thursday.