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Athens News Matters Preview for November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017

On this week’s edition of Athens News Matters, guests, Blake Aued, Gwen o' Looney, and District 6 Commissioner Jerry NeSmith discuss the surprising results of Tuesday’s special election which led to victories for Democrats in House District seats 117 and 119; the passage of TSPLOST 2018 and ACC Government requests to the 2018 Legislative Delegation.


Also taking place Saturday is the Clarke County School District Student Art exhibit.

Didi Dunphy is Program Supervisor at the Lyndon House Arts Center. She says this year’s theme is “Connect.”

“Every other year our walls are full to the brim of artwork from youth; pre-K all the way up to 12th grade,” Dunphy said. “Artwork from over 400 students this year from 20 public schools.

The exhibit runs through the holiday season. The reception 2 to 4 pm. It is free and open to the public.


This week’s Special Election saw two Athens-area Democrats taking seats once held by Republicans. One of those candidates, Jonathan Wallace, is now the Representative-elect for House District 119.


Wallace said he had hoped just to make it to a runoff with one of his three Republican challengers. But instead, he’s heading to the capitol in Atlanta.


Environment Georgia

A report from the U.S Government out this week addresses the issue of Global Warming.


That report is part of the fourth National Climate Assessment, which is issued every four years. It concludes that it is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming.


University of Georgia

 A UGA bus hit a student on campus earlier this week. 

According to the UGA Police Department report, the student stepped out to cross Hooper Street, but didn’t stop to look before crossing. He was not in a crosswalk.

The student was then hit from behind by the UGA bus. He hit his head on the front windshield, but did not visibly cut his head. However, his vision did become blurry later. The student was then taken to Piedmont Athens Regional for treatment.