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US Hits Record for Costly Weather Disasters: $306 Billion

Jan 8, 2018
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With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion.
The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005.
Costs are adjusted for inflation and NOAA keeps track of billion-dollar weather disasters going back to 1980.

Jackson EMC Preparing for Winter Weather

Jan 7, 2018
Jackson EMC

Jackson EMC is closely monitoring the weather forecast for Sunday and the potential impact on our area. Current forecasts indicate severe winter weather and freezing rain in Northeast Georgia beginning Sunday, Jan. 7.

As always, Jackson EMC linemen and other personnel stand ready to respond to our members when needed. In addition to our linemen, we will have 190 contractors nearby and ready to respond.

To prepare for potential hazards, consider the following electrical safety tips:

Athens News Matters for January 5, 2018

Jan 7, 2018

Guest from the Athens Neighborhood Health Center discuss the organization, it’s mission, and the services provided.  They include Pharmacist Dr. Saman Kazemi, Pharmacy Technician Fredric Creamer and CEO of the facility, Melinda Craig.

The Redcoats Go West

Jan 6, 2018

Features Reporter Allison Salerno went to the Rose Bowl for Georgia's historic win over Oklahoma and discovered how members of the Redcoats marching band prepared for their performance in California. She tells us about that - and about important personal milestones some Redcoats made on this trip of a lifetime.

Bring One for the Chipper in Athens

Jan 6, 2018

If you still need to get rid of your Christmas tree, Keep Athens-Clarke Beautiful is working with the ACC government in sponsoring tree recycling Saturday.

The Bring One for the Chipper event runs from 9 am until 1 pm. Drop-off locations include Cofer’s Home and Garden Showplace, which will be collecting trees all week, Clarke Middle School, Chase Street Elementary School and sandy Creek Nature Center.