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Athens News Matters for September 15, 2017

Sep 18, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters, guests Blake Aued, Gwen O' Looney, and Rebecca McCarthy discuss  the local impact of DACA, or  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the planned development for Mitchell Street, and the Broad River Ordinance.


The University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which is also the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Ecology, which it was previously named.  The event kicked off this week with a lecture, discussion, and exhibitions at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library.

Activities honor founder Eugene Odum. James W. Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology Emeritus, was one of the featured speakers.

Leaf and Limb Collection to Resume September 18-22

Sep 15, 2017
Athens-Clarke County

The Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department's leaf and limb collection will resume its normal six-week rotation schedule beginning Monday, September 18 in Area B during the week of September 18-22. 

Due to the storm damage created by Tropical Storm Irma, the restrictions on individual pile limits and the length of time the pile can be placed at the curb for collection have been suspended during the next six-week rotation.

Power Restored to Most Georgians

Sep 15, 2017
Jackson EMC

Georgia Power reports there are still several thousand customers without power. The company says more than 960,000 customers have been restored since the peak on Monday. The company is on track to restore power to 95 percent of all customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, by Saturday night - 24 hours ahead of schedule.

Tommy Irvin, Longtime Georgia Agriculture Chief, Dies at 88

Sep 15, 2017
AP Photo/John Bazemore, File

Former Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, whose four decades in office made him one of the longest-serving statewide officials in the U.S., died at the age of 88, the department he once ran confirmed Friday.
First appointed as state agriculture head in 1969 by then-Gov. Lester Maddox, Irvin went on to win 10 consecutive elections before deciding to retire in 2011 because of age and health reasons.