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Clarke County Special Election Results

Nov 7, 2017

With 100% of precincts reporting, the Georgia Secretary of State's Office reports Democrats Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace have won House District seats 117 and 119. Gonzalez won against Republican Houston Gaines 53% to 47% while Wallace won against three Republican challengers; Tom Lord, Marcus Wiedower and Steven Strickland. Clarke County voters also voted in favor of a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Voters supported that TSPLOST by a wide margin of 74% to 26%.

Jackson EMC

As storm-ravaged Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, Jackson EMC is sending a crew to help in the restoration efforts.


April Sorrow is the Director of Public Relations and Communication for the company. She says the five-man crew of contractors usually works in the Neese District in Madison County.


Online Athens

The annual Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights is scheduled for Thursday, December 7th. 

The parade begins at 7 pm. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.” Performers will be judged during the parade itself. Entries will compete for prizes as “Most Original Float,” Best Use of Light.” The best overall will receive the “Mayor’s Award.”

Good Turnout for Athens-Clarke Special Election

Nov 7, 2017

Turnout is high in Athens-Clarke County for today’s special election, and elections officials are pleased so far.

Athens Clarke County voters are turning out in far higher numbers than expected for today’s special election. Officials at the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections say that Athens could see turnout as high as 15%. That may sound low, but elections officials say that normally, turnout in special elections in Clarke County is below 10%.

AP Photo/Patrick Sison

Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain.