Two transported to hospital after truck overturns in Oconee County; road closed

This got me thinking, as I tend to do after any small disaster, what route to Athens would I take if all of the sudden, Barnett Shoals Road in Watkinsville was closed as it was in this wreck, Simonton Bridge was closed as it started to be today with the five foot shaving at the intersection with Milledge Avenue, and take into effect the old Macon Highway with the recently extinguished smoldering remains of the Puritan Cord Mill closing that route. Yes I could still wander around to Atlanta Highway and or the 10 Loop, but sometimes we do take for granted our frequented paths and usual journeys.  What is your favorite secret way to Athens, taking these out of the calculation?

Two transported to hospital after truck overturns in Oconee County; road closed

Portion of Whitehall Road closed through July 31

That is a long time! Plan ahead if you're going that way south of South Milledge Avenue. Details here.


Tasers coming soon

From the Athens-Clarke County Police Department:

Prior to deploying Tasers in the field, the Police Department is holding a series of community forums to explain its policies for Taser usage and address questions and concerns. The first forum was held on April 29. The next session is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, at 7:00 PM at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1931 Old West Broad Street. The third forum will be Wednesday, June 3, at 5:30 PM at the Police Department’s West Precinct at Georgia Square Mall, 3700 Atlanta Hwy.


New teen writers group

From the library:

Are you a teen who wishes to improve their writing or get feedback? Join the Teen Writers’ Guild at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Friday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m. The Writers’ Guild allows teens to share and discuss their writing with other teen writers. The guild is free and open to all teens ages 11-18. Teens should bring writing with them or be prepared to write at the meeting.

For more information visit the teen desk or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329.  The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens.


AthCon March 14 and 15

Athcon and Rose of Athens Theatre are pleased to announce the return of the area’s only Comics/Star Wars/Gaming /Anime Comic Con.  AthCon will return in its 3rd year to a two-day event at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Con attendees from all over the state and beyond will enjoy: 
·      Stormtroopers and sci-fi characters from the Georgia 501st Stormtrooper division.
·      Gaming contests sponsored by Dragon Star Hobbies, including a regional Magic Card tournament. 
·      Comics’ guest panels/ discussions.
·      There will also be costume contests with local fans, featuring all the heroes and villains from your favorite comics and movies. 
·      AthCon will feature a costume dance party Saturday evening in the main Athena ballroom of the Classic Center.
·      Don't miss our Georgia Ghostbusters, Stormtroopers, Replica Batmobile, Zombie Response Team, Georgia Robocop and the Kilted Creature.

AthCon is a charity event; all proceeds will go to benefit a nonprofit 501c3, Rose of Athens Theatre and its Arts Education programming.  So come dressed in the weirdest, nerdiest look you can imagine, have fun, and support the Arts for youth March 14-15, 2015.

For more detailed information please ath-con.com, Rose of Athens Theatre, Dragon Star Hobbies, or Mr. Comic Shop.


Tax deduction for gifts to Film Athens

From Film Athens:

Film Athens is raising funds to purchase software and equipment for the FILM LAB housed inside the Athens Community Career Academy.

The film industry in Georgia is booming with a 5.1 billion dollar impact on our state's economy last year alone. With an even more skilled workforce of Georgians, we can continue to build on those economic numbers and keep quality, good paying jobs right here in Athens.

But these new professionals are going to need the right skills to compete and that's where the FILM LAB comes in. Film Athens needs your help to provide workforce development and arts education in the Athens area.

Film Athens is a 501c3 non-profit organization - this means any donation you make before midnight December 31

will qualify as a tax deduction for 2014! The new year is just 2 days away but the good news is that you can donate to Film Athens any day of the week, 24 hours a day so it's easy to get in that last-minute donation. Please take a minute to watch our pitch video and then consider donating to help fund the film lab @ support.filmathens.net


Oconee County Observations: Daniells Bridge Road Flyover Reduced From Four Lan...

Oconee County Observations: Daniells Bridge Road Flyover Reduced From Four Lan...: Final Vote Tomorrow The Daniells Bridge Road flyover of SR Loop 10 has been reduced from four-lanes to two-lanes in the Madison Athens-Cla...

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Athens music scene fiction

What a neat idea. There is a new novel called Forty Watt Flowers by Colleen M. Subasic about a band trying to make it in the Athens music scene. The press release says:
As Georgia Bulldog season gets into high gear it’s easy to forget that it’s also book season. This year, Athens’ residents who are more prone to stick their nose in a book than root for the red and black throng may have something to curl up with: a novel set in the Athens, GA music scene.
The Forty Watt Flowers, a novel by Colleen M. Subasic, celebrates Athens’ in all its funky-punky-spunky glory, from the six songs played twice by the B-52s at a frat on Milledge Avenue to the music love-in that is AthFest.
The story follows an unlikely collection of women as they learn how to invest all the passion, pain and glory of their lives into their sound. In the telling, readers are introduced to local icons such as the Tree That Owns Itself and 8-Track Gorilla; taken on a tour of the blisters, disappointments and joys of writing a song; and, whisked into clubs where the air smells of stale beer and hope. 

According to the excerpt available online, this novel is set in the late 1990s. That was probably a good time when some folks were still trying to capture the magic of the previous two decades.


Film Athens HD Video Production Bootcamp

From Film Athens:

We still have a few opening for our 2 day workshop this Saturday May 31st & Sunday June 1st.
Taught by filmmaker Keith B. Plummer, this class will shoot on location and conduct hands-on camera and lighting exercises at the Film Athens Film Lab. Students will learn practical use of a camera, how to light a subject and record the proper sound.

Students Learn
  • Basic Camera operation -Understand the Buttons on your Camera
  • Framing a shot -Composition
  • Fixed lens vs removable lenses
  • Tripod vs Handheld -Bracing the camera
  • Understanding Exposure and Color Temperature
  • and more...
LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate
DATE: 5/31 & 6/1
COST: $150.00
More Info & Register here >> http://www.filmathens.net/index.php/local_scene/register


Ethics Commission whistleblower talks about trial

Ethics Commission whistleblower talks about trial

To the Candidates for the U.S. Senate seat and 10th Congressional District of Georgia

To the Candidates for the U.S. Senate seat and 10th Congressional District of Georgia

Message on door-to-door sales

From the Athens-Clarke County Police Department:

Springtime traditionally brings out the door-to-door sales people. This spring is no different. In the last several weeks, the Police Department has seen an increase in suspicious person calls for door-to-door sales people. Athens-Clarke County ordinances require that "Every person engaged in street sales or itinerant sales, whether the principal or an employee, shall be required to obtain from the government a valid individual identification badge" (ACC Code 6-6-2). Door-to-door sales people must prominently display that badge (ACC Code 6-6-3). There may be some sales people who are not aware of this ordinance and have not obtained proper identification. There may also be people going door-to-door who are not legitimate sales people. We encourage our citizens to be aware of activity in their neighborhood. If a person or vehicle looks out of place or the subject is acting suspiciously, we encourage citizens to call 911 and report it. As much information about the person/vehicle should be given to the call taker – race, sex, clothing, height, weight, direction of travel, vehicle description, etc. While this information is being gathered, the call is being dispatched. Help your Police Department keep our community safe by being eyes and ears in your neighborhood. As Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr., likes to say, “If you see something, say something.” Your help will be appreciated!!