Scene from a distance: Art Rocks Athens celebrates era between 1975-1985

This story, while not having much if anything to directly deal with Oconee County, was written by Hillary Butschek, who is the journalist hired by the Athens Banner-Herald ostensibly to write for the Oconee Leader

Scene from a distance: Art Rocks Athens celebrates era between 1975-1985

Sep. 1 Forum on Southern Mill, Chase Street, and Complete Streets policy

This event mentioned in Flagpole caught my attention: Blake Aued reports that there will be a public meeting on Sep. 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Hendershot's (237 Prince Avenue) to discuss plans for the Southern Mill redevelopment and Chase Street as it is being affected by upcoming work under the Complete Streets policy. The forum is being organized by Michael Smith and the participants include Kelly Girtz, Melissa Link, and Tim Bryant. (If you are curious about the scheduled time, Commissioners Girtz and Link have a regular meeting of the Mayor and Commission afterward at 7 p.m.) Read more in Flagpole...


Hugh Acheson to discuss cookbook for vegetables and fruit

This Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library, Chef Hugh Acheson will discuss his cookbook The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruit. This book covers recipes ranging from the easy do-it-yourself to extravagant dinner party dishes, with an emphasis on healthy dining. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Library, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. The program will be held in the Appleton Auditorium and followed by a reception.


A Confederate license plate’s deep roots in Georgia law | Political Insider blog

A Confederate license plate’s deep roots in Georgia law | Political Insider blog

Another scam alert

From the Athens-Clarke County Police Department:
A group commonly known as the “Irish Travelers” has been operating scams in areas surrounding Athens-Clarke County; however, we have not had any reports at this time.
Reports from other counties indicate that one or two subjects come to the door of a residence. They identify themselves as working for a utility company and need to check the property line. They convince the owner to walk to the back of the property with them. During this time another subject will enter the residence and steal property. This group usually preys on senior citizens but that does not mean they will not approach other residents.

If people come to your residence with this type of story, ask them to show identification. Employees of most utility companies will have identification and will not be offended if you ask for it. Ask for a contact number and call the company to verify that the subject is legitimate. Under no circumstance should you open your door to strangers until you have verified they are truly an employee of the company they say they represent. If they try to pressure you into coming out with them, close and lock the door. Call 911 immediately and give the communications center a description of the subjects and a vehicle description if one is seen.

This is just one of many scams this group uses. In other scams residents have been told they need a new roof because of damage from storms or they have left over asphalt and they will pave your drive for a good price. Do not become a victim of these scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Do not hesitate to call 911 if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood.


Huge turbine to be transported across north Georgia

Huge turbine to be transported across north Georgia

New chief in town

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government announced yesterday that Scott Freeman has been appointed the new permanent chief of police. The announcement says that Freeman has most recently served as the chief deputy of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, and it details his  accomplishments in his career in that office as well as the Conyers Police Department. The former chief Joseph Lumpkin moved on last fall to become chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Welcome to Athens, Chief Freeman. There is a lot to do, but there are a lot of good officers and conscientious citizens to help you do it.


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.