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...

In The Ray Rice Situation, Everyone Must Go

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!!


‘Religious freedom’ bill runs into trouble | Political Insider blog

‘Religious freedom’ bill runs into trouble | Political Insider blog

FBI Arrests Georgia Militia Terrorists Attempting to Buy Bombs to Attack Feds (Updated)

FBI Arrests Georgia Militia Terrorists Attempting to Buy Bombs to Attack Feds (Updated)

SWEENEY: Roadblock to Medicaid expansion a threat to Middle Georgia | Your Say | Macon.com

SWEENEY: Roadblock to Medicaid expansion a threat to Middle Georgia | Your Say | Macon.com

Charlotte's Web at Rose of Athens Theatre

Shows are this Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1, and again next weekend, March 7 and March 8. From the press release:

Roseof Athens Theatre brings classic literature to life! The Athens based theatre is continuing their eighth season with the family tale Charlotte’s Web. Directed by Rose veteran, Dillon Nelson, E.B. White's classic is sure to have a signature Rose twist with singing, dancing and fun audience interaction. Charlotte's Web follows the journey of a little pig named Wilbur and his quest for friendship and survival. He encounters compelling characters along the way, including an articulate barn spider named Charlotte and a greedy, scheming rat named Templeton. It is a tale of courage, selflessness, and friendship. Public Shows are February 28, March 1, 7, 8 at 7:00 PM. All performances will take place at Seney Stovall Chapel. For tickets or more information email booking@roseofathens.org or call 706.340.9181.


Citizens Urged to Remain Inside and Off Roads and Sidewalks as Conditions Worsen


"Emergency personnel have noted an increase in the number of citizens venturing out in vehicles and on foot and running into difficulties as a result of the poor conditions."

West Broad Street near Milledge right now


This is for real. The roads are NOT passable in Clarke County. I've just watched two cars get stuck on West Broad Street.

Ice storm update

From the Athens-Clarke County police:

Roadways, bridges, and overpasses in Athens-Clarke County are covered with ice and are very treacherous. The temperature is in the high 20’s now and is not expected to rise throughout the day. Additional perception in the form of snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain is expected through the night. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-20s. As ice forms on power lines and tree limbs there may be power outages.
We encourage citizens to remain at home and stay off the roadway. If you have to drive, slow down and drive cautiously. Turn your vehicle’s headlights on so others will be able to see you.


Would Jesus drive like a jerk?

I have the misfortune of having to commute on US78 out in Oconee. Misfortune you ask? Yes indeed, that takes me right by the campus of that ever growing cancer known as Prince Avenue Baptist church/school/etc. Every morning I get passed by big SUVs with PAC stickers and Romney or Bush campaign bumper stickers. These folks blow by me, whip in front of me in an effort to put at least one more vehicle behind them as they deliver their children to be brainwashed. This morning it was a mom with a cellphone in her ear, as she passed me on the left she then merged over in front of me almost hitting me. If that was an isolated incident I'd say whatever, but this happens at least 3 times a week. A lot of those SUVs have those annoying little stick figures on the back, a father figure, a mother figure and one or more kid figures and pet figures, as if anyone really cares what the composition of their family is.
On a more positive note, I saw an SUV last month that had the father figure, a mother figure, and two coat hanger figures. That made me laugh.


Forum on Whitehall/Milledge intersection improvements

From the email:

The Transportation and Public Works Department will hold an informational public forum to discuss intersection improvements planned for the South Milledge Avenue and Whitehall Road intersection.

South Milledge Avenue and Whitehall Road Intersection Improvement Project Public Forum

Monday, February 3, 2014

Drop in anytime between 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Georgia Forestry Commission District Office
1055 E. Whitehall Road


Mail disruption

I have been told that although the mail carriers in Athens showed up for work today, there was virtually no mail to deliver because trucks were not able to make deliveries from the distribution center to our post offices. So don't expect to get that check I sent you just yet.


Health Department Needs Women for Focus Group--Will Get $20 Gift Card and Pizza for Participating!!!

From the email:

The Clarke County Health Department is looking for women ages 20 to 35
to participate in a focus group on Wednesday, January 15 from 5:30pm to
7:00pm at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Participants will receive a
$20 gift card for participating in the focus group (must be present the
full time), and pizza and refreshments will also be provided.

The focus group topic will be family planning and will discuss birth
control advertisements, so participants should be comfortable speaking
about this topic in a small, confidential environment.

Registration is required—registration does not guarantee
participation because space is limited. For more information about the
focus group and to register, please visit

Participants do not have to live in Clarke County but must live in the
10-county Northeast Health District (Clarke, Barrow, Elbert, Greene,
Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe or Walton County).

Art exhibit coming up

Exhibit, 1/10-1/31
Reception free and open to the public, January 25 3PM, Oconee County Library.
Appropriate for all ages. 


Auditions with Rose of Athens Theatre

From the email:

Auditions for our Summer Shakespeare on the Lawn production of Twelfth Night will be held on Tuesday January 14 from 7:00PM-10:00 PM by appointment only. Auditions for our No Shame New Playwright's series production of Donkey, will be held Wednesday January 15 from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM by appointment only. Donkey is an ADULTS ONLY production. Auditionees will perform cold readings from the scripts. Auditions will take place at Studio Dance Academy-1100 Jennings Mill PKWY, Suite F, Room E (across from the Home Depot and behind Trader Joe's). For more information or to sign up for an audition appointment, email danielle@roseofathens.org.