Athens News Podcast: 8/29/23
An Athens intersection at Broad and Lumpkin streets was dedicated to the late legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley in a ceremony held yesterday. The Georgia legislature passed a resolution to honor Dooley, who passed away in October. The event revealed the official Vince Dooley Memorial Intersection signage. Attendees included the Dooley family, Gov. Brian Kemp, local officials, and Rep. Houston Gaines who proposed the resolution. The ceremony was not open to the public, but Georgia football fans in Athens for the September 2 season opener can view the new signage........... This from the Athens-Banner Herald
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is investigating the death of Eugene Scott, 72, due to a gunshot wound. The incident occurred on August 26 around 8:12 a.m. following a disturbance on Old Monroe Road. The police found Scott deceased in a residence on the same road. Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact Detective Harrison at 762-400-7361 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips can also be given anonymously to Crime Stoppers, with a potential reward of up to $1,000 for details leading to the identification and arrest of the individuals involved. The Crime Stoppers Tip Line is 706-705-4775.......... This from the Red and Black
A senior, Eugene Scott, aged 72, was found dead from a gunshot wound in Athens. Police responded to the incident on Old Monroe Road around 8 a.m. Scott, who lived alone, was discovered by a friend who had come to pick him up for grocery shopping. Neighbors described Scott as a pleasant person who mostly kept to himself, often tending to his lawn. Residents expressed shock and worry about the incident occurring in their previously calm neighborhood. The police have not named a suspect, and an investigation is ongoing. Authorities are urging anyone with information to contact Detective David Harrison or provide anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers for a potential reward of up to $1,000.
Several top athletic administrators in Georgia received significant pay raises, spurred by the success of the Georgia football program and athletic director Josh Brooks' compensation boost. Brooks' base salary rose from $780,000 to $925,000, with his total pay increasing to $1.025 million. Other senior executives like Darrice Griffin, Will Lawler, and Ron Courson also saw salary increases. The number of individuals making over $300,000 went from 24 to 27. The football program's support staff pay increased to $5.26 million. Key coaches like Kirby Smart and Mike White received pay increases, with Smart now earning $10,502,000. The Athletic Association attributed the raises to retention, equity, or contract renewal......... This from the Athens-Banner Herald
Former University of Georgia tennis star John Isner has announced his retirement from professional tennis after the upcoming U.S. Open. Isner, 38, has had a successful career on the ATP Tour since his graduation in 2007, achieving a career-high World Tennis Ranking of No. 8 in 2018. At 6 feet 10 inches, he's been known for his height. In an Instagram post, Isner explained his decision, reflecting on his 17-year journey and thanking his UGA tennis coach, Manny Diaz. He had notable success at the Atlanta Open, winning six titles. Isner's final tournament match is in the U.S. Open's opening round against Facundo Diaz Acosta........ This from WSVTV
New York-based new media artist Paul Pfeiffer's video installation titled "Red Green Blue" featuring the University of Georgia Redcoat Band will be hosted at The Athenaeum from August 31 to November 18. Pfeiffer, who previously taught at UGA, collaborates with the Redcoats to explore the "mechanics of performance." The 31-minute installation, which first debuted in New York City, portrays Sanford Stadium as a "broadcast studio," editing visual and audio clips of the band during performances. The public opening reception on August 31 will feature Pfeiffer and a Redcoats performance. Pfeiffer will also discuss his exhibition on September 28, shedding light on his continued work with UGA......... This from the Red and Black
Founded in 1986, Athens Research and Technology (ART) has been a vital player in health research for issues like inflammation, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. ART specializes in purifying human and animal proteins from plasma and tissues for studying and treating health challenges. The CEO, John Mitchell, emphasizes the company's role in advancing disease understanding and cure development through its tools. The company has grown from a small team to around two dozen employees, with plans to reach 30 by the end of 2023. ART engages in internships and aims to develop a talent pipeline, even establishing a bioscience program for local high school students. The company's growth is evident in its facilities, with a new building in development. ART has received recognition for its contributions in health and business spheres.........This from Athens-Banner Herald
From Clarke County Sheriffs Facebook page:
“It's Graduation Day at the Athens-Clarke County Jail and prep has been underway all week as Jail Residents participating in the groundbreaking Principles Over Passion Program, taught by Shane Sims, prepare for this big day.
Their excitement filled the classroom as they were fitted for business attire, donated through the generosity of the members of Ebenezer Baptist Church, West. These suits, shirts, ties and shoes will become part of each Resident's property and are theirs to take with them upon their release. The hope is that these clothes will help set them up for success whether they be for a job interview or even a Daddy-Daughter dance like for a past graduate.
It is heartwarming to watch Residents help each other select suits, teach them to tie their ties and truly become invested in each other's success.
We will share more later but please join us in wishing these participates well today!”
Jackie Turner Lunsford “This is a wonderful outreach program. The men look great in their suits. May they dress for the best and work on that good future that is waiting on them. It may be difficult at times but they can do it. My prayers and best wishes for all of them.
Brian Freese “So proud for all of these gentlemen who have taken a path that leads to success!”
Moni Jay “Warms my heart! Congratulations to them!! “
Teresa L Wood “Praying wonderful blessings upon these gentlemen lives!!“
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