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New members for UGA Board of Visitors

New members for UGA Board of Visitors

The University of Georgia Board of Visitors welcomed 25 new members this summer. Established in 2010 by the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Visitors includes business, government and community leaders who serve as advocates for UGA. Members help increase awareness about the university’s priorities, accomplishments and its $6.3 billion impact on the state of Georgia, and they provide valuable feedback on programs and initiatives at the state’s flagship university. “I am grateful to our loyal alumni and friends on the Board of Visitors for their service to the University,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Through their involvement, they are expanding the reach of UGA and helping our faculty, staff, and students make an even greater impact on the world.” The new board members for 2019-2021, their locations and job titles include: Kelley M. Balkcom, Brookhaven, regulatory affairs manager, Georgia Power. Thomas G. Boynton, Alpharetta, chief financial officer, Kakona. Joel R. Bulger, Athens, chief marketing officer, Zaxby’s. Kevin S. Carmichael, Dacula, director of corporate university relations, North America, NCR Corporation. Brian Crow, Atlanta, chief software officer, Xylem Inc. Brian M. Dykes, Atlanta, vice president, global head of merger and acquisitions, United Parcel Service. Holli Hines Easton, Atlanta, managing director, BFG Marketing, LLC. Roy E. Hadley, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia; business lawyer and trusted advisor, Adams and Reese, LLP. Madden Hatcher III, Columbus, senior vice president, J. Smith Lanier and Company, A Marsh and McLeennan Agency, LLC. William J. Mathews, Atlanta, multi-family investment sales managing director/platform leader, Colliers International. Byrd P. “Rusty” McGahee, Augusta, retired director of compliance and controls, Textron Inc. Lynn Morgan, Alpharetta, chief executive officer, Tour of America. Stephen J. Moroski, Roswell, entrepreneurial sales leader. Edward Perkins, Watkinsville, retired international vice president, Johnson & Johnson. Anthony T. Powers, Decatur, co-owner, Intown Ace Hardware and Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Decatur. Carolyn J. Roddy, Marietta, Georgia/Alexandria, Virginia, senior advisor, USDA Rural Utilities Service. Pamela F. Roper, Marietta, executive vice president and general counsel, Cousins Properties. Deep J. Shah, Lawrenceville, primary care physician, Gwinnett Clinic. Scott H. Sikes, Smyrna, principal and partner, Columns Fundraising. George W. Simmons, Tallahassee, Florida, doctor of veterinary medicine, North Florida Animal Hospital. William H. Thomas, Jr., Dunwoody, managing attorney, The W.H. Thomas Firm. Will Thorburn, Marietta, Georgia; director of cleantech strategy and investments, Cox Enterprises. Lindsey D. Thornhill, Milton, vice president and division manager, Integrated Solutions for Systems Inc. Lauren S. Verdery, Atlanta, brand leader, Americas advisory, EY. Peter Williams, Atlanta, director and head of community relations, BlackRock Atlanta. “We are excited to welcome these outstanding new members to the Board of Visitors,” said John Parker, Jr., chair of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees’ Special Projects Committee. “As prominent leaders in their fields, they bring unique perspectives and expertise to our university. We are grateful they are choosing to invest their time and talents in the University of Georgia.” During the board members’ two-year terms, they learn about university initiatives to extend and enhance its teaching, research and service mission. Recent program topics have centered on the launch of the university’s Innovation District and the launch of the UGA Mentor Program, an initiative that was sparked by feedback and advice provided by the board.

Athens unveils “places in peril” list

Athens unveils “places in peril” list

The Historic Athens organization is hosting tonight’s public unveiling of the half-dozen items on this year’s list of Endangered Places in Athens. The FC Maddox Center, Beech Haven, and the Billups Grove School House are on the list, as are the Central Baptist Cemetery, Whitehall, and the Reese Street School. Tonight’s activities are set for 6 o’clock at the Old Fire Hall Number 2 on Prince Avenue.  From Facebook…   You are invited to attend the 2019 Athens Places in Peril Kickoff Event! This event, to be held at our Old Fire Hall No. 2 offices as the August edition of our Preservation Potluck series, will bring together the preservation groups behind our six Athens Places in Peril properties. Attendance is encouraged for all members of the local preservation community, including ACHF members, local friends groups, members of the UGA MHP program, and everyone that loves the unique history of Athens, Georgia. This year's Athens Places in Peril list includes:1. American Legion / F.C. Maddox Center (T. Farmer, Greater Bethel AME)2. Beech Haven (N. Kuykendall, Friends of Beech Haven)3. Billups Grove School House (F. Smith, East Athens Development Corp)4. Central Baptist Cemetery (K. Burch, Winterville HPC)5. White Hall (S. Tate, Friends of White Hall)6. Reese Street School (M. Nunnally, Athens Masonic Association)We hope that you will come, bring a favorite entree, break bread with your fellow Athens preservationists, and learn more about our next steps in celebrating and conserving our community heritage.

Murder suspects indicted in Gainesville, casket vandalized in Athens

Murder suspects indicted in Gainesville, casket vandalized in Athens

A grand jury in Gainesville hands up indictments against four teenagers charged in last month’s murder of Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicolas Dixon. The 28 year-old father of two young boys was gunned down while chasing robbery suspects in Gainesville.     Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating a reported case of casket vandalism: hundreds of dollars in damage was done to a casket at a church on Olympic Drive in Athens. Police say they have identified a suspect in the case: he’s 25 years old, from Banks County.    Cobb County Police launch a death investigation: three people were found shot to death in a townhome near Cumberland Mall. 

Inslee drops out of Democratic race for President Unlikely to qualify for the next debate among Democratic candidates for the White House, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State told supporters in an email on Wednesday night that he was dropping his bid for the Democratic Party's nomination for President, further thinning the field with just over five months until the first vote is cast. 'I want to share a tough decision with you,' Inslee said to supporters, as he cited his top priority of climate change. 'But I've concluded that my role in that effort will not be as a candidate to be the next president of the United States,' Inslee added. Earlier in the week, Inslee touted that his campaign had hit 130,000 donors - one of the qualifying requirements for the next Democratic debate in Houston. But Inslee had no chance to register at 2 percent or higher in four different polls, leaving him on the sidelines - and off the debate stage. 'As a result, I don't believe we can compete for the attention and exposure needed to have a reasonable shot at the nomination,' Inslee said. Inslee had tried hard to be the loudest voice in the party on climate change, bringing it up in both debates, and doing numerous events on the subject. But the former Congressman, and current Governor, was never able to break out of the lower tier of Democratic candidates. “I want to once again thank everyone who helped in this effort. We have so much to be proud of,” Inslee wrote to his backers.  “Make no mistake, we also have a lot more work to do.” On MSNBC Wednesday night, Inslee said it was clear this was the right choice. “I'm not going to be carrying the ball,” Inslee said in an interview.  “I'm not going to be the President, so I'm withdrawing tonight.”