In the Loop

  • Forum Tonight on Future of Athens Police


    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole/file

    Commissioner Mariah Parker will be among the panelists.

    Local political groups have organized a forum this evening on the future of policing in Athens in the wake of Chief Scott Freeman's forced resignation last month.

    The forum is from 5–7 p.m. at Hendershot's Coffee and Bar. It will begin with a happy hour and music from William Freeman Leverett and Foreign, followed at 5:50 p.m. by a panel discussion featuring interim police chief Mike Hunsinger, Commissioner Mariah Parker, Commissioner-elect Tim Denson, former mayor Gwen O'Looney and UGA law professor Russell Gabriel, moderated by yours truly. An audience Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

    The forum is sponsored by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Athens for Everyone and the Athens Immigrants' Rights Coalition. Those groups are calling for the formation of a police citizens' advisory committee and public input on the choice of a new chief.


  • UGA Student Accused of Using Racial Slur at Football Game

    A white University of Georgia student is under investigation after being accused of shouting a racial slur at Saturday's Georgia–Tennessee game.

    Student Klarissa Gulebian posted in the "Overheard at UGA" Facebook forum that someone yelled "put that [n-word] in the game," apparently referring to quarterback Justin Fields, a highly rated freshman who is black and whom some fans prefer over starter Jake Fromm.

    The person was later identified as baseball player Adam Sasser. He is under investigation by the UGA Equal Opportunity Office for violating the university's non-discrimination and non-harassment policy, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


  • Dems Troll Brian Kemp With Pro-Vols Banner

    Is Brian Kemp really a Tennessee fan? Well, the Brian Kemp isn't, but a Brian Kemp is.

    As Kemp and other Republican candidates were wrapping up a tailgate at Herty Field—where, we presume, everyone wore red—Georgia Democrats hired a plane to buzz Sanford Stadium with a banner reading "BRIANKEMP SAYS... GO VOLS."

    Brian Kemp is running for governor. BrianKemp is a parody Twitter account filled with negative news stories about Kemp and Photoshopped images of the candidate wearing orange. (The actual Kemp's actual Twitter handle is @BrianKempGA.)


  • Donald Trump Jr. Speech Moved to Classic Center



    Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

    So many people want to attend a speech by Donald Trump Jr. that a right-wing campus group has moved the event to the Classic Center.

    Six hundred free tickets were distributed in three hours, forcing organizer Turning Point USA to move it from the Ramsey Concert Hall in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music to a larger venue, said Erin Cooke, president of TPUSA's University of Georgia chapter. 

    The event remains scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9. Cooke advised attendees to arrive early, since there will be heightened security. It will be first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.


  • Donald Trump Jr. Is Coming to UGA



    Trump and Guilfoyle.

    Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, his girlfriend, will visit the University of Georgia next month for the right-wing group Turning Point USA’s Campus Clash.

    TPUSA founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk and Communication Director Candace Owens are also scheduled to speak at the event.

    The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s Ramsey Concert Hall.


  • UGA Student Hit by Bus



    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    A University of Georgia bus hit a female student on the East Campus Express route this morning. Witnesses said the student was walking across the crosswalk between Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication building and the back of the university bookstore.

    William Peebles, a freshman animal science major, said he was on the bus that hit the woman.

    “The bus driver made that right turn right there going up to North Campus and hit her,” Peebles said. “I don’t think she was hit hard enough to fall or anything, but I heard the bus driver make a kind of shocked noise when she made that turn.”

    The student did not appear to be severely injured. Peebles said he noticed her holding her hand after the bus hit her.

    Greg Trevor, the executive director of media communication, confirmed the incident occurred but did not release further details.

    “The driver has been sent home pending the completion of a review of the incident,” Trevor said.


  • UGA Students Condemn Library-Wide Email Railing Against Undocumented Immigrants


    A University of Georgia library employee is under investigation by UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office after sending an email via the university-wide library email list stating her controversial views on immigration in June.

    The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs and organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association, NAACP, Listo and MIXED recently received an anonymous letter that contained a copy of the email originally written by the library employee, Kay Altschul. The letter was sent during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15–Oct. 15.

    “To encourage illegal activity and give them food, house and rest and a Country to break our laws. That is how they began their life with our Country. What makes us think they will live with different morals since they’ve crossed over the border illegally? What do we want for this Country now? Total Immorality? Injustice? Chaos? Cheating? Lying? Stealing? Killing?,” the email sent on June 20 reads.


  • ACCPD Deputy Chief Justin Gregory Is Resigning


    Photo Credit: Athens-Clarke County

    Deputy Chief Justin Gregory is the second top administrator to leave the Athens-Clarke County police department in less than two weeks.

    Gregory, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement, submitted his resignation Friday, effective Oct. 5. He told Flagpole that he's been thinking about changing careers for over a year to spend more time with his family and gain more life experience. He said he's leaving his options open.

    "It's time to figure out what to do with the rest of my life," he said.


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