Podcast: Happy Thanksgiving from the Weinstein Team

We have plenty to be thankful for here at the Weinstein Team. We are thankful that the things we do keep us so connected to our community. If you don’t know, the Weinstein Team includes Weinstein Law, Weinstein Real Estate, Henderson County Now, the Uncle Fletch Festival, and the Silver Screen Movie Club.

In today’s podcast, I ask Jeff Weinstein what he’s thankful for.

PODCAST: Dr. Fran, East Texas Crisis Center, Family Peace Project, and the Help Center

Dr. Francine McCain of Ask Dr. Fran fame presented checks to the East Texas Crisis Center, The Henderson County Help Center, and the Family Peace Project this week. The money came from a year-long fundraising effort in her office.

Because of the check presentation, I was lucky enough to get the leaders from three important organizations: Mary Farmer of the Family Peace Project, Della Cooper of the East Texas Crisis Center, and Leslie Saunders of the Help Center.

Pictured are, from left, Leslie Saunders, Dr. Fran McCain, Della Cooper, and Mary Farmer.

Podcast: Athens Police Department struggling to find, keep officers

Friday, Police Chief Buddy Hill told City Council members that the department currently has seven positions open and it could lose three more officers before the end of the year. If that happened the department would be short nearly a third of its budgeted officers. I sat in on the meeting and spoke with Chief Hill about the problem, its causes and what it all means.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Athens Police Department is struggling to recruit and retain officers in what has become a very competitive market. The City Council is expected to vote next week on a plan to raise the department’s pay scale in order to help in this matter.

Podcast: Hope Springs Water changes the world and you can help

The lack of clean drinking water is a worldwide crisis. According to the World Health Organization, 844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service and Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces.

It is a horrific problem, but there’s a group in Athens doing something about it. Hope Springs Water gives 100 percent of its profits for clean water, improved sanitation and public health and hygiene education.

On today’s podcast, I talk with Jessica Richardson of Hope Springs about their mission and the big Turkey Trot event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 22.

Community committee gets four months to develop viable Cain Center plan

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Listen to the podcast above for more thoughts on this story from reporter Michael Hannigan.)

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

The long-running saga of the Cain Center rehabilitation project took another twist Tuesday night, but this time there’s a clock ticking.

During their regular meeting, council members decided to give a group of community members and activists until April 2 to come up with a viable plan for moving forward with the Cain Center. The committee is to be led by Steve Grant.

Details about the community committee and how it will operate were limited Tuesday.

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