Moms group advocates for gun restrictions
Shannon Lawhon of Athens is a gun owner who describes herself as a believer in the Second Amendment. She’s also the mother of a 4-year-old. “I want my child and all his friends to grow up in a safe community,’’ she said. Lawhon is a Georgia leader of the... Read more
A few devices — some very simple — can help seniors’ quality of life
A lift chair has made a big difference for Henry Cato, 78, of Franklin, who has neuropathy in his legs. The chair is a kind of recliner, but it includes a mechanism that pushes the chair up from its base and slowly moves the sitting person into a standing position. Henry does... Read more
In new offensive against HIV, metro Atlanta is a battleground
The map of the United States shows four blue dots clustered in northern Georgia. They represent the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Cobb. It’s not exactly surprising that the four — the most populous in our state — are among 48 counties in the nation that... Read more
Where do our tobacco settlement dollars go?
Twenty years ago, Georgia and 45 other states reached an agreement with tobacco companies that settled all future claims against the firms about smoking. A major goal of the pact was to reduce cigarette smoking in the nation. The Master Settlement Agreement has provided Georgia with more than $3... Read more
Paralyzed by West Nile, he’s fighting a new kind of battle
David Carmon’s body began to shut down just three days after a mosquito bite over Labor Day weekend. He arrived at a Gainesville emergency room extremely ill. No one knew what was wrong. “They ran every test,” says his wife, Jessie. “By the fifth day, he was paralyzed, on a... Read more

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