Former president Jimmy Carter says his cancer is gone.
Carter made the announcement to his Sunday school class in Plains this morning. Decatur Patch is reporting that a fellow church member told the AJC the church erupted in applause at the announcement.
Carter, 91, was diagnosed with cancer in August after having surgery to remove a lesion on his liver. After having the surgery, Carter announced that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. Doctors had found melanoma lesions on his brain.
He announced that he would significantly cut back on his schedule while undergoing treatment for his diagnosis.
Soon after news broke that Carter was cancer free, his grandson Jason Carter tweeted ”Victory.”
Kirby Smart, the 39-year-old defensive coordinator from the University of Alabama, will become the new head football coach at the University of Georgia.
The AJC is reporting that an announcement naming Smart as Mark Richt’s replacement could come as soon as Sunday or Monday.
Smart has been mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Richt as soon as the university announced that Richt would not return for the 2016 season.
Smart is from Bainbridge and lettered for UGA from 1995 to 1998.
The Bulldogs finished the 2015 season with a 9-3 record but went 5-3 in the SEC, in what is widely considered to be a down year for the conference’s Eastern division.
Under Richt, the Bulldogs went 145–51, the best winning percentage by a coach in school history.
Georgia won six SEC East titles and two SEC championships in Richt’s 15 seasons but hadn’t won the conference championship since 2005.
The Bulldogs came within seconds of beating Alabama in the 2012 SEC championship, where they were playing for a spot in the BCS national championship game.
Richt will coach Georgia in its postseason bowl game, while Smart and the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide will face Florida in the SEC title game at the Georgia Dome.
UnitedHealth Group announced on Thursday that it has lost $425 million from healthcare plans sold through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, according to ModernHealthCare.com.
UnitedHealth Group said it may exit the Obamacare exchanges by 2017, which the website says is, “a potentially huge blow to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law. The exchanges have been viewed as the primary conduit to expand health coverage to middle-class Americans. If a major publicly traded insurer bows out, others may follow and destabilize the entire individual market.”
The company’s CEO, Stephen Hemsley, told investors on Thursday, “We cannot sustain these losses.”
The article said the company will evaluate its public exchange status next year before deciding if it will leave the market.
Brookhaven and Dunwoody elected new mayors Tuesday night, while DeKalb has a new city.
As expected, John Ernst handily defeated Dale Boone to become Brookhaven’s third mayor in its short history.
Denis Shortal ousted incumbent Mike Davis to become Dunwoody’s new mayor.
And while voters in Tucker approved cityhood, a bid to create DeKalb’s largest city — Lavista Hills — fell short.
Decatur voters overwhelmingly approved a major school bond referendum, and DeKalb voters were equally enthusiastic about changing the county’s ethics board process.
Hillary Clinton now knows what it feels like to be Jeb Bush and Bernie Sanders.
Clinton’s southwest Atlanta campaign event was disrupted today by protestors chanting “black lives matter,” reports the AJC.
Both Sanders and Bush had campaign events disrupted by Black Lives Matter activists, so much so that they had to leave their respective stages.
This time, however, police led one of the protest leader’s out of the building, and the crowd of 1,000 or so chanted, “Let her speak, let her speak.” Clinton continued to speak throughout the 10-minute protest.
One DeKalb Democratic lawmaker has already called on interim CEO Lee May to resign.
Now, another wants to eliminate the position altogether.
According to Patch, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, (D-81), is proposing to eliminate the CEO position and perhaps replace with it with a professional county manager.
Holcomb said he plans to file a proposal in 2016 to change DeKalb’s form of government from its current CEO model. Several local GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Fran Millar of Dunwoody, have been advocating that change for some time.
Holcomb is the latest high-profile Democrat to weigh in on DeKalb’s current controversy, which began several weeks ago with the release of a report by former state Attorney General Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde, which cited widespread corruption and improper spending from many elected and appointed county officials.
The report also called on May to resign, a call repeated about two weeks later byDecatur State Sen. Emanuel Jones, the first Democrat to say May should step down.