Jul 31

UGA freshman Rico Johnson moves from wideout to defensive back

Georgia has yet to conduct its 1st practice of the - preseason & there is already some moving & shaking going on. Rico Johnson, who signed with the - Bulldogs as a wide receiver in February, will open camp this week on defense with the - cornerbacks. UGA coaches asserted the - move is not necessarily permanent yet was made 'cause of Georgia’s needs in the - secondary & the - fact it has 15 players at the - wide receiver position. “It was just kind of a need.” UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo asserted Wednesday. “We’re going to see if he can go over there & contribute. I think we’ll know early on whether he’s going to stay there or come to the - offense. Not in that it’s effortless to play receiver, yet if he would’ve started on offense then go to defense I think the - adjustment would have been harder on him.” The 5-foot-11, 172-pound Johnson signed with UGA out of Swainsboro High in 2013 yet did not qualify. He attended Georgia Prep Sports Academy this past year, re-signed with the - Bulldogs in February & enrolled at UGA in May. He was rated a 3-star prospect at as a recruit. …

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Jul 31

The Big Business Of Florida Georgia Line's Blurred Boundaries

Florida Georgia Line cruised to $24 million in earnings last year — & they’re just getting started. (Photo: Jeremy Cowart)As Brian Kelley & Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line settle in to their dressing room after playing Jimmy Fallon’s show for the - third time in 18 months, a minor crisis arises: the - bottle of Jack Daniel’s they were hoping to find in their dressing room is missing. A handler brings them a pair of Guinness Black Lagers instead, & apologizes; they graciously accept. Long-haired Hubbard, 27, wears a sleeveless shirt in that reveals a profusion of bicep tattoos; Kelley, 28, sports a denim button-down. As Hubbard takes his 1st sip of the - foreign brew, he raises his eyebrows approvingly. “Tastes better than it sounds,” he says. Adds Kelley: “Way better.” The Florida Georgia Line frontmen are used to trying new things. They’ve spent the - past few years of time mixing rock & hip-hop sounds in to the - usual country music concoction, culminating in their official debut Here’s To The Good Times, which has sold over two million copies since Republic Nashville let go it a year & a half ago in partnership with Big Machine Label Group. The album’s feel-good summertime country smash “Cruise” received a dose of rocket fuel with a remix by hip-hop star Nelly in 2013…

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Jul 31

Georgia freshmen claim their jersey numbers

Georgia let go its new 2014 football roster on Wed. and, with that, comes some of the - most anticipated news of the - fall for fans. What jersey numbers will the - new Bulldogs be wearing? Keep in mind, some of the - numbers are duplicates 'cause two players can wear the - same number as long as they play on different sides of the - ball & aren’t on the - field at the - same time. So without further ado: 1 — Tailback Sony Michel 7 — Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter 7 — Quarterback Jacob Park 11 — Outside linebacker Keyon Brown 14 — Cornerback Malkom Parrish 16 — Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie 19 — Cornerback Rico Johnson 23 — Wide receiver Shakenneth Williams 24 — Safety Dominick Sanders 25 — Safety Shaq Jones 27 — Tailback Nick Chubb 31 — Cornerback Shattle Fenteng 33 — Linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes 53 — Defensive lineman Lamont Galliard 55 — Offensive lineman Dyshon Sims 64 — Offensive lineman Jake Edwards 65 — Offensive lineman Kendall Baker 77 — Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn 83 — Tight end Jeb Blazevich

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Jul 31

Georgia GOP race for school superintendent headed for a recount

The Georgia Republican Party race for state schools superintendent is headed for a recount at the - request of challenger Mike Buck, the - race’s potential loser. Buck requested a new tally of his contest after Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp certified the - results Tuesday of last week’s primary runoff elections. Kemp’s action basically makes the - runoff elections tally official, in addition to Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue’s tight win over U.S. Rep…

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Jul 31

Georgia could receive first Syrian refugees since start of civil war

Georgia this weekend could receive its 1st Syrian refugees since the - civil war began in their native country more than three years of time ago. The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta is expecting a Syrian family of five & a single Syrian male to arrive here this weekend. Consisting of two parents & three young children, the - family fled Syria in 2012 & is coming to the - U.S. from Jordan. The single adult is a former chef traveling from Thailand. He fled Syria in 2011. J.D. McCrary, the - refugee aid group’s executive director, asserted to his knowledge they will be the - 1st refugees from Syria to arrive in Georgia since the - start of the - uprising in 2011. …

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Jul 31

Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Announces Net Income for Second Quarter 2014

<!– google_ad_section_start –> AUGUSTA, Ga., July 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Incorporated (GECR) (the “Company”), parent company of First Bank of Georgia, today formally announced 2014 2nd quarter income of $963,000, or $0.27 per diluted usual share, for the - three many months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $2,119,000 or $0.59 per diluted usual share, for the - three many months ended June 30, 2013. For the - year to date period ending June 30, 2014, the - Company earned $1,815,000, or $0.50 per diluted usual share, compared to $4,426,000 or $1.24 per diluted usual share for the - same period in 2013. During the - 2nd quarter of 2014, the - Company formally announced a pending merger with State Bank Financial Corporation, which is anticipated to close in early 2015, & incurred merger related charges of $641,000 for the - six many months ended June 30, 2014. The majority of these charges were incurred during the - 2nd quarter. The reported net income for Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Incorporated excluding the - merger charges were $1,430,000, or $0.39 per diluted usual share for the - 2nd quarter of 2014, & $2,287,000, or $0.63 diluted earnings per usual share for the - 1st six many months of 2014. Remer Y. Brinson III, President & CEO of the - Company, stated “We are pleased to report sound earnings for the - 1st half of 2014 & continue to see a return to a more stable economic environment. We have seen strong loan demand over the - past three quarters & have seen our asset quality measures return to very healthy levels. …

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Jul 29

Fierce storms destroy several homes in Tennessee

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Authorities state powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed several homes & damaged others. Saul Young, The Knoxville News Sentinel/AP NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Powerful storms raking across several states in the - eastern U.S. on Sunday have destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, & there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said. Spokeswoman Gina Breeding with the - office of emergency management in east Tennessee’s Claiborne County told The Associated Press -- Reports in that searchers were going door to door amid the - debris of ruined homes Sunday night in one particularly hard-hit community, Speedwell. She asserted the - county sheriff & his wife safely took refuge in their basement when storms hit, destroying their home. “He & his wife are both OK,” Breeding asserted by telephone, adding law enforcement authorities had set up a command post for operations & a school was opened for anyone left homeless to spend the - night. She asserted the - county emergency management & homeland security office hadn’t confirmed whether the - destruction was the - result of a possible tornado, yet noted there were high winds, lightning & heavy thunderstorms in the - region Sunday. She asserted the - searches were the - 1st priority & continued after nightfall. …

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Jul 29

Brown still devising new schemes at Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown is known for his offensive innovation, & he has some plans to use Darian Stone in a new hybrid “QW” quarterback-wing position. Brown wants the - senior to show off his versatility on the - wing by joining sophomore quarterback Jared Davis in the - backfield. Stone had team highs for the - Golden Eagles by throwing for 1,008 yards & running for 523 yards. Davis threw for 935 yards himself last fall. Tennessee Tech is coming off a 5-7 season, though the - Golden Eagles finished the - season with two straight wins. The Golden Eagles moreover don’t have to play a Big Ten team like Wisconsin last season. ___ Five things to watch from Tennessee Tech: SEASONED SENIOR: Free safety Marty Jones ranked third in the - OVC with 98 tackles in 2013 & begins his sixth season due to injuries. He already has earned both a bachelor’s & a master’s, & is working on a third degree. TOUGH STUFF: Five of the - Golden Eagles’ 11 FCS opponents are projected in the - Top 25 nationally in a number of preseason rankings: OVC foes Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois & league favorite Jacksonville State; Northern Iowa; & Southern Conference co-champ Chattanooga. PILING UP: Middle linebacker Tra’Darius Goff made a team-high 101 tackles as both a sophomore & junior. …

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Jul 29

Vols PG Lopez to miss season with torn ACL

<!– begin mod-article-title –> Updated: July 29, 2014, 3:06 PM ET Associated Press -- Reports <!– end mod-article-title –> <!– begin story body –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee guard Brandon Lopez has a torn right ACL in that will prevent him from playing in the - 2014-15 season. School authorities formally announced Tuesday in that Lopez had injure his knee while playing basketball with his teammates on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 walk-on from Knoxville, Tennessee, had appeared in 31 games over the - past three seasons. Lopez was the - lone pure point guard on Tennessee’s roster. New Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall had mentioned this summer in that Lopez had an possibility to earn much more playing time this season. Tyndall asserted in a university release in that “obviously this is a huge blow to our team, as Brandon had worked himself in to a position where he was competing for a starting role.” Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press -- Reports <!– end story body –>

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Jul 29

Former Vol shares extremely harsh opinion about Derek Dooley

Updated JUL 28, 2014 1:26p ET In three seasons coaching Tennessee, Derek Dooley went 6-7, 5-7 & 4-7, with his final season in 2012 being cut a game short due to his firing (the Vols beat Kentucky under interim coach Jim Chaney). He is not a fan favorite in Knoxville. Fine — in that comes with not winning games in a high-profile gig. But some former Tennessee players feel much stronger about Dooley & would rather continue to blast him then let in that era of Vol football go & focus on the - current one. Last Friday, at a meet-and-greet with Tennessee fans, former Vol Corey Larkins shared his extremely harsh opinion about Dooley with the - Times Free Press. Said Larkins: “I just want to see some fight. I’ve seen our guys for the - last few years of time not only get beat to the - ground, yet then the - other players push up off their chest to go back to the - huddle & our guys just received up & walked back to the - huddle. I want to see some guys with some fight & defend the - program. That mentality came from the - guy we had before Coach Jones. Derek Dooley was a loser. …

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