Oct 23

Georgia State’s run defense will be tested

Georgia Southern is the best rushing team in Division I, averaging 372 yards per game. Georgia State has one of the worst rushing defenses in Division I, allowing an average of 240.9 yards per game. So how can the Panthers (1-6, 0-4) hope to stop the Eagles (5-2, 4-0) when the teams meet at the Georgia Dome on Saturday? It starts, as it does for any defense, with discipline. “If you have the quarterback, you have to take the quarterback,” Georgia State linebacker Joseph Peterson said. “If you have the dive, you have to take the dive. If you have the pitch, you have to take the pitch.” The Panthers haven’t had much discipline against option teams this season. Air Force, which runs a different version of the option than Georgia Southern, rushed for 315 yards on 65 carries in a 48-38 win. Arkansas State, which runs a basic read option, rushed for 384 yards on 53 carries in a 52-10 win. South Alabama, which moreover runs a basic read option, rushed for 321 yards on 54 carries in Saturday’s 30-27 win. …

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Oct 23

South Carolina vs. Auburn: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press Before the season began, this Week 9 showdown appeared likely to be a clash of SEC heavyweights. As it turns out, that won’t exactly be the case when No. 5 Auburn takes on South Carolina. The Tigers continue their roller-coaster season with an outside chance of earning a berth in the College Football Playoff despite suffering a loss to Mississippi State in Week 8. The Gamecocks quickly fell down the ranks after a Week 1 loss to Texas A&M, & two more losses to Missouri & Kentucky saw the team fall out of the Top 25 altogether. South Carolina is still searching for wins to become bowl eligible, & Auburn can’t be caught looking ahead at a brutal remaining schedule that includes games at Ole Miss, Georgia & Alabama. Will the Tigers roll, or will they be caught in a trap game? SEC contests can be overwhelmingly unpredictable, & these teams’ seasons hang in the balance. Limiting Turnovers Joe Robbins/Getty Images Turnovers always play a crucial part in the success or failure of any team in any given week. …

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Oct 23

South Carolina-Auburn Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press – Associated Press – Thursday, October 23, 2014 South Carolina (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) at No. 5 Auburn (5-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network) Line: Auburn by 18. Series Record: Auburn leads 9-1-1 WHAT’S AT STAKE The Tigers are trying to rebound from a loss to No. 1 Mississippi State two weeks ago & might need to win out to have a shot at capturing the SEC West title & making the College Football Playoff. South Carolina is trying to snap a two-game SEC losing streak & post its second win over a top-10 team this season. KEY MATCHUP Auburn’s running game versus South Carolina’s defense. The Tigers are third in the SEC in rushing behind quarterback Nick Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne & emerging freshman Roc Thomas. South Carolina is 13th at stopping the run, giving up 181.7 yards per game & league-highs of 5.3 yards per carry & 15 rushing touchdowns. PLAYERS TO WATCH South Carolina: RB Mike Davis is one of the SEC’s top runners, & he’ll face a huge challenge against Auburn’s deep front line. …

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Oct 23

Tennessee health officials preparing for Ebola cases

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health care officials say they have implemented appropriate practices to handle any Ebola cases. The Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association & Tennessee Nurses Association issued a joint statement this week saying they’re on heightened awareness for anyone showing up in their emergency rooms & physicians’ offices who exhibit symptoms similar to the Ebola virus. The groups say they’re working in concert with the Tennessee Department of Health, as well as appropriate federal agencies, to ensure appropriate protocols & policies are in place. Earlier this month, Nashville-based HCA donated $1 million to the CDC Foundation to assist support the international response to the Ebola epidemic. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Director Tom Frieden said the donation will assist the agency scale & speed up its response to the epidemic in West Africa.

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Oct 23

Tennessee should move on from Lane Kiffin drama

Enough, already. It’s been more than four years now. Move on. To those at Tennessee still clinging to their hatred of Lane Kiffin, obtain over it. Blaming him for years of mediocrity is foolish. It’s operating on the lowest usual denominator, & you’re better than that. Put it on Phillip Fulmer for leaving the cupboard bare. Put it on Derek Dooley for limping to a 15-21 mark. Put it on Butch Jones for not laying his coveted bricks swift enough, if you’re that impatient. You can blame Kiffin for his one season there & for leaving early, yet understand you’re talking approximately 13.5 months in the span of nearly decade where the Vols haven’t been competitive in the SEC — or nationally for that matter. …

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Oct 23

Georgia State unanimous pick to win Sun Belt

The Georgia State men’s basketball is the unanimous pick to win the Sun Belt by the league’s coaches, the conference announced on Thursday. R.J. Hunter, last year’s Sun Belt player of the year, was picked to repeat & Ryan Harrow made the preseason first-team. Center Curtis Washington was selected to the preseason third team. Georgia State went 17-1 in the Sun Belt last year, falling to Louisiana-Lafayette in the finals of the conference tournament. The Ragin Cajuns, with two starters returning, were picked to complete second. The Panthers return three starters from that squad, led by Hunter, who averaged 18.3 points per game with a conference-high 100 3-pointers. Joining him are Harrow, who was moreover first-team all-conference last year after averaging 17.8 points & 4.2 assists per game. Washington averaged 7.5 points & 5.9 rebounds per game with a team-leading 78 blocks. Joining Hunter & Harrow on the first team are Georgia Southern’s Jelani Hewitt, Lafayette’s Shawn Long & Texas-Arlington’s Lonnie McClanahan. …

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Oct 23

Jeb Bush campaigning with Haley in South Carolina

Jeb Bush (Source: Facebook) PHOTO GALLERY: September 2014 Mugshots PHOTO GALLERY: September 2014 Mugshots Mobile users, tap here: http://www.wistv.com/slideshow?widgetid=125841&clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypassMore >> Mobile users, tap here: http://www.wistv.com/slideshow?widgetid=125841&clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypassMore >> Top 50 most popular jobs in South Carolina Top 50 most popular jobs in South Carolina Updated: Wednesday, October 22 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-10-22 14:40:45 GMT  How many people are doing your job? Check out this list of the top 50 most popular jobs in South Carolina, including how many people each job employs, & their average yearly salaries, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.More >>  How many people are doing your job? Check out this list of the top 50 most popular jobs in South Carolina, including how many people each job employs, & their average yearly salaries, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.More >> Source: Suspended House Speaker expected to plead guilty, resign Source: Suspended House Speaker expected to plead guilty, resign Updated: Thursday, October 23 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-10-23 11:58:30 GMT A state lawmaker tells WIS that suspended House Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty & resign.More >> A state lawmaker tells WIS that suspended House Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty & resign.More >> PHOTO GALLERY: October 2014 Mugshots PHOTO GALLERY: October 2014 Mugshots Mobile users, tap here: http://www.wistv.com/slideshow?widgetid=125841&clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypassMore >> Mobile users, tap here: http://www.wistv.com/slideshow?widgetid=125841&clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypassMore >> Michael Brown autopsy results revealed Michael Brown autopsy results revealed Updated: Wednesday, October 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-10-22 13:15:23 GMT An autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot in hand at close range, according to a report. More >> An autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot in hand at close range, according to a report. More >> By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is hitting the South Carolina campaign trail this week, making several appearances with Gov. Nikki Haley. …

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Oct 23

HealthSouth To Build Hospital In Franklin, Tennessee

<!– google_ad_section_start –>BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — HealthSouth Corporation (HLS) today announced that the Tennessee Court of Appeals has affirmed the order approving its certificate of need to build a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Franklin, Tennessee.    “We are pleased that the decision of the Health Services & Development Agency in Tennessee to approve our certificate of need application has been upheld,” said HealthSouth Central Region President Barbara Jacobsmeyer. “This new hospital emphasizes our continued focus on disciplined growth & complements our existing presence in Tennessee.” HealthSouth currently operates six inpatient rehabilitation hospitals throughout Tennessee, including Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). We are in discussions with VUMC to determine if this new hospital may present the opportunity to expand our relationship with VUMC.   “Vanderbilt University Medical Center has had a long-term, positive relationship of more than 20 years with HealthSouth through our partnership in Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Laura Beth Brown, Vice President of Vanderbilt Health Services & President of Vanderbilt Home Care Services. “Through our Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, we are growing programs, services & patient volumes in areas that would align with the additional space & opportunities created through this new hospital, & we are currently exploring options with HealthSouth for how we might work together toward the goal of increasing services to the citizens of Williamson & surrounding counties.” Construction on the approximately 49,000-square foot hospital is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2014. Located at the intersection of Edward Curd Lane & Physician’s Way, the 40-bed hospital will provide patients with access to specialized rehabilitation programs & innovative equipment & technology, including electronic medical records, & is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2015. The development of the inpatient rehabilitation hospital is expected to represent an approximately $23 million investment in the community and, once fully operational, generate approximately 100 new, full-time jobs. About HealthSouth HealthSouth is the nation’s largest owner & operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of patients treated & discharged, revenues, & number of hospitals. …

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Oct 23

First on CNN: Romney to campaign in key North Carolina race

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Mitt Romney to attend a Thom Tillis rally next week in North Carolina Sources: Romney rad on third presidential bid, yet is listening to people who want him in the race “A lot of people in Romneyland are rooting for him to obtain in” Washington (CNN) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is heading to North Carolina next week to campaign with Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis, CNN has learned. This comes as GOP officials believe Tillis, the North Carolina House Speaker, has closed the gap in his race against endangered incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan. Romney, who won North Carolina in the 2012 general election, is scheduled to attend a rally with Tillis in Raleigh next Wednesday, which “will be a huge shot of momentum” for the campaign in the closing days, campaign manager Jordan Shaw told CNN. Tillis allies believe they have gained some support following the controversy surrounding Hagan admitting she missed a classified briefing on ISIS & other security threats to attend a fundraiser. That revelation, prompted by questioning from CNN producer Ted Barrett, prompted Hagan then to attack her opponent on missing legislative work in favor of fundraising. The race for the North Carolina seat is expected to be the most expensive Senate contest this election year & is key for the Democrats if they hope to hold onto control of the Senate. Romney is one of the Republicans’ most sought after surrogates as he crisscrosses the country campaigning with Senate & gubernatorial candidates & repeatedly having to answer whether or not he would be interested in a third run for president. He has said repeatedly this month “I’m not running.” He appeared with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday & is planning on campaigning with Kansas Sen. …

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Oct 23

SEC Notebook: Georgia hopes to get top dog back

COLUMBIA, Mo. • Georgia fans might forever second-guess Mark Richt for the Bulldogs’ 38-35 loss at South Carolina, yet as Georgia takes charge of the SEC Eastern Division, Richt might be having one of his finest seasons on the sideline. The Bulldogs began the year having to replace quarterback Aaron Murray, the SEC’s career leader for passing completions, passing yards & passing touchdowns, plus seven other starters from last year’s eight-win team. Then Richt lost his best player — & perhaps the country’s best player — when Georgia suspended running back Todd Gurley while the school investigated whether Gurley broke NCAA rules by taking money for signing autographs. Without Gurley, the Bulldogs haven’t flinched. They swept road games against Missouri (34-0) & Arkansas (45-32) & relied on freshman running back Nick Chubb to carry the load. He plowed his way to 345 yards on 68 carries in the two wins. Georgia’s win Saturday in Little Rock only confirmed what Arkansas coach Bret Bielema knew approximately his colleague. “Before I came into this league, I knew who Mark Richt was,” the second-year Razorbacks coach said. “Now that I’m in the league it’s probably magnified several times over that he’s a phenomenal football coach. …

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