Nov 19

Georgia lawmakers want jail time for memorabilia dealers that jeopardize NCAA eligibility

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Georgia lawmakers, unhappy with the four-game suspension running back Todd Gurley served because he took money for his autograph, want to enact a state law that would put the clamps down on memorabilia dealers. State Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem & a University of Georgia graduate, filed House Bill 3 that would make it a crime to entice a student-athlete to break NCAA rules & jeopardize their eligibility, scholarship or amateur standing. The violator would be subject to jail time & a $25,000 fine. Georgia currently makes it a misdemeanor if someone pays a student-athlete to attend a specific school or pays a student-athlete for performance. Gurley was on the road to winning a Heisman Trophy before word surfaced that he was paid for his autograph, which brought a four-game suspension by the NCAA. Gurley returned to the field against Auburn last week, yet suffered a season-ending knee injury during the fourth quarter of the game. It is unknown whether Gurley will return to school or make himself available for the NFL draft. For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com. – – – – – – – Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. …

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Nov 19

Cigna-HealthSpring and Cornerstone Health Care Announce New Agreement to Serve North Carolina Medicare Advantage …

<!– google_ad_section_start –> HIGH POINT, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–<!– –> Cigna-HealthSpring, a leading health service company serving Medicare & Medicaid customers, & Cornerstone Health Care, a physician-owned & led multi-disciplinary practice with more than 90 locations in communities throughout central North Carolina, have teamed up to deliver in-network services for Cigna-HealthSpring’s Medicare Advantage customers. The agreement, which became effective November 1, will provide better access to high quality health care for Cigna-HealthSpring customers in Catawba, Davidson, Forsyth & Rowan counties. Cornerstone Health Care has moreover been part of the Cigna Collaborative Care initiative serving commercial customers since 2012. “We’re excited to partner with Cornerstone Health Care to provide better health care access & choice for our North Carolina customers,” said Andrew Reeves, market manager for Cigna-HealthSpring in Georgia & The Carolinas. “We have a shared vision of working to create a health care system that rewards quality care & results, & focuses on prevention & care coordination rather than the industry norm of fee-for-service & reactive medicine. Our proven approach of collaborating with health care professionals establishes a seamless continuum of care & invests in the right resources that yield improved patient outcomes, lower costs & a better experience for all parties involved. I’m confident that together we will deliver improved & affordable health care to our North Carolina customers.” Through its physician engagement model, Cigna-HealthSpring has pioneered ideas like pay-for-performance & focused on working alongside health care professionals to tailor incentives & solutions for the unique Medicare population. Results show that Cigna-HealthSpring customers are more likely than other Medicare beneficiaries to receive the preventive health care they need to stay healthy. Compared to other Medicare beneficiaries, Cigna-HealthSpring customers are:* 25 percent more likely to receive a colonoscopy, lowering the risk for colorectal cancer 21 percent more likely to receive proper care for hypertension control, lowering the risk for high blood pressure 15 percent more likely to receive a mammogram for female customers, lowering the risk for breast cancer “Cigna-HealthSpring’s like-minded approach to high quality, preventive care is a perfect fit for Cornerstone,” said Steffany Whiting, Marketing & Business Development Officer of Cornerstone Health Care. “Their additional resources will complement our patient-centered medical home model & our shared focus on population health management. …

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Nov 19

Rockingham school leader is North Carolina Superintendent of the Year

Rockingham County schools Superintendent Rodney Shotwell was named the 2015 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year at a ceremony Tuesday evening in Greensboro. Shotwell topped seven other finalists for the honor, including Cumberland County Superintendent Frank Till Jr. The annual award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in K-12 public schools, is given by the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators & the North Carolina School Boards Association. Digital learning company Pearson sponsored the event & provided a $5,000 award to the winner. A release from the North Carolina School Superintendents Association said Shotwell & his staff have implemented various school reform initiatives to improve students’ preparation for college & careers. The release said Shotwell was instrumental in reducing Rockingham County’s dropout rate from 7.83 percent to 3.89 percent in 2014. The graduation rate of economically disadvantaged students in that school system has risen 29 points during Shotwell’s eight-year tenure as superintendent, the release said. The nominees for the award included the state’s eight Regional Superintendents of the Year. Shotwell will now compete for National Superintendent of the Year, which will be awarded in late February. …

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Nov 19

South Carolina Ranks Eighth Nationally in the Rate of AIDS

Local & State News There was a time in this country when HIV & AIDS were terribly feared.In the 1980s & early ’90s — before there was a wider range of medicine available to assist patients manage & deal with the incurable disease — there was significant anxiety & panic surrounding the issue. Perhaps the peak of the fervor came when Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson announced in November 1991 that he had HIV.However, things have changed in the 20-plus years since Johnson’s announcement. HIV & AIDS are not discussed as openly & frequently as they once were. It’s as if America has come to grips with the fact that AIDS exists. We know it exists, we know how serious it is, yet it’s not an issue that grabs the headlines it once did.Still, HIV & AIDS are an extremely serious issue in South Carolina. According to figures provided by Bambi Gaddist, executive director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, South Carolina currently ranks eighth in the nation in the rate of AIDS. There are more than 17,000 people in the Palmetto State living with HIV or AIDS.Also, South Carolina is first in the nation in the percentage of cumulative cases of AIDS stemming from heterosexual relationships.The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the black community in South Carolina is particularly worrisome. Figures provided by Gaddist indicate blacks make up 73 percent of all residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDs in the state. The highest rate of new infections among blacks is occurring among black males.Gaddist says the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council — which has offices on Pickens Street in Columbia — continues to hammer away at the issue, focusing its attention on the disease at multiple levels.“In the past decade, we have really tried to integrate not just prevention, yet intervention,” she says. “That includes linkage to care & medical case management services for people that are diagnosed as HIV positive. …

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Nov 19

Missouri-Tennessee Preview

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Because of Georgia’s victory last week, Missouri must win its remaining two contests to reach the SEC championship game for a second straight year.That’s a familiar situation for the 19th-ranked Tigers, who seek a school-record 10th consecutive road victory Saturday night at Tennessee.Missouri (8-2, 5-1), 20th in the College Football Playoff rankings, managed to keep its slim lead atop the SEC East with a 34-27 win at Texas A&M this past Saturday. The Tigers took command with 28 points in the third quarter – including two long touchdown runs from Russell Hansbrough – yet needed to stop the Aggies on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line with less than three minutes left to avoid overtime.That effort might have put them on the verge of securing a second consecutive SEC East title had Georgia lost to Auburn, yet the Bulldogs – who already defeated Missouri 34-0 on Oct. 11 – won easily to complete 6-2 in conference play.That means the Tigers need victories against Tennessee (5-5, 2-4) & Arkansas to return to Atlanta.Missouri had to win its final four games in 2013 to capture its first SEC East title, & started that run with a 31-3 rout of Tennessee on Nov. 2, 2013. The Volunteers are in the midst of a fourth consecutive losing season yet they can secure a winning campaign with victories over the Tigers & Vanderbilt on Nov. 29.Sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs has helped put the Volunteers on the verge of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. Dobbs has 1,079 total yards – 790 passing – & has accounted for 11 touchdowns in his three games, with Tennessee winning the past two.He threw for 297 yards & three TDs & ran for another in a 50-16 rout of visiting Kentucky this past weekend. Dobbs moreover had 467 total yards in a 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina on Nov. 1.”(Tennessee is) competing at a very high level & I think you have to point at him (Dobbs) & say he’s the reason why,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said.Dobbs will face a defense that has an SEC-best 34 sacks, led by Shane Ray’s school-record 13. Missouri’s 20.1 points & 340.6 yards allowed per game rank in the top 25 nationally.Dobbs was sacked twice & threw two interceptions in last season’s loss to Missouri. …

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Nov 19

No. 9 Virginia handles South Carolina State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Malcolm Brogdon likes that No. 9 Virginia is off to a 3-0 start, yet he doesn’t want to like it too much. Virginia finished a three-games-in-five-days stretch with a 75-55 victory against South Carolina State on Tuesday night. It was Virginia’s sloppiest effort during that span, which was more difficult due the close scheduling than because of the competition. ”I think they assist in terms of getting our confidence up, knowing where we can improve & what areas we’re strong in,” Brogdon said of opening against James Madison, Norfolk State & South Carolina State. ”But at the same time, I think it can be fool’s gold if we look at this & say that we’ve made it & that we’re going to be fine. ”I think we still have so much to work on.” Brogdon & Justin Anderson scored 17 points each & Virginia closed the first half on a 22-6 run. It was the 13th consecutive victory at home for the Cavaliers (3-0), who have coasted in each of their first three games. A huge halftime margin once again allowed coach Tony Bennett to substitute liberally & experiment with his lineup for much of the second half. …

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Nov 19

No Stay in South Carolina; Marriages Could Begin Thursday

Antigay state officials have Chief Justice John Roberts as their last hope to stop same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriages will move ahead in South Carolina starting Thursday, unless the state’s attorney general is successful in his last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today refused to stay a lower court ruling from November 12 that struck down South Carolina’s marriage ban, & it didn’t even donate extra time for state officials to appeal to the Supreme Court. With his ruling earlier this month, District Court Judge Richard Gergel gave South Carolina officials only until Thursday before his decision to strike down the marriage ban goes into effect.  State attorney general Alan Wilson & governor Nikki Haley, both Republicans, had defiantly pledged a fight to stop same-sex marriages yet now only have the Supreme Court to look to for assist in that cause. Chief Justice John Roberts is responsible for considering requests from this jurisdiction. That the Fourth Circuit denied a stay shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise to state officials. The court had already ruled in favor of marriage equality in a case from Virginia, & that ruling had moreover been appealed by marriage opponents to the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied a chance to take it up & marriages began in Virginia. …

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Nov 19

No. 9 Virginia beats South Carolina State 75-55

<!– google_ad_section_start –> CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon likes that No. 9 Virginia is off to a 3-0 start, yet he doesn’t want to like it too much.Virginia finished a three-games-in-five-days stretch with a 75-55 victory against South Carolina State on Tuesday night. It was Virginia’s sloppiest effort during that span, which was more difficult due the close scheduling than because of the competition.”I think they assist in terms of getting our confidence up, knowing where we can improve & what areas we’re strong in,” Brogdon said of opening against James Madison, Norfolk State & South Carolina State. ”But at the same time, I think it can be fool’s gold if we look at this & say that we’ve made it & that we’re going to be fine.”I think we still have so much to work on.”Brogdon & Justin Anderson scored 17 points each & Virginia closed the first half on a 22-6 run.It was the 13th consecutive victory at home for the Cavaliers (3-0), who have coasted in each of their first three games. A huge halftime margin once again allowed coach Tony Bennett to substitute liberally & experiment with his lineup for much of the second half. Anthony Gill added 11 points & Mike Tobey had 10 before taking seats early in favor of younger players.The Bulldogs (0-3) were led by sophomore walk-on Karon Wright with 15 points, all coming on 3-pointers in the second half. Greg Mortimer added 10 points & Gabe McCray nine, yet the team shot just 32.8 percent (19-58).The Cavaliers began to put away the game at the midpoint of the first half. They led 19-14 until a driving basket by Brogdon sparked the huge run to complete the half. Brogdon had eight points in the run, & Anderson & Gill scored five each.The second half was more of the same except for the emergence of Wright for the Bulldogs. …

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Nov 19

Police report names Vols players in investigation

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson & cornerback Michael Williams have been identified as subjects of a rape investigation, according to a Knoxville Police report released Tuesday.Police say no charges have been filed in the investigation of the incident at a Knoxville apartment. The university suspended Johnson & Williams on Monday from all team-related activities.The report states that Knoxville police investigator Tim Riddle spoke to two 19-year-old women on Sunday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at approximately 4:30 a.m. One woman said Johnson & Williams raped her at the apartment complex. A second woman said she was sexually assaulted by Williams at the same location.Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said the women say the incident occurred sometime between 1:45 & 2:30 a.m.DeBusk said the woman who said she was sexually assaulted ”has decided not to prosecute at this time,” yet that the other woman wanted to press charges. DeBusk said the woman who said she was raped is a Tennessee student. He said the other woman is from out of state & has returned home.The Associated Press doesn’t name people who say they have been raped or sexually assaulted. View gallery FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo,Tennessee linebacker A.J. …

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Nov 19

Police investigating alleged rape by two Tennessee football players

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Tim Ghianni<!– –> NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – Tennessee police said they are investigating allegations that two University of Tennessee football players raped a 19-year-old woman at an off-campus apartment complex in Knoxville over the weekend. Alexander Johnson & Michael Williams were identified in a Knoxville police report on Tuesday as suspects in a “forcible rape” that the woman reported early on Sunday. Williams was accused of sexually assaulting another 19-year-old woman early on Sunday. The investigating officer interviewed the women at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where the woman who reported being raped was taken for treatment, the report said. Johnson, a senior linebacker, & Williams, a sophomore defensive back, were suspended on Monday from all team-related activities. Neither has been charged & they were not identified by the university as suspects. Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said on Monday he was aware of the allegations & was gathering information. “Once we have all that appropriate information we will act in a very decisive manner,” Jones told a weekly news conference. The university did not comment on Tuesday. …

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