Jul 22

Georgia seeks same-sex marriage lawsuit dismissal

<!– google_ad_section_start –> ATLANTA [AP] -- Reports — Georgia’s lawyer general is asking a judicial judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the - state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. <!– –> Lambda Legal filed the - lawsuit in April on behalf of seven people. Attorney General Sam Olens, representing the - state registrar, asserted in a filing Monday in that the - suit takes away Georgia residents’ right to define marriage. Olens’ brief acknowledges a movement in some states to recognize same-sex marriage & public opinion polls in that support those changes. “But judicially imposing such a result now would merely wrest a potentially unifying very popular success from the - hands of supporters & replace it instead with the - stale conformity of compulsion,” the - brief says. …

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Jul 22

Georgia Senate runoff: Which Republican would run stronger in November?

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Voters in Georgia go to the - polls Tuesday to pick the - Republican human being desiring political office for an open Senate seat in that is among the - most hotly contested this election season – a key skirmish in Republicans’ battle to win control of the - Senate & stymie President Obama’s agenda. <!– –> The runoff election pits 11-term US Rep. Jack Kingston against former business executive David Perdue, cousin of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Mr. Perdue was the - top vote-getter in the - May 20 primary, winning 30 % of the - vote in a seven-candidate field, according to an Associated Press -- Reports analysis. Representative Kingston came in second, winning his own congressional district with 74.8 % of the - vote. Both men spent the - weekend shaking every hand they could find, in hopes of boosting voter enthusiasm in a midsummer election where turnout is expected to be 10 % or lower, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Kingston told a crowd in that posting a Facebook site picture of themselves with him was more effective than his TV ads, the - Atlanta paper said…

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Jul 21

SEC denies McKnight's bid to play for Tennessee

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Former Florida Gulf Coast forward Eric McKnight’s bid to play this season for Tennessee as a graduate transfer has-been denied by the - Southeastern Conference. Tennessee had formally announced in May in that McKnight planned to play for the - Volunteers during the - 2014-15 season in his final year of eligibility. But the - university formally announced Tuesday in that the - SEC had denied McKnight’s application for a graduate transfer waiver. ”We have been informed in that Eric McKnight has-been denied the - graduate transfer waiver by the - SEC,” Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall asserted in a acknowledgment let go by the - university. ”We pursued this issue through the - proper protocol, & I respect the - process. Although we are saddened in that Eric will not be joining our program, we are focused on moving forward.” SEC associate commissioner Greg Sankey asserted the - conference doesn’t comment on waivers. But SEC bylaws have a list of criteria for graduate transfers in that includes in that ”the student-athlete has not been subject to official university or athletics department disciplinary action at any time during enrollment at any previous collegiate institution (excluding limited discipline applied by a sports team).” McKnight served a 12-game suspension at the - start of last season for a violation of team rules. When Tennessee formally announced in that McKnight planned to play for the - Vols as a graduate transfer in May, FGCU coach Joe Dooley told reporters McKnight had been dismissed from FGCU’s team at the - end of the - 2013-14 season. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak asserted McKnight needed a waiver from both the - SEC & NCAA to become eligible to play for the - Vols this season. …

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Jul 21

Tennessee Vols add three besides Ryan Johnson

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee capped its 2nd “Orange Carpet Day” of the - summer with another flurry of commitments, in addition to two for a growing 2015 class. After Brentwood Academy offensive tackle Ryan Johnson joined the - Volunteers’ 2016 class with a pledge Saturday morning, Texas cornerback Darrell Miller & Florida defensive end Marques Ford committed for Tennessee’s 2015 class Saturday night by announcing their pledges on Twitter Site while on campus. Bailey Phillips, a 2016 cornerback from Texas, then became the - day’s fourth commitment. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Miller, a three-star prospect out of Cedar Hill near Dallas, earned an offer from Ohio State at the - Buckeyes’ camp last month, after which he named a top five list of Tennessee, OSU, Michigan State, Boise State & Iowa. Wisconsin, Fresno State, Kansas State & Iowa State were among the - other programs to offer him scholarships. Ford, a 6-4, 220-pounder out of the - Tampa area, is another three-star player & had an offer list in that included Clemson, Miami, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Carolina & Louisville. Phillips, rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, joined Johnson in Tennessee’s 2016 class. Clemson & UCLA were the - top programs to extend early verbal offers to the - 5-8, 166-pounder. He is the - cousin of current Tennessee defensive tackle Dimarya Mixon, a 2014 addition who has impressed Vols’ coaches since enrolling in January. Tennessee’s 2015 class is now up to 22 commitments with the - additions of Miller & Ford. …

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Jul 21

Tennessee lake closes for fishing

PARIS, Tenn. — Tennessee wildlife authorities have drained Carroll Lake in western Tennessee to conduct repairs on the - spillway gates to the - dam holding back water after a rupture. The regional fisheries coordinator for the - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Dave Rizzuto, asserted the - late will stay closed until 2017. Rizzuto asserted giving an estimated timetable is proving complex 'cause of the - uncertainties in the - repair process. <!—— OAS AD ‘BottomLeft’ begin ——> <!—— OAS AD ‘BottomLeft’ end ——> “It’s going to be a long process,” Rizzuto asserted of the - repairs. “I don’t know a time estimate on getting the - money to do the - repairs. I don’t know how long it might take to complete the - repair work.” Water began draining from Carroll Lake in early June after heavy rainfall & flooding caused the - spillway gates of the - dam, responsible for holding water in the - spring-fed lake, to rupture. The mayor of nearby McKenzie, Jill Holland, told the - Paris Post-Intelligencer the - loss of the - lake will leave a hole in the - community, which won’t have a recreational & tourist attraction. “It’s literally left a hole in the - community,” McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland said. Rizzuto asserted it could take as long as two years of time after the - lake is restocked before fish would be huge enough for fishermen to be allowed back on the - water. …

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Jul 21

Tennessee's Hart sees progress, preaches patience

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports – Athletic director Dave Hart sees signs of progress around the - Tennessee campus & in the - classroom. Now it’s a matter of the - Volunteers making similar strides on the - field. Tennessee placed 40th in the - 2013-14 Directors’ Cup standings, its worst complete in the - 21-year history of the - award given annually to the - nation’s top college athletic program. The football team endured a fourth straight losing season. “It will go up, yet it takes time,” Hart asserted in an interview with The Associated Press. “You can’t have noteworthy rebuilding going on & expect instantaneous results.” The rebuilding efforts are symbolized by the - construction all across campus. Stokely Athletics Center, the - former home of the - men’s & women’s basketball teams, is being torn down along with the - Gibbs Hall dormitory. Three football practice fields, a parking garage & a new dormitory for both the - general student body & student-athletes will go in their place. A new volleyball practice facility is being built along with a television studio to accommodate the - SEC Network. …

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Jul 21

Tennessee's freshman football class features familiar names

<!–Saxotech Paragraph Count: 10<br />–>KNOXVILLE, TENN. — Tennessee is counting on family connections to assist the - program return to prominence. Five players from Butch Jones’ highly touted freshman class have family members who moreover played football for the - Volunteers. A sixth freshman — wide receiver Vic Wharton — is the - nephew of former Tennessee basketball player Brandon Wharton. These newcomers want to assist Tennessee end a string of four straight losing seasons & regain the - stature this program enjoyed when their relatives were here. “Especially since all of us are legacy guys, Tennessee’s always been close to our hearts,” asserted defensive back Elliott Berry, the - younger brother of 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner Eric Berry & the - son of former Tennessee running back James Berry. “Just the - fact we’re in this position & have the - possibility to put Tennessee back at the - top, it’s a huge deal to me.” Berry has arrived at Tennessee with his twin brother, Evan, moreover a defensive back. Linebacker Dillon Bates is the - son of Bill Bates, who helped Tennessee earn three bowl bids from 1979-82 before beginning a 15-year NFL career with the - Dallas Cowboys. Defensive back Todd Kelly Jr.’s dad was part of Tennessee’s 1989 & 1990 SEC championship teams. Linebacker Neiko Creamer is the - son of Andre Creamer, who helped the - Vols win an SEC title in 1985. …

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Jul 21

Tennessee's freshman class features familiar names

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Tennessee is counting on family connections to assist the - program return to prominence. Five players from Butch Jones’ highly touted freshman class have family members who moreover played football for the - Volunteers. A sixth freshman – wide receiver Vic Wharton – is the - nephew of former Tennessee basketball player Brandon Wharton. These newcomers want to assist Tennessee end a string of four straight losing seasons & regain the - stature this program enjoyed when their relatives were here. ”Especially since all of us are legacy guys, Tennessee’s always been close to our hearts,” asserted defensive back Elliott Berry, the - younger brother of 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner Eric Berry & the - son of former Tennessee running back James Berry. ”Just the - fact we’re in this position & have the - possibility to put Tennessee back at the - top, it’s a huge deal to me.” Berry has arrived at Tennessee with his twin brother, Evan, moreover a defensive back. Linebacker Dillon Bates is the - son of Bill Bates, who helped Tennessee earn three bowl bids from 1979-82 before beginning a 15-year NFL career with the - Dallas Cowboys. Defensive back Todd Kelly Jr.’s dad was part of Tennessee’s 1989 & 1990 SEC championship teams. Linebacker Neiko Creamer is the - son of Andre Creamer, who helped the - Vols win an SEC title in 1985. …

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Jul 21

Tennessee's success contingent on new offensive line

Updated JUL 17, 2014 4:48p ET HOOVER, Ala. — Tennessee junior center Mack Crowder has heard it aplenty. All five starters from Tennessee’s offensive line last season are now on NFL rosters. The group combined for 177 starts over the - past few years of time for the - Volunteers, in addition to taking 92 % of snaps last season. What once was in consideration a team strength has changed to major concern, especially considering Tennessee is trying to snap a skid of four straight losing seasons & three years of time without a bowl berth. “I just use it as a little motivation,” Crowder asserted of the - constant reminder about the - offensive line’s lack of experience. “It’s obviously going to be a challenge. It’s obviously a huge possibility for myself & whichever other four in that may be lined up with me.” Not in that Crowder & two fellow third-year juniors, left guard Marcus Jackson & right guard Kyler Kerbyson, haven’t been around. Crowder has played 10 games, starting one; Kerbyson played in every game last year & seven as a freshman; & Jackson played in all 24 games his 1st two seasons in Knoxville, in addition to five starts as a freshman, before taking a redshirt last year. “A lot of people overlook the - fact in that a lot of us have been playing together for the - past three years,” Crowder said. …

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Jul 21

Dash cam captures meteor streaking across North Carolina sky

A barrage of meteors splashed across the - night sky late Thursday along the - Eastern Seaboard, & one meteor burned particularly bright as it disintegrated in the - Earth’s atmosphere. The fireball was caught on video by a Dan Perjar, a software developer from Raleigh, North Carolina — his dash cam rolling as he made his way east on I-440, heading back from Cary, home to North Carolina State. The American Meteor Society received similar fireball reports from at least 95 sky-watchers in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, New Jersey & the - District of Columbia. A map on their website shows all the - reports of meteor sightings from Thursday night. Anyone who saw a meteor light up last night’s sky can fill out a witness report. One witness from Selma, North Carolina, identified as Jason B. on the - AMS website, reported the - fireball “was bright enough to ruin our night vision for a moment.” “It started off like a normal shooting star, turned orange/red (streamlined) & then turned extremely bright green with many fragments breaking off,” he continued. “It made it very low on the - horizon (also its brightest point) before being obscured by the - distant tree line.” Dozens of messages on Twitter Site moreover evidenced the - fact in that Perjar was not alone in seeing the - sky momentarily flash with a burst of green light.

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