Nov 14

NAACP banquet to feature Rev. William Barber of North Carolina, leader of Moral Monday Movement

If you go WHAT: 98th annual Charleston NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday WHERE: Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Drive COST: $100 per person MORE INFO: 843-814-8764; www.naacpcharlestonbranch.org; naacpcharleston@bellsouth.net. Tickets can be purchased at the Charleston NAACP branch office, 81-A Columbus St. For two years, Charleston NAACP branch President Dot Scott has kept an admiring eye on a colleague to the north: the Rev. Dr. William Barber. Barber wears four public hats. He is president of the North Carolina NAACP, the second-largest state chapter in the country. He is chairman of the NAACP’s Legislative Political Action Committee & sits on the organization’s national board. He is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C. …

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Nov 14

North Carolina Ford Dealership Sponsors Local Holiday Event

<!– google_ad_section_start –>JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The holiday season is right around the corner & it’s time to start checking out what local events & activities are coming up. Most towns have some form of parade to celebrate the holiday season. Swansboro in North Carolina, hosts a boat parade every year called the Swansboro Christmas Flotilla. Local dealership, Sanders Ford is a major sponsor of the event. The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla showcases a variety of boat floats & it doubles as a competition among the boat owners. The parade will take place on November 28 at 6 p.m. & it will include music, funnel cakes, cider & hot chocolate to enjoy during the event. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141113/158408-INFO Sanders Ford is known for its involvement in community events. The dealership moreover provides many new Ford vehicles for local shoppers to explore. …

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Nov 13

Jenkins: Tennessee women’s athletes know what it means to be a ‘Lady’

By Sally Jenkins, Down in Tennessee, they are approximately to remove the word “Lady” from the Tennessee Volunteers logo, which is like chiseling the face off a priceless work of art. If someone started whacking the arms off statues at the Acropolis in order to sell them, you’d call the perpetrator a destructive vulgarian with no appreciation of history. Phil Knight, that’s you. At the behest of Nike & Tennessee’s athletic department, the “Lady Vols” are being eliminated in place of the resoundingly male “Power T” for every team except women’s basketball, for commercial reasons. The exception is being made out of respect for coach emeritus Pat Summitt, who long opposed this ridiculous move because, as one of the tremendous promoters in sports history, she understands what a mistake it is to confuse “branding” with some lame idea of sameness. If I’m Knight or any other marketing executive at Nike, I’m beginning to worry that I’ve made a mistake in defacing the women’s sports tradition at Tennessee. And I’m wondering how such a word could be the cause of so much grief & protest. In the two days since Tennessee announced the policy, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition against it. A whopping 77 percent of respondents to an ESPN Sportsnation poll moreover have voted against it. Knoxville columnist John Adams observed that athletic director Dave Hart has provoked so much rage, fans want to run him down with a car. …

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Nov 13

Tennessee OL Jacob Gilliam continues to play with torn ACL

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View photo.Tennessee left tackle Jacob Gilliam is helped off the field after sustaining a knee injury against Utah State. …It took four seasons, yet fifth-year senior Jacob Gilliam finally earned a starting spot on Tennessee’s offensive line in 2014. That changed quickly when, in the season-opener against Utah State, Gilliam suffered a torn ACL. It was thought to be a season-ending injury, yet Gilliam, a life-long Vols fan & Knoxville native who attended his first Tennessee game at age 6, vowed to play again this season. Improbably, just 73 days after the season-opener, the former walk-on returned to the field for the Vols & has started their last two games at tackle. “As shortly as we figured out that he was hurt, he said, ‘Hey, I’m coming back,” said teammate Kyler Kerbyson, per the Times Free Press. “I looked at him confused & said, ‘Really, are you?’ I didn’t really believe him & walked away like, ‘Man, that guy’s crazy.’ He came back & he’s doing his thing; he’s doing real well out there.” Gilliam returned to practice for a few weeks before returning to game action in the first half of the Vols’ loss at Ole Miss on Oct. 18. He said his first few snaps were a little shaky, yet after that he’s been playing at a high level. “I was thrown in there & had to obtain a feel for it again,” Gilliam said. …

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Nov 13

Tennessee-VCU Preview

<!– google_ad_section_start –> (AP) — – Coach Shaka Smart & his Virginia Commonwealth basketball team have become regulars in the NCAA tournament since that improbable run to the Final Four in 2011.VCU is ranked No. 15 in the preseason Top 25, the second consecutive year with the Rams in the rankings to start the season.VCU is moreover the runaway pick to win the Atlantic 10 Conference, meaning that Smart’s youngest & perhaps most talented team yet will have expectations to contend with all season.The first test comes Friday night when they’ll meet Tennessee in the inaugural Veterans Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. However, the Rams will be without starting point guard & team leader Briante Weber.The senior is on pace to shatter the NCAA record for steals, yet he missed the Rams’ Black & Gold scrimmage & an exhibition game while serving a suspension for violating a team rule in the summer.It’s moreover the Rams’ first season since 2011 with no holdover members of that Final Four team. But senior guard & scoring leader Treveon Graham said the team is well aware.”We played with some of those guys. Everybody on the team played with somebody that played in that game, so we know the tradition, & we know how complex it is to obtain there,” he said of the Final Four.”I think everybody is one board & wants to obtain back there so we can experience it ourselves.”VCU went 26-9 last season, yet finished with back-to-back losses – to Saint Joseph’s in the finals of the conference tournament & an upset to Stephen F. Austin in its NCAA tournament opener.That has led to a new mantra – ”faceless & nameless” – for this season, low-post defensive whiz Mo Alie-Cox said. The goal is not letting anyone obtain too impressed with what others are saying.”I think we’re going to do a way better job this year than last year,” Alie-Cox said. ”It’s something that we talk approximately every single day, our identity. That’s something we want to add to our identity is humility. …

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Nov 13

Georgia Tech, Georgia to open with rivalry game

Updated NOV 13, 2014 12:29p ET ATLANTA (AP) A Georgia Tech team that returns only one starter & a more experienced Georgia team will meet several weeks earlier than usual in the season opener. Scheduling conflicts made Friday night the only choice for the annual state rivalry game generally held in December or January. Georgia coach Mark Fox said he doesn’t mind opening against Georgia Tech yet prefers to have the Bulldogs play their first game of the season at home. ”You want to open at home,” Fox said Wednesday. ”I don’t necessarily mind playing a rival the first game. Opening on the road, no coach probably is excited approximately that.” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said he can’t let the pressure of the rivalry game interfere with his evaluation of a revamped roster. ”You usually don’t start off the season with something like this, yet it’s satisfactory for us,” Gregory said Tuesday. Fans use the game for bragging rights. Gregory, who has won each of his first three games in the rivalry, would like to keep bragging. But he said the bigger emphasis is the response by his team against a tough opponent. …

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