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    Performance artist Marina Abramovic is displaying her work in her native Belgrade for the first time in 44 years, and she says that returning home has been highly emotional. Abramovic summoned journalists to Belgrade's Museum of Contemporary Art at the crack of dawn on Saturday for the symbolic opening of her retrospective 'The Cleaner.' 'You have no idea how emotionally excited I am,' said Abramovic, best known for her piece 'The Artist Is Present,' which in 2010 saw her sit silent and motionless for 736½ hours opposite a parade of strangers at New York's Museum of Modern Art. 'I came to Belgrade with an open heart,' Abramovic, who has visited Belgrade privately, said of her professional comeback. 'It's not easy, lots of nostalgia and memories.' Born in Belgrade, Abramovic studied and launched her career in the Serbian capital before moving abroad in 1975. Her show 'The Cleaner' contains more than 100 videos, photographs, paintings and live re-creations of her performances over the past decades. The show is concluding in Belgrade after touring seven cities in various countries since 2017. While hailed as a major cultural event for the Serbian capital following the crisis years in the 1990s, critics have argued that the exhibition is too expensive and is serving to boost the image of Serbia's populist authorities. Abramovic said she hoped 'The Cleaner' will help Serbia's art scene. 'I am no politician, I am an artist,' Abramovic said. 'I believe this exhibition has shown to the politicians that if you invest money in culture you get high standards.' Carefully selected, Abramovic's retrospective focuses on what she says is her best art, some of which also drew inspiration from the Balkans — in a 1997 performance 'Balkan Baroque,' Abramovic sat among a heap of bloody animal bones in criticism of the ethnic carnage that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia, earning her a Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale. In other performances, Abramovic cut her body, screamed, ate raw onions and covered her face with honey and golden leaves, seeking to test her own and the audience's limits. Young Serbian artists in the Belgrade museum revived a performance in which a naked man and woman stand in a doorway and visitors must slip between them to get through. 'I didn't really want to make a retrospective, a retrospective seemed like a very sad thing to me ... like retirement,' Abramovic said. 'Cleaning was like a metaphor ... you get rid of the bad work and keep only things you think you really should show.' As she opened the exhibition, Abramovic briefly sat down to re-enact her 'The Artist is Present' performance that saw thousands lining up outside for a chance to sit opposite her. Now 72, Abramovic said 'I have no intention to retire.' 'I think I will die working,' she smiled.
  • The American Film Institute is honoring Julie Andrews with its Life Achievement Award. The organization said Friday that Andrews will receive the award at the Gala Tribute on April 25 in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on TNT. Andrews' acting career has spanned several decades, winning an Academy Award in 1965 for her starring role in 'Mary Poppins.' She also starred in 'The Sound of Music' and 'The Princess Diaries.' Andrews received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She also won two Grammys through 'Mary Poppins' and 'Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies.' The 83-year-old actress will be the 48th recipient of the prestigious honor from the AFI, joining Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and George Clooney. This year's honoree was Denzel Washington .
  • The former chief makeup artist at Charlie Rose's interview show is suing him, saying the disgraced television journalist ran a 'toxic work environment' for women. Gina Riggi said in her harassment lawsuit filed Thursday that she worked for 22 years for Rose and Bloomberg, the company where his Manhattan studio was located. She lost her job in 2017 after Rose was fired by PBS and CBS News for sexual misconduct. Her lawsuit seeks unspecified damages 'and equitable relief for the harm she has endured,' it says. Riggi charges that Rose treated his studio as a sexual hunting ground for attractive young women. She says he groped and pawed female staff members, stared at their breasts, and dangled job prospects to wine and dine women. 'Far from being an advocate for their careers, Mr. Rose treated them as sexual targets, using his power and influence to serve his personal desires,' Riggi says in the lawsuit. His attorney, Jonathan Bach, did not immediately return messages seeking comment. But he told Variety that Rose denied the charges and would vigorously contest them. The lawsuit was inconsistent with friendly messages that Riggi had sent to Rose, he said. Riggi said Rose would demean and humiliate women who rejected him and once swatted at her. Many women who were shaken by encounters by Rose would use her makeup room as a refuge, she said.
  • Jennifer Lopez won Milan Fashion Week on Friday, wowing the crowd at Versace when she emerged wearing a version of the jungle dress that nearly broke the internet almost 20 years ago. Building up to the big reveal, Donatella Versace announced from backstage a Google search for 'Versace jungle dress,' and a dome ceiling above the circular runway filled with images of J-Lo wearing the 2000 Versace dress at the Grammys. Then Versace intoned: 'The REAL jungle dress,' and Lopez appeared in an updated version of the iconic gown, which maintained the plunging neckline but in a sleeveless version and with a train that billowed below the open back. Not a smart phone remained dormant as the fashion crowd jostled to catch video of the fashion ah-ha moment. The original jungle dress made not only fashion history, but Google history. According to Versace's press notes, millions of people searched Google in an effort to see the dress, inspiring tech giant to create Google Images. 'The world had the same reaction: jaw-dropping,' Versace said in show notes. 'Today we live in a technological world, but back then, one event promoted the creation of a new tool that now has become part of our lives.' Highlights from the third day of Milan Fashion Week womenswear previews for Spring /Summer 2020: ____ VERSACE RETURNS TO THE JUNGLE For next spring and summer, Donatella Versace did what she does best: Make fun and cheeky fashion. Versace started low-key with a series of little black dresses, revealing in a business-like way, worn with strappy, nearly invisible sandals, some wrapping up the leg gladiator-style. The collection played with the tailored silhouette, enlarging the shoulders in an apparent ode to the 1980s, and keeping the waist cinched. The real star was the jungle print, as the fashion house celebrated the 20th anniversary of the iconic jungle dress worn by Jennifer Lopez. A street version of the same dress, with a bandeau top to break up the plunging neckline, appeared in standard green and eye-popping orange and red, both worn with psychedelic tights. More subtly, the print over-laid a very masculine gray Prince of Wales check jacket, giving a slight acid-wash effect, and accented tie-dye T-shirts. Palm motif also appeared as pins and metal mesh, while leaves adorned plastic sliders and the laces on some Roman-sandals, like a creeping vine. The styling was strong on trademark Versace hardware. Tiny metallic bags were worn like jewelry, three at a time. And golden bangles worn off belt loops were very tongue-in-cheek, including pill packs, a tape dispenser and an open matchbook. Eyewear resembled welding glasses. Closing the show was Amber Valletta, the model who wore the original Jungle dress for the Spring/Summer 2000 collection. For the Spring/Summer 2020 collection, she wore a sculpted black dress with deep leg slit. ____ MARNI'S JOYOUS PROTEST On a day when thousands of people marched worldwide to combat climate change, Marni took a first step toward making the collection more sustainable. Designer Francesco Risso said the season 'marks a new beginning,' as the fashion house is both trying to raise awareness about plastics through artistic collaborations and work with more organic and recovered textiles in the runway collections. Marni also did not send out physical invitations this round. 'When I hear sustainable, I get a bit itchy, because it is easy to promote that word and not really be sustainable,' the designer said after the show. This season's Marni print is hand-painted, by Risso and his team. The collection of all skirts and dresses -- there were no trousers -- had a raw, almost post-industrial feel, as if they were constructed from a memory of a peasant blouse and skirt or twisted Tahitian skirts. While the looks had a primitive touch, emphasized by the hand-painting and the mud-slicked hair, muslin skirting under dresses gave a couture edge. 'The process was a lot about freeing silhouettes,' Risso said. 'This is our joyous progress.' _____ MARCO DE VINCENZO'S RAINBOW Marco De Vincenzo set his runway show against the watery backdrop of Milan's Darsena, linking the city's major canals, for a collection that was a study of color and motion. The collection was titled 'The Wave.' And movement was evident in the knitwear molded into three-dimensional patterns, tight pleats on dresses with laser-cut detailing, clingy dresses with a wavy pattern beneath sheer organza shirt and skirt, metallic fringe on a shimmery crop top and skirt combination and tiered chiffon dresses. De Vicenzo said he used techniques like laser-cutting to modify classic textiles: organza, knitwear, chiffon and lurex. It was his first monochrome collection and he put it to good effect. Each of the 47 garments was a different color, even if just a shade off the one before, so that when the models completed the finale, they posed briefly on the arching bride over the canal, forming a fleeting fashion rainbow. ____ ANTONIO MARRAS Antonio Marras has woven a yarn about an unlikely romance between a Sardinian shepherd and Japanese princess as the backstory for his collection for Spring/Summer 2020, centering around interpretations of the kimono. 'The collection is a meeting between two worlds that in many ways are opposite, but they amalgamate, which gives novelty to this collection,' Marras said. Japanese prints are the starting point for the looks, and kimonos are deconstructed and reinterpreted as dresses, jackets and skirts worn with collared shirts. One kimono dress was constructed out of contrasting materials -- lace, plaid cotton and jacquard -- and fastened with a long, trailing karate belt. The collection was presented in a theater, with a Japanese theater performance in the background. The arrival of the Japanese princess, wrapped in a regal red robe, signaled the close of the show.
  • Robert S. Boyd, who shared a 1973 Pulitzer Prize with colleague Clark Hoyt for coverage of Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton's exit from the campaign due to mental health issues, has died. He was 91. The journalist died of congestive heart failure at a retirement home in Philadelphia, Hoyt said. Boyd spent 20 years as Washington bureau chief of Knight Ridder, once the nation's second-largest newspaper chain with properties like The Philadelphia Inquirer and Miami Herald. He witnessed the secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War and received a tour of the Bay of Pigs from Cuban leader Fidel Castro. At 65, Boyd became a science writer and traveled with a scientific expedition to the South Pole. He is survived by his wife and five children.
  • Suzanne Whang, whose smooth, calm voice provided the narration for HGTV's 'House Hunters' for years, has died. She was 57. Her Tuesday death was confirmed Friday by her longtime agent, Eddie Culbertson. Whang first gained fame as the on-screen host of the show, where anxious home buyers are shown trying to choose between three potential options. Later, she was moved to the narration role only, but her recognizable voice was as much a draw as the homes. Culbertson says Whang was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and in 2011 was told she would not live a year. She beat the disease for years until it returned in October 2018. Culbertson says Whang — who was also a comedian and actress— included her cancer battle in stage performances. 'Her courage, humor, determination and optimism, with which she notably confronted the disease, emboldened and gave hope to countless others facing serious life challenges,' he said in a statement. 'She remained a loving spirit, and in the end she passed away peacefully at home with her great love by her side, having been true to herself and the journey she chose.'  She is survived by her parents and a sister.
  • Colson Whitehead's brutal narrative of a boys' reform school, 'The Nickel Boys,' and Marlon James' fantasy epic 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' are among the works chosen by judges for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Others on the list of 10 include Taffy Brodesser-Akner's acclaimed comic novel 'Fleishman Is in Trouble' and the immigrant stories 'The Other Americans,' by Laila Lalami, and 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous,' the first novel by the poet Ocean Vuong. Friday's announcement caps a week in which the National Book Foundation also unveiled longlists for nonfiction, translation, young people's literature and poetry. The lists will be narrowed to five in each category on Oct. 8. Winners will be announced during a Nov. 20 dinner ceremony in New York City, when author Edmund White and the CEO of the American Booksellers Association, Oren Teicher, will receive honorary awards. Based on a real Florida institution, Whitehead's novel is his first since the acclaimed historical fantasy 'The Underground Railroad,' which came out in 2016 and won the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. James is a native of Jamaica and is known for his Booker Prize-winning 'A Brief History of Seven Killings,' centered on the attempted 1976 assassination of reggae great Bob Marley. He has said that 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' is the first of a planned trilogy. The other books on the fiction longlist were Susan Choi's 'Trust Exercise,' Kali Fajardo-Anstine's 'Sabrina & Corina: Stories,' Kimberly King Parsons's 'Black Light: Stories,' Helen Phillips' 'The Need' and Julia Phillips' 'Disappearing Earth.' This week's longlists featured works ranging from Iliana Ragan's memoir 'Burn the Place' to books for young people by Kwame Alexander and Jason Reynolds. The lists also were notable for some of the books that didn't make them, from Saeed Jones' memoir 'How We Fight for Our Lives' to Ta-Nehisi Coates' novel 'The Water Dancer.' Others omitted include Jacqueline Woodson's novel 'Red at the Bone,' Jia Tolentino's essay collection 'Trick Mirror' and Casey Cep's investigative 'Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.
  • The Latest on the state visit to the U.S. by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (all times local): 10:30 p.m. American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely 'celebrating' even as serious matters of national security and presidential politics combined to cast a cloud over President Donald Trump. The president and first lady Melania Trump welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House for just the second state dinner of the Trump administration. Guests included several Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, White House staff and an Australian delegation that included pro golfer Greg Norman. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Mark Esper was announcing the deployment of additional U.S. troops to the Persian Gulf region in response to a recent attack on the Saudi oil industry. And the controversy intensified over a conversation Trump had with Ukraine's president. __ 7:40 p.m. The White House says First Lady Melania Trump is wearing an aqua silk chiffon gown by J. Mendel to Friday's state dinner for Australia. It is adorned with inserted pleats and bias cut waves. The gown was first seen when Mrs. Trump and President Donald Trump greeted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, as they arrived at the White House as the honored guests of the second state dinner hosted by Trump. The couples enjoyed private time in the White House residence before they came downstairs to the Blue Room to greet more than 170 guests, including Australian pro golfer Greg Norman, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network. __ 7:35 p.m. A glittering array of American and Australian luminaries is streaming into the White House Rose Garden for a rare dinner under the stars, even as serious developments unfold for President Donald Trump at home and abroad. Tuxedoed and sequined guests include golfer Greg Norman, U.S. Attorney General William Barr and presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway. None of the arriving guests, Republican members of Congress among them, are acknowledging that Trump is sending more U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia to protect it after an attack on oil installations. They are also silent on the scandalous storm clouds hovering over Trump, who urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a person familiar with the matter. That's the heart of a whistleblower complaint against the president. North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows says he looks 'forward to celebrating tonight.' __ 7:05 p.m. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has arrived for a glitzy White House state dinner honoring the land Down Under. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted Morrison and his wife, Jenny, with handshakes and kisses on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the mansion Friday evening. Morrison is on a state visit to the U.S., and earlier in the day he received a spirited welcome on the White House South Lawn. A day of meetings, a joint news conference with the president and other honors was being capped with a rare open-sky dinner in the Rose Garden. The menu features Dover sole entree and apple tart a la mode. The U.S. military is providing the entertainment. __ 4:30 p.m. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have given Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, gifts to celebrate their U.S. state visit. The White House says the Trumps gave the Morrisons a custom-made leather photo album hand-inscribed with 23-karat gold and a Tiffany & Co. pewter bowl engraved with the presidential seal and the signatures of both Trumps. Trump gave Morrison a model of the USS Canberra, which is currently being built at an Alabama shipyard, and a framed map of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a World War II battle in which the U.S. and Australian naval and air forces fought together against the Japanese. Mrs. Trump's choice for Jennifer Morrison was a sterling silver and 18-karat gold Tiffany & Co. 'Infinity' cuff bracelet. ___ 11:40 a.m. President Donald Trump says he would love to attend the 2019 President's Cup golf tournament in Australia in December, but it depends upon what his schedule will allow. The event features an international team competing against a United States team and is held every two years. Trump, an avid golfer, says the PGA Tour has invited him to attend, and he described the tournament as 'exciting.' Trump spoke about the President's Cup during a meeting Friday with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who notes he'll talk about the event with Trump during a State Dinner in the evening. Trump notes that golfer Greg Norman of Australia is a good friend and will also be at the White House dinner. __ 9:35 a.m. President Donald Trump says in a welcoming ceremony for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that 'today we celebrate the long-cherished and unwavering friendship between the United States and Australia.' Trump and Morrison will participate in a day filled with meetings, a joint press conference and a lavish state dinner, the second one of Trump's presidency. Trump says tonight's Rose Garden state dinner 'will be quite something.' Morrison told the president in reply, 'thanks mate.' Morrison says the Australian delegation brings with it the thanks and respect of 25 million Australians for the U.S. The two leaders are seeking to demonstrate a strong alliance with Morrison saying the world is a better place with the United States and that the two nations 'see the world through the same lens.' The welcoming ceremony included Marine Band performances of the national anthem of both countries and a 19-gun salute and inspection of troops. ___ 12:30 a.m. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcoming Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House with a pomp-filled military arrival ceremony on the South Lawn Friday morning. Morrison is just the second world leader to be granted the high diplomatic honor of a state visit during the Trump administration. The leaders will meet for talks and face journalists at a joint news conference in the White House East Room. Morrison will also be treated to lunch at the State Department. They will cap the night with an opulent state dinner beneath the stars in a Rose Garden arrayed in shades of green and gold in tribute to his Australia's national colors.
  • The largest multinational oil consortium in South Sudan is 'proactively participating in the destruction' of the country, the actor George Clooney and co-founder of The Sentry watchdog group told The Associated Press this week. A new report released on Thursday by the Washington-based group that reports on links between corruption and mass atrocities says it found that Dar Petroleum provided direct support to deadly militias. 'And it has paid for government officials to live lavishly while the rest of the population suffers the consequences of a brutal civil war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives,' Clooney said. The report explores how a variety of international individuals and businesses are linked to armed conflict, corruption and atrocities during the country's five-year civil war that ended with a peace deal a year ago. The oil consortium is the most prominent example. South Sudan is the most oil-dependent country in the world, and Dar Petroleum is one of the country's most important entities. It is comprised of China's state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, Malaysia's state-owned Petronas, Chinese state-owned Sinopec, the private Egyptian-based firm SSTO and South Sudan's state-owned Nile Petroleum. While most of the country's oil rigs were shut down or destroyed during the war, the oil consortium continued operating. Emails shown to the AP by The Sentry show that the South Sudan government directed Dar Petroleum to deliver drums of diesel to the 'community Oil Protection Forces,' armed groups with close links to the oil industry including members of the Padang militia, known for committing atrocities such as burning villages, targeting civilians and attacking the United Nations protection site in Malakal in 2016. The report says the petroleum ministry requested 251 barrels of diesel to be delivered to military and militia forces in Upper Nile state in 2014 and 2015. Dar Petroleum has strong ties to South Sudan's national security apparatus. Its vice president is a major general in the service and the company has used funds earmarked for community development to support the lifestyles of senior politicians, the report said. Last year the consortium agreed to pay more than $686,000 to a hotel in the capital, Juba, to cover bills for the former petroleum minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth. Some letters collected by The Sentry raised concerns about whether the oil ministry and Dar Petroleum were wrongfully allocating oil revenues earmarked by the state for community development. In one letter dated March 2018, the government authorizes the consortium to use $80,000 from the community development fund to purchase a 'white armored V8' vehicle. Dar Petroleum said it was not able to speak to the media, and CNPC did not respond to a request for comment. South Sudan's oil minister, Awow Daniel Chuang, called the report misleading, saying that 'what is being reported is a mere misunderstanding of how the oil companies operate in south Sudan or elsewhere.' The Chinese Embassy in South Sudan said that 'we have always required companies in South Sudan to operate in compliance with laws and regulations.' One oil expert said the international companies can't be seen as neutral bystanders. 'They respond to pressure from what South Sudan's government dictates and do not miss the opportunity to profit from the risk of engaging in such an unstable climate,' said Luke Patey, senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and author of 'The New Kings of Crude.' Weak governance and years of conflict have made South Sudan's resources easier to exploit. A U.N. report in April noted a 'degree of informality that limits meaningful controls and oversight' of oil revenues. As South Sudan emerges from years of fighting, some in the international community are pushing for more transparency and accountability. 'It needs to become more profitable to pursue peace here than to pursue war,' said Chris Trott, the British ambassador to the country. 'We need to ensure that the money that's made from the resources of this country are invested in this country's future.' ___ Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africa
  • Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has two books coming out in the United States, including an English-language edition of her memoir. Penguin Press announced Thursday that it will release Thunberg's memoir 'Our House Is On Fire' and a collection of her speeches, 'No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference,' that will include her upcoming address at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York. 'No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference' is scheduled for November. Her memoir, co-written with her parents and sister, will be released next year. The 16-year-old Thunberg has quickly become an international force for urgent climate action. She has been in Washington for several days of rallies and lobbying efforts ahead of Friday's planned global climate strike.

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  • An Athens-based manufacturing firm will open a facility in Banks County, creating about 30 jobs: RAI will build in the Martin Bridge area off I-85 in Banks County.    “Georgia’s manufacturing industry has seen many wins in recent years, and we are proud that RAI is expanding their already successful operation into Martin Bridge,” says Governor Brian Kemp. “As the Top State for Business, our skilled workforce has received national recognition, and I am confident that it will meet the company’s needs as they create exciting, new opportunities for hardworking Georgians in Banks County.” RAI says it will be hiring welders, fabricators, machine operators, detailers, material handlers, project managers, coating specialists, and quality controllers at the new facility at the Martin Bridge exit, the only undeveloped exit on I-85.
  • Lumpkin County state Senator Steve Gooch will be among those taking part in the next Rural Prosperity Summit hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. It will take place next month at the UGA campus in Tifton.    From the Ga Chamber of Commerce…   The Georgia Chamber will be hosting its third annual Rural Prosperity Summit on October 1-2, 2019 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton.    About 450 attendees are anticipated to join for the two-day Summit which features expert speakers, elected officials, practitioner panels and small group conversations that will share meaningful solutions to challenges facing rural communities.    Notable speakers include: S. Congressman Buddy Carter S. Congressman Austin Scott Former U.S. Congressman Lindsay Thomas Attorney General Chris Carr President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, Doug Shipman CEO of Goodwill North Georgia, Keith Parker S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist, Thurmond N. Tillman Economic Innovation Group’s Director for Research and Policy Development, Kenan Fikri Atlanta-based rural community writer and advocate, Alan Richard   Elected officials planning to attend include:  Senator Ellis Black Senator Steve Gooch Senator Tyler Harper Senator Freddie Powell Sims Representative Debbie G. Buckner Representative Matthew Gambill Representative Dominic LaRiccia Representative Clay Pirkle Representative Ken Pullin Regional Representative from Congressman Austin Scott’s Office Regional Representatives from U.S. Senator David Perdue’s Office
  •  The University of Georgia, just in time for Notre Dame weekend, is hosting an art exhibit, featuring George Cooke’s Interior of St Peter’s Rome. From Larry Dendy... Enjoy a rare opportunity to view at close range an acknowledged 19th century art masterpiece by American artist George Cooke from 3 to 6 pm Friday, September 20, on the University of Georgia campus. Interior of St. Peter’s Rome, which is 17 feet high, 23 feet long, and weighs more than a ton,   was described as the largest framed oil painting in the United States when it was exhibited in the 1840s. George Cooke (1793-1849), an itinerant artist whose paintings have been found in private collections in a dozen states spent much time in Athens. His 1845 painting titled View of Athens from Carr’s Hill, is housed in the Rare Books section of the University of Georgia Libraries. Another of his works Tallulah Falls  1841, is part of the permanent collection at UGA’s Georgia Museum of Art. Art patron Daniel Pratt commissioned and owned Interior of St. Peter’s Rome. After Cooke’s sudden death from illness in New Orleans in 1849, Pratt became executor of the artist’s estate. Seeking an appropriate venue to exhibit this large work, and with the support of Cooke’s widow, who married an Athenian, Pratt donated the painting to the University of Georgia in 1867 and shipped the painting to Athens. University officials decided to mount the painting on the interior back wall of the 1832 Greek Revival-style University Chapel, and the installation was completed in 1868 and opened for public view. The painting has been restored twice, in 1936 and 1955, to recover from age and fire damage. Visitors on Friday, September 20, will be able to walk close to the painting and make photographs. The closest approach will be to enter the University of Georgia through its historic Arch on Broad Street, at the foot of College Avenue. SilverDawg volunteers will greet visitors and direct them along the walkway to the University Chapel.
  • The director of the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter is out of work: County Manager Blaine Williams says he has asked for and received the resignation of David Fluck, who has held the job for the past 12 years. The Shelter has been the focus of much community criticism over the past several months.  From the Athens-Clarke Co government website… Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Manager Blaine Williams announces the resignation of Central Services Department Director David Fluck. The resignation was effective September 16, 2019. Williams requested Fluck’s resignation.  'After careful consideration, I decided that it would be best for the community and the department for a change in leadership moving forward. I want to thank David for his work for the Athens community and the Unified Government,” said Williams. “Not only did he serve as the Central Services Director for over a dozen years, but he also served in an additional role as Interim Airport Director for a number of months while we conducted a search for a new director.”  Williams has appointed Sustainability Officer Andrew Saunders to serve as Interim Director until a permanent replacement is named after a national search. Saunders has worked with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government since 2007 in various roles, including as the Community Forestry Coordinator, Environmental Coordinator, and Sustainability Officer.  The Athens-Clarke County Central Services Department consists of the Animal Control Division, which operates the Animal Shelter and Animal Control services; the Facilities Management Division, which maintains ACCGov-owned property; the Fleet Management Division, which manages most Unified Government vehicles; the Landscape Management Division, which maintains grounds and landscapes at ACCGov facilities and roadways; and Internal Support, which provides services for ACCGov departments such as mailing services, printing services, copy services, parking, and telephone services. The department also handles special event permitting, publication rack permitting, and downtown vending permits. 
  • Northeast Georgia Health System has reached an agreement to acquire Habersham Medical Center in Demorest. “Many people in Habersham County have asked for a deal like this for years, and many before us have tried to make it happen,” says Lynn Boggs, HMC’s chief executive officer. “We’re thrilled to deliver this agreement, which can lead to security and stability for this community’s local hospital. We are truly working together for healthier tomorrows.” “This is a win-win for the future of our community, and it has taken creative thinking and innovative solutions by all parties involved to create this positive path forward,” says Stacy Hall, chairman of the Habersham County Commission. “This puts power back in the hands of the people of Habersham County. By utilizing HMC’s services, they will make both the hospital and county financially stronger.” The five-year plan calls for Northeast Georgia Healty System to invest $3 million annually to help Habersham Medical Center fund capital projects to enhance and expand services for the hospital in Demorest.

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  • ATHENS Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes his quarterback will be at his best Saturday night against a talented, but 'not very complicated' Georgia defense. '(Ian Book) had a great week of practice, he's going to play really well against Georgia,' Kelly said on his radio show on Thursday night. 'You're going to see the best of Ian Book in Athens.' The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) are a two-touchdown favorite over the No. 7 Irish, but you'd never know it listening to the confident Kelly. we play a lot of bigs games..our guys are used to playing a lot of bg gaems Georgia's massive offensive line, averaging 6-foot-5 and 329 pounds per man, is thought by many to rank among the best in college football Kelly has indicated throughout the week he's not overly concerned about how his defensive line matches up. 'It's an advantage for us,' Kelly said. 'We play these teams that slant and angle, and we haven't been very good with slant and angle teams, so we'll know where they are, and that's a good thing' Kelly has been complimentary of Georgia QB Jake Fromm throughout the week, but he's confident in Notre Dame's pass rush and pass defense. 'We're a top-down defense, certainly, but what we're better at this year is we're pressing on the outside, and the pass rush forces the ball out of your hands so quickly that the routes don't develop to the top end,' said Kelly, whose Irish rank third in the nation in pass efficiency defense. 'A lot of the interceptions, the route has not finished, so we're getting at the ball before the route finishes. When we can do that, we can be in position to undercut routes and not cheat on things. We're getting to the quarterback before he can get through his progression.' Kelly pointed out how simple the Georgia offense is, a necessity because of young receivers still learning their assignments. 'They do keep it fairly simple offensively, they're sitting down in zones and they are taking shots because they want to get their receivers to grow,' Kelly said. 'It's a young group, extremely talented, and they are coming on, and they re gong to be very good offensively once these receivers continue to mature. 'Early on they gave them some very simplified passing concepts, they did a great job with them, and we'll have to do a great job against them.' Crowd noise figures to be a factor, so Notre Dame went inside its new football building this week and turned the noise up to 107 decibels. Kelly is confident that Book's ability to communicate and adjust to Georgia's uncomplicated defensive schemes could provide a winning edge. 'How you quiet a great crowd is you score points and get ahead,' Kelly said. But if they are into the game and it's a close game, then you have to communicate effectively. 'We can't get into our process and into our traits, which I think can trump a lot of the things Georgia can do, unless we communicate effectively.' While crowd noise seems to be Kelly's biggest concern for his offense, tocus and gap integrity are the two areas Kelly stressed on defense. 'If you're distracted for a second against Georgia, they have a guy named D'Andre Swift, and he'll run past you if you do't fit the A gap,' Kelly said. 'You have to fit every play, and every play has to be 11 players playing together.' Beyond that, it's just a matter of playing Notre Dame football, the Irish accustomed to setting stadium attendance records (this will be the 10th time) wherever they go. 'Play fast, play free, be aggressiveyou don't go down there to play conservative football,' said Kelly, 23-17 vs. Top 25 teams at Notre Dame but 0-4 against Top 5 opponents. 'There's no pressure. We play in so many (big games) . and understand when you go on the road it's one play at a time, and you have to be patient. Very rarely are these games won early, they are won late.' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly The post Notre Dame's Brian Kelly reveals Irish advantages, starting at quarterback appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS This season's edition of Georgia football has more talent than the 2017 Bulldogs that played for the national championship, according to Bulldogs' legend David Pollack. Pollack, speaking Friday as part of ESPN's College GameDay crew, had plenty to say about the rise of Georgia football and keys to this season. RELATED: 7 UGA players to watch closely Saturday The popular ESPN show is in Athens for the first time since 2013 to preview and highlight the No. 3-Ranked Bulldogs' showdown against No. 7 Notre Dame at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. It's also the first time CBS hasn't used it's one-time night game exemption for the Alabama-LSU clash since 2010. 2017 vs. 2019 Pollack's comments on the 2019 team's talents pack a punch when one considers the 2017 Bulldogs played in the CFP Championship Game. 'The 2019 team is more talented team than the 2017 team, that's fact, that's not even debatable,' Pollack said 'In 2017, Kirby was playing players that were really smart, that were in the right position, that weren't necessarily athletic freaks. Now it's fun to have both, he's got a combination of athleticism across the board, they're deep in every single spot. 'What does that mean? There's competition in every spot, that's the biggest thing, guys,' Pollack said. 'When you've got somebody breathing down your neck, to take your job, and take your spot, it makes you work harder, and Georgia has got that at every position across the board.' These are the good old days for Georgia football, Pollack said. Best ever? The Bulldogs haven't won a national championship since 1980, former UGA coach and athletic director Vince Dooley recently honored with the Sanford Stadium field being named in his honor. But Pollack believes times are good at Georgia and will get even better. 'You're living in the days where it's going to be the best in Georgia history,' Pollack said. 'If you need a team out there, Georgia is a good one to pick. If you're going to buy stock, they're stocked across the board. 'You look at all the 5-star guys and all the recruits, the discipline they play with now, and the toughness they play with, they're not going anywhere.' Pollack said there's only one Georgia position group that still concerns him, and he's looking to see who steps up against the Irish on Saturday night. Catching on 'Somebody has to step up at wide receiver for Georgia and be the guy, and I'm interested to see if it's (George) Pickens, if it's (Dominick) Blaylock Demetris Robertson is a little banged up, Kearis (Jackson) got banged up earlier in the year,' Pollack said. 'Somebody needs to get on the page with Jake Fromm that we saw years ago, with back shoulder fades, and a guy that he can trust,' Pollack said. 'Because if you're going to point to a weakness for this team, or a question mark for Georgia, it's the receivers. There is no other question mark on this team, everywhere else is pretty solid.' Pickens and Blaylock rank No. 1 and No. 2 in catches for Georgia to this point of the season, with grad transfers Eli Wolf (tight end) and Lawrence Cager rounding out the top four. Notre Dame's hope As for Notre Dame's chances against the Bulldogs, Pollack said it all comes down to Ian Book. 'I don't think there's any player in the country that has to be more productive for their team to win this week than Ian Book,' Pollack said. 'Ian Book has to be great, and it's got to be with his legs, he's got to run the ball effectively, he's got to scramble and throw the football effectively 'He's a really a talented kid, and if Notre Dame is going to come down here and pull off an upset against a Georgia team that's more talented them them, it's going to have to be Ian Book playing not (just) good, but really good, beyond good levels, to great levels.' Georgia legend David Pollack DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post David Pollack: 2019 Georgia football more talented than 2017 version, that's fact' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia takes center stage in college football on Saturday in a game with No. 7-ranked Notre Dame that will set the 2019 narrative for the Bulldogs. Much has already been learned about this season's team, Georgia holding its No. 3 ranking with a 3-0 start that has featured impressive wins. WATCH: Georgia's exciting It Takes What It Takes' pregame video The Bulldogs have, in fact, been so overwhelming that top players haven't seen a great deal of action in the past two outings. Georgia legend Herschel Walker took note on Thursday, saying it's time for Georgia to show why it's Running Back U. 'You talk about Swift, people don't know how good that kid is,' Walker said. 'He's only running the ball 11 times (per game), but he's averaging 9 yards a carry.' Let's talk more about Swift leading the '7 players to watch' against Notre Dame. D'Andre Swift This game has been a long time coming for Swift. Swift is coming off his first healthy collegiate offseason. The results are obvious, with Swift adding power and authority to his sharp-cutting arsenal since his big-stage debacle in the Sugar Bowl. Swift's 16-carry effort in the season-opener against Vanderbilt fell one short of his carer-high, but there's a chance he could surpass that against Notre Dame. RELATED: Why Georgia could run over Notre Dame The Irish will be loaded up to stop the run, but Swift's ability to find seams, bounce runs and catch the ball makes him a sure-thing for a high volume of touches and more than 100 yards from scrimmage and at least one touchdown. The 'Great Wall' The Georgia offensive line has received more fanfare and celebrity than any college line in recent memory, and this is the game for it to truly make its mark. Andrew Thomas, Solomon Kindley, Trey Hill, Ben Cleveland and Cade Mays are on task, with Isaiah Wilson possibly coming back from his ankle injury. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said his defensive line hasn't gotten knocked off the ball this season, indicating the Irish's porous run defense (120th in the nation) has more to do with fits and run support. The lights will be shining on the Bulldogs' trench giants. Charlie Woerner Why do I get a sneaky feeling the senior tight end might be in for a big night? Is it because his uncle, Scott, was an All-American who starred for Georgia and was part of the 1980 national championship team that beat Notre Dame? RELATED: An inside story on Charlie Woerner and his recruitment Let's face it, America loves a good storyline, and seeing Charlie Woerner have a big game against the Irish is what most every Bulldogs' fan is looking for. As for fast-rising tight end Eli Wolf, Tennessee is up next on the schedule, and the former Vols' captain can get a carry into the Neyland Stadium end zone from the fullback position to make headlines that game week. Monty Rice It's time for Monty Rice to come out of relative anonymity on the national stage and show his value for Georgia. The Bulldogs have been playing a lot of defenders at linebacker, building depth. But Rice is the front-line backer and the heart of the defense. His sideline-to-sideline play and hard-hitting should be evident against the Irish. Rice has 15 tackles this season, but he could end up with 10 or more against Notre Dame. James Cook Cook is a weapon who should touch the ball at least 10 times every game, whether that's on handoffs, passes or in the return game. Cook averages 12.9 yards per carry and 9.5 per catch and 20.5 on kick return. Explosive, dynamic and fast, there don't seem to be enough adjectives to describe just how exciting of a player Cook is in the open field. Every time Cook touches the ball, there's an electricity in the air that he could score. SportsCenter Highlight in 3-2-1 . George Pickens Pickens is on the DawgNation 'Watch' List every week, and every week, the player wearing the No. 1 on offense shows why. Smart said Pickens still has work to do, but the quarterback and offensive coordinator keep showing confidence in the work that he does with the football thrown in his direction. Kudos to Smart and his staff recognizing that taking advantage of Pickens' great talents. Even while he's ironing out other wrinkles, having Pickens in the game plan gives Georgia its best chance to win. Nolan Smith Speaking of tremendous potential coming to fruition, outside linebacker Nolan Smith has a raptor-like burst that all-time UGA defensive great David Pollack described as 'freaky.' Smith saw limited snaps last Saturday, and one can't help but wonder if Smart wanted to do his best to keep this elite pass-rushing talent under wraps for one more week. Nolan Smith will be a household name in the SEC soon enough. DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post 7 Georgia football players to watch closely against Notre Dame appeared first on DawgNation.
  • DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The 'Cover 4' concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss the most improved Bulldogs on the team since last season. DawgNation continues with the 'Cover 4' concept. It was a regular in our story rotation in 2018. We have four staffers who cover UGA athletics on a full-time basis. It means the focus shifts to a timely 'Cover 4' look with each of our guys manning the secondary here. The quick in-and-out game remains. These takes are designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Mecole Hardman Jr. ran the 40 at the NFL combine. We're trying a DawgNation.com first today in advance of the Notre Dame game: Join us in the DawgNation forum for a live chat at 3 p.m. today WHAT: A DawgNation first. The Cover 4 crew (BA, Connor, Griff and some lowly intern type) will be in this forum thread from 3-4 PM talking and answering anything you good people have for the Georgia-Notre Dame game. WHEN: Today. 3-4 PM HOW DO I GET THERE: Click this link. New forum members will have to go through a brief and free sign-up for our DawgNation forums. WHY: We figured you needed to wrap up your workweek a little early given the big game on Saturday HAVE A QUESTION?: Go ahead and drop it in that forum thread now. We'll be sure to answer the first ones we see once that 3 p.m. start time hits. FOR REAL?: Yes, that's just a way to thank each and everyone one of you for helping make this forum what it is today. We want to continue to build this to be a place where you can get in touch with us, interact and get your UGA questions acknowledged right from our guys. Be there. Get ready for The The 2019 season 'Cover 4' topics so far: Georgia's biggest edge on Notre Dame will be . The most improved Bulldog since last season is . A few big non-score predictions for Georgia-Vanderbilt Which returning Bulldogs impressed the most in fall camp? The players set to become the new fan favorites for 2019 are . What will convince you the Bulldogs are throwing the ball more this fall? What kind of numbers will D'Andre Swift put up in 2019? Jake Fromm's best quality? The Cover 4 crew chops that one up DawgNation Nickel: What was the alarming trend coming out of spring ball in Athens? The post Cover 4: Join us in the DawgNation forum at 3 PM for a live chat appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart appears on the verge of letting the so-called lion out of the cage after a week of keeping his team emotionally balanced and focused on the task at hand. 'It takes what it takes,' has been one of the Bulldogs' team slogans throughout the offseason, and now it's featured in another classic UGA football video. The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) play host to No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) in the first non-conference game featuring two Top 10 teams at Sanford Stadium since 1966. RELATED: Herschel Walker says it's time for Georgia to display RBU 'Our guys are excited to get to play on a national stage in a home game atmosphere that will probably be unrivaled in Georgia history from a non-conference standpoint,' Smart said on the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. 'I know they are excited with a team like Notre Dame coming to town, it is really a special event.' The UGA football film crew captured the build-up in the national media along with sharing behind-the-scenes footage of Georgia's preparation. The Bulldogs' early season schedule at Vanderbilt, home against Murray State and Arkansas State hasn't provided much of a challenge. 'We're not really sure what to make of Georgia,' former Alabama national championship quarterback Greg McElroy says in the UGA hype video. 'This is going to be a different experience than anything else than they've ever had in the regular season,' said SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears. Joey Galloway, a former Ohio State star receiver now ESPN analyst, is spliced into the Georgia video saying what most in the Georgia fan base is thinking. 'Yeah, this Georgia Bulldogs team we've seen the past few years,' Galloway said. 'They've been there, they've done it, now they've got to find a way to get over the top.' Smart, shown talking to his team, summed it up. 'It's about showing the country we're one of the best teams,' Smart said, 'and you do that by how you play on the field.' It takes what it takes Week 4 Trailer | It Takes What It Takes #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/hA1poL1LLe Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 20, 2019 DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post WATCH: Georgia football It Takes What It Takes' video captures pre-game excitement appeared first on DawgNation.