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  • The Gainesville Police Department has what appears to be a homicide on its hands. Police say the remains of a body turned up in a culvert off Browns Bridge Road, and investigators say they could have been there for several years. It appeared that the body was in a shallow grave, but that erosion over time had exposed it. There is now word yet on gender, identification, or on a possible cause of death.     The GBI is helping Gainesville Police with the ongoing investigation.    
  • Madison County Commissioners have signed off an intergovernmental agreement with the cities of Danielsville, Carlton, Comer, Colbert, Hull, and Ila. The deal spills out how Madison County sales tax dollars are to be divided between the County and the six municipalities. The Madison County Commission says it’s anticipating a little more than $13 million in sales tax receipts over the next six years. 1.5 million of those will go to the six cities. 
  • The man killed in an Elbert County motorcycle crash has been identified as Jesse Campbell: he was 39 years old, from Bowman. Elberton Police are investigating.    The Hall County Sheriff’s Office says a woman who pointed a shotgun at a man during a domestic disturbance remains in the Hall County jail, being held there without bond: there are aggravated assault charges for 32 year-old Samantha Roper. A pedestrian is struck and killed on I-85 in DeKalb County. It happened on 85 near the Tucker-Chamblee exit. DeKalb County Police are investigating. A 19 year-old woman in Clayton County is shot in the head and was, at last report, hospitalized in critical condition: Clayton County Police the teenager was trying to rob a man at an apartment complex in Riverdale.    Police in Dalton are thinking the case of one motel guest shooting and killing another on might have been a case of self-defense. The Whitfield County case is still under investigation.      A Georgia inmate has been recaptured more than two months after he escaped from a roadside work detail. The Georgia Department of Corrections says Tommy Morton was caught in Coffee County. He walked away from a road crew in Carroll County. Morton is doing a 10-year prison stretch for his conviction on marijuana charges.    We have today the names of the two men whose bodies were found over the weekend in Ben Hill County: the GBI says 42 year-old Kevin Kind and 40 year-old Cendrick King were brothers. Cendrick Kind’s body was found in his home; his older brother’s body was discovered in a car was in Fitzgerald.    A driver who crashed a car while trying to outrun Lowndes County Sheriff’s deputies is dead: he wrecked near Valdosta. Two other people were seriously injured. 
  • The state Department of Natural Resources is looking for ways to make Lake Lanier a safer place: there have been nine deaths on the northeast Georgia lake so far this year. From WSB TV…   The president of the Lake Lanier Association told Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen that there's no shortage of safe boating classes, but there is a shortage of participants. They say the No. 1 way to limit the number of deaths is with life jackets. John Barker has been boating on Lake Lanier for nearly 20 years. He's afraid of how this year might be remembered. 'If the trend continues, we will have a very large number of fatalities to deal with at the end of the season,' Barker said. Of the nine deaths on the lake, two were boating accidents and seven were drownings. 'Anyone can get into trouble at any time. You can get a mouthful of water and you can start to panic,' said Jennifer Flowers with the Lake Lanier Association. The group has tried to push for more life jacket use on the lake and boating safety courses. Barker told Petersen there are lots of courses for boaters, but few taking them. He said the ones who do tend to be the most conscientious boaters to begin with. Barker said the Department of Natural Resources is doing all it can to enforce the rules on the water. But while everyone aboard a boat must have a life jacket, anyone older than 13 doesn't have to wear it. 'You got to stay with it. You got to continue to educate and provide information to people and hope someday they'll see the value of what you're trying to tell them,” Barker said. DNR said there will be nearly 12 million visitors to Lake Lanier this year. That's up 25% from just two years ago.
  • The Board of Directors for the Morton Theatre Corporation meets this evening in Athens: it’s a 6:30 session at the Morton on Washington Street.  Madison County’s Planning and Zoning Board meets, 6 o’clock this evening in Danielsville.    Zoning items headline the agenda for this afternoon’s meeting of the Gainesville City Council. The Council session is set for 5:30 at the Public Safety Complex in Gainesville.  Gainesville is looking for a new director for its Office of Tourism: Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey says Nikki Perry is leaving after a little more than a year on the job.  Habersham County Commissioners say Habersham County voters will get to decide a $31.7 million bond referendum, with money meant to fund a new Habersham County jail, one large enough to hold more than 300 inmates. The bond question will be on ballots in November.

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  • HOOVER, Ala. Andrew Thomas is miscast a lot of times. He was the 4-star who didn't get fully healthy until late into his senior year of high school. When he did, he was clearly one of the nation's top offensive tackles. Flash forward two years and Thomas won on the UGA plane bound for Hoover. Picked to represent the program at SEC Media Days. Thomas did not enroll early back in 2017. Yet he still started all 15 games of his freshman season. True freshmen in the SEC give themselves a chance to do that when they enroll early, but maybe not so much otherwise. Georgia's prized junior from Lithonia shed that label, too. He quickly claimed a starting role in fall camp and held it for all 15 games. That specific feat might not ever be matched again at UGA. It will require a true freshman (on this roster especially) to start wire-to-wire for a team in the SEC Championship Game, plus a playoff semifinal and then reach the national title game. Thomas is not the Bulldog most likely to drop interview sound byte gold at the same rate he levels his blocking assignments.He was at the SEC's flagship media event because of what he represents. Not just what he has to say. 'He started every game that he's been at the University of Georgia,' Kirby Smart said of Thomas in Hoover on Tuesday. 'He's a tremendous leader, person. Charismatic. Doesn't say a whole lot all the time. That's why it's fun to bring him to this event. I told him today as we got off the plane: Andrew, you're going to have to talk today. And I think he's excited to do that.' He spoke about what he sees that seems different about the 2019 Georgia football team. 'I think we had a shift in our leadership group,' Thomas said. 'A lot of our guys who were younger when coach Smart first got here are older guys now. Everybody is starting to buy into the system and everything. This is the senior class that Coach Smart first recruited. Everybody is really bought into what is going on.' Thomas plans to be more vocal. His play can no longer set just example. When he speaks, this team will listen. 'With the offensive line, I have to be more vocal when I see things that need to be addressed,' he said on Tuesday. Andrew Thomas: Charging ahead into his junior year The reality here is Thomas isn't quite as much into his shell as most might think. He even told a slew of reporters on Tuesday that he will open up once he gets comfortable with everyone in the room. It is far too simplistic to say he no plays like he should have been a 5-star. The more pertinent matter here is he plays like a future first-round draft pick. Thomas was hit by waves of questions about mock drafts, draft speculation and how he keeps his focus on the upcoming season with all those options on the mind. The rising junior from Pace Academy in Atlanta has said, did say and will continue to say all the perfunctory things there. Perhaps the most interesting subject that came up on Tuesday during his media tour was what Thomas is playing right now. Not where he'll play next fall. That's the piano. 'I'm still working on it,' Thomas said. 'I feel like I got off from it a little bit and I am working on getting back on it.' He's working on a couple of John Legend songs in 'Higher' and 'All of Me' with that. Correspondents that know his story well will know that he actually played percussion in his high school concert band in winter and spring shows. 'The keys and all from the drums are the same notes as the piano so I already understood a little bit of how that is and needs to be,' he said. 'While I am in college I decided to buy one just to practice it.' Thomas is working on learning the sheet music for a few of those John Legend hits right now. Not just working to be an Orlando Pace or a Tony Boselli or a Jonathan Ogden. 'I'd probably say I am a one-star piano player right now,' Thomas said. 'I'm learning. It is just a hobby right now when I have free time right now.' Does that translate to keeping Jake Fromm's jersey clean at all? 'I guess it is the same as far as like you have to practice it a lot,' Thomas said. 'It is a learned thing. Just like the offensive line. You can't just go and do it. It is the same for the piano.' How Andrew Thomas can be better in 2019 Thomas is now six feet, six inches tall. He said he weighed in earlier this week at 332 pounds. His body has changed a lot in Scott Sinclar's program in Athens. 'Just my strength,' Thomas said. 'I felt like I was pretty athletic in high school but my whole strength level has increased. My power cleans and my squat. My bench. I'm just a much stronger player now than I was then and that helps on the field.' He's working on his verse of 'Do More' by focusing on his pass protection. How he can be better with his hands to defuse SEC edge rushers. He also stays off-campus and also finds himself in the weight room at the complex working on his core strength and keeping his weight down even when he's not at the team facility. It sounds weird to say it, but Thomas is now one of the more veteran guys on the team. There has already been a lot of football played since his top Georgia moment so far. 'I would say the Rose Bowl,' Thomas said. 'Not when Sony [Michel] scored but when we drove down the drive before overtime and we scored on the train' play we always run. Well, not the train' play there but the toss sweep right when I went out and made a block and then after we scored. I saw the video and it was like I had so much emotion on that play. I would say that was one of my biggest moments.' He looked back on why he was able to play so early in his career. Thomas began working on being ready to go when he arrived in Athens in January of his senior year. He couldn't enroll early but he was already preparing himself to play when he got there. 'I think a big thing was my preparation before I got there,' Thomas said. 'With coach [Kevin] Johnson and understanding technique before I got there.' With that, he credited his Pace Academy offensive line coach. Kevin Johnson is one of the game's best teachers when it comes to line play. He made sure that both Thomas and rising sophomore Jamaree Salyer were well-schooled in the technical aspects of their positions before they arrived in Athens. 'Once I got to camp it was just working hard and understanding that,' Thomas said. 'If I wanted a spot, to go take it and having guys like Isaiah Wynn to teach me and help bring me up.' Thomas was assigned to room with Wynn during his freshman year. Wynn was the senior who played LT who went on to be drafted in the first round by the New England Patriots. Thomas became a fixture at right tackle, but also served as an apprentice that year under Wynn to slide over seamlessly to left tackle in 2018. 'That transition was very fast,' Thomas said. 'I remember coming in just doing workouts and the next thing you know we are playing for the national championship. It was a fast adjustment and I was happy that I was ready for it.' His big goal for 2019? Just stay healthy, he said. He hurt his ankle against South Carolina and that lingered for three or four games before finally getting better as the year went along. He started in all 13 games he played last fall but did miss the Middle Tennessee State game after that setback in Columbia. DawgNation.com from SEC Media Days Watch: Jake Fromm stays cool in the face of the media crush Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow When did Georgia know? The timeline for the Jeremiah Holloman case? Zamir White has 'thrilled' Georgia head coach Kirby Smart with his off-season workouts The post Georgia football All-American candidate Andrew Thomas locks in on his junior year appeared first on DawgNation.
  • HOOVER, Ala. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm handled his SEC Media Days appearance similar to how he operates in the pocket on Saturdays. Calm, cool and collected, Fromm provided quick, efficient answers to a barrage of questions without stumbling. UGA coach Kirby Smart has come to expect as much from Fromm, on and off the field. ' He leads the right way, does everything you ask him to do, enjoys the game of football,' Smart said Tuesday at the podium in the Wynfrey Hotel. 'When you go out to practice every day, this guy's got a smile on his face, he's competing, he's challenging people. 'He challenges me day in and day out. I know defensively we try to stop him, and he does a tremendous job.' Fromm has done such a good job that his name has come up among the favorites for the Heisman Trophy. RELATED: Fromm, Swift and Fields among Heisman favorites Fromm, however, showed no interest when asked about his potential to win the coveted award. 'For me it's about staying focused, how can I make this team be the best team it can be, and how can I win a football game' Fromm said. 'That's what I'm focused on, being the best teammate I can be. 'So I'm not really worried about that. I'm trying to take my team to win every single week and go into camp and get ready for Vanderbilt.' The Bulldogs open the season on Aug. 31 in Nashville against the Commodores. Smart said Fromm's work ethic and enthusiasm has been infectious, which is one of the characteristics of a great leader. Georgia QB Jake Fromm, SEC Media Days 2019 DawgNation at SEC Media Days Florida believes its closer to beating Bulldogs than final score Gators say playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Kirby Smart expands on playing Florida in Jacksonville Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow When did Georgia know? Timeline for Jeremiah Holloman case Zamir White has 'thrilled' Kirby Smart with off-season workouts Expert breaks down Georgia Great Wall' breakdown Sam Pittman's O-Line headlining act for Georgia Kelly Bryant reveals Clemson locker room chat on Georgia The post WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm stays cool in face of media rush appeared first on DawgNation.
  • HOOVER, Ala. Kirby Smart said a great many many many things on Tuesday at SEC Media Days. He also used a Jacksonville reporter's question and that media platform to clearly state his case regarding recruiting, the Georgia-Florida game and whether or not it needs to be in Jacksonville. 'Getting opportunities to put your best foot forward [and] to have people into your home so you build a $63 million dollar facility at your home location and you want to develop relationships with kids,' Smart said. 'Every opportunity you miss to have a kid at your home is an opportunity to get better.' When asked directly about his thoughts on the future site selection in Jacksonville, he offered his full view on that matter. 'I'm for what's best for the University of Georgia and as a group and as a staff and as administration, and we'll look at that internally and make the decisions based on what is best for our student-athletes and what is best for the university,' Smart said in the main media room at SEC Media Days on Tuesday. 'I don't get caught up in the emotion of this decision or that decision. I look at it from a perspective of 10,000 feet where I say: What is best for our program? And it's that simple. And we'll make that decision as I group and go with it.' The recruiting counterpoint in the Jacksonville site story arc Yet when it comes down to recruiting, it can be argued the Bulldogs can't do much better in recruiting over the last three cycles as they have with Smart. Georgia has averaged the nation's No. 2 recruiting class since Smart's first full year in 2017. That's the best mark in the nation in that span. It includes the nation's Nos. 1 and No. 2 classes in 2018 and 2019. Smart said the staff doesn't see things in that light. Those rankings are immaterial to the progress of his football team. 'We don't look at things from the scope of we had the No.3 or No. 2 or No. 6 or No. 10 recruiting class,' Smart said. 'That doesn't matter. We're trying to figure out how to get better. We're trying to figure out how to get better. The best way to get better is to have opportunities to present in front of those kids.' DawgNation from SEC Media Days so far Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow When did Georgia know? The timeline for the Jeremiah Holloman case? Zamir White has 'thrilled' Georgia head coach Kirby Smart with his off-season workouts The post WATCH: Kirby Smart lays out the missed recruiting opportunities with the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville appeared first on DawgNation.
  • HOOVER, Ala. Georgia tailback Zamir White has not yet been cleared for contact for Georgia, but he's done just about everything that has been asked of him to this point in terms of recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in August of 2018. Kirby Smart spoke at length about the No. 1-rated tailback in the 2018 signing class during his Tuesday morning media session at the Wynfrey Hotel at SEC Media Days. 'He's on schedule. We're excited about where he is,' Smart said. 'He's done everything we've asked him to do. I'm thrilled about how hard he works and the things he's able to do. Our expectation is that he competes every day and earns some playing time.' Smart has not yet been cleared for full contact yet, but that did not temper Smart's excitement for the redshirt freshman running back heading into the 2019 season. White has provided a few updates of his own on his recovery this offseason by posting a workout video every so often. When Smart gets to see those workouts in person, he even admits that it gets him excited. 'I'm excited every time I get to see him in workouts,' Smart said. Seeing him get out there and whether it's cone to cone or him cutting on something, it's exciting me seeing him do that because I know what he's been through.' White is not the first Georgia running back to deal with a serious knee injury, as Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb have both dealt them during their time at Georgia. Smart brought up that a number of those running backs have all reached out to White to discuss the injury and help him with anything that he needs. 'A lot of people have been through that, Robert Edwards, Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley.' Smart said. 'And they all reached out to him to talk him about it. And he's on the upper side of that hump.' Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm also commented on White's mindset heading into the 2019 season. 'He's put enough pressure on himself,' Fromm said when addressing the media on Tuesday. 'We're going to let Zamir be Zamir and he'll handle that himself.' White, a 6-foot, 215-pounder from Laurinburg, N.C., has released several videos of himself working out and rehabilitating since suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during an Aug. 19 practice. White took part in individual drills during spring camp. 'He goes out and does blitz pickup, and walk throughs, and he catches balls,' Smart said this spring, 'but he doesn't do competitive contact.' The injury last fall was of the non-contact variety, but it was no less devastating. White, while still wearing a knee brace, was on the verge of a full recovery from the ACL he tore in his right knee in November of his senior season(2017)at Scotland County (N.C.) High School. Smart has said repeatedly that White has been on schedule to handle full-contact drills at the start of fall camp. That said, the Bulldogs are in no hurry to rush White back. The backfield already features 1,000-yard rusher D'Andre Swift, along with senior Brian Herrien, sophomore James Cook and incoming freshman Kenny McIntosh. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirby Smart reveals timeline leading to dismissal of Georgia football WR Jeremiah Holloman Kirby Smart will temper Georgia football expectations at SEC Media Days, and that's a good thing WATCH: Florida players say playing Georgia in Jacksonville a home game' DN90: ESPN analyst challenges Kirby Smart to win that big game' in 2019 WATCH: Kelly Bryant reveals Clemson locker room chatter on Between the Hedges' visit Offensive line leads storylines for Georgia football entering SEC Media Days Why Georgia's player representatives' words carry more weight at 2019 SEC Media Days Georgia football kicking great Kevin Butler among 4 Circle of Honor selections The post Kirby Smart on running back Zamir White: We're excited about where he is' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • HOOVER, Ala. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart cleared the air on the timeline involving the dismissal of Jeremiah 'J.J.' Holloman. Smart said he dismissed Holloman soon after confirming the junior receiver struck his former girlfriend in April of 2018. ' Early June were were made aware of a police report,' Smart said Tuesday morning at SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel, 'And we took immediate action.' The victim didn't file a police report until June 2, 2019, more than a year after the incident occurred on the day after the 2018 G-Day Game at 4 a.m. on April 22. Holloman agreed to speak with the University of Georgia Police Department on April 6. Later that day, without legal representation, Holloman confessed to striking his former girlfriend after an argument grew physical in his dorm room. Holloman's former girlfriend also accused him of choking her during the incident. Holloman told police that injuries related to the victim's neck were a result of consensual sexual activity the previous night. Smart issued a statement dismissing Holloman on June 21. 'Jeremiah Holloman no longer represents the University of Georgia football program,' Smart said on June 21. 'We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football. It is disappointing when this does not happen.' Holloman's dismissal accentuated what had already been a bumpy offseason for the two-time defending SEC Eastern Division champs. The Bulldogs' spring and summer months have been filled with challenges and hurdles, from coaching changes to player attrition. Key backups Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State) and Luke Ford (TE, Illinois) announced transfers immediately following Georgia's 28-21 Sugar Bowl loss to Texas. Smart learned last December that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was leaving to become the head coach at Colorado. Former UGA offensive coordinator Jim Chaney split for the Tennessee OC job the second week of January, nearly doublings salary to take a parallel position. The spring football session had its share of distractions, as well. A string of six arrests in six weeks raised Smart's ire. While Smart didn't deem any of the misdemeanor incidents serious enough to warrant a public suspension, the fourth-year head coach made it clear he had reached his limit. ' I'm just extremely disappointed that we've got guys that won't follow the rules and the law and make good decisions,' Smart said on April 2, 'and if they don't, they're not going to be here.' Smart held true to his word upon learning that Holloman's domestic violence incident represented a breach of team rules. This, despite the fact the victim has not wanted to press charges and the case has remained inactive. Georgia has amped up its leadership initiatives this offseason, Smart surely looking to ensure the team chemistry remain strong. The Bulldogs leadership committee traveled to Florida last month for a beach getaway and a meeting with a renowned mental strength coach. Senior J.R. Reed, who along with quarterback Jake Fromm and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is in Hoover representing Georgia at the SEC Media Days, said it was a successful venture. 'Everything has been going great, we had a leadership retreat, I know some people saw that, where we came together as a group (in Florida),' Reed said during a community service appearance at Camp Sunshine. 'Honestly we're bonding together more and more each day as a team, and becoming more of a brotherhood.' Jeremiah 'J.J.' Holloman timeline (per details obtained through UGA Police Report) April 22, 2018 Incident occurs in Holloman's dorm room, victim goes to hospital and receives six stitches, tells hospital personnel she slipped in shower. June 2, 2019 Victim goes to UGA Police Department to report incident with Holloman, tells police she does not want to press charges. June 6, 2019 Holloman agrees to interview with UGA Police, admits to striking former girlfriend in April 22, 2018 incident. June 11, 2019 UGA Police report is dated as being filed and reviewed. June 21, 2019 Smart announces Holloman has been dismissed from Georgia football team. June 26, 2019 Holloman enters NCAA transfer portal. DawgNation at SEC Media Days Florida players call Georgia game in Jacksonville home game' Expert breaks down Georgia Great Wall' breakdown UGA legend shares key to offensive success 5 questions for Kirby Smart, and how he'll answer Why what UGA players say at SEC Media Days matters Sam Pittman's O-Line headlining act for Georgia Kelly Bryant reveals Clemson locker room chat on Georgia The post Kirby Smart reveals timeline leading to dismissal of Georgia football WR Jeremiah Holloman appeared first on DawgNation.