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A-CC wants feedback on plans for Firefly Trail

A-CC wants feedback on plans for Firefly Trail

A-CC wants feedback on plans for Firefly Trail

A-CC wants feedback on plans for Firefly Trail

City Hall is looking for public input on plans for a pedestrian bridge connection for the Firefly Trail. Feedback can be submitted at the Athens-Clarke County Government website.    


From the Athens-Clarke County government website…


Athens-Clarke County is beginning the design process for a pedestrian bridge connection for the Firefly Trail. A remnant of a wooden railroad trestle currently exists in Dudley Park; this trestle is commonly referred to as The Trail Creek Trestle or the Murmur Trestle. The Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek project will evaluate the existing structure of the trestle to understand its viability as part of the Firefly Trail system.

The design team has produced several alternative options for a future Firefly Trail connection and crossing of Trail Creek. These options have been developed within a community engagement process that includes listening sessions, public meetings, online surveys, and a public open house.

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Local News

  • Athens-Clarke County Commissioners met last night at City Hall and signed off on the list of projects that will be funded if Athens voters approve a sales tax referendum in November: the latest SPLOST is designed to generate at least a quarter-billion dollars in revenue for various Athens-Clarke County infrastructure projects.  There is a boil water advisory in place for parts of Banks County: crews are working to fix a water main off Hebron Road in Banks County.  To the delight of a good many drivers the Spout Springs Road Bridge over I-85 near Flowery Branch is reopening to traffic. The bridge and roadway project are part of the widening of I-85 from two to three lanes in both directions from I-985 to State Route 53 in Hall County. 
  • Don't put away your umbrellas anytime soon -- more storms are expected today and into the weekend.  It's been several days of afternoon thunderstorms. Storms brought a huge tree down on a family's home in DeKalb County on Thursday. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says for Friday, some people will see storms with heavy downpours, lightning and gusty wind.
  • Kirby Smart tells his players he’s not their friend during football practices.  “I’m a tyrant,” Smart said at SEC Media Days this week, acknowledging the hyperactive and energetic disposition he brings to the Georgia practice field every day.  The intensified atmosphere is undeniable, and very much by design. Smart looks to create the most game-like environment possible to have the Bulldogs best prepared for Saturday afternoons.  Fact is, Smart is one of the more calculated coaches in college football, to the extent that his words at the annual SEC media event are worth putting under the microscope.    Smart and the three players he brought with him — quarterback Jake Fromm, safety J.R. Reed and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas — shared enough specifics about this season that some conclusions can safely be drawn:    Every coach talks it to some degree, but Smart is putting his money where his mouth is when he states that the team’s 24-5 record over the past two seasons “is not enough.”    Choosing the “do more” motto indicates Smart is confident the Bulldogs will be back for a third-straight SEC Championship game appearance and have the talent to do more.  Just as important, the players have not been broken by back-to-back losses to Alabama and remain bought in.  “We look at those games where we didn’t get over the hump in the past, and we want to do more this summer,” Fromm said. “It’s taking every game like it’s our last and trying to go 1-0 every week.”  Smart had hinted at it during spring drills, and he referenced it again when addressing how he plans to compensate for the loss of the top five receivers off last season’s team.  A committee approach indicates Smart and new offensive coordinator James Coley are serious about getting freshman receivers Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens on the field early.  UGA runs a pro-style offense that’s at its best when players are interchangeable at the three receiver positions. The talents of Pickens and Blaylock are such that things will be simplified.  “I’m excited about the guys we’ve got,” Smart said. “I don’t know that you need to have a 900-yard (receiving) guy, but you better have two or three 800-yard guys, and you need to have the ability to disperse the ball.”  Coaches from the Nick Saban coaching tree, particularly those who coached defense, typically aim for efficiency over explosiveness. Smart did not allow former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to do anything that bucks the trend.  But now Fromm is entering his third season as a starter, and his greatest strength is making pre-snap reads and checking to the optimal play. To take full advantage, Smart must put more trust in Fromm and put more of the game in his hands, to the extent of having a liberal audible policy.  “Yeah, he can play in the NFL -- he’s a cerebral quarterback,. He’s what they look for in a quarterback to be able to change the protections, make decisions, distribute the ball,” Smart said. “You expect him to take on more. It’s what the people around him (on offense) can handle that’s our concern because we will have some young players, especially at wideout, that we have to bring them into it and not try to teach over their head and allow them to develop.  “He is the leader of our program, the face of our organization. Jake has an aura about him. He has a positive energy that he rubs off on the other wideouts. I think he's kind of embraced this challenge now with this young group of receivers to grow those guys.”
  •   The models hurricane forecasters use to predict the paths of storms have become much more accurate in recent years, but they still aren’t great at accurately predicting a storm’s intensity. Now, underwater gliders, operated by researchers at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, are part of a national effort to improve the accuracy of forecast models by incorporating more data from the ocean using marine robots. Two storms from the 2018 hurricane season provide examples of how quickly storm intensity can change. Hurricane Florence was predicted to be a Category 5 storm, but she weakened significantly before making landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 14. On the other hand, a month later, Hurricane Michael grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just two days and hit the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10. Hurricanes feed off heat from warm ocean waters like that found in the Caribbean, and in the Gulf Stream and shallow waters off the Southeast United States, known as the South Atlantic Bight. This can be a tremendous source of energy for developing storms. Heat is transferred between the ocean and atmosphere at the ocean’s surface, but it is important to understand the amount of subsurface heat as well. “Places where warm waters near the surface lie over cooler water near bottom, winds and other factors can mix up the water, cooling the surface and limiting the heat available to the atmosphere,” UGA Skidaway Instituteresearcher Catherine Edwards said. “Satellite data provides a nice picture of where the surface ocean is warm, but the subsurface temperature field remains hidden.” This is where autonomous underwater vehicles, also known as gliders, can collect valuable information. Gliders are torpedo-shaped crafts that can be packed with sensors and sent on underwater missions to collect oceanographic data. The gliders measure temperature and salinity, among other parameters, as they profile up and down in the water. Equipped with satellite phones, the gliders surface periodically to transmit their recorded data during missions that can last from weeks to months. “This regular communication with the surface allows us to adapt the mission on the fly, and also process and share the data only minutes to hours after it has been measured,” Edwards said. “By using a network of data contributed by glider operators around the world, the U.S. Navy and other ocean modelers can incorporate these data into their predictions, injecting subsurface heat content information into the hurricane models from below.” The 2018 hurricane season provided Edwards and her colleagues a fortuitous opportunity to demonstrate the value of glider data. Edwards deployed two gliders in advance of Hurricane Florence. One was launched off the North Carolina coast and the other farther south, near the South Carolina-Georgia state line. The gliders discovered the models’ ocean temperature forecasts were significantly off target. Edwards points to charts comparing the predictions from ocean models run in the U.S. and Europe with the actual temperatures two days before Florence made landfall. On the south side of the storm path, the models predicted that the ocean had a warm, slightly fresh layer overtopping cooler, saltier water below, but the glider revealed that the water column was well-mixed and overall, warmer and fresher than predicted. On the north side of the storm, the models predicted warm, well-mixed water, but the glider detected a sharp temperature change below the surface, with a much cooler layer near-bottom. However, the most surprising part was just how stratified the water was. “There is almost a 14-degree Celsius (approximately 25 degrees Fahrenheit) error that the glider corrects in the model,” she said. “The model and data agree near-surface, but the models that don’t use the glider data all miss the colder, saltier layer below. The model that incorporated glider data that day is the only one that captures that vertical pattern.” Not only can gliders provide a unique view of the ocean, they fly on their own, reporting data regularly, before, during and after a hurricane, making them a powerful tool for understanding the effects of storms. “The glider data is being used in real time,” Edwards said. “These real time observations can improve our hurricane forecasts right now, not just in a paper to be published a year from now.” Edwards and collaborator Chad Lembke, at the University of South Florida, had a third glider deployed in August before Florence as part of a glider observatory she runs for the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association. While it was recovered about a little over a week before Florence made landfall, the glider helped define the edge of the Gulf Stream, which is an essential ocean feature that is very hard for models to get right. “So it’s possible that the data from that glider already improved any tropical storm predictions that use ocean models and take that glider data into account, because the Gulf Stream is so important in our region,” Edwards said. Edwards works with colleagues from other institutions through the association. Together they are making plans for the 2019 hurricane season. Funded by a $220,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, they plan to pre-position a number of gliders in strategic locations to be ready for deployment in advance of incoming storms. “Gliders are like the weather balloons of the ocean,” Edwards said. “Imagine how powerful a regular network of these kinds of glider observations could be for understanding the ocean and weather, and how they interact.”
  • The Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter is scheduled to begin accepting cats again tomorrow: the shelter on Buddy Christian Way in Athens stopped taking cats earlier this month because of confirmed cases of a highly contagious animal virus. From the Athens-Clarke Co Animal Shelter…   The Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter at 125 Buddy Christian Way will not accept any cats until Saturday, July 20 due to two confirmed cases of feline panleukopenia, also called pan luke or FP. The disease is also called feline distemper or feline parv. FP is a highly contagious virus among unvaccinated cats that is common in the wild and has a high mortality rate, especially among kittens. Until July 20, only staff will be allowed in the cat area of the Animal Shelter. No volunteers or visitors will be allowed in the cat area, although the dog area of the shelter will remain open for normal operations. Although neither dogs nor humans are affected by the virus, these steps are being taken to prevent accidental exposure to the virus for cats outside of the shelter through human contact. The Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Protection Division, which regulates and licenses animal shelters, has concurred with the steps being taken. Residents seeking to surrender cats prior to July 20 should contact the Animal Shelter by phone for advice. The ACC Animal Control Division of the Central Services Department operates the animal shelter. The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday from noon - 4:00 p.m.; and Wednesday by appointment only. For more information, including updated an updated list of adoptable pets and volunteer opportunities, visit www.accgov.com/animalshelter or call 706-613-3540.

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS The steam coming out of SEC Media Days involved Alabama players acknowledging the physical nature of the Tide's dogfights with Georgia each of the past two seasons. Alabama has prevailed in 26-23 (OT) and 35-28 slugfests, even as the Bulldogs have led or been tied for 281 of the 290 plays in the game. Clemson, however, apparently took exception when Tide linebacker Dylan Moses said Georgia was 'the hardest' team he'd played in his career, and Bama receiver Jerry Jeudy said UGA was 'the toughest.' The Tigers beat Alabama 44-16 in the CFP Championship Game, with FWAA Freshman of the Year Trevor Lawrence dicing up the Tide. RELATED: Tide players say Georgia, not Clemson, most physical Tigers O-Lineman John Simpson responded by saying at ACC Media Days, ' I personally feel that Notre Dame was the best team we played. Notre Dame was really good. I think Notre Dame was better than Alabama was.' The ACC Tigers might have some more hurt feelings when they learn that South Carolina linebacker T.J. Brunson agreed with Alabama's Moses, and he explained why. 'I think Georgia is a more physical team,' Brunson said. 'Clemson is, I wouldn't say a finesse, but Georgia, when they are coming in you know what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. 'Clemson is the same way, they're just not as physical, in my opinion. It's not the same type of downhill game attack. It's, I'm going to spread you out and then decide to try to gut you.' RELATED: Dabo Swinney says we should play Georgia every year' South Carolina receiver Bryan Edwards explained his view on how Georgia and Clemson are different. 'It's like comparing apples to oranges, honestly, I mean because when you look at them, Georgia is kind of a run the ball team, and Clemson kinda spreads you out, so it's kind of comparing apples to oranges,' Edwards said. 'Clemson, their D-Line was very good, and Georgia had a lot of athletes at every position.' South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley agreed, and was complimentary of the Bulldogs and the Tigers. 'How do they compare to each other? I think they are two totally different teams,' Bentley said. 'I think they are both great teams, but they have different philosophies of how they go about doing it, not that one is more right than the other. 'But they are two great teams that we have to play well against.' Former South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel said at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January he felt Georgia was 'the toughest competition' the Gamecocks faced. A look at how the Georgia and Clemson games agains South Carolina turned out could explain why the Gamecocks paid the Bulldogs as much respect as they did. The Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks 41-17, outgaining South Carolina in Columbia 473-336 after a key third-quarter offensive explosion. RELATED: Georgia breaks open tight game in South Carolina The Tigers beat the Gamecocks 56-35 in Clemson, totaling 744 yards to Carolina's 600. South Carolina LB T.J. Brunson South Carolina QB Jake Bentley South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post WATCH South Carolina weighs in: Georgia vs. Clemson toughness debate appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football will open the doors to its 'House of Payne' for fans who want to spend a few moments with players and head coach Kirby Smart from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 3. The University of Georgia announced this year's Fan Day will take place in the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility and feature a free autograph session. The line will likely start to form long before doors open at 10 a.m. Entry to the building is off Smith Street. Georgia is limiting fans to two posters per person. The posters must be the 2019 Georgia football schedule poster, and those will be distributed to the fans as they enter the building. Smart and his players are not signing any other items. Smart is also not posing for any pictures for fans, not will his players, according to the UGA release. Fans can, however, get their picture taken with UGA X at 11:30 a.m. in the Richard B. Taylor room of the Stegeman Coliseum Practice Annex. Special tickets will be required for that photo opportunity with Georgia's famous and friendly bulldog. The first 150 fans in line at the Stegeman Coliseum ticket booths when they open at 8:30 a.m. will get the special ticket coupons needed to get their picture taken with UGA. Only those with a ticket are guaranteed a photo, and the UGA release says 'to stand-by tickets will be issued.' Parking will be available in lots located behind Foley Field, along with he McPhaul Lot, the Carlton Street parking deck and South Campus parking deck. Only 50 days left #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/0cFNT0hYXT Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 12, 2019 The post Georgia football reveals details, rules and restrictions on August Fan Day' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The bulletin board material has been posted, and now it's up to the Georgia football players to change the narrative. The Bulldogs are big men on campus and around the Peach State, but the SEC Media Days preseason first team served as a reality check. The outside world doesn't believe Kirby Smart will get Georgia over the hump this season. Only 49 of the 260 voters picked the Bulldogs to win the SEC that's less than one in five. Or, to put it another way, more than four out of five college experts predict Georgia will fail to finish adequately once again, which would make them the Buffalo Bills of the SEC. Also, would you believe that for all if Smart's defensive wizardy, Georgia has had only three defensive players selected as first-team All-SEC by the league's coaches at the end of the last six years combined? Only four Georgia football players were picked by media for first-team preseason honors: Andrew Thomas, J.R. Reed, Rodrigo Blankenship and D'Andre Swift. Alabama, meanwhile, had 11 players selected for first-team honors. It's more evidence that the teams may not be that far apart on the field, but they certainly are in the world of perception. There are several Bulldogs who didn't put up numbers last season that figure to have breakout years. But today's list focuses on UGA players that did enough last season to have deserved more or better recognition on the SEC preseason teams released on Friday. Here are 6 Bulldogs who were overlooked or not given enough credit: 1. OG Solomon Kindley Yes, Kindley was a second-team preseason All-SEC pick, but he should have easily been a first-team selection. Don't be surprised if Kindley earns All-American honors this season and finds himself in the running for the Outland Trophy. RELATED: Breaking down UGA's Great Wall' 2. LB Monty Rice So maybe Rice couldn't come close to filling Roquan Smith's shoes last season, as a former UGA staffer had predicted. But part of the reason was that Rice suffered knee and ankle injuries severe enough to put him on the sideline. Rice has great character and ability, and Kirby Smart is all in on him. Plan on seeing Rice on All-SEC postseason teams. RELATED: Former UGA assistant takes anonymous shot at Monty Rice 3. DT Jordan Davis It's hard to miss a 6-foot-6, 330-pounder like Davis, especially after he earned Freshman All-American honors and dominated the snaps he played the second half of the season. But the big man was dealt a big snub. WATCH: Jumbo Jordan Davis throws down offseason dunk 4. WR Lawrence Cager OK, so he's a transfer and hasn't played a snap in the SEC. But the 6-foot-5 Cager led Miami in TD catches and average yards per catch last season, and he's now working with one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Jake Fromm. Cager is flying under the college football radar, even as NFL scouts are tuned in to him. RELATED: Lawrence Cager reunited with Georgia OC James Coley 5. S Richard LeCounte A third-team pick, really? That's what the world has come to, when the leading tackler on Georgia's defense from the season before can't even make first or second-team all-league? LeCounte will be the first to admit he got run over by Texas, but his strong offseason appears to have gone unnoticed. For now. RELATED: Richard LeCounte says lessons learned, ready to ball out 6. Tae Crowder He's not a household name, and he was still adjusting to his move from running back last season. But if anyone looked deep enough they'd see No. 30 tied for the team lead in interceptions and was second in QB pressures last season. Crowder will do a lot more this season. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts brakes on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days Kirby Smart The post 6 biggest Georgia football snubs on preseason All-SEC team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Cole Wilcox dominated on the mound last night for Team USA only allowing one base runner, while striking out three batters over 2.2 innings of relief, helping them secure a 2-0 win while one-hitting Japan at Kizuna Stadium. This was the first time the Collegiate National Team ever played at Kizuna Stadium. Wilcox has shined all summer for Team USA as he still maintains a 0.00 era this summer. Team USA is one win away from winning the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, something the team has not done in 40 years. Team USA has lost 15-straight series in Japan.
  • ATHENS Georgia football is a consensus top-five preseason team and championship contender, but the Bulldogs only had four players recognized as first-team All-SEC selections. Alabama, meanwhile had 11 first-team All-SEC selections. The Tide was picked by 243 media members to win the SEC, Georgia received 49 votes and LSU 3, according to Friday's league release. Tailback D'Andre Swift, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, safety J.R. Reed and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship were named preseason first-team All-SEC picks according to the league's release on Friday. RELATED: 3 Georgia football takeaways from media days Quarterback Jake Fromm was one of three second-team offense picks for the Bulldogs, along with offensive guard Solomon Kindley and offensive tackle Isiah Wilson. RELATED: SEC expert breaks down Great Wall' of Georgia Georgia did not have any players on the second-team defense. Tight end Charlie Woerner and offensive guard Ben Cleveland were third-team picks on offense. Georgia had two third-team preseason All-SEC defensive picks this year, defensive tackle Tyler Clark and safety Richard LeCounte. The Bulldogs didn't have any first-team preseason offense coming out of last year's SEC Media Days. Reed and Blankenship were the only Georgia players named first-team picks last season. RELATED: Kirby Smart offense snubbed in 2018 preseason All-SEC vote Thomas and Swift were obvious selections this season. Thomas has already been named a preseason All-American and is considered among the favorites for the Outland Trophy,. Swift had 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns last season, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Reed ranked second on the team with 66 tackles last season, also recording two interceptions and two pass break-ups. Blankenship was 19 of 23 on his field goal attempt with a long of 53 yards, and 82 of his 96 kickoffs went for touchbacks. Fromm ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (171.2) last season, leading the Bulldogs to heir second straight East Division title Kindley is another part of an offensive line that paved the way for the SEC's top rushing offensive last season, the Bulldogs averaging 238.8 yards per game. DawgNation from SEC Media Days Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason: Kirby Smart is 'like a brother' Alabama players agree, Georgia toughest team' they faced Herschel Walker shares what UGA must do to beat Alabama The unbelievable story of how Herschel Walker chose Georgia Kirby Smart puts breaks on recruiting trail SEC Network analyst: I love Georgia this year' Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas locked into junior year Florida says playing UGA in Jacksonville a home game' Gators believe they're closer to Georgia than scores indicate Georgia football offensive line, by position Podcast: 3 overlooked Georgia football topics from media days The post Alabama outnumbers Georgia 11-4 on All-SEC first-team preseason list appeared first on DawgNation.