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Mission: TimPossible

Out of Athens, Georgia, the Mission: TimPossible podcast includes conversations with newsmakers locally, statewide, and nationally, with Tim Bryant's own occasionally misguided opinions, observations, and insights, as gleaned from Classic City Today, 6-10am M-F on 98.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox News WGAU.

The Ga Public Service Commission's Tim Echols

Topics: re Ga Power rate hikes, Plant Vogtle update
Posted: November 29, 2019

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Athens-Clarke Co Commission candidate Carol Myers

Topics: She's running in District 8
Posted: November 14, 2019

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James Broughel, George Mason University

Topics: He'll keynote Friday's Pre Legislative Forum in Atlanta, talking about regulatory reform
Posted: November 13, 2019

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US Rep Jody Hice

Topics: The Republican who represents Athens, as public hearings on impeachment begin in DC
Posted: November 13, 2019

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Coach Dave Perno

Topics: The Clarke Central Gladiators are gearing up for playoff football
Posted: November 13, 2019

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Local News

  • 21 faculty members across UGA’s schools and colleges met to discuss the development of UGA’s Innovation District on Dec. 3 in the Peabody Board Room of the Administration Building. The Innovation District Faculty Advisory Council will meet throughout the year to provide input on the Innovation District initiative, with particular focus on programming, resources and support for research commercialization and university-industry engagement. The council will be led by the Innovation District leadership team: Kyle Tschepikow, special assistant to the president and director for strategy and innovation; David Lee, vice president for research; and Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. The members of the council are: Jenay Beer, Insitute of Gerontology Karen Burg, College of Veterinary Medicine Justin Conrad, School of Public and International Affairs Andrew Crain, Graduate School Joseph Dahlen, Warnell School of Forestry Naola Ferguson-Noel, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center Chris Garvin, Lamar Dodd School of Art Chris Gerlach, New Media Institute Kristina Jaskyte, Institute for Nonprofit Organizations Kirk Kealey, Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center Eileen Kennedy, College of Pharmacy William Kisaalita, College of Engineering Kevin McCully, College of Education Sergiy Minko, College of Family and Consumer Sciences Michael Myers, Small Business Development Center Jonathan Murrow, AU/UGA Medical Partnership Usha Rodrigues, School of Law Pejman Rohani, Odum School of Ecology Christine Szymanski, Complex Carbohydrates Research Center Amitabh Verma, College of Environment and Design Dee Warmath, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • U.S. Rep. Doug Collins was as pugnacious as ever as he delivered his opening remarks during Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment. The Gainesville Republican repeated his critique that the Democratic-led investigation was primarily fueled by contempt for President Donald Trump. He described the probe as a rushed attempt to ram through charges without evidence that the president had done anything wrong. “This is nothing new, folks; this is sad,” said Collins, the ranking Republican on the committee. There were some points of levity — including when Collins joked about the room’s chilly temperature and uncomfortable chairs — but most of his comments were pointed and biting, both toward the Democrats on the committee and the three constitutional law experts who backed impeachment. Collins also used his opening statement to criticize the decision to invite four constitutional law experts to the hearing, three of whom were recommended by Democrats and one called by Republicans. One of them, Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan later said she took offense at his insinuation they had not reviewed the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report before testifying. “Mr. Collins, I would like to say to you, sir, that I read transcripts of every one of the witnesses who appeared in the live hearing because I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts,” she said. “So I’m insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don’t care about those facts.” Throughout the meeting, Collins and other Republicans forced procedural votes on requests varying from postponing the hearing to requiring House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and an anonymous whistleblower to testify. Democrats, who are in the majority, objected each time.
  • The Athens Symphony will perform the first ever public performance of a new arrangement of “O Holy Night” at their annual Christmas concerts on December 7 and 8.    The piece, arranged by Hollywood film scorer Chad Rehmann, was initially featured in the 2018 film A Christmas Arrangement. Following rave reviews, Rehmann re-arranged the score for orchestral performance and dedicated it to his wife Kari.    “After reaching out to a few regional orchestras known for their holiday concerts,” said Rehmann, “Brad Maffett (Athens Symphony’s Associate Conductor) contacted me expressing interest in performing the work. The more we corresponded, the more excited I became about the Athens Symphony premiering this work, especially given the ensemble’s commitment to family-friendly programming and its focus on a relationship with the Athens community. “   The Symphony will host Rehmann at the December 7 concert with a red-carpet welcome planned for 7:30 p.m.    A Christmas Tradition   A longstanding tradition, the Athens Symphony’s annual Christmas Concerts bring Athenians and Northeast Georgia residents together to celebrate with classic Christmas favorites, a sing-along, and even a visit from Santa.    “The Athens Symphony Christmas Concerts are known for being premier events of the holiday season in our community, bringing people from all walks of life together to celebrate the season,” said Symphony Executive Director Dr Richard Hudson. “It’s a privilege that the Symphony is able to continue its mission of providing free concerts that are open to everyone, knowing that the power of music is a unifying force.”   Complimentary tickets will be available at The Classic Center Box Office beginning Nov. 25 and are required for entry into the concerts, which will be held Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Oconee County says the new traffic signal at the three-way intersection of Mars Hill, Virgil Langford, and Rocky Branch roads will become operational next week. Crews have been working for the past several weeks to reconfigure the busy intersection off Highway 316.  The Georgia DOT is partnering with Georgia State University to conduct a survey, looking to find out what drivers think about new express lanes on I-85.  MARTA might see rate hikes next year: that word comes from the CEO of the transit system in Atlanta, who tells a state legislative panel that fare revenue is below the 35 percent threshold required to put towards operating expenses. The last time the authority raised the price was in 2011, when the fare for a one-way ticket increased by 50 cents. Any rate hike would take effect next summer. 
  • The Georgia Bulldogs don’t have the only big game this weekend. There is high school playoff football tonight in Watkinsville: the Oconee County Warriors host the Sandy Creek High School Patriots in a game that will kick off at 7:30 tonight in the last game of the season at Warrior Stadium.  Both teams come into the game with 12-1 records. The winner advances to next week’s state championship game. 

Bulldog News

  • Welcome to the Live Updates post where we will bring you the news, injuries and scoring throughout the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ATLANTA Former SEC all-time passing leader and Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier will be looking closely for two telltale signs early in the league title game this afternoon. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs face No. 2-ranked LSU at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a trip to the College Football Playoffs on the line. The Georgia defense completed a rare grand slam during the regular season, leading the league in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. Zeier, the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network analyst, said two keys for the Bulldogs are to be able to pressure Joe Burrow with bringing extra pressure, and preventing big plays on the perimeter. 'I think we've got a great game to go back and look at how to slow down this LSU offense somewhat,' Zeier said on a GeorgiaDogs.com podcast this week. 'When you watch the Auburn-LSU game, Auburn did a fantastic job. Didn't bring a whole lot of pressure, just rushed with four guys a lot. 'We know they have a great defensive line, but I'd put our defensive line up against anybody. I think we will come out with a similar blueprint defensively.' PREGAME READS David Pollack sounds off on Georgia offense Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game FIRST QUARTER The post Georgia football live updates vs. LSU in SEC Championship Game: News, scoring, injuries appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Ed Orgeron can only hope his LSU football team can take over the SEC Championship Game like he takes over the room. The reformed rebel has found his niche coaching the Bayou Bengals, leading LSU into battle against Georgia at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'I grew up watching LSU,' said Orgeron, a 58-year-old Louisiana native who attended Northwestern (La.) State. 'When I got hired, I said I knew this was the standard, and we wanted to get there. It took us three years to get here. I do believe that you can see the process down the road.' Few coaches are as celebrated as Orgeron, whose gruff Cajun accent is as entertaining as it is unique. Even UGA coach Kirby Smart who recruits against Orgeron for the top talent in the land admits that Orgeron seems good for college football. 'He keeps his team good and loose, and they play to his character,' Smart said. ' He's done an unbelievable job. He's created confidence and a toughness in their program. Their kids play really hard, really physical, and they play with no fear, and they do a tremendous job of being aggressive. 'You know, you look at the big games he's coached in and played in, his teams have been successful. I think Ed is one of those people that's smart enough to put a lot of good coaches around him and let them work, and he does a great job of managing that.' Smart joked about the difference between Orgeron and Florida coach Dan Mullen, who he sits between at SEC Meetings. 'You can say this, in the coaching profession, everyone has respect for Coach O,' Smart said. 'Number one, he's a great person. He's fun to be around. He's an elite recruiter. I remember as a young coach the first time I ever heard of Coach O, you would hear stories, and they were just crazy stories. 'I mean, you heard all these things, and he's got such a charisma about him and a character about him that you enjoy being around him,' Smart said. 'I have the great fortune at every SEC meeting of having F on my left, Florida, and L on my right, Louisiana, so I get to sit between those two guys. It's definitely a big contrast.' Orgeron has recognized the elevated exposure this week, and he's about to ride it out onto the recruiting trail, with the early signing period fast approaching. 'I enjoy recruiting in Louisiana, (and) I'm going to be in 18 to 22 homes next week, so that means about 18 to 22 gumbos,' Orgeron said. 'It's going to be great. It's kind of a party when I get there. It's kind of a festivity. I have to go recruit and talk to the mom and dad and bring everybody. When I go now, it's the aunts and uncles and grandmas. We have a party. We eat. We laugh. We joke together. It's just like being a part of a big family.' As for his family in Atlanta right now, Orgeron said his Tigers ate well and will be hungry to play Georgia. 'Our guys got to the hotel (Thursday) night, and we had a tremendous meal,' Orgeron said. 'We had smothered pork chops, fried chicken, collard greens. The guys loved it. Just like one big family eating together. They went to bed at 11:00 and didn't have to wake up until noon today. So I'm sure they rested.' It's a new day for LSU football with Ed Orgeron at the helm, back in the SEC title game for the first time since 2011. Georgia football DawgNation College GameDay host Rece Davis says Jake Fromm could pull upset David Pollack Q&A, direct and to the point Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post Colorful Ed Orgeron impresses Kirby Smart, keeps his team good and loose' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA The LSU offense is the new craze in college football, Coach Ed Orgeron the latest to abandon the traditional power football model for more of an uptempo spread. Could Georgia coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs' offense be far behind in changing? Not so fast, says ESPN College GameDay host Rece Davis. 'I think there's been a little bit of overreaction to Georgia's offensive struggles this year,' Davis said on Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'Let's remember that Kirby's way beat Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. It has played for a national championship. It has won an SEC Championship.' Davis points to personnel have more to do with scheme than anything else. 'I don't think you have to spread it out and throw it all over the lot, (but) you can, if it fits you, and you have to, to be explosive, and Kirby knows that,' Davis said. 'Georgia has been explosive in the past. Maybe not quite as much this year. Myriad reasons for it.' Davis points to UGA changing offensive coordinators, losing its top five pass catches from a season ago and injuries in the receiving corps this season. 'I think Kirby has a pretty good handle on it, and you always need to evolve and tweak and adjust, and certainly Georgia needs to be more explosive and more efficient on offense than it has been this year,' Davis said. 'But the good news is they have a history of doing so under Kirby, and I think they have the personnel to do that now. They have to find guys to make some plays.' Davis said he's not convinced quarterback Jake Fromm can't have a big day against LSU. 'I don't see why not, now the one thing that gives you pause about that is the drop and completion percentage when he targets the two guys, (Lawrence) Cager and (George) Pickens, and every other receiver,' Davis said. 'I think it's about 20 percentage points. But he is terrific on the big stage. Just think about the way he has started the last two times they've been here. The way they started the Alabama game last year, and really the way they started the national championship game, some of the plays he made there. 'He's the type of guy that, when you're underselling him, undervaluing him, that he has a way of rising up and making plays, so I don't think there's any question that he can play well enough to have Georgia pull off an upset.' Georgia football DawgNation David Pollack Q&A, direct and to the point Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post College GameDay's Rece Davis: Jake Fromm can play well enough to pull off an upset' 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 on that opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss the big matchups to pay attention to for Saturday's Georgia-LSU game. DawgNation continues with the 'Cover 4' concept. The focus is always a timely look with each of our guys manning the secondary on a pertinent topic. The quick in-and-out game remains. It is designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Nick Chubb scored his third touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year. The latest 'Cover 4' question is of the fill-in-the-blank variety: What is the one matchup which will largely decide the SEC Championship game? Brandon Adams: The UGA secondary vs. LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase The 'why' from 'DawgNation Daily' here: ' It's not easy to identify LSU's best receiver, but Chase might win the Biletnikoff Award. The Bulldogs also faced the Biletnikoff winner in last year's SEC championship game and held Alabama's Jerry Jeudy to three catches for 24 yards (including a touchdown) .' Mike Griffith: Georgia offensive line vs. LSU defensive front The 'why' from 'On the Beat' here: ' Georgia has to run the ball effectively on first down to have success against the LSU defense . ' Connor Riley: Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs Georgia's linebackers The 'why' from 'Good Day UGA' here: ' Edwards-Helaire has been phenomenal this year. When Georgia saw him in 2018, he rolled up 145 yards on the Bulldogs. Georgia's group of linebackers have to be better and win that matchup for the Bulldogs to win the game . ' Jeff Sentell: Kirby Smart, Dan Lanning, J.R. Reed and Richard LeCounte III versus Joe Burrow, Joe Brady and Steve Ensminger. The Intel here: 'Plays + players. That's the winning equation here. Can Lanning and Smart make the calls that lead to big stops on the back end from Reed and LeCounte? If so, the Bulldogs can limit the LSU quarterback and the game plans laid in place by Brady (passing game coordinator) and Ensminger (offensive coordinator) which have transformed LSU football in 2019.' The 'Cover 4' topics of late: The most pro-UGA stat to pay attention to versus LSU The way Georgia beats LSU is .. How much will the first-half suspension of George Pickens hurt? What's the desired outcome for the Alabama-LSU game? Who is coaching Georgia when Ohio State comes to town in 2030? The Florida Gators who can do the most damage against Georgia are Name the Bulldog who delivers a key supporting role against Florida What's the big area where the Bulldogs must 'do more' to beat Florida? Cover 4: What will Georgia's record look like at the end of the regular season? What is the toughest game left on the schedule? What is the biggest edge that Georgia will have on Notre Dame? Who has already opened our eyes after just two games? What is your take on the legendary Vince Dooley? Who has the biggest day against Murray State? 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 The post Georgia football: What one matchup with LSU could swing the SEC championship game? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Georgia and LSU both had their walk-through session as Mercedes Benz-Stadium on Friday. The programs offered two different examples of what the experience means to them. Unbeaten LSU had a lot of cell phones out soaking up the moment as they walked onto the turf on Saturday. Georgia did not. That's indicative of the Bulldogs now making their fourth appearance in that venue since December of 2017. Kirby Smart and his Bulldogs will compete on Saturday afternoon in their third straight SEC championship game. That's a feat that has only been matched by Alabama and Florida in conference play. Alabama matched that feat earlier this decade. The Gators (1992-1996) and the Crimson Tide (1992-1994) also both did that during the first decade of the game. LSU Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Burrow and his splendid tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire both took a seat for almost all of the 15-minute media viewing period for their Friday walkthrough. Smart did the same while his team first hit the turf on Friday afternoon. There were a couple of moments in the LSU session which entertained. The first was an impromptu volleyball match among the LSU offensive line. Choose your conclusion A) Check out this new 'play' the LSU offensive line was working on Friday or; B) This just about sums up the pageantry of the media walk-through period at the SEC championship or; C) This really means more. pic.twitter.com/OGC364WFwg Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) December 6, 2019 The champions of the SEC West also tossed up passes among their receiver group, too. LSU sophomore WR Ja'Marr Chase. 70 catches for 1,457 yards and 17 TDs so far. That's 20.8 yards per catch. pic.twitter.com/A3YoQMAXhj Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) December 6, 2019 Check out the DawgNation.com photo gallery below from the rest of the events of the day. The post PHOTOS: Walkthrough day for Georgia-LSU at the SEC championship appeared first on DawgNation.