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Visitor Agreement
Last Updated: December 7, 2016

Thank you for visiting this website, which is operated by an Affiliate of Cox Media Group, Inc. (“CMG”). This site is one of a network of ad-supported sites operated by Affiliates of CMG each of which also operates a local newspaper, a local television station or a local radio station (each a “CMG Affiliate Site” and, collectively, the “CMG Network of Sites”). Each CMG Affiliate Site has adopted the terms and conditions of this visitor agreement to the extent applicable. “Affiliate” means a company controlling, controlled by or under common control with another company.

This visitor agreement is a binding legal contract between you and the CMG Affiliate that operates this website (“we,” “us” or “our”) and governs your use of such website and any content made available from or through such website, including any subdomains thereof. Please read this visitor agreement carefully. By using our website, application, mobile application, and/or any services offered through our website, application, and/or mobile application (collectively, the “Service”), you accept the terms of this agreement. We may change the terms of this agreement or introduce new terms and conditions from time to time, in which case we will post an updated version of this agreement (“Agreement”) on this Service and will update the “Last Updated” date above to reflect the date the changes take effect. By continuing to use this Service after we post any such changes, you accept this agreement, as modified.

We reserve the right to deny access to this Service or any portion of this Service to anyone who violates this visitor agreement or who, in our judgment, interferes with the ability of others to enjoy this Service or who infringes the rights of others.
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If you register for our Service, you may be able to use your login credentials for this Service to access certain services on other websites within the CMG Network of Sites or on other applications or mobile applications. In addition, you may also be given an opportunity to register simultaneously with one of our partners, agents or service providers (collectively, our “Service Providers”). Our Service Providers’ websites, applications, or mobile applications may contain terms and conditions that differ from the terms and conditions of this Service.

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Macrovision Materials. Macrovision Corporation ("Macrovision") holds the exclusive rights to the ALL MUSIC GUIDE and data, as well as the right to distribute certain music related images (collectively, "The Guide"). To the extent The Guide is available through this Service, your use of The Guide shall be subject to the terms of this visitor agreement and all restrictions applicable to and contained in The Guide. You may not modify, copy, scan, or use any other method to reproduce, duplicate, translate, republish, transmit or distribute in any way any portion of The Guide. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Macrovision, its affiliates, and us and our Affiliates, against any and all claims, damages, costs or other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from (1) your unauthorized use of The Guide, (2) your violation of this provision and/or (3) any unauthorized activities by you in connection with The Guide.


Your License to Us. By submitting material (including, but not limited to, any text, photos, video or other content) to us, you are representing that you are the owner of the material, or are making your submission with the express consent of the owner. By submitting any materials via this Service, you grant us, and anyone authorized by us, including, without limitation, our Affiliates, a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, unlimited, worldwide, transferable, non-exclusive and unrestricted license to use, reproduce, modify, archive, publish, sell, exploit, display, create derivative works from, publicly perform, and otherwise distribute such material in any medium (whether now known or hereafter developed), in any manner we see fit, and for any purpose that we choose. The foregoing grant includes the right to exploit any proprietary rights in materials you submit to this Service, including, but not limited to, rights under copyright, trademark or patent laws that exist throughout the world. Without limiting the generality of the previous sentence, you agree that we may use, distribute, share or otherwise provide such material under any terms we see fit to any third party without the requirement of providing you any form of compensation. You also agree that we, and anyone authorized by us, may identify you as the author of any of your postings by name, email address or screen name, as we or they deem appropriate. We also reserve the right (but assume no obligation) to delete, move, or edit any postings that come to our attention that we consider unacceptable or inappropriate, whether for legal or other reasons. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including content submitted by you, may involve transmissions over various networks, and may involve changes to the content to conform and adapt it to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

Materials Submitted by Other Users. We cannot and do not review every posting made in any chat rooms, forums, and other areas available for public postings we may provide. You may well read any given posting before anyone on our staff does. Take what you find with a grain of salt. You can expect these areas to include information and opinions from a variety of individuals and organizations other than us. We do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting, regardless of whether the posting comes from a user, from a celebrity or "expert" guest, or from a member of our staff. There is no substitute for healthy skepticism and your own good judgment.


We may offer certain products and/or services for purchase through this Service that are provided by us or by a third-party merchant. We are not responsible for the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or any other aspect of products and services provided by a third party, and we make no warranties regarding any such products or services. If you make a purchase from a merchant on our Service, or on a third-party website, application, or mobile application that you have accessed through a link on our Service, the information that you provide that merchant on its site, application, or mobile application, or otherwise as part of the transaction, such as your name, address, email, and credit card number may be collected by both the merchant and us. A merchant may have privacy and data collection practices that are different from ours. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. When you purchase products or services on or through this Service, you may be subject to additional terms and conditions that specifically apply to your purchase or use of such products or services. Any such terms that apply to your purchase of products or services from us will be presented to you as part of your transaction. For more information regarding a merchant, its online store, its privacy policies, and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant's website, application, or mobile application and click on its information links or contact the merchant directly. You release us and our Affiliates from any damages that you incur, and agree not to assert any claims against us or any of our Affiliates, arising from your purchase or use of any products or services made available by third parties through this Service.


Use at Your Own Risk. We provide the material available through this Service for informational purposes only. You may only use the material and the services available through this Service for your personal and non-commercial use. We try to ensure that information we post to this Service is both timely and accurate, and that the services offered are reliable. Despite our efforts, however, content or services on this Service may, from time to time, contain errors. In addition, some reports which may appear on this Service, such as stock quotes and related financial news, may be delayed at least 20 minutes due to requirements of the stock exchanges and/or financial information services. Before you act on any information you've found on our Service, you should confirm any facts that are important to your decision. IF YOU RELY ON ANY INFORMATION OR SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SERVICE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS YOU MAY INCUR THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF ANY SERVICE OR ANY MATERIAL AND/OR DATA DOWNLOADED FROM OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED THROUGH THIS SERVICE.

No Endorsements. We are not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the performance of, goods and services provided by our advertisers or others to whose sites, applications, or mobile applications we link. A link to another website, application, or mobile application does not constitute our endorsement of that site, application, or mobile application (nor of any product, service or other material offered on that site, application, or mobile application).

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You and the cmg affiliate that operates the Service agree to arbitrate – rather than litigate in court – any and all claims or disputes between the parties (INCLUDING ANY parents, subsidiaries, AFFILIATES, officers, directors, employees, OR agents OF OURS) that arise out of or in any way relate to this SERVICE AND PRODUCTS OR services that we, OUR AFFILIATES AND/oR OUR SERVICE PROVIDER (ON OUR BEHALF) MAY provide to you in connection with YOUR USE OF THIS SERVICE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IN NO EVENT SHALL THIS PROVISION PREVENT YOU FROM FILING OR JOINING A COMPLAINT WITH ANY FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT IS AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO SEEK RELIEF AGAINST us ON YOUR BEHALF. the arbitration between you and the cmg affiliate that operates the Service will be binding AND JUDGMENT ON THE AWARD RENDERED IN THE ARBITRATION MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION THEREOF.

In arbitration, there is no judge and no jury, and review of arbitration decisions in the courts is very limited. Instead, disputes will be resolved by an arbitrator, whose authority is governed by the terms of this Agreement. You and the CMG Affiliate that operates the Service agree that an arbitrator may only award such relief as a court of competent jurisdiction could award, limited to the same extent as a court would limit relief pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. An arbitrator may award attorneys’ fees and costs if a court would be authorized to do so, and may issue injunctive or declaratory relief if that relief is required or authorized by the applicable law, but that injunctive or declaratory relief may not extend beyond you and your dealings with us. Discovery may be limited in arbitration, and procedures are more streamlined than in court. Notwithstanding this arbitration agreement, you and the CMG Affiliate that operates the Service may bring appropriate claims against each other in small claims court, if the claims fall within the small claims court’s jurisdiction, or any other federal, state, or local government agency authorized by law to hear your claims.

Class Action Waiver: You and the CMG Affiliate that operates the Service agree that all claims or disputes between you and the CMG Affiliate that operates the Service will be arbitrated individually, and that there will be no class, representative, or consolidated actions in arbitration. If you or we bring a claim in small claims court, the class action waiver will apply, and neither of the parties can bring a claim on a class or representative basis. Furthermore, neither you nor we may participate in a class or representative action as a class member if the class action asserts claims that would fall within the scope of this arbitration agreement if they were directly asserted by you or us. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this arbitration agreement shall not prohibit you or us from participating in any judgment or settlement in any litigation brought by a federal, state, or local government on behalf of you or us, excluding litigation brought by any relator or party in its capacity as a private attorney general. We both agree that this class action waiver is an essential part of our arbitration agreement and that if this class action waiver is found to be unenforceable by any court or arbitrator then the entire arbitration agreement set forth in this section will not apply to any claim or dispute between you and us. This class action waiver may not be severed from our arbitration agreement.

Informal Dispute Resolution: You and the CMG Affiliate that operates the Service agree to try to resolve disputes informally before resorting to arbitration. If the dispute cannot be resolved by telephone, you agree to notify us of the dispute by sending a written description of your claim to [Contact and Address] so that we can attempt to resolve it with you. If we do not satisfactorily resolve your claim within 30 calendar days of receiving notice of it, then you may pursue the claim in arbitration. Neither you nor we may initiate arbitration without first providing the other notice of the claim and following the informal dispute resolution procedure provided in this paragraph.

Arbitration Procedures: You and the CMG Affiliate that operates the Service agree that this Agreement affects interstate commerce and that the Federal Arbitration Act applies. All arbitrations shall be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). The AAA’s rules are available on its website at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. If the claim asserted in arbitration is for less than $75,000, the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes will apply. If the claim asserted is for $75,000 or more, the Commercial Arbitration Rules will apply. If there is a conflict between the AAA’s rules and this dispute resolution agreement, this dispute resolution agreement shall control. To initiate arbitration, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claims to [Contact and Address]. You must also comply with the AAA’s rules regarding initiation of arbitration. We will pay all filing fees and costs for commencement of an arbitration, but you will be responsible for your own attorneys’ fees and costs unless otherwise determined by the arbitrator pursuant to the terms of this agreement or applicable law. We will not seek to recover our fees and costs from you in the arbitration unless your claim has been determined to be frivolous. If you are successful in the arbitration, we will pay your reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. If you obtain an award from the arbitrator greater than our last written settlement offer, we will pay you $5,000 in addition to what you have been awarded in the arbitration. The arbitration will be held in a mutually convenient location. If you seek less than $10,000, then you may chose to hold the arbitration in person, via phone, or to have it decided based on written submissions.


We may provide a variety of services on this Service through which you can directly interact with others, such as email services, chat rooms, communications tools, forums, classifieds and other user-submitted advertising, and other public posting areas ("Communications Services"). For example, you may be able to upload content to participate in a contest or in news gathering on the Service, and you may be able to send a message to another user regarding content on our Service. We want to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas, but at the same time we want everyone to be able to enjoy these Communications Services.

Without limiting the terms of our Privacy Statement, we will not, in the ordinary course of business, review private electronic messages that are not addressed to us or other content or materials submitted through this Service. However, we maintain the right to do so and to use any other forms of information available to us by virtue of your use of our Service (including, for example, reverse IP address inquiry) in order to comply with the law, to enforce this visitor agreement, or to protect the rights, property or safety of visitors to our Service, our customers, the public our employees, Service Providers and Affiliates.

We reserve the right to deny access to any Communications Service to anyone who violates this visitor agreement or who, in our judgment, interferes with the ability of others to enjoy our Service or infringes the rights of others. We will comply with the requirements of the law regarding disclosure of any messages to others, including law enforcement agencies.

Specific Prohibited Uses. Without limiting the foregoing, we may immediately terminate your use of any Communications Service if you engage in any of the following prohibited activities:

  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, libelous, or obscene;
  • Impersonating any person or entity, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • Forging headers or otherwise manipulating identifiers in a manner that disguises the origin of any content you transmit through any Communications Service;
  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under any contractual or fiduciary relationship (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary right of any party;
  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, or any other form of solicitation, without our express written approval;
  • Gathering for the purpose of "spamming" any email addresses that users post in our chat rooms, forums and other public posting areas;
  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content or material that contains software viruses, worms or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications or other equipment, or to cause a security breach of such software, hardware or telecommunications or other equipment;
  • Posting fraudulent classified listings;
  • Uploading or posting any off-topic or irrelevant material to any chat room or forum;
  • Interfering with or disrupting any servers or networks used to provide the Communications Services, or disobeying any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of the networks we use to provide the Communications Services;
  • Violating any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to (1) all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside, (2) regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and (3) any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ;
  • "Stalking" or otherwise harassing another;
  • Instigating or encouraging others to commit illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any person;
  • Collecting or storing personal data about other users;
  • Gaining unauthorized access to our Service, or any account, computer system, or network connected to this Service, by means such as hacking, password mining or other illicit means; or
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through this Service.

Spam. We will immediately terminate any account which we believe is being used to transmit, or is otherwise connected with, any spam or other unsolicited bulk email in connection with any messaging service made available through the Service. In addition, because damages are often difficult to quantify, if actual damages cannot be reasonably calculated, then you agree to pay us liquidated damages of $2 for each item of spam, unsolicited bulk email or private messaging transmitted from, or otherwise connected with, your account. Otherwise you agree to pay our actual damages, to the extent such actual damages can be reasonably calculated.

Viruses. Because of the volume of email messages sent by us, we cannot and do not always monitor such email messages and attachments. You acknowledge and agree that such email messages may contain viruses, worms or other harmful components. You also acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for screening the email messages and attachments for viruses, worms and other harmful components.


Overview. We may allow you to purchase classified advertising for display on the Service. To the extent this Service includes any of the types of classified advertising described below, the terms of this Section will apply to any such classified ads. In addition, if the classified advertising service available through this Service is provided by a third-party Service Provider, your use of that service may also be subject to terms of use adopted by such Service Provider. We reserve the right to reject any ad copy. All orders are subject in all respects to our current rules and regulations and current demands upon advertising space. We reserve the right to edit, reclassify, revise, or cancel any advertisement at any time. Rates and specifications are subject to change. We do not knowingly accept advertising that discriminates or intends to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status. WE ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR ERROR OR OMISSION. YOU MAY NOT RECEIVE A REFUND OF ANY AMOUNTS PAID FOR THE PUBLICATION OF A CLASSIFIED AD ON THIS SERVICE AFTER THE PUBLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.

Personal Advertisements. We are a community, family-oriented Service. Advertisements must be appropriate for all ages. Personal advertising participants must be 18 years or older. All ads must be in good taste and must not solicit for sex or sexual activities. We reserve the right to edit or reject ads that do not meet these standards. You may not use of the personal advertising section for any illegal purpose. We are not liable for the content of the personal advertisements or the responses to such advertisements.

Employment Advertisements. We do not knowingly accept advertisements that discriminate or intend to discriminate on any illegal basis, or that are otherwise illegal. If you think that an advertisement posted on this service discriminates on any illegal basis, or is otherwise illegal, please contact us at [Contact].

Our Service may include advertisements or online services relating to career counseling firms. A career counseling firm does not guarantee actual placement in a job as the result of its services. Understand any agreement that you enter into with a career counseling firm before you pay for the firm's services.

We do not knowingly accept advertisements regarding employment that are not ads for bona fide job opportunities. Regrettably, however, false job postings may appear in listings on our Service from time to time. False job listings are typically used to illegally collect personal information from job seekers or facilitate other forms of illegal activity. Posting false job listings is a violation of this visitor agreement (See: Specific Prohibited Uses) and may be a criminal violation of Federal or state laws. It's important that you to take reasonable precautions when sharing your sensitive information with anyone over the Internet.

Equal Housing Opportunity. Any real estate advertising on this Service is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. To complain of discrimination call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 800-699-9777.


You agree to indemnify and hold us and our Affiliates, Service Providers and our licensors, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from and against any and all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, that arise out of your use of the Service, violation of this visitor agreement by you or any other person using your account, or your violation of any rights of another. We reserve the right to control defense of any action for which we are entitled to indemnification hereunder. In such event, you agree to cooperate with us, at our expense, as we may reasonably request in connection with our defense of the applicable claim.


This visitor agreement has been made in and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia, without regard to its conflicts of laws rules. By using this Service, you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in Fulton County, Georgia, for all disputes arising out of or relating to this visitor agreement or this Service.

Local News

  • A Bowersville man was booked into the Hart County jail on felony charges that include obstruction of law enforcement officers: 20 year-old William Galliher is accused of fighting with and trying to run away from Hart County Sheriff’s deputies.  A rape suspect is behind bars in Dahlonega: the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office says 33 year-old Luis Vasquez faces charges that include rape, child cruelty, and false imprisonment. Two people are arrested in Rabun County: Cody Whitmire and Tamatha Watts are facing child molestation allegations. The GBI office in White County is handling the ongoing investigation. Gwinnett County Police have a homicide on their hands: a 60 year-old woman was found shot to death in her home in Lawrenceville. 
  • The University of Georgia Alumni Association has unveiled the 2019 Bulldog 100 list of fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. More than 564 nominations were submitted for the 2019 list.   The 2019 Bulldog 100 includes businesses of all sizes and from industries such as real estate, dining, technology and retail. Companies are based as far north as New York and as far west as California. Of the 100 businesses, 80 are located within Georgia.   “The Bulldog 100 program provides us with an the opportunity to applaud the outstanding achievements of our graduates, broaden networks and inspire each other in our shared commitment,” said Meredith Johnson, executive director of the UGA Alumni Association. “These alumni are leading the way in business and building better communities.”   This year’s list of fastest-growing businesses, in alphabetical order, is as follows:   A Signature Welcome, Charleston, South Carolina Activekidz and Adult Therapy Services, Watkinsville, Georgia AHT Cooling Systems USA Inc., Ladson, South Carolina American Tank Maintenance LLC, Warthen, Georgia AmeriServ Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina Ansley Atlanta Real Estate, Atlanta, Georgia Applied Resource Group LLC, Alpharetta, Georgia Ascent CPA Group LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Athens Building Company, Watkinsville, Georgia Avid Bookshop, Athens, Georgia BOS Security Inc., Athens, Georgia Baseline Surveying & Engineering, Watkinsville, Georgia Biren Patel Engineering LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Bitstream Consulting LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Blackjack Paving, Fairburn, Georgia Bone Dry Roofing Company, Bogart, Georgia C2 Medical Solutions LLC, Athens, Georgia Calhoun Sands Valuation & Advisory Inc., Atlanta, Georgia Caplan Cobb LLP, Atlanta, Georgia Castlegate Property Group LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Centurion Investments LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Certified Finishes, Atlanta, Georgia Charlotte Lucas Interior Design, Charlotte, North Carolina Chicken Salad Chick, Auburn, Alabama Christopher's Bridge Home Care, Watkinsville, Georgia Condor Chocolates, Athens, Georgia Crate Services Inc., Fairburn, Georgia Crescent Equipment Co. Inc., Crescent, Georgia Currie Design + Build, Roswell, Georgia DTproductions, Athens, Georgia Dunkin Donuts (Seven Franchise Locations), Watkinsville, Georgia Eleven Eleven PR, Arlington, Virginia EnviroSpark Energy Solutions Inc., Atlanta, Georgia Express Employment Professionals, Athens, Georgia Forum Communications Inc., Gainesville, Georgia FTM Travel, Brentwood, Tennessee Georgia Grinders, Chamblee, Georgia Hardy’s Peanuts Inc., Hawkinsville, Georgia Haven Insurance Group, Atlanta, Georgia Inspect-All Services, Conyers, Georgia Inspirion Biosciences, Frederick, Maryland Irvin Retail Group of Marcus & Millichap, Atlanta, Georgia J&M Pool Services, Senoia, Georgia Jacobs Land Management LLC, Augusta, Georgia JETT Business Technology, Roswell, Georgia Kabbage, Atlanta, Georgia Kalka & Baer LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Langford Allergy LLC, Macon, Georgia Launch, Atlanta, Georgia Li-Lac Chocolates, Brooklyn, NY Lightmark Media, Athens, Georgia Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals, Savannah, Georgia M&W Commercial Flooring LLC, Atlanta, Georgia MAB Corporate Advisors, Marietta, Georgia Macallan Real Estate LLC, Marietta, Georgia Margaret Long Designs Inc., Atlanta, Georgia Markert Motor Works, Lawrenceville, Georgia Microf, Roswell, Georgia Millstone Homes Inc., Watkinsville, Georgia Moore Civil Consulting Inc., Hawkinsville, Georgia Murray Osorio PLLC, Fairfax, Virginia Myrick Marine Contracting Corp., Savannah, Georgia Onward Reserve, Atlanta, Georgia Parisleaf, Gainesville, Florida PeachCap, Atlanta, Georgia PharmD on Demand, Watkinsville, Georgia PHI Enterprises, Charlotte, North Carolina Powell Dentistry Group, Saint Simons Island, Georgia  Precise Systems Inc., Lexington Park, Maryland Precision Frameworks, Tucker, Georgia Puppy Haven, Brookhaven, Georgia Quickpath, San Antonio, Texas RAC Properties of Athens Inc., Bogart, Georgia Roam Innovative Workplace, Atlanta, Georgia Robinson Key LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Rover Mobility LLC, Evans, Georgia Saucehouse BBQ, Athens, Georgia Smith Planning Group LLC, Watkinsville, Georgia Sock Fancy, Atlanta, Georgia Southland Organics, Bogart, Georgia Southland Therapy Services, Savannah, Georgia Stanton Law LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Starnes Media, Homewood, Alabama Steamboat Transportation Group LLC, Nashville, Tennessee Strand Clinical Technologies LLC, Evans, Georgia SunnyBoy Entertainment LLC, Pasadena, California Terminus Software Inc., Atlanta, Georgia The Service Fort LLC, Atlanta, Georgia The Southern Coterie, Sea Island, Georgia The Therapy Spot, Statesboro, Georgia Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods Inc., Huntland, Tennessee Toolbox No. 9, Atlanta, Georgia TSAV, Athens, Georgia TurnKey IT Solutions LLC, Marietta, Georgia Two Maids & A Mop Franchising, Birmingham, Alabama Wier / Stewart LLC, Augusta, Georgia Woodall Realty Group, Athens, Georgia XY Planning Network, Bozeman, Georgia Your Pie Franchising LLC, Athens, Georgia Zeus' Closet, Atlanta, Georgia   Business applicants were measured by their compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period. The Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors verified the information submitted by each company. On Jan. 26, the UGA Alumni Association will host an event to celebrate the Bulldog 100 and count down the ranked list to the No. 1 business.   The 2018 Bulldog 100 No. 1 business was Saucehouse BBQ, co-founded by Christopher Belk. “To be named the No. 1 fastest-growing Bulldog business was a tremendous honor and even helped Saucehouse catering with its expansion into the Atlanta area from Athens,” said Belk. “We’re proud to be part of this incredible alumni network and to serve Bulldogs every day.”  
  • The District Attorney’s office hangs out another Help Wanted sign, looking to fill four seats on the Athens-Clarke County Board of Tax Equalization. Deadline to apply with DA Ken Mauldin is Monday November 26.  The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission is meeting this afternoon in Athens: 12 o’clock at the downtown Holiday Inn. Barrow County Planning Commissioners will meet, 7 o’clock tonight in Winder.  There is a Gainesville City Council meeting this morning: it is a 9 o’clock work session at the Administration Building in Gainesville. Their Hall County Commission counterparts meet this evening, 6 o’clock at the Hall County Government Center in Gainesville. Today is a deadline day in Gainesville: Hall County property tax bills are due. 
  • UGA Presents is bringing David Archuleta to Athens for a special holiday show Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Archuleta will perform music from his new album, “Winter in the Air,” featuring a mix of classic Christmas songs and three original compositions co-written by the singer. In 2008 Archuleta became a star at the age of 16 when millions of television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in season seven of “American Idol.” After his appearance on the TV show, the young Utahan had his first single, “Crush,” debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 166,000 downloads the first week in the U.S. and subsequently more than 1.92 million digital copies. Three months later, his self-titled album, “David Archuleta,” went gold, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S. and more than 900,000 worldwide. In 2012 Archuleta, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, put his singing career on hiatus so he could serve a two-year stint as a missionary outside of Santiago, Chile. After returning from Chile in 2014, he began touring extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Asia, and he performed for the U.S. troops in the Middle East. “Winter in the Air” is Archuleta’s eighth album and his second Christmas-themed album. It was released on Nov. 2. Tickets for the concert start at $30 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $10 with a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student). The concert is sponsored by Carl W. Duyck and Dennis J. Flood. Hodgson Concert Hall is located in UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.
  • Today figures to be another day of rain for Athens and much of northeast Georgia, with flood watches and warnings again in place for parts of the region. This is forecast to be the last day of the rain that has been falling since Monday. From WSB Radio meteorologist Kirk Mellish… The latest round of rain does not look as bad as what we experienced Monday, but with soggy soils and high creek and stream levels already in place the National Weather Service continues the  FLASH FLOOD WATCH for the entire area and most of Georgia for that matter until 7AM Thursday. Keep in mind with the soggy root zones trees can fall even without a strong wind causing damage or an isolated power outage.  Upper level low pressure to our Northwest will spin up surface low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico which will head Northeast up the Atlantic Coast the next few days while another “wedge” pattern (CAD event) develops over Georgia. Temperatures have been well below-normal this week and will remain so through the weekend. A wintry mix is even possible briefly in the higher elevations of the Northeast corner of Georgia Thursday.  The axis of heaviest rain looks to run from Columbus to the Athens area. The lightest amounts will be in the far Northwest suburbs of Atlanta with the heaviest rain South and East sides of Metro Atlanta the next 24 hours. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS — Georgia basketball looks to get back on track at home against Sam Houston State after suffering its first loss of the season at Temple on Tuesday night. “It’s a football weekend, lots of people will be in town, hope we have a great fan turnout, and I hope there’s a lot of energy in the building,” first-year Bulldogs coach Tom Crean said on Thursday. RELATED: Tom Crean says ‘I’ll always remember this one’ “Sam Houston is one of those teams, they’re sneaky good because they’ve got some veterans.” The Southland Conference Bearkats are 2-2 this season and coming off a 74-59 loss at Clemson on Wednesday night. Georgia, 1-1, opened with a rousing 110-76 win at home over Savannah State before falling to the Owls in Philadelphia by an 81-77 count on Tuesday night. Travel complications led to the Bulldogs traveling on the day of the game to Temple before a late rally from 12 points down fell short. RELATED: Georgia shows tremendous grit in second-half comeback, falls short Crean makes no secret of it that Georgia basketball remains a work in progress to the extent that he will continue to play a lot of players to let things sort themselves out. “We haven’t had a lot of separation, we haven’t had a lot of guys establish themselves like they’re going to get these minutes,” Crean said. “Really, the measuring stick for us is defending on the ball and off, and not turning the ball over, and until we get that corrected we’re not going to have that style of play that we need, we’re not going to have that consistency, and we’re not going to look very good. “But we’ll get there.” The 7 p.m. Friday game at Stegeman Coliseum with Sam Houston State offers the Bulldogs a chance to advance the ball in that respect. Crean says he has no plans to slow down the Georgia offense and remains committed to an uptempo style of play. “We’re trying to play a very quick pace, but we don’t want to be giving the ball back to the other team,” Crean said. “We’re working on building our efficiency everyday at both ends and I like that fact that we have this game and then we turn around and we’ve got three next week.” Georgia plays in the Cayman Islands Classic next Monday through Wednesday, opening up the three-game tourney with Illinois State at 1:30 on Monday. The Bulldogs will play either Akron or Clemson on Tuesday afternoon. Georgia is in the midst of playing six games in 13 days to open the season. Tyree Crump leads the Bulldogs in scoring through the first two games, averaging 16 points, and Derek Ogbeide is scoring at a 15 points-per-game clip. Senior starting point guard William “Turtle” Jackson is averaging just 2.5 points per game, hitting 2-of-6 shots in the 42 minutes he has played. Georgia basketball stories 4 takeaways from Georgia basketball’s thrilling win over UAB Georgia basketball ‘found a way to win’ in Birmingham Tom Crean outlines reality of exhibition opener in preview Georgia basketball draws more than 5,000 to ‘Stegmania’ event Crean wants more purpose from Bulldogs with season fast approaching Bulldogs show grit, but fall short at Temple Getting to know Tom Crean, the future of Georgia basketball Bulldogs play fast and free in home exhibition opener   The post Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean wanting separation, efficiency against Sam Houston State appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football fans will receive multiple chances to see and meet former coach Vince Dooley over the next month courtesy of Kroger. Dooley will be at several special book signing events hosted at Kroger during the holiday season. Join him at your favorite grocery store, as he signs one of his first books “Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia” and his newest “The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog.” All of the special book signings will take place at various Kroger stores. Here is the full schedule with locations: Date Town Address Tuesday, Nov. 27 Sugar Hill 6001 Cumming Highway Wednesday, Dec. 5 McDonough 5900 East Lake Parkway Thursday, Dec. 6 Warner Robins 3094 Watson Boulevard Wednesday, Dec. 12 Woodstock 2295 Towne Lake Parkway Thursday, Dec. 13 Dalton 1365 W. Walnut Avenue Wednesday, Dec. 19 Rome 1476 Turner McCall Blvd. Thursday, Dec. 20 Peachtree City 564 Crosstown Drive Friday, Dec. 21 Cumming 5550 Bethelview Road ** All signing times are 4-6 PM ET ** The post Meet Georgia legendary coach Vince Dooley at your local Kroger store appeared first on DawgNation.
  • This is the third in a series of stories that compares units on the Georgia and Alabama teams as last season’s College Football Playoff finalists prepare for a rematch on Dec. 1 in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. PASS DEFENSE ATHENS — When Georgia embarked on the 2018 football season, pass defense and the secondary in particular was a huge concern, maybe the greatest concern. Now in the 12th week and entering the 11th game, that’s no longer the case. In fact, Georgia defensive backfield might even be considered a team strength. That’s what the stats say, anyway. The Bulldogs are second in the SEC and 10th nationally in passing yards allowed with 1,723, or 172.3 per game. That’s fairly astounding, especially considering three of the five starters in the back end of the defense are new. But some perspective has to be provided for that stat. Number one, the Bulldogs haven’t exactly been going against a bunch of ball-slingers this season. Every FBS team Georgia has faced this season is ranked outside the Top 25 in passing. UMass, the little team from the Northeast that visits Sanford Stadium this Saturday, will actually be the highest ranked at 17th (299.1 ypg). And, as this is a matchup analysis of Georgia vs. Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, it should be pointed that the Bulldogs will be facing another level of ball-slinging when they meet the Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Led by all-world quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Bama is second in the league and seventh in FBS at throwing the football. The Tide is averaging 323 yards per game and has thrown for 34 TDs with only 4 interceptions. Only Houston with 38 has more passing TDs. But that’s a matchup to explore another time. This exercise is to compare Georgia’s pass defense with Alabama’s, and the two are remarkably similar. Like the Bulldogs, Bama had considerable turnover after last year’s National Championship Game. The Tide returned only one defensive back with any starting experience, and that was redshirt junior safety Deionte Thompson with two starts. Thompson is manning the free safety position again this season and is one of the team favorites to earn All-SEC honors. Also, among Bama’s five defensive players that were taken in the NFL draft was cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, who went in the first round with the No. 11 pick to the Miami Dolphins. So the Tide lost a ton of talent. Alabama has also had to deal with injuries this season. Junior cornerback Trevon Diggs went down against Arkansas on Oct. 6 with a foot injury and has not been back. But in his absence, the Crimson Tide has done what they usually do. That is, they replaced a 5-star with a 5-star. They replaced Diggs with Patrick Surtain II, a freshman out of American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla., who was rated the No. 1 cornerback prospect in America. Surtain has held his own, recording 19 tackles, 5 pass break-ups and an interception this season. Of course, at American Heritage High, Surtain played across the field from Tyson Campbell. Campbell was also a 5-star prospect, was ranked the No. 2 prospect in the country at corner and signed with Georgia. But while Campbell has also mostly held his own, he has also had some struggles. And they finally reached the point against Auburn this past Saturday that he was supplanted in the starting lineup. Redshirt freshman Eric Stokes came in for Campbell in the first half this past Saturday and played extremely well. His pass break-up in the end zone prevented a touchdown and forced the Tigers to settle for a field goal in the first half of a game the Bulldogs eventually beat 27-10. Stokes is another example of the youth and inexperience that abounds in Georgia’s secondary. In fact, at one point early in the Auburn game, the Bulldogs had three players on the field in Stokes, sophomore Mark Webb and freshman Otis Reese who hadn’t played in college game as a defensive back before this season. But that hasn’t held Georgia back when it comes to playing good pass defense. The Bulldogs are able to counter that youth with the veteran leadership and superior play of senior cornerback Deandre Baker and junior safety J.R. Reed. Baker is Georgia’s best chance of landing a player on an All-America team this season. Already a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Thorpe awards, he has 33 tackles, nine pass break-ups and is second in the SEC in passes defended. Reed, a former transfer from Tulsa, leads the DBs with 44 tackles, has led the team in tackles three times and also has an interception. Normally playing alongside Reed is sophomore Richard LeCounte, a former 5-star prospect himself. LeCounte belies his smallish 5-11, 190-pound frame with a knack for following the ball, coming up quick and hard for run stops and running deep with the fastest of opposing receivers. Safety play is one of the biggest reasons that the Bulldogs have given up the fewest plays of 20-or-more yards in the SEC. It might have something to do with safeties; it has a lot to do with the corners. I think it has a lot to do with the way we call defenses,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who played safety himself. “I think it’s leverage and tackling. we believe that if everybody in front of the safeties and secondary just fell down and took the play off, there shouldn’t be a play of over 20 yards.” What’s amazing about Georgia is it has managed to do that without much in the way of a pass rush. It’s not necessarily by design, but the Bulldogs haven’t pressured opposing quarterbacks much at all. They’re last in the SEC in sacks with 14, or 1.4 per game. Bama leads the league with 36. “It’s just not who we are right now,” Smart said of pressuring quarterbacks. “We’re not a twitchy team that’s quick and make people miss and get in the backfield and penetrate and get a tackle for loss or an elite pass rusher that can just beat guys one-on-one. That’s not indicative of who we are. But what we are is a team that knows how to leverage and tackle the ball and not give up explosives. That’s kind of our identity right now.” Alabama, obviously, hasn’t given up many big plays either. In fact, it hasn’t given up much at all, with back-to-back shutouts in the last two games and only seven points to Tennessee in the one before that. And the Crimson Tide has been able to get their hands on more balls than the Bulldogs. Bama actually has more interceptions (13) than passing TDs allowed (12). Georgia has five picks to eight touchdowns. But the Bulldogs rank considerably ahead of Alabama in overall pass defense. The Tide is allowing 186.5 yards a game. Let’s look at common opponents: LSU vs. Alabama: 35 attempts, 18 completions, 184 yards, 1 interception, 0 TDs vs. Georgia: 30 attempts, 15 completions, 200 yards, 0 interception, 0 TDs TENNESSEE vs. Alabama: 25 attempts, 14 completions, 227 yards, 0 interceptions, 2 TDs vs. Georgia: 21 attempts, 13 completions, 143 yards, 0 interceptions, 0 TDs MISSOURI vs. Alabama: 26 attempts, 13 completions, 142 yards, 2 interceptions, 1 TD vs. Georgia: 48 attempts, 23 completions, 221 yards, 1 interception, 0 TDs Overall, you have to give the nod to Georgia here. But it’s close: ADVANTAGE: GEORGIA BULLDOGS Road to Atlanta Part 1: Special teams, Georgia has the edge Part 2: Run defense, Alabama has the edge Part 3: Pass defense, Georgia has the edge The post Road to Atlanta: Georgia’s pass defense a reason for optimism in matchup with Alabama appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — It used to be kind of confusing for Eric Stokes, Jr. He used to be a track guy that played some football. Then he was a football player who ran a little track. Now he’s just a football player, and a pretty good one for the Georgia Bulldogs. Stokes As of this week, the sophomore from Covington became Georgia’s starting cornerback. He came in for a struggling Tyson Campbell last Saturday against Auburn and played so well that he now will get his first career start this Saturday when the No. 5 Bulldogs (9-1, 8-0 SEC) play host to UMass (4-7). It’s been quite a run for Stokes. Pun intended. “After my first season (at Georgia), I started off running track,” said Stokes, speaking after the Bulldogs’ practice Tuesday night at the Butts-Mehre football complex. “But then I was like, ‘ah, track is not really for me anymore.’ After that I just sort of slowly faded away from track.” It’s not it’s ancient history. That was just last spring. But Stokes found out two things when he answered the call of Georgia’s dynamic track coach, Petros Kyprianou, to give it a try: One, those guys that run track fulltime for the Bulldogs are really, really fast, as the men’s team 2018 NCAA Track & Field national championship will attest. And, two, when Stokes was out there running track, he wasn’t getting better at football. “I’m out there running with people that run 9.9s, 10-ohs,” Stokes said. “People really underestimate those guys. They expect you to go out there and be able to run the same way when you left it. You try to jump in the groove, but there’s still a lot you’ve got to do.” This past spring, not only did Stokes decide to spend it 100 percent committed to football, but he also enrolled for the mini-semester in May — known as May-mester — and used his extra time then to work football. The difference was evident by the time the Bulldogs opened preseason camp in August. “Football-wise, just being here May-mester helped me learn the system and everything, helped me learn more,” said the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Stokes. “Basically it helped me out a lot. I became more comfortable with what I was doing and wasn’t second-guessing myself anymore.” Back at Eastside High School, Stokes was mostly a track guy who played a little football at the coaches’ behest. As a junior, he won the Class AAAA championship in the 100 meters in a blistering 10.39 seconds. What’s more, Stokes also won the Class AAAA title in the 200 (21.58 seconds) and ran the anchor leg for the championship-winning 4×100-meter race. The only time Stokes didn’t walk to the tallest podium on the medal stand was after the 4×400 race. They finished sixth. Not surprisingly, Eastside won the state championship. So speed, plain and simple, was why Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs recruited Stokes, who was only a 3-star prospect. Since then, he has been a bit of a pet project. Stokes did not play at all last season. He was redshirted. This year, Stokes has been on the travel roster for every game and played in all but one. He first burst on the scene against Missouri in Week 4 when starter Tyson Campbell went out with an shoulder injury. Stokes came off the bench to record four tackles, three pass break-ups and block a punt. With Campbell getting victimized by Auburn this past Saturday, Georgia inserted Stokes into the game again. And he responded again. Stokes’ pass break-up in the end zone on third down prevented a touchdown and forced the Tigers to settle for a field goal in a game the Bulldogs won 27-10. “You’ve just got to be prepared every moment for everything,” Stokes said of being pressed into duty like that. “You can’t be fearful. You have to confidence in yourself.” Stokes definitely has the confidence of his coaches and teammates. “Stokes has been going with the first group,” said Smart, indicating Stokes will likely start ahead of Campbell Saturday against UMass. “He’s competing, playing well. So is Tyson.” “Stokes comes to play every week,” said fellow DB Mark Webb. “He never changes. I’ve been seeing that out of Stokes a long time.” Meanwhile, the competition with Campbell will continue. Unlike Stokes, it’s always been about football for the freshman from Miami. The former 5-star prospect has started every game at the left cornerback position. But Campbell has been picked on a lot. Playing opposite of senior All-America candidate Deandre Baker, teams invariably are passing the ball on the other side of the field. At times Campbell has handled that well. Often he hasn’t “Tyson’s got a lot to learn,” Smart said after Tuesday’s practice. “When he’s going with the 2s you find out how much he still has to learn because he doesn’t have the safeties that know it as well as the 1s. So the communication is not as good. So we’re finding out that he maybe has more to learn than we thought because the 1 safeties help him a lot more.” That’s where that time concentrating on football this past spring is benefiting Stokes now. If nothing else, he knows where he’s supposed to be, and he still has the speed to get there. “He’s just smart. He’s really bright,” Smart said of Stokes. “He understands leverage, he understands coverages. You tell him something once and he goes out to practice and does it. A lot of the guys need reps and reps; Stokes gets it in the meetings. He’s very bright. He’s very diligent.” Stokes is bright enough to know that, as an SEC cornerback, you’re only as good as your latest busted coverage. Get beat deep in a game and that might be the last rep you get. So the competition at left cornerback will continue. But that’s all part of being a football player and it won’t affect how he and Campbell get along. “We’re going through the same thing, day in and day out,” Stokes said. “Me and Tyson, we both help each other. I know he’s got my back just like I have his back. We’re always talking about this and that, so we can help each other grow.” In the meantime, it’s not like Stokes is getting a break by starting against UMass. Yes, the Bulldogs are 40-plus-point favorites. But the Minutemen throw the ball all over the yard and feature the nation’s leading receiver in Andy Isabella. The 5-10 wideout has caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 11 TDs. Odds are strong that Isabella and the Minutemen will be coming after Stokes. “He’s a real big threat, so we know his capability,” Stokes said. “He’s fast. He can give you moves and he’s really good with his routes. We’ve got to watch out for him. … I’ve just got to go out there and do my job.” The post Georgia CB Eric Stokes starting to blossom as full-time football player appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart explained how the competition for position never stops, from one play, drill, day and one game to another. “Every position on our team, every week,” Smart said, asked where the Bulldogs have position battles playing out at. RELATED: Alabama has edge over Georgia in run defense comparison Georgia (9-1) plays host to UMass (4-7) at 4 p.m. on Saturday (TV: SEC Network, Radio: WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM). What outsiders might view as an easy win against the overmatched FBS independent Minutemen — the line opened at 43 1/2 points — is viewed by several players on the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs as an opportunity to show their skills in a game. But first, Smart points out, they must compete for those snaps, and they must fit the scheme. “We have to get better, and that’s what our focus is this week, on us getting better, our ability to grow young players,” Smart said. “I put just as much emphasis in practice as I do in the game. So we’ll see how the game goes. If guys get to play, they get to play.” Smart said redshirt freshman cornerback Eric Stokes is working with the first team after replacing true freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell and grading out highest among defenders in last Saturday’s 27-10 win over Auburn. RELATED: Secondary shakeup, Eric Stokes making a move at cornerback Campbell has stated the first 10 games this season, overcoming a shoulder subluxation suffered in the Sept. 22 game at Missouri. “Stokes has been going with the first group but he’s competing, playing well, (and) so is Tyson,” Smart said. “Tyson’s got a lot to learn, and when he’s going with the 2s, you find out how much he still has to learn because he doesn’t have the safeties that know it as well as the 1s. “So the communication is not as good. So we’re finding out that he maybe has more to learn than we thought because the (starting) safeties help him a lot more.” Smart explained that freshman Otis Reese making his first career start over sophomore Richard LeCounte had to do with the personnel package Auburn played. “ It’s really not a rotation as much as it is personnel based, so depending on what the other team is in, we play one or the other of the safeties,” Smart said. “Otis is getting better. Richard is actually getting better. The best thing for Richard has been Otis’s growth. So I think that the motivation and the competition has made Richard better.” Smart pointed to each level of the defense having competition, too. “Inside backer, every week, outside backer, probably more the second and third at the outside backer than the first (D’Andre Walker),” Smart said. “But defensive line. We’ve had changes in defensive line, and you all don’t write about who starts there, but we’ve had a lot of changes there. Secondary – we’ve had a lot of battles at safety, and rotating the dime, nickel and star.” Walker is the only linebacker to start all 10 games for Georgia.  Natrez Patrick has started seven of 10 games at inside (Mike) linebacker, Juwan Taylor has six starts at inside linebacker (Will) and Monty Rice has five starts at inside linebacker (one Mike, four at Will). The offensive line is competing with one another just to stay healthy. Right tackle Isaiah Wilson is the only offensive lineman not to miss paling time on account of injury. But Smart pointed to the receiver group and tailback position as spots where the competition has led to different starters from week to week. “It’s changed throughout the year at wide receiver probably three times as to who started, based on who practiced well during the week, that’s been pretty consistent,” Smart said. “I mean (Elijah) Holyfield started some games at running back. So that comes about through the work ethic you have during the week and putting a priority on how your practice matters, and that’s every position.” Riley Ridley leads the receivers with nine starts, Mecole Hardman, Tyler Simmons and Terry Godwin each have five starts and Jeremiah Holloman has started two of the past three games. D’Andre Swift started the first four games at tailback, but Elijah Holyfield has started the past six. Georgia football stories WATCH: Georgia coach Kirby Smart says ‘We’re running out of people’ Georgia football QB Jake Fromm handles challenges, critics Competition is real in Georgia football secondary Bulldogs challenged to maintain lofty standards vs. UMass Georgia football a heavy favorite against UMass QB Justin Fields recipient of great ‘on-the-job training’ Georgia football tailback D’Andre Swift reveals serious surgery RECAP: Georgia gain momentum vs. Auburn with 27-10 win The post Georgia football coach Kirby Smart hints at another change in starting lineup appeared first on DawgNation.