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    The victim of a car crash in Elbert County has been identified as Dorathy Link: the 63 year-old Link (pictured above) was a long time administrator in the Elbert County School District.  The Georgia State Patrol has released the name of a Chamblee man killed in a crash in Gainesville: 48 year-old Vincent Elliot wrecked his pickup truck on Candler Road in Hall County. State Troopers say Elliot was not wearing a seat belt when his truck crashed into a tree. The wife of the police chief in Flowery Branch has been arrested on heroin possession charges: Samantha Spiller, the 51 year-old wife of Police Chief David Spiller, was booked into the Hall County jail.  Gwinnett County Police it was not a case of road rage after all. They say a robbing crew lied about someone else firing into their vehicle on I-85 earlier this week. Gwinnett Police say they were instead speeding away from someone they had tried to hold up; the would-be robbery victims fired at the would-be robbers. One of them—a 16 year-old—was killed, while another was, last report, hospitalized in critical condition.  DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann announces his retirement today: Mann is perhaps best known for his 2017 arrest in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, where he was booked on an indecent exposure charge. 
  • A forum on plans for a traffic circle on West Broad Street is set for 5:30 til 7:30 at the HT Edwards Building on Dearing Extension. Traffic planners are talking about a roundabout for the busy intersection of West Broad and Hancock.  There is an afternoon meeting of the Athens Downtown Development Authority: 2 o’clock in the Gameday Building on Broad Street in Athens.  They are looking to get on the same page in Jefferson: Jackson County Commissioners and Jackson County School Board members are talking about holding meetings and working together in a more cooperative fashion.  First time since 1988: Barrow County School Board members are getting pay raises. The Board approved the salary hikes in a meeting in Winder.  The City Council in Winder signs off on a water sharing agreement with the city of Statham.  A Gainesville City Council work session is set for 9 o’clock this morning at the Administration Building in Gainesville. Hall County Commissioners are also meeting in Gainesville, 6 o’clock this evening at the Hall County Government Center.
  • Today is a deadline day in Athens: this is the last day to get an entry in next month’s Downtown Parade of Lights. City Hall says the registration fee for floats and other parade entries is $40; deadline is 5 o’clock this afternoon. The parade that will make its way through downtown Athens is set for December 5. From the Athens-Clarke Co Government website… The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces that entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights. This year’s parade is scheduled for Thursday, December 5. The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The parade entry fee is $40 with checks payable to “Athens-Clarke County.” Annually, more than 60 entries compete for such prizes as “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme, “ and “Best Use of Lights” and the best overall float receiving the “Mayor’s Award.” This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.”The parade begins on the corner of Hancock Avenue and Pulaski Street ending in front of City Hall for the traditional Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.The Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights is sponsored by the Leisure Services Department and the Athens Downtown Development Authority. Parade information and application forms can be found at www.accgov.com/parade or by contacting Melanie McElroy at 706-613-3800.
  • Congressman Jody Hice, the 10th District Republican who represents most of Athens in the US House, holds a telephone town hall tonight. It’s set for 6 o’clock: the number for constituents to call is 202 225 4101.  From the office of Congressman Jody Hice… Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) today announced he will host a Telephone Town Hall for Georgians across the 10th District on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. This community call will be the eighth conference of the year. During the forum, Hice will provide a legislative update, take live questions, and offer constituents an opportunity to participate in poll questions. “Telephone Town Halls are a tried-and-true method for me to connect with hundreds of 10th District residents and hear their views,” said Congressman Hice. “I look forward to hearing from folks back home on Thursday evening as we discuss news and policies happening in Washington that affect our community.”  Who: Congressman Hice and 10th District residentsWhat: November Telephone Town HallWhen: November 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.*subject to legislative business* This forum is open to the public. Tenth District residents may RSVP and submit questions for the telephone town hall here or by calling Representative Hice’s Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-4101. Constituents may also join the conference by dialing (877) 229-8493 and using the passcode 117571 or listen online at any point during the event.
  • The official unveiling will come next week at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center: his family says Tate Prezzano will launch a foundation that will set up scholarships for student-athletes at the University of Georgia, those who compete in non-scholarship sports. The hospital says the foundation also will serve as a way to increase security measures on the UGA campus to prevent future incidents from occurring.  Prezzano, a 22 year-old lacrosse player at UGA, was shot and critically wounded in an April robbery attempt on South Milledge Avenue in Athens.  Details Prezzano’s Foundation will be laid out in a news conference set for next Wednesday at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center on Prince Avenue in Athens. 
  • The 4th annual Rural Healthcare Symposium is underway today at UGA, getting started at 9 o’clock this morning at the University’s Dean Rusk Hall. Stacey Abrams, last year’s Democratic nominee for Governor, is the featured speaker.  The University of Georgia plays host to an international conference: the 6th International Conference on Africa and its Diaspora is underway at 7 o’clock tonight at the University’s Tate Student Center.  The University of Georgia sets February 25 as the date for the ceremony that renames UGA’s College of Education in honor of Mary Frances Early, the first black student to graduate from the state’s flagship university. Albany State University President Marion Ross Fedrick will deliver the 20th annual Mary Frances Early lecture on the day of the naming ceremony, UGA President Jere W. Morehead said. Fedrick earned two degrees from the University of Georgia: a bachelor’s degree in adult education with a concentration in organizational development, and a master’s degree in public administration.
  •  We wake up to the coldest temperatures so far this fall, with the mercury well below the freezing mark in Athens and across northeast Georgia: forecasters say we will see more of the same overnight tonight before a bit of a warmup later in the week.   From WSB TV…  The coldest weather of the season is here. Many woke up to temperatures Wednesday we haven't felt since January.   At 4:30 a.m., temperatures started out in the low to mid 20s across metro Atlanta.  Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan says sunshine will keep us a bit warmer than Tuesday.   Ice patches were reported on I-575 at Barrett Parkway in Cobb County and on Scenic Highway at Tree Lane in Snellville.  Monahan says: Be prepared for cold weather all day long.
  • He wore the Georgia G and the G of the Green Bay Packers. Zeke Bratkowski has died. Bratkowski was a record setting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs in the 1950s and was Bart Starr’s backup on the Packers NFL championship teams of the 1960s. Zeke Bratkowski was 88 years old. From Claude Felton, UGA Sports Communications… Bratkowski was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Danville, Illinois—also the home of Dick Van Dyke and Gene Hackman. He became one of Georgia's most celebrated quarterbacks under Coach Wally Butts followed by an outstanding 14-year career in the National Football League. 'The Brat' earned All-America honors in both 1952 and '53 and was the nation's leading passer in '52 and the nation's leading punter in '53.    He was a two-time All-SEC selection and two-time SEC passing champion throwing for 1,824 yards in '52 and 1,461 yards in '53. He set numerous UGA passing records and finished his career with 4,836 career passing yards. Following his senior season, Bratkowski threw touchdown passes of 50 and 60 yards in the Senior Bowl all-star game before embarking on a 14-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, and Green Bay Packers.    In 1954, he was selected by the Chicago Bears in the annual NFL draft and earned the starting job as a rookie. He is still one of only three first-year quarterbacks to start a season opener for the Bears since 1933.   With the Packers he became known as 'Super Sub' backing up starter Bart Starr as Green Bay won three consecutive World Championships including two Super Bowls in 1966 and ‘67. In 1965, Bratkowski led the Packers from a 10-0 deficit to a 13-10 overtime victory over the Baltimore Colts clinching the NFL Western Conference title. In his 14 NFL seasons, he completed 762 of 1,488 passes for 10,345 yards and 65 touchdowns.    He was later inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in addition to his selection into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Polish American Hall of Fame in 1995. He was inducted into the University of Georgia Circle of Honor in 2006.   Following his playing career he became one of the NFL’s most successful offensive coordinators holding assistant coaching positions with several NFL teams including the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, NY Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Philadelphia Eagles.   Living in recent years in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Bratkowski turned his attention to a special project away from football. assisting with hurricane relief efforts in Alabama’s Gulf Coast.   
  • It is called the Foodshed Fall Forum: the University of Georgia’s Foodshed group is working with the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division to talk about food production, food access, and food waste in a session that is set for 3 o’clock at Cine on West Hancock in Athens. From the University of Georgia Master Calendar… Foodshed UGA will be working with the ACC Recycling Division and other partners to host a Fall Forum that will highlight some of the great work being done in this community. The Foodshed Fall Forum will include three panels of community leaders who are dedicated to working in the fields of food production, food access and food waste.  All attendees are encouraged to head over to the Athens Farmer's Market after the forum to celebrate the final day the Wednesday market will be open in 2019. 
  • We are hearing today the 911 call made after an Athens homicide: Trey Adams, fired this week from his job as a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy, is facing a murder charge in the death of 26 year-old Benjamin Cloer, a University of Georgia graduate student who was shot and killed at a home on Old Jefferson Road. The 33 year-old Adams made the 911 call after finding Cloer with his wife. Adams’ wife also made a 911 call. From Chelsea Prince, AJC… An off-duty sheriff’s deputy was arrested in Athens on Monday morning in connection with the deadly shooting of a University of Georgia graduate student. Former Madison County Deputy Winford “Trey” Terrell Adams, 32, is facing a murder charge in the death of Benjamin Lloyd Cloer. The 26-year-old was pursuing a master’s degree in artificial intelligence at UGA.  Cloer was shot multiple times as the result of a domestic dispute Sunday evening, according to Athens-Clarke County police. Officers responding to the shooting in the 6000 block of Old Jefferson Road rushed Cloer to a hospital about 6:45 p.m. He did not survive his injuries.  “Adams was taken into custody at the scene and, after investigation, charged with murder,” police spokesman Geof Gilland said in a news release. “He was off duty and in plain clothes at the time of the incident.” Police did not say how Adams and Cloer knew each other. Cloer’s mother, Deborah Houston Cloer, took to Facebook on Monday to memorialize him. In a public Facebook post, Cloer said her son never had a bad word to say about anyone and was always curious. His inquisitive nature led him to UGA, and Cloer said she was looking forward to all he would accomplish.  “I thought he was destined to great things with his amazing mind and heart,” she said in the post. Adams was fired at the scene Sunday night. He had been employed by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office since August 2018, according to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training records. Clarke and Madison are neighboring counties. Before coming to Madison, he was employed for a few days by the Royston Police Department and four years with the Statesboro Police Department before that. Adams voluntarily resigned from both of those jobs, records show. Maj. Jeffrey Vaughn, the chief deputy of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, said Adams was given high recommendations from Statesboro when he was hired.  Vaughn described Adams as a “model employee” and said he was never disciplined in his job. “Trey was assigned to the patrol division as a deputy sheriff and had never had a single complaint for any type of use of force,” Vaughn said in an emailed statement. “To be honest we are all blown away by this reaction to a ‘crime of passion.’”  Sheriff Michael Moore met with Adams at the shooting scene, and he was immediately suspended, Vaughn said. He was fired following his interview with the Athens-Clarke County investigators when they decided to pursue charges. In announcing Adams’ arrest on Facebook, the sheriff’s office said it was “a sad day for all law enforcement officers.”  The department asked for prayers for the “MCSO family and the family of the victim.” Adams is being held in the Clarke County Jail without bond.
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  • PHOENIX (AP) - Kelly Oubre Jr. followed his worst game of the season with his best and it's a huge reason the Phoenix Suns kept rolling through their early season schedule. Oubre scored a season-high 30 points, Devin Booker added 27 and the Suns beat the Atlanta Hawks 128-112 on Thursday night. Phoenix (7-4) took a 104-90 lead into the final quarter after Oubre nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third and kept a comfortable lead throughout the fourth. The Suns are off to their best start through 11 games since 2009, when they started 9-2. Oubre's big performance came two days after a rare off-night. He scored just one point in 19 minutes in a loss to the Lakers. 'It feels good, but at the end of the day I try not to get too high or too low,' Oubre said. 'I could have been super low and not done this today. Just trying to stay level is my main thing. Being like water.' Dario Saric added 23 points after shooting 9 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. 'I just think Dario is a guy that I need to incorporate more,' Suns coach Monty Williams said. 'He makes the right plays, he can shoot the ball, he's efficient.' Atlanta (4-7) was led by Jabari Parker, who scored 24 points. Trae Young had 21 points and 13 assists two nights after a 42-point, 11-assist performance in a win over Denver. The banged-up Hawks were missing several key players due to injuries. 'Not a fun game,' Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. 'That's all I got. It's all we got. We've got no bodies. It's just one of those nights the whistle didn't go our way.' Parker wasn't thrilled with the officiating, either. The Hawks were called for 31 fouls, including several on the offensive end. 'I am from Chicago, Illinois,' Parker said. 'I played in the public league and we never called offensive fouls that much, but I mean, that was the pace of the game, that's just how it went down and hopefully we can get them back when we come home.' Booker scored 19 points in the first half as the Suns built a 67-61 halftime lead. Young had 17 points and six assists for the Hawks. MISSING PIECES Both the Hawks and the Suns were missing key pieces to their teams because of 25-game suspensions for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug program. Suns center Deandre Ayton played in just one game before being suspended for using a diuretic. Hawks forward John Collins tested positive for a growth hormone called Peptide-2. Ayton was the No. 1 pick one year ago and had 18 points and 11 rebounds in his only game this season. Collins was averaging 17 points and 8.8 rebounds before his suspension. BEMBRY, REDDISH EJECTED Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry was ejected in the third quarter after getting called for two quick technical fouls. He got the first technical for taunting after blocking Ricky Rubio's shot. He earned the second a few seconds later for arguing. Booker also was called for a technical during the commotion. Rookie Cam Reddish was ejected with about four minutes left after getting two flagrant fouls on two separate plays on offensive fouls when he hit a Suns defender in the face with his elbow. LEN'S BIG GAME Atlanta center Alex Len had one of his best games of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Len was booed occasionally throughout the game. He was drafted by the Suns with the fifth overall pick in 2013, but struggled during five rough seasons before signing with the Hawks. TIP-INS Hawks: Kevin Huerter (left shoulder), Evan Turner (left Achilles pain) and Vince Carter (personal reasons) didn't play on Thursday. Coach Lloyd Pierce said the Hawks are relieved that Huerter doesn't need surgery for his injury and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Suns: Rookie guard Ty Jerome still hasn't played this season because of a right ankle sprain he suffered just before the beginning of the regular season. ... Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points on Thursday and Cam Johnson added 15. UP NEXT Hawks: Continue their road trip at the Clippers on Saturday. Suns: Host the Celtics on Monday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their bullpen by signing Will Smith on a three-year, $39 million contract. Smith will join his former setup man, Mark Melancon in Atlanta. All of a sudden, the Braves have one of the deepest bullpen’s in the MLB that will be highlighted by Smith, Melancon, Shane Greene, Darren O’Day and Luke Jackson. Smith was one of the hottest names on the trade market around the deadline this year, but the San Fransisco Giants refused to trade their closer. At the age of 29, Smith earned his first All-Star nomination this year with the Giants. Smith’s career stats 410.2 ip 49 saves 26 wins 3.53 era 1.247 whip 115 era+ 3.29 fip 494 k Smith was the best closer in baseball this past season, leading all National League pitchers in Win Probability Added (5.6), which was an entire point better than Hyun-Jin Ryu (4.5), who finished with the second-best WPA for NL pitchers. Smith’s 2019 stats 65.1 ip 34 saves 6 wins 0 losses 2.76 era 1.026 whip 152 era+ 3.23 fip 96 k 29.2 k-bb% 88.7 lob% 42.0 gb%
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Hawks guard Kevin Huerter is expected to miss at least two weeks with a left rotator cuff strain. Huerter also was diagnosed with a shoulder capsule strain when examined Thursday in Atlanta. Huerter left the team's West Coast trip after he was hurt in Tuesday night's 125-121 victory at Denver. The Hawks say Huerter, who is averaging 9.3 points, will have rehabilitation and treatment before being examined again in two weeks. Huerter suffered the injury when fouled by Denver's Nikola Jokic while going up for a shot. The second-year player immediately grabbed his shoulder and headed to the locker room. The Hawks were at Phoenix on Thursday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Matt Ryan is coming to town, which tends to mean trouble for the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons quarterback has dominated the rival Panthers of late, going 6-1 in his past seven starts while averaging 318 yards passing with 15 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. Ryan is 14-8 against Carolina. So, while much of the attention this week has been on Carolina's porous run defense - they've allowed opponents to run for a combined 516 yards and 10 touchdowns in the past three games - defensive coordinator Eric Washington knows the Panthers can't forget about old No. 2 and his favorite target Julio Jones. 'We know what he's capable of and they have explosive talent at the wide receiver position,' Washington said of Ryan. 'So we need to make sure we do a good job of getting him in third down situations they don't want to be in. And we have to be really efficient with our pass rush. The ball tends to come out fast on third-and-medium.' That won't be easy. Carolina's top cornerback James Bradberry is coming back from a groin injury this week, but the team's second- and third-best cornerbacks Donte Jackson and Ross Cockrell missed the first two days of practice this week with injuries and may not play. That means the Panthers (5-4) could have to lean on young players such as Javien Elliott, Cole Luke and Corn Elder, who was re-signed earlier this week because of injury concerns. The Falcons (2-7) may not be contending for a playoff spot, but showed last Sunday they still have plenty of life - and firepower - by throttling the Saints 26-9 NEW LOOK AT RUNNING BACK If Devonta Freeman is held out with a sprained foot, as expected, the Falcons will have a new look at running back. The position was considered to be the team's deepest spot before Ito Smith was placed on injured reserve last week following a concussion and a neck injury. Brian Hill played well behind Freeman last week and is expected to start. Former Panthers backup Kenjon Barner would be the top backup and Qadree Ollison, who was active for the first time against the Saints, could play a bigger role. Notably, Barner was used in the wildcat formation, filling the role formerly held by Mohamed Sanu before the receiver was traded to New England. There could be more direct snaps for Barner against the Panthers. NEW KICKER IS A KEEPER The Falcons may have found their kicker, at least for the remainder of the season, in Younghoe Koo. Koo made four field goals, including a career-long 48-yarder, in last week's win at New Orleans in his Falcons debut. Koo was signed after veteran Matt Bryant's second stint with the team didn't go well and Giorgio Tavecchio couldn't hold the job. Koo was the NFC special teams player of the week following his successful debut. He made three of six field-goal attempts with the Chargers in 2017 and kicked for the Atlanta Legends of the short-lived Alliance of American Football earlier this year. Koo, from South Korea, played for Georgia Southern. TACKLE CHANGE The Panthers drafted Greg Little in the second round earlier this year to be their left tackle, but two concussions have limited him to two games and one start this season. However, Little has now been cleared from the concussion protocol and is expected to start Sunday at left tackle with Dennis Daley sitting bothered by a groin injury. The Panthers have won both games that Little has played this season. SACKS SURPRISE Before last week's game, Atlanta ranked last in the league with only seven sacks. Suddenly the Falcons rediscovered their pass rush with six sacks against the Saints, including 2 by defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Vic Beasley Jr., who has been unable to duplicate his 2016 production, when he led the NFL with 15 sacks, added 1 sacks. 'To me, it was just a good example to show what we're capable of,' Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. 'If we apply those things time after time, those are the results that we hope to get.' MORE OF MOORE The Panthers are getting more production of late out of second-year wide receiver D.J. Moore, who is coming off back-to-back 100-yard receiving games for the first time in his career. Moore had seven catches for 101 yards against the Titans two weeks ago and followed that up with a nine-catch, 120-yard performance last week against the Packers. Moore is leading the Panthers in receptions (54) and yards receiving (684). The next goal for him is getting into the end zone - he only has one TD catch. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,073 (Nov. 14, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart matches wits with Auburn's Gus Malzahn. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart might have something to prove vs. Gus Malzahn Beginning of the show: Georgia coach Kirby Smart is respected as a top defensive mind, but he hasn't always gotten the better of his head-to-head matchups with Auburn's Gus Malzahn. I'll discuss on today's show why the backstory between Smart and Malzahn is another compelling plot line in UGA's game with Auburn. 10-minute mark: I discuss the latest on 4-star tight end Theo Johnson. 15-minute mark: Mr. College Football Tony Barnhart joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The rich history of UGA's rivalry with Auburn A look at how tough a matchup Auburn is for the Bulldogs What to make of the College Football Playoff selection committee ranking UGA fourth Tuesday night Whether UGA can win a national championship as a defensive-led team 25-minute mark: I discuss wide receiver Lawrence Cager's status for Saturday. 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Auburn reportedly installing new LED lights at season's end, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp's comparison between UGA and Alabama and former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoop's comments about possibly returning to college coaching. 35-minute mark: I share Smart's response to a question about UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman possibly being a candidate to become Arkansas head coach, and I preview the weekend's top games. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart might have something to prove vs. Gus Malzahn appeared first on DawgNation.