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    The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has released details of the Mandatory Shelter in Place Ordinance that was passed during last night’s emergency meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Commissioners.  Full release from the ACCPD: The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission voted unanimously to approve a new ordinance that makes sheltering in place mandatory for all of our residents with certain exceptions.   Among the exceptions are: • To travel to work or school to obtain supplies/materials • To obtain necessary supplies or medicines for your health or safety • For outdoor exercise (as long as you abide by social distancing guidelines) • To care for family members or pets • To return home from outside of the county • If you are ordered to be out by a police officer or judicial officer   Many businesses must close to the public, but many types are allowed to stay open. Among those are: • Farms • Healthcare providers and facilities • Retail businesses that sell food, like grocery and convenience stores • Restaurants may be open for drive through and carry out only • Social Services and Homeless Shelters • Gas Stations and car repair/parts stores, hardware stores • Service providers like plumbers and electricians • Post offices and Shipping providers • Laundromats and dry cleaners • Transportation providers • Legal services, accountants and realty companies   This list is not exhaustive, so please refer to for the full text of the ordinance. Shortly, there will be an FAQ section and a hotline number posted on that site related to the ordinance and its provisions.    The ACCPD knows that many are concerned about the form that enforcement related to this Ordinance will take. The ordinance lays out that the Police Department’s role is one of engagement and education of our residents, rather than by citation or arrest. 
  • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center is set to begin a new mobile testing site for the COVID-19 virus.  Below is from PARMC: WHO: Piedmont is currently operating drive-through test collection sites for patients who have moderate symptoms that do not require hospitalization. In order to receive testing, patients must be pre-screened by calling 1-866-460-1119. If an individual meets the criteria for testing, he or she will then be assigned an appointment at one of the four designated drive-through testing centers. Patients may drive themselves, but if they have a driver, the driver must by non-symptomatic. In addition, the patient should be seated on the driver’s side of the vehicle in order to expedite collection of the specimen.    WHAT: Four facilities, in various locations across the state, will be staffed with medical professionals who are qualified to administer testing. These individuals will wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety. Law enforcement staff will be on site to assist with traffic. Piedmont will consider expansion to additional sites over time based on community need. The specimens obtained will go to one of two labs Piedmont is using. Results will be provided to each patient via their electronic medical record once received from the lab.   WHEN: These site will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will continue to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pre-set appointments only. No drop-ins or onsite screens for testing appointments will be permitted.   WHY: As testing becomes more readily available, Piedmont is offering testing who are self-isolating at home with symptoms that are moderate AND who meet the screening guidelines set forth by CDC. Patients who have mild symptoms should continue to self-isolate at home and monitor their symptoms. For patients with severe or worsening symptoms, they should go to their nearest emergency department. By offering “drive through” specimen collection, we limit patient exposure to the community at large while providing a safe method of swabbing in a controlled environment. We also help conserve hospital and emergency department resources, as well as providers, for the COVID-19 patients and other acute care patients who require a deeper level of care. PRE- SCREENING: Patients who want to be considered for testing should call 1-866-460-1119. Not all callers will be approved for an appointment. Only patients with moderate symptoms who meet other CDC guideline criteria will be offered an appointment.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia is up to 146 cases, an increase from 121 cases yesterday. Clarke County remains at 3 confirmed cases, the same as yesterday.  PruittHealth confirming, however,  that its Athens, Georgia facility, PruittHealth – Grandview, has transferred a resident to a local hospital with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19. Tests have neither confirmed nor ruled out COVID-19, but it has  informed local and state health officials. There have been no new deaths since the first was announced last week. The Georgia Department of Public Health releases these new numbers every day at noon. A confirmed case is defined as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Fulton County 33  Cobb County 25 DeKalb County 15 Bartow County 10 Gwinnett County 7 Cherokee County 7 Floyd County 6 Doughtery County 6 Fayette County 5 Clayton County 4 Lowndes County 4 Clarke County 3 Coweta County 3 Gordon County 3 Troup County 2 Lee County 2 Henry County 2 Forsyth County 1 Polk County 1 Hall County 1 Barrow County 1 Charlton County 1 Columbia County 1 Rockdale County 1 Newton County 1 Paulding County 1 Richmond County 1
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia is up to 121 cases as of Monday afternoon. There have been no new deaths since the first was announced last week. The Georgia Department of Public Health releases these new numbers every day at noon. These are the latest numbers released Monday: 27 cases in Fulton County 22 cases in Cobb County 10 cases in DeKalb County 9 cases in Bartow County 7 cases in Cherokee County 6 cases in Dougherty County 5 cases in Fayette County 5 cases in Gwinnett County 4 cases in Floyd County 3 cases in Clarke County 3 cases in Lowndes County 2 cases in Coweta County 2 cases in Gordon County 2 case in Lee County 2 cases in Henry County 1 case in Troup County 1 case in Hall County 1 case in Polk County 1 case in Paulding County 1 case in Charlton County 1 case in Newton County 1 case in Forsyth County. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 44 percent of the cases are people ages 60 or older, 44 percent are people ages 18 to 59, 11 percent are of unknown ages and 2 percent are between the ages of 0 and 17. Of the total, 50 percent are women and 50 percent are men. On Saturday, Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health state of emergency. 
  • University of Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt was arrested overnight in Athens, booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail on misdemeanor charges of Family Violence, Criminal Trespass, and Damage to Property. He played in 13 games last season and started the Sugar Bowl. He led the interior lineman with 30 tackles last season.   Wyatt is a senior from DeKalb County. His bond has been set at $1,500.  Bulldog coach Kirby Smart says in a statement he is “disappointed in the misconduct that is outlined in the report...we will address it internally in the appropriate way.”
  • A shooting suspect has been arrested in Hart County.  From the Hart County Sheriff’s Office:  At approximately 8:00pm  on January 27th, 2020 the Hart County Sheriffs received a call in reference to multiple people shot on Friendship Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered one victim, Correndrick Alexander deceased at the scene. The second victim was discovered injured nearby at a neighbors residence.  After an all night search, the suspect Larrendrick R. Tabor, was apprehended at approximately 8:00am on Highway 172 near South Hart Elementary. The subject was taken into custody without incident by Sheriff Cleveland and deputies. 
  • The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is hoping the public can help identify two males suspected of breaking into multiple commercial businesses.  From the ACCPD:  ACCPD detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two male suspects responsible for committing a series of commercial burglaries in the area. Detectives believe the suspects use a pry bar on a rear door to gain access to the business. The suspects steal cash and other items. The burglaries have occurred in strip malls, small businesses, auto shops, and restaurants during the overnight hours. Detectives ask that anyone with information about the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact Det. Paul Davidson – (762) 400-7099 or Additionally, a Crime Stopper's reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity of the suspects. Call the Crime Stoppers Tip line at 706-705-4775. ACCPD detectives advise local businesses to ensure their alarm or surveillance system is working properly, keep exterior lights on during nighttime hours, secure all windows and doors, and remove cash from the premises. 
  • Due to the forecast of severe weather conditions, Georgia’s basketball game at Auburn on Saturday has been moved to a noon ET tip time, Auburn announced on Friday. The original game time was 6:00 p.m. ET. Auburn uses its basketball arena as a potential storm shelter in times of need. 
  • No injuries reported after a wild scene  in Athens over the weekend, when two juveniles stole a car and then struck multiple vehicles while in pursuit.  From the ACCPD:  ACCPD received a call reporting a Stolen Vehicle on Sunday, January 5th at approximately 5:00pm. During the call, a victim reported his 1993 Chevy Pickup truck was stolen from a gas station at 2545 Atlanta Highway.  While ACCPD units were responding, an officer noticed the stolen vehicle stopped at a red light near Riverhill Drive. The Chevy fled the area. GSP units engaged and stopped the stolen vehicle on Georgia 10 Inner Loop near North Avenue.  Two male juveniles, 15 and 16 years old, were taken into custody. The pair were reported as runaways from a Columbus, Georgia DFACS facility.  The Department of Juvenile Justice advised ACCPD to detain the juveniles. They were transported to a Regional Youth Detention Center in Gainesville, GA.  The stolen vehicle struck at least two other private vehicles during the incident. No injuries were reported in those collisions. There were no ACCPD injuries and no ACCPD vehicles were damaged. 
  • UGA photographer Chamberlain Smith has tweeted out the picture she took on Saturday night in Athens right before Georgia running back Brian Herrien collided with her, sending her to the hospital. And it’s a very good picture...  Smith was knocked unconscious after taking a bit to the head and sustaining facial bruises, and carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a nearby East Alabama Medical Center.  She has since been released and is back at her home in Ringgold, GA.  Kirby Smart addressed her situation to begin his Monday media press conference this week, saying “thoughts and prayers going out to Chamberlain Smith, the young lady who works on Sports Communications Director Claude Felton's staff that got hit over on the sideline,' Smart said. 'It was a scary moment. Brian felt really sick about it, and it was a tough deal, but hopefully she’s going to be OK and I think she is.
  • Logan Booker

    Logan graduated from the Grady Sports program in the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism. He has been with 960 The Ref in some capacity since 2016, and was named full time co-host of The Ref Morning Show in spring of 2019. Logan has covered UGA Sports for various local media outlets since 2013, and often serves as backup PA announcer for the UGA softball and volleyball teams. 


    During his free time, Logan enjoys hiking and woodwork, and can frequently 'not' be found on the lake without his phone but with a fishing pole. He has been involved with Extra Special People in media outreach and fundraising. 

    He and his wife Ashley share their home with their dog, Chipper. 


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  • ATHENS Georgia quarterback D'Wan Mathis was back in his home state of Michigan over spring break when the coronavirus pandemic began to take effect. Some of the Bulldogs' players would end up staying home when UGA suspended and then canceled face-to-face spring semester classes. But not Mathis. 'D'Wan came back on spring break and told me he loves where he is from, but that he needed to go back to Georgia,' Terence Mathis told DawgNation on Friday. 'He said, Daddy, I love you, but I'm leaving.' 'For us, we're just happy he was granted the exemption to stay near campus where they have the best doctors in the world keeping up with him.' The former Ohio State quarterback commit from metro Detroit has had a challenging rehabilitation period after an emergency brain surgery procedure last May 23 put him in the ICU unit at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. 'I want the public to know this, please write this: Georgia could have given up on my son,' Terence Mathis said. 'But instead, Kirby and his staff have treated D'Wan as though he was their own son. They've used every possible resource to stay behind him and keep him engaged with the team after saving his life.' RELATED: Georgia saved my son's life, medical director Ron Courson praised Indeed, Coach Kirby Smart made it clear last May that Georgia would not rush Mathis' comeback, and they planned for a complete recovery. 'We are expecting a full recovery, and the timeline is the least of our concerns,' Smart said at SEC spring meetings. Mathis' comeback has come in stages. He was cleared to run and lift last July. By the start of the 2019 season, he was participating in limited drill work. By last November, Mathis running the scout team offense and playing with such passion that coaches and doctors had to reel him in and remind him to use some restraint. Mathis was cleared to go through spring football drills, though it's important to note he's not yet been cleared for game action. There's an MRI test scheduled for May that could provided the all-important clearance for total contact (UGA doesn't tackle its quarterbacks in spring drills). More good news came on Friday, when the SEC added some provisions for coaches to instruct players. Mathis, along with fellow Georgia football quarterbacks Jamie Newman, Caron Beck and Stetson Bennett, has the benefit of chalk talks starting at 1 p.m. next Monday. RELATED: SEC moves toward resuming football preparations Terence Mathis maintains the football will take care of itself. He said the most important thing to the Mathis family is how D'Wan has been accepted into the Georgia football community. 'I'm indebted to Georgia, they have extended this incredible opportunity to D'Wan,' Terence Mathis said. 'Especially during these tough times, and you know it's bad up here in Michigan. 'It means everything to us as a family for him to now have the opportunity to be involved with the football planning while still pursuing academics. 'Coach (Todd) Monken has reached out to me and let me know that D'Wan is having positive progress.' Mathis' upside was obvious to all who watched last year's G-Day Game. The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder was 15-of-28 passing for 113 yards and provided one of the biggest highlights of the Georgia football spring game. Mathis, who ran a 10.8-second time in the 100 meters in high school, showed his speed when he caught a double-reverse pass from Matt Landers for a 39-yard touchdown. TRICK PLAY ALERT #GDay #GoDawgs Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) April 21, 2019 'D'Wan, he's explosive,' Jake Fromm said of his former understudy. 'I think he converted three or four first downs in a row with his legs. 'The guy can run the ball, he can throw it 70 yards, he's going to be a great player.' The strong performances in spring drills kept Mathis going during the dog days of last summer and into the season. But there were also frustrating times when D'Wan Maths didn't know what to do without football, unable to travel to away games. That's when Georgia came up biggest, according to his father. 'As frustrated as he got, the more they wrapped their arms around him,' Terence Mathis said. 'Those coaches could have said they were too busy trying to win the SEC East again and play for another league title. But they didn't say that. 'They believed in D'Wan, and they have stayed behind him, and the DawgNation fans have stayed behind him, too.' There is no timetable for college football to return at the time of this publication (March 28). The coronavirus has put all group activities around the world on hold. But Terence Mathis said his son will remain in Athens. 'That's what he considers his home now,' he said, 'and it's where we believe he belongs.' DawgNation D'Wan Mathis stories Mind Game: D'Wan Mathis ready to compete for starting job Mathis tipped by social media Ohio State misled him on Justin Fields D'Wan Mathis recovering after emergency brain cyst surgery Jake Fromm shares observations of D'Wan Mathis The post Georgia quarterback D'Wan Mathis continuing comeback home' in Athens, granted exemption appeared first on DawgNation.
  • We've now reached the Final Four. Not of the NCAA Tournament but of the top Georgia football moments that have occurred under Kirby Smart. We now have the representatives for each season 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 that Smart has guided the Georgia program. The 2016 winner was the top seed, being Nick Chubb's return against North Carolina. The game also gave Smart his first career win, while Chubb ran for over 200 yards in his first game back. The 2017 pick is the runaway favorite to win, as that year is being repped by Sony Michel's game-ending touchdown run against Oklahoma. It's hard to imagine this moment somehow not winning the whole bracket, given how dominant that moment is been in voting up to this point. The 2018 selection was D'Andre Swift's touchdown run against Auburn, which capped Swift's best-career game in a Georgia uniform. And the representative for the past season was Georgia's 23-17 win over Notre Dame. The big highlight from that game was the light show that took place between the third and fourth quarters, though Lawrence Cager's touchdown catch. The Swift run will take on the 2019 Notre Dame game, while Chubb's return has the unfortunate matchup against Michel's final Rose Bowl touchdown. You can vote on the results below, as well as see the full brackets as to how we got to this point. Full Bracket 2016 vs. 2017 region No. 1 Sony Michel's walk-off against Oklahoma vs.No. 1 Nick Chubb's return Breakdown:Michel dominated again, winning 92-8 over the 2017 Notre Dame take over. Michel's game-winning touchdown run is the heavy favorite to win the entire bracket. Think back to how great it felt in that moment for the Bulldogs to punch their ticket to Atlanta. Chubb's return also advanced to this point with relative ease, beating Jacob Eason's winner against Mizzou by a 72-28 margin. This was Chubb's first game back after a horrific knee injury against Tennessee in his sophomore season. He came out and ran for 222 yards, the second-most in his illustrious Georgia career. The result also gave Georgia a win over North Carolina in Smart's first-ever game as Georgia's head coach. In the first matchup, 2017's top moment against 2016's top moment DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 28, 2020 2018 vs. 2019 region No. 2 D'Andre Swift's touchdown run against Auburn vs.No. 1 The Notre Dame lights show The 77-yard touchdown run by Swift capped not only his best career game but also a three-game stretch that saw the Bulldogs beat three straight-ranked opponents in Florida, Kentucky and Auburn. It got the final four by beating Kirby Smart's post-Florida celebration. Auburn has one of the best run defenses in the country. @DAndreSwift has 186 yards against it, including this 77 yard touchdown. Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) November 11, 2018 The Notre Dame win is on the shortlist of best home games of the past decade. It advanced with a 58-42 margin over HBTFD. And in the other matchup, 2018 against 2019 DawgNation (@DawgNation) March 28, 2020 More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football podcast: CBS writer says UGA among teams most hurt by missing spring practice SEC steps toward resuming football preparations, approves online chalk talks Jonathan Jefferson: 5 things to know about this week's 2021 Georgia commit Opinion: Kirk Herbstreit's reckless speculation does college football a disservice WATCH: If you don't like Todd Gurley on the Atlanta Falcons, you're anti-fun ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down D'Andre Swift draft stock Georgia football podcast: 5 things to know about UGA's chances of making Playoff Tony Grimes: Nation's No. 1 CB was set to see UGA amid a flurry of spring visits The post Bracket season: Discussing the top moment of each Georgia football season under Kirby Smart 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 what Georgia fans would have been talking about now had COVID-19 not put our way of life on hold. 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. We're looking at our now useless Georgia spring practice schedule from earlier this year. It makes us wince. Poof. All of that is gone. But football will return. Someday. Hopefully soon. That schedule says the 2020 Bulldogs would have been six practices deep into their spring drills after today. What would have DawgNation been talking about right now? We closed our eyes and imagined what that would have looked like. It resulted in another 'Cover 4' discussion of four different aspects of the team. It was fun to do amidst a time of great renewal for the Georgia program. Well, except for a salty defense which should be the best of the Kirby Smart era in Athens. The quick in-and-out game remains. The Cover 4 is designed to come out as quick as everyone is to try to maintain their social distancing these days. What would have been the big Georgia football spring practice storyline right now? Brandon Adams: Jamie Newman The 'why' from 'DawgNation Daily' here: 'The quarterback is almost always the biggest story, and this certainly would've been the case with Newman. The absence of spring practice only increases our anticipation to see Newman's debut this fall .' Mike Griffith: The offensive line The 'why' from 'On the Beat' here: 'This is the area Kirby Smart is most concerned about, and he'll say it. There will be discussion about different players lining up in different places, and injury updates . ' Connor Riley: Todd, Todd, Todd Monken The 'why' from 'Good Day UGA' here: ' Between Smart and some offensive players, we'd have gotten to hear more about working with the new offensive coordinator and what he brings to the table, as well as the working dynamic with Smart.' Jeff Sentell: The need for more playmakers at receiver. Again. The Intel here: 'Kirby Smart made it clear last spring he didn't have enough playmakers at receiver. He wanted to see what Dominick Blaylock, Lawrence Cager and George Pickens could add to the unit. It would have been the same chorus this year. The only differences between the receivers practicing last spring would have been the subtraction of veterans J.J Holloman and Tyler Simmons and the addition of Pickens and Justin Robinson. The Bulldogs will again await the arrival of Jermaine Burton, Marcus Rosemy, Ladd McConkey and Arian Smith with great anticipation. When they hit the field, that's when we will get a glimpse of where Monken's new offense can take Georgia this fall.' The post Georgia football: What would have been the talk of spring practices by now? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia and its new quarterback will be among the favorites when college football resumes, per the latest online odds from Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman is ranked fifth among the Heisman Trophy contenders without having even taken his first snap for the Bulldogs. To boot, Newman along with the rest of SEC players has just now gotten approval to receive online 'chalk talk' instruction from quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Todd Monken starting at 1 p.m. on Monday. Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State (+450), followed by Clemson's Trevor Lawrence (+475), Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler (+1000), Texas' Sam Ehlinger (+1200) and then Newman (+1400). Other SEC quarterbacks among the favorites include Florida's Kyle Trask, who is tied for ninth with USC QB Kedon Slovis (+2500), Alabama QB Mac Jones and North Carolina QB Sam Howell. Tailback Zamir White is tied for 25th among the Heisman Trophy contenders listed (+6600). But White, like Newman, has yet to secure the starting spot at his position entering into what will be a unique yet still very competitive offseason. SEC teams are currently suspended from any on-campus activities and are social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Once play resumes, Georgia figures to be in as good as shape as any program in the nation. RELATED: 4 reasons why Georgia football set for title run in 2020 The Bulldogs, as a team, rank fourth among the national championship contenders, per the online odds. Clemson is the favorite to win the national championship (+275), followed by Ohio State (+350), Alabama (+550) and then Georgia (+900). LSU is No. 5 on the preseason odds list (+1000), with Florida No. 6 (+1200), Oklahoma No. 7 (+2000) and Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M tied at No. 8 (+2500). Georgia football offseason reads WATCH: Monty Rice shows proof of 'invisible progress' at Georgia The post Georgia football, Jamie Newman stand tall among preseason favorites in updated odds appeared first on DawgNation.
  • 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. 1,162 (March 27, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about why one CBS writer thinks UGA was hurt by missing spring practice. Georgia football podcast: CBS writer says UGA among teams most hurt by missing spring practice Beginning of the show: Georgia's new offensive coordinator Todd Monken and quarterback Jamie Newman lead to a scenario in which the Bulldogs are among the teams most harmed by missing spring practice according to a recent article by a CBS Sports writer. I'll discuss more on that topic on today's show. 10-minute mark: I share my response to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit's prediction that the upcoming season will be canceled due to coronavirus concerns. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Connor Riley joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The fun the Atlanta Falcons are having after signing former UGA and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley How UGA is impacted by not having spring practice And how college coaches should respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by dealing with the coronavirus 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC teams who didn't have the benefit of a spring practice including teams with new quarterbacks such as LSU and Alabama, and teams with new coaches such as Mississippi State and Missouri. 35-minute mark: I discuss Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's proposed timeline for when coaches need access to their players in order to begin the season on time. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: CBS writer says UGA among teams most hurt by missing spring practice appeared first on DawgNation.