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1  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Don't screw around in these cities. Most Sexually deseased. on: July 30, 2015, 01:17:45 PM
Georgia home to 'most sexually diseased cities': Report

While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) pose a significant health challenge across the U.S. with nearly 20 million new infections annually, the challenge is greater in some cities, according to a recent report.

RentApplication.com mapped the top 100 most sexually diseased cities across the country, measuring the number of reported cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia (herpes excluded) per 100,000 people.
2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: New Albany State coach Dan Land embracing the challenge on: July 21, 2015, 04:40:06 AM
SIAC MEDIA DAY: Albany State picked to win SIAC East Division again

Jarvis Small, Tavarius Washington picked as preseason players of the year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Though it’s just on paper, the Albany State Rams head into the 2015 football season on top. Monday afternoon, the Rams were tabbed as the team to beat at the 2015 SIAC Media Day at the Holiday Inn hotel.

It was there the Rams were named the favorite to finish atop the East Division. Reigning SIAC champion Tuskegee was picked to finish first in the West this season as well. The two teams met in the SIAC Championship Game last year with Tuskegee pulling out a last-minute victory and earning a berth into the NCAA Division II playoffs.

While first-year head coach Dan Land was honored that the coaches picked his squad to finish first, he said it ultimately means nothing if they can’t put in the work on the field this season.

“I’m old school, seeing stuff on paper doesn’t mean a whole lot to me,” he said. “Once we get out there and prove stuff on the field, then we will worry about the rankings. I appreciate the coaches voting us first place, but we want to prove it on the field.”

Preseason All-Conference teams were also named and the Rams had a total of nine players named to either the first or second team for offense, defense and special teams. They also have the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year in running back Jarvis Small and linebacker Tavarius Washington.

In 10 games last season, Small finished with 1,169 yards on 222 carries and scored 13 touchdowns. Washington finished the season with 70 solo tackles and 22 assisted tackles. Land feels they are more than deserving of the award.

“I don’t know two other guys who deserve something like that other than those two,” he said. “Just great players. Two leaders on the field, offensive and defensive, they’re out there on the field doing what they need to do, also off the field doing what they need to do. I’m excited about that. It was shocking, but at the same time, those guys deserved 100 percent of what they get with that.”

Small was named to the first team offense along with offensive lineman Javoris Wilburn. Tight end Leonard Walker and offensive lineman Kenneth Averhart were named to the second team.

On defense, lineman Jack Ndem, Washington, and defensive back Nick Scott all earned first team honors, while lineman Grover Stewart earned a second team nod.

Kicker Zachery Gayden-Holley was the lone special team representative and earned a place on the second team.

The Rams continue gearing up for their upcoming season in hopes of building upon last year’s 7-3 record and Land said there are no major injuries to report. They start the season on Sept. 5 at the Albany State Coliseum against perennial Division II power Valdosta State at 7 p.m.

3  Discussion / Sports Forum / New Albany State coach Dan Land embracing the challenge on: July 21, 2015, 04:37:25 AM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In his first year as the Albany State head football coach, Dan Land has some big shoes to fill.

He inherits a team that finished 7-3 and came up just short of winning the SIAC championship. As though that weren’t a high enough bar, the Rams were picked by coaches as East Division favorites at the 2015 SIAC Media Day on Monday at the Holiday Inn hotel.

With all that said, Land said he feels everything that happened last year as well as Monday should serve as nothing more than motivation. He said that’s the main sentiment he’s trying to get through to his team.

“Work hard to get it, they believe in you,” he said. “They’re telling you they believe in you because they selected you number one, now go out and do it. So we’re just trying to use that as motivation for the guys.”

While the expectations are lofty, Land said he’s enjoying the process, which includes his first media day.

“It was great just seeing a lot of the coaches that I always see, especially coach [Mike] White and getting to talk to him,” he said.
4  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: 10 worst places to live in Georgia on: July 12, 2015, 09:39:42 PM
Where is the link to this story?
5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Oakland Raiders Punter Marquette King Earns Top-10 Ranking on: July 10, 2015, 09:12:03 PM
Good Job!  clap clap clap When you put them in the Pros it makes it much easier to recruit "Great Punters. I see you! Keep it up FOTE BALLEY!!!..... tiptoe
6  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Retired airline pilots want an aviation program at Fort Valley State University on: July 09, 2015, 07:46:59 PM
"We were told the Georgia Board of Regents turned down the FVSU aviation proposal because Middle Georgia State University already has a program".

Since when has it mattered to the BOR if a school already has a program or not ....... shrug tiptoe
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: USA College Football D2 Preseason All Americans on: July 07, 2015, 04:13:34 PM
Where in the world does FOTE BALLEY STATE keep getting those Great Punters from.... GOT HAMMIT...... tiptoe
8  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / MGM’s pitch for a $1B casino in metro Atlanta on: July 01, 2015, 07:57:49 PM

Casino and entertainment giant MGM Resorts International is pitching a $1 billion gambling complex for downtown Atlanta that backers say would funnel tens of millions of dollars into the HOPE scholarship. But first it would have to overcome stiff opposition in the General Assembly and the governor’s office.

MGM’s proposal would create 3,500 jobs and offer Las Vegas-style casino gambling, as opposed to past ideas involving video slot machines, said state Rep. Ron Stephens, who chairs the House’s economic development committee. He called it the “Cadillac” of casino projects.

“I’ve seen what they want to do, and it’s going to blow your mind,” said Stephens, R-Savannah. “It’s massive in its size and its elegance. This is a game-changer. I’m looking for a win-win-win and this is it.”

An MGM Resorts spokesman confirmed the company’s interest in Atlanta but said its analysis in “the very preliminary stages.” The company started scouting Atlanta in recent months. The project would include a luxury hotel, entertainment venue, a gaming floor and other amenities.

Find out more details about the project – and the political and cultural challenges it faces – by clicking here.
9  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / The Richest Person In Every State on: July 01, 2015, 05:44:31 AM
10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Georgia State Capital to get MLK Statue on: June 30, 2015, 07:19:31 AM
Artist who created Ray Charles statue in Albany commissioned for MLK statue for state Capitol

The statue honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be placed on the northeast grounds of the Georgia Capitol

ATLANTA — The McDonough artist who created the Ray Charles statue overlooking the Flint River in downtown Albany has been named to create the statue of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for the State Capitol grounds, Gov. Nathan Deal announced today.http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2015/jun/29/artist-who-created-ray-charles-statue-in-albany/

11  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / 23,000 pot plants, valued at $100M, seized in Middle Ga. on: June 29, 2015, 05:45:40 PM
Pot farmers probably don’t use traditional agricultural phrases like “bumper crop” — but if they did, they’d be talking about the massive harvest that authorities seized last week in Middle Georgia.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, with help from other state, federal and local authorities, announced Monday that a June 23 operation uncovered 23,000 marijuana plants growing “on a large plot of land.” Authorities estimate the street value of the drugs to be more than $100 million.

Photos show the plants being unloaded from a full-sized dump truck.

The grow operation was discovered while representatives from Monroe County and the Georgia Governors Task Force “conducted special operations targeting marijuana growing operations … using aerial surveillance,” Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Allison Selman-Willis said.

After the plants were located, additional authorities were summoned to lend a hand. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Natural Resources, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Bureau of Investigation were represented, as well as the Bibb, Butts and Lamar County sheriff’s offices.

No arrests have been made.

Monroe County is about 20 miles north of Macon.
12  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / The busiest airport in the world is about to get a whole lot better on: June 26, 2015, 08:05:27 PM
(Harsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)
The world's busiest airport is about to get some much needed improvements to its domestic terminal. 

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, home base of Delta Air Lines, already has some pretty impressive features. Like a club owned by Jay-Z. And arguably more important — an average of 8.1 outlets per gate.

 Yet, the domestic terminal has remained in roughly the same state since it opened its doors in 1980.

Proposal renderings for the improvements were released this week by the airport, in collaboration with Ricondo & Associates, the firm on contract with the City of Atlanta.
13  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor on: June 23, 2015, 10:57:23 AM
While I was out jogging this morning, I passed a neighbor's house that I have passed every day for almost three years. Usually I stroll right on by without giving it a second thought. Today, though... today was different. I stopped in my tracks and blankly stared until a car honked at me to move out of the way.

This house flies a Confederate flag.

14  Discussion / On the Sidelines and In The Stands / Albany State University Marching Rams seek funding help for trip to California on: June 20, 2015, 08:36:28 PM
The band needs $250,000 to march in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade

ALBANY — For rising sophomore Yhanique Jenkins, representing her university and state in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., is an honor that few musicians have the chance to experience.

Jenkins and nearly 150 other Albany State University Marching Band members say preparing for the internationally televised event is only half the battle. The other half is raising the money to get there.

To cover the nearly $250,000 needed for expenses, the university has taken to social media. Through crowd-funding site “GoFundMe,” ASU has set a goal of $50,000 by September 1.

“A majority of today’s givers are connected to social media in so many ways,” said Andrew Floyd, ASU director of development. “We would be negligent if we didn’t fully utilize its potential as we spread the word about our Rams in the Roses and Beyond statewide giving campaign.”

The ASU Marching Band will perform in the New Year’s Day celebration as more than 80 million viewers in the U.S. and 200 countries watch. The band is the one from Georgia to participate in the event that serves as a prelude to the nation’s oldest football bowl game.

“There are few performing opportunities that supersede the Tournament of Roses Parade. It is arguably the premier event of its kind in the world,” said Band Director Michael Decuir. “My students will gain an experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Millions will see and hear the quality of our music program and our university.”

To meet the $250,000 campaign goal, band members are charged with raising a portion of travel funds.

“The entire community supports the band,” Jenkins said.

The university is also reaching out to local and national supporters.

“As a Rams in the Roses and Beyond donor, you have a unique opportunity to support the Marching Rams in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade,” said Chanta Haywood, vice president of Institutional Advancement and ASU Foundation president. “Your donation will make dreams come true for members of the band with the big sound as they represent all of Georgia and the Southeastern United States on an international stage.”

To donate to the “Rams in the Roses and Beyond” campaign, visit http://www.gofundme.com/RamsintheRoses.

15  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Woman claiming to be black, called out by her parents showing she's white on: June 15, 2015, 07:45:39 PM
Can Rachel Dolezal Really Be 'Transracial'— Or Is White Privilege to Blame?

What is true: Dolezal grew up with adopted siblings who are African-American and received a Master’s in fine art from Howard University, a predominantly African-American college. Her adopted brothers have described how her looks gradually changed, starting with a darker tan, dying her blond hair black, and eventually perming her hair into tight coils.

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