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1  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.
2  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / The Richest Person In Every State on: July 01, 2015, 05:44:31 AM
3  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/

4  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.
5  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.
6  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.

7  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.

8  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.

9  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Woman claiming to be black, called out by her parents showing she's white on: June 15, 2015, 07:30:32 PM
How can any person earn a right to be another race? Especially black, one the most hated race on this planet. Not anywhere near possible. Maybe she earned her right to be a fighter for justice or equality.  Why she not want to be white and work as diligently as they say she did for the NAACP still baffles me? She reminds me of some people who might want to help the black cause but are afraid to be seen, so they hide. The ones who say, yeah that's wrong but don't do anything or won't say anything publicly about it. Or they give anonymously. Maybe she was afraid of what her race would think of her so she hid. Maybe that lawsuit against Howard had an effect on her. Or maybe she went stir crazy after getting with a brother. She could have went black and didn't want to go back. 

Rather than be white and take full responsibility for the consequences of what society might say, think or do to her, She chose to hide behind a lie.
10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Woman claiming to be black, called out by her parents showing she's white on: June 13, 2015, 03:57:42 AM
I'm just wondering what is her reason for pretending she's black? Did she not think that she could achieve as much by showing her"true color" or is she really showing it by pretending to be something she's not? Is this the way we want all white people to act in order to get white support? Most white folk already think we are liar's and cheaters anyway.
11  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Woman claiming to be black, called out by her parents showing she's white on: June 12, 2015, 08:37:20 PM
Problem I have with ole girl is when asked in one interview about her being black or white she said, "I don't give a "Fck" what people think". I asked myself is this the kind of way I would want someone to portray/represent my race? Is this how she think of my race would act when questioned this way? To me it's deception. Are black people deceptive? Hell, be who you are. Do you have to(pretend) be black to support my race? What we really need is for white people to be white and support our race. What's wrong with a real(not pretentious) white person who cares about black people standing up in outright support for African Americans or Black people?
12  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Albany State University's chemistry department gains accreditation on: June 08, 2015, 03:50:19 PM
Albany State University contingent visits White House to support foster youth

Group seeks to set up support system for foster youth who are in college

ALBANY — Albany State University first lady Karen Dunning and two ASU students recently visited Washington, D.C., as the White House honored 12 former foster care youth who are making a difference in their communities.

ASU students Antoinette Rucker and Bre’Anna Davis, both foster care recipients, joined youth from around the nation as they gained insight from Foster Care Youth Champions of Change such as George White, program assistant at the National Foster Youth Institute and founding member of Fostering for Change, and Nicole Dobbins, executive director of Voice for Adoption, a national advocacy organization.

Rucker is a senior majoring in social work while Davis is a senior majoring in health careers. Both will graduate in December but aim to leave a legacy on Albany State’s campus. Rucker is in the nascent stages of developing the FTC (Foster Through College) initiative that will help to establish a system of support for students associated with the foster care system.

“Foster Through College’s (FTC) goal is to represent all the foster care recipients who attend Albany State — we want to bring us all together kind of like a union.” Rucker said. “We are still just forming the group and trying to locate all the foster care recipients at the school. Our goal is to help foster recipients through college. Statistics show that having a support group gives foster recipients a better chance of making it through school.

ASU, however, is also in collaboration with Darton State College, Albany Technical College, and Washington partners to launch Embark Albany, an initiative that will positively influence students in foster care.

“Eventually we’d like to help with priority housing, registering for classes, a small food and snack pantry and care packages for birthday.” Rucker said. “We’d also like to start bi-monthly support meetings. The truth is you never lose that foster care identity, once a foster child always a foster child, but we can help others establish a sense of normalcy.”
The trip to the nation’s capital left an impression on both young women.

“This was my third trip to D.C. but this one was different because of Mrs. Dunning,” Rucker said. “She always makes a person feel comfortable and treated us like young adults. We were there because we want to lobby for foster care reform. I think post-secondary education is important as a whole, but to me the most important issue is a healthy transition into adulthood and getting them ready to live on their own.”

The visit to the White House was “eye-opening” for Davis.

“Because of my financial circumstances, and I have never traveled much,” she said. “I’d never flown before and when we started I was really out of my comfort zone. But when we got up there and into the White House, I found myself surrounded by people who were like me. They had my story.”

And that’s just the reaction that Dunning, a former juvenile court judge who is now a federal monitor overseeing Georgia’s Department of Family and Children Services, was seeking.

“I wanted them to see others like themselves,” Dunning said. “The 12 Champions had just graduated from college and are on paths to have successful lives and careers. Many of these foster care youths are very bright. They are smart, they just need support and guidance from caring adults.”

13  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Albany State University's chemistry department gains accreditation on: June 08, 2015, 03:42:57 PM
The American Chemical Society's accreditation is good for three years

The Albany State University chemistry program has received three-year certification by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training (CPT) for excellence in chemistry education.

The accreditation, the department’s first by the committee, validates the Albany State Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program.

This has been a long process, but one that the chemistry faculty has pursued rigorously because we know that we have a stellar chemistry program,” said Louise Wrensford, chemistry professor, interim vice provost for Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and dean for the ASU Graduate School. “With this certification, we hope to attract more students who are serious about a career in the field of chemistry.”

The CPT-granted accreditation is a result of the department’s academic program, research initiatives, active faculty, graduates success, and the state-of-the-art equipment and resources used to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in chemistry and related careers, according to Wrensford.

“This is a great accomplishment that will benefit the chemistry students at ASU. It is a strong indicator that the chemistry program has offered the national level of quality in teaching and research,” said Seong Seo, associate professor of chemistry.

All chemistry faculty members are engaged in research that includes mentoring undergraduate students. Most faculty members have received federal funding to support their research.

“Chemistry faculty members have brought in more than $10 million in grants as principal investigators and co-principal investigators over a 10-year period,” Wrensford said.

More than 85 percent of the university’s chemistry graduates go on to careers in the field or to graduate and professional schools, according to the department’s 2010 through 2012 graduate assessments and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools assessment.

“We are dedicated more than ever to continue the progress, growth, and advancements necessary to be a competitive school in the field of chemistry,” Seo said.
14  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State G-Rams anxious to build on 2014 on: June 03, 2015, 08:08:57 PM
Charles Huff joined the Hatters coaching staff in July, 2014. Huff comes to Stetson from Northern Arizona University, where he coached defensive backs for three seasons.

No stranger to Florida where he has extensive coaching experience, the Portal, Georgia, native played collegiately at Presbyterian College before a four-year NFL career that included two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1985-86) and two with the Atlanta Falcons (1987-88). He joined the 49ers the same season at Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, and played in the secondary alongside another Hall of Famer, Ronnie Lott.

He started his coaching career in 1989 at his alma mater (1989-91) and has since made coaching stops at Murray State (1191-93), West Alabama (1993-94), Austin Peay State (1994-97), UCF (1997-2003), Norfolk State (2004), Florida A&M (2005-07), Miles College (2010) and Northern Arizona (2011-13).

Throughout his career Huff has coached virtually every position on the defensive side of the ball. He will work with the defensive line for the Hatters.

His recruiting ties in Florida are of specific strength. During his career, he recruited and coached defensive back and future NFL star Asante Samuel at Central Florida, as well as ends Elton Patterson (UCF), Reshard Jentry (UCF) and Anthony Hutch (Murray State) to All-America honors. Samuel and Patterson were both selected in the NFL Draft in 2003 in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively. Samuel has been a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion during his career and currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.

As a collegiate player, Huff was a three-time All-American and all-conference selection at Presbyterian College. He holds school records for punt and kick return average and career interceptions (20). He graduated with a degree in history and education from Presbyterian in 1985.

Huff fills the final vacancy on the Stetson coaching staff after the retirement of Dennis Danielson. The other two new members of the staff are offensive line coach Tim Holt and tight ends coach Matt Diniak.

Charles Huff, Defensive Line

Born: Feb. 24, 1963

College: Presbyterian College, 1985     

Playing Experience: Presbyterian College, 1981-85; San Francisco 49ers, 1985-86; Atlanta Falcons, 1987-88     

Family: Wife, Resa; Sons, Daron; Trevin; Sharmar.

Recruiting Areas:

Huff’s Coaching Chronology

1989-91        Presbyterian College, Running Backs/Defensive Backs

1991-93        Murray State University, Defensive Backs/Outside Linebackers

1993-94        West Alabama University, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs

1994-97        Austin Peay State University, Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers/Secondary/Special Teams

1997-03        University of Central Florida, Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator

2001-03        NFL Minority Internships with Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers

2004             Norfolk State University, Co-Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers

2005-07        Florida A&M University, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2008             Columbia High School (Lake City, Fla.), Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2010             Miles College, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Defensive Line

2011-13        Northern Arizona University, Defensive Backs

2014-            Stetson University, Defensive Line
15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State G-Rams anxious to build on 2014 on: June 03, 2015, 05:02:59 PM
Assistant coach Steve Smith wants Rams to be known on national level

MACON — With a disappointing loss in the SIAC Championship game still fresh, Albany State assistant coach Steve Smith said this year is all about finishing.

Smith was present at the 2015 Peach State Pigskin Preview Tuesday at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. He said the Rams have a lot to build on this season.

Offensively, Caleb Edwards and Charles Stafford are still fighting for the starting job at quarterback. The two are equally talented in their own ways and Smith said it will come down to “who stays consistent in managing what we’re trying to get done offensively. The guy who stays consistent is the guy who will run the offense.”

Albany State held out a few players during its spring game due to injury, but Smith said everybody’s healthy and moving well. They have 60 players at summer workouts and he said they’re in a good place in terms of health.

The Rams are under the direction of head coach Dan Land this year and Smith said the adjustment period has been smooth thanks in large part to Land’s experience and familiarity with the program.

“He’s a great guy to work for,” Smith said. “He lets you do what you’ve got to get done and he’s all about winning football games.”

After a strong showing from the defense in the spring scrimmage, Land said he liked what he saw. He noted that they’re not trying to re-invent the wheel on that side of the ball, but rather making minor adjustments in terms of scheme. Smith said the hiring of Charles Huff as defensive coordinator will help implement that strategy.

The Rams start their season with two highly anticipated games against fierce competitors. Valdosta State is up first on Sept. 5 at the Albany State Coliseum followed by a game against Tuskegee University, the team that defeated the Rams in the SIAC title game, on Sept. 12.

Smith said though very early in the season, the two games will be tests as to how the team’s progressed over the offseason. The ultimate goal is to start garnering national attention.

“Every game for us is a pressure game because what we have to do at Albany State is, we have to make ourselves known,” he said. “We’ve been very dominate in the SIAC, but we want to be dominate on a national level. Our goal is to win the SIAC, but our ultimate goal is to win a national champ


Who is this? And where did he come from.. Oh and when did this happen???

Everything I read about him says he is an Offensive minded Coach, not Defense. If it's the same coach he is a Hampton U Graduate.
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