News for Monday, December 12, 2011

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Falcons’ Smith back in Atlanta after hospital stay

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is back home after being taken to the hospital in Charlotte, N.C.. The team said Smith was examined for a "non-emergency matter" and returned to Atlanta about 3:30 a.m. Monday on owner Arthur Blank's private jet. No details of the coach's

Federal report: Home flipping bigger culprit in housing bubble

LAS VEGAS -- A new federal report shows that speculative real estate investors played a larger role than originally thought in driving the housing bubble that led to record foreclosures and sent economies plummeting in Nevada, California, Arizona, Florida and other states.. Researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of New

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Newton hopes win will spark turnaround

COVINGTON -- After losing their last three games, two in overtime, the Newton boys have hopefully turned it around with a 71-55 win over Walnut Grove on Saturday.. "Saturday night was a great shooting night for us, as we took care of the ball and played well in all facets

Rockdale wins South Metro

MCDONOUGH -- Through the season's first month, it's been hard slowing down the Rockdale wrestling team.. The Bulldogs had eight placers, including two individual champions, in winning the South Metro Tournament this past weekend at Union Grove High School.. Rockdale, which is unbeaten in duals, added the second South Metro

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Comeback kid: Ryan throws 4 TDs as Falcons beat Panthers 31-23

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Matt Ryan can't explain why he seems to own the Carolina Panthers.. He just does.. Ryan led yet another comeback victory over the Panthers, giving him six wins in his last seven starts against the division rival.. Ryan threw two of his four touchdown passes in the

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Reclassification to renew old rivalries and create new ones

COVINGTON -- The decisions of the Georgia High School Association will soon be felt as the new regions were recently set.. Even though there is still time for schools to try to make lateral moves, from one region to another region in the same classification, it does not appear that

Tenn. studio offer tats for toys donated for kids

A Memphis tattoo artist is offering body art in exchange for donated toys for children in need.

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Bachmann plans Dec push through Iowa's 99 counties

Each of Iowa's 99 counties is likely to hear from Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann by the end of December.

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Animal experts urge protection of pets during holidays

Local pet experts remind pet owners to keep their animals' safety in mind during the holidays.

Developer drops plans for southwestern Ga. coal power plant

An energy developer will drop its plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Georgia as part of an agreement ending a lawsuit that environmentalists filed targeting one of the company's power plants in Texas, officials said Monday.

Ga. Piedmont's Law Enforcement Academy advances

The Law Enforcement Academy at Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers advanced classes in addition to its Basic Mandate program and is one of the State's first P.O.S.T-certified Basic Mandate programs on a college campus with college credit.

Women come to blows over buggy at Covington Dollar Tree

One woman was arrested following an altercation over a shopping buggy at a local discount store.

United Way exceeds fundraising goal

The local United Way has exceeded its 2011 fundraising campaign goal.

Family Resource Center loses funding

The Family Resource Center East encompasses two non-profits that have both lost half their budgets and are in need of support.

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Keeping the home fires burning

Business began to get brisk at the woodpile when cool temperatures settled in last week. Here, brothers Mike and Mark Shirah, owners of Elm Stree Pawn and Checking Cashing on Elm Street, split wood for use in fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. The wood, which sells for $25 per wheelbarrow

GDOT, Tenn. company to pay clean water fines

Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act for possible violations during highway expansion projects.

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Relay queens spread Christmas cheer

On December 3 the Newton County Miss Relay queens were on hand to spread Christmas cheer during the holiday parade.

Plea hearing for US official charged with bribery

A high-ranking Department of Defense official who was charged with taking a bribe from a contractor for work in Afghanistan is set to plead guilty next week, his attorney said.

Four Fort Stewart soldiers arrested, denied bond

Four Fort Stewart soldiers have been denied bond on charges connected to the killings of a former serviceman and a teenager in Long County.

Dec. 13 Health Reports

Health Reports

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Students raise trout in Georgia classrooms

Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School students in Melissa Paul's class are used to hand-on projects; class lessons have included raising chickens, growing poinsettias and making cheese.

Vandals bend, break and behead holiday decorations

Homeowners in a metro Atlanta subdivision say they're angered that someone would toss a baby Jesus from a Nativity scene and damage other Christmas displays at up to five homes.

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Cool as Ice

They call him “Matty Ice” for a reason, and Sunday Falcons QB Matt Ryan showed why as he leads a stunning comeback against the Panthers, who roll to a 23-7 halftime lead against Atlanta, then doesn’t score again as Ryan tosses four TD passes in the victory that keeps the team’s playoff hopes alive.

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NFL ROUNDUP --- WEEK 14: Patriots' Gronkowski sets NFL tight end TD record in win vs. Redskins

Rob Gronkowski made NFL history Sunday with his 14th and 15 TD catches of the season, breaking the single-season TE scoring mark in the Patriots' 34-27 victory against the Redskins. (ADDS: Giants beating Cowboys in final minute on SNF)

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Packers win easy, move to 13-0

Green Bay jumps ahead 34-0 against Oakland and never looks back Sunday to stay perfect, move to 13-0 and keep their hopes of the first unbeaten season since 1972 alive.

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The 'Messiah of Mile High' does it again as Tebow leads Broncos to another miracle comeback win

Down 10-0 to the Bears with less than three minutes to play Sunday, Denver QB Tim Tebow leads the Broncos back to tie the game on a 59-yard field goal with three seconds left and force overtime, where the Broncos take advantage of a costly fumble by Chicago’s Marion Barber for another amazing comeback win with Tebow at the helm.

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Xavier, Cincy each punish 4 players for brawl

Yancy Gates, who threw the most punches during Saturday’s ugly melee between Cincinnati and bitter rival Xavier, is one of eight players suspended Sunday for their roles in a major black eye for college basketball.

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Auburn star RB Dyer suspended indefinitely, won't play in Tigers' bowl game

Last year's BCS National Championship game MVP Mike Dyer is suspended for violating team rules Sunday and won't be allowed to play in the Tigers' bowl game against Virginia.

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Falcons head coach Smith rushed to hospital after win vs. Panthers

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is taken to a Charlotte, N.C., hospital after Sunday's win against the Panthers after complaining of chest pains, but the team says he did not have a heart attack and should return to the team today.

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Ga. Piedmont's Law Enforcement Academy advances

COVINGTON -- The Law Enforcement Academy at Georgia Piedmont Technical College has graduated from being a pilot program to one that can begin to offer advanced classes in addition to its Basic Mandate program.

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Comeback kid: Ryan throws 4 TDs as Falcons beat Panthers 31-23

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Matt Ryan can't explain why he seems to own the Carolina Panthers.

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Cool as Ice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Ryan can’t explain why he seems to own the Carolina Panthers.

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NFL ROUNDUP --- WEEK 14: Patriots' Gronkowski sets NFL tight end TD record in win vs. Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. — Tom Brady's first interception in more than a month led to a screaming match on the sideline.

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Xavier, Cincy each punish 4 players for brawl

CINCINNATI —Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates got a six-game suspension Sunday for throwing punches at No. 8 Xavier, and seven other players were disciplined for their roles in a brawl that ended the annual crosstown rivalry game.

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The 'Messiah of Mile High' does it again as Tebow leads Broncos to another miracle comeback win

DENVER — Wild wins are becoming routine for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, who flail away through most of four quarters before coming through in the clutch.

Rockdale/Newton Government Meetings

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