Patrick Swanson / March 23,2020

Gov. Kemp Defends Partial Shelter-In-Place Order For Georgia


Gov. Brian Kemp is defending his partial shelter-in-place order, applicable statewide to those with “increased risk of complications” from the coronavirus, including the elderly and those undergoing cancer treatment.
In an interview with WABE, he outlined where he thinks Georgia is and why he doesn’t think a broader restrictive order — as many other states, countries and cities including Atlanta and Savannah have instituted — is necessary right now.
Why limit the shelter-in-place order?
Well, I felt like we had the right response from a state perspective. I mean, look, I understand that cities are dealing with a little bit different situation than a whole state. Certainly, the city of Atlanta has been much different from a lot of the other 600-plus cities around Georgia. And, you know, I’ve been supportive of what the local communities are doing, but also felt like we had a lot of Georgians that were not paying attention and not doing the things that the president and the vice president’s task force and myself and the nation’s governors had been asking.
But we’re also continuing to follow the data on this and looking at a lot of different ramifications, not only from the virus, but economically and other things. And that all factored into my decision-making process.

Patrick Swanson / March 23,2020

Georgians, Say No to New Voting Machines: Vote by Mail


The 2018 midterm elections in Georgia were a stain on the fabric of democracy. Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp oversaw his own election and engaged in systematic voter suppression as Georgia’s secretary of state. Voting machines in various parts of the state malfunctioned en masse, and many voters in metropolitan Atlanta waited up to three hours to cast their ballots. Georgia’s election officials, haunted by this recent history, are currently pursuing a historic rollout of new voting machines in what may be a swing state come November.
However, in the midst of that massive deployment, the state postponed its presidential primary due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, voters who have not yet cast their ballot will need to wait until May 19 if they wish to do so in person. 
But the pandemic and its consequent upending of Georgia’s primary may actually have a silver lining: it could very well be the catalyst of a long process that solves the state’s preventable election woes.  
I early voted in person for the presidential primary, but for those who must still vote, I encourage you to vote by mail to ensure both the integrity of your vote and your fellow Georgians’ safety during the current public health crisis. 

Patrick Swanson / March 23,2020

To Encourage Mail-In Voting In May, Georgia Will Send Applications To All Registered Voters


With questions remaining over how safe in-person voting will be this spring, the Georgia secretary of state’s office has announced a step that will make it easier for voters to cast mail-in ballots for the May primary election.
All 6.9 million registered voters in Georgia are already eligible to vote by absentee mail-in ballot. Ordinarily, a voter would be responsible for going online to fill out an application in order to receive a ballot in the mail.
But because of concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, the secretary of state’s office is taking the preemptive step of mailing each registered voter an application. Voters would then simply have to fill out that application and return it in order to receive their ballot for the May primary.
“Times of turbulence and upheaval like the one we Georgians face require decisive action if the liberties we hold so dear are to be preserved,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Georgia’s presidential primary was originally scheduled to take place March 24. But it was postponed to May 19 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of ballots that were cast before voting was halted will still be counted. The May 19 election will feature the presidential contest (for those who’ve not already cast a vote) along with local and legislative primary races.
State Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, applauded the move to mail all voters absentee ballot applications.

Patrick Swanson / March 20,2020

Georgia Football: TE Depth Chart Review – Sports Illustrated

Georgia Football: TE Depth Chart Review – Sports Illustrated

The University of Georgia has undergone quite a lot of turnover during this offseason, with the offense bearing the brunt of those losses. Four offensive linemen from last season, gone. The starting running back and quarterback, gone. Lawrence Cager, gone. 
However, no position — apart from quarterback obviously — has lost more of a percentage of production from a year ago than Tight End. Charlie Woerner and Eli Wolf accounted for all but one of the receptions from the tight end position in 2019.
The good news for Georgia fans, however, they’ve changed offenses and they sure have changed athletic profiles at the position heading into 2020. Today, we take a look at the three tight ends that will be in the mix this fall.
On roster
John Fitzpatrick
Headed into his redshirt sophomore year, Fitzpatrick was probably looking towards the 2020 season as his potential break out year. At 6’6, 230 pounds he’s the prototypical end of the line tight end, something that though was extremely valuable in prior installments of the Georgia offense, may no longer be a required trait. 
Fitzpatrick is cut from the same physical build as a guy like Charlie Woerner. He’s big and physical and could be in store for early playing time along with our next tight end, as Darnell Washington gets acquainted with life in college. 
Tre’ McKitty
Since the days of Orson Charles running amuck in opponent’s defensive backfield, Georgia hasn’t had an athlete at the Tight End position that can do damage after the catch. Sure, they’ve had pass catchers, but for almost a decade they’ve gone without a player in the middle of the field that can do damage carrying the football. 

Patrick Swanson / January 17,2020

Georgia Football: How Much Will a Offense Actually Change


The 2019 Georgia Football group finished 4th in a final AP rankings, and of a tip 25 teams, usually dual (Iowa Cincinnati) scored fewer points per game. So, to contend a Bulldogs’ success came around their invulnerability is an understatement. 

Of a 6 inhabitant championships given the College Football Playoff system was commissioned during a 2014-15 season, a winning group has scored an normal of 39.0 PPG. Needless to say, in today’s code of college football you’re going to need to measure to win. And measure a lot. 

So, how have teams left about scoring as many points as they have, and will a Georgia offense indeed change? 

There are a lot of contributing factors. Football traditionalists will censure a RPO, or a “Air Raid” offenses for a scoring increase. When in reality, today’s code of football is about space and pace. 

Time of Possession has turn irrelevant

Spread out a defense, play fast, and expostulate a round down a field. That is a complicated college football offense. In fact, Georgia was one of only dual Power-5 teams ranked in a tip 20 in Time of Possession this deteriorate that won during slightest 10 games. 

The box investigate for descent transformation is apparently LSU. In 2018 they ran a round 43.0 times per game. And were 14th in a republic in Time of Possession, using over 72 descent plays per game. 

In 2019, a Tigers ran a round 33.9 times per diversion and were ranked 53rd in Time of Possession this season. They increasing their offense prolongation by 166 yards per diversion and led a republic in scoring while using only 62 descent plays per game. 

Patrick Swanson / January 16,2020

Northwest Georgia Regional Commission hears from regional census specialist


Northwest Georgia Regional Commission hears from regional census specialist

Mandy Maloney, a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Atlanta Regional Census Center, listed off Thursday some of the various things the census being conducted this year will impact: government representation, district determinations, state and federal funding, grant considerations, money for schools and roads.

“There are a billion ways those numbers are used. But you guys know how important it is,” Maloney said while speaking to the monthly meeting of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission in Calhoun.

She emphasized the importance of not only participating in the census, a resident count that only happens every 10 years, but of encouraging everyone else to make sure they get counted as well, regardless of status. She noted that in Floyd County, where she lives, about 74 percent of residents filled out and mailed the census form last time around. But that meant about 26 percent of the residents there had to be visited by workers, she said, and it’s hard to know if you accurately counted everyone.

What isn’t hard to know is the importance of participating in the census.

“Because they equal money and power. That’s really what the census is about,” Maloney said. “Just know that every single person equals dollars left of the table when they’re not counted.”

Patrick Swanson / January 15,2020

Roofing Contractor Covington GA Issues Top 10 Winter Tips


Best Roofer in Covington – Conyers GA News - Braswell Construction Group of Covington and Conyers GA issues a Roofing Safety Advisory Report to assist homeowners with tips for how to protect their home and family from water damage this winterRoofing Contractor Covington GA Braswell Construction Group Issues Top 10 Winter Tips

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Patrick Swanson / January 11,2020

Holland Harvey revamps Georgian townhouses to form London’s Inhabit hotel


Holland Harvey revamps Georgian townhouses to form London’s Inhabit hotel

A row of heritage-listed townhouses in central London is now home to the Inhabit hotel, which Holland Harvey has designed to have relaxed, Scandi-inspired interiors.

The 88-room Inhabit hotel, which takes over six heritage-listed Georgian townhouses, had previously contained a labyrinth of rooms which were conventionally divided into front- and back-of-house.

Holland Harvey revamps Georgian townhouses to form London’s Inhabit hotel

East London-based practice Holland Harvey has now overhauled the building – which previously functioned as a hotel – to have a less strict layout, spurring guests to venture outside of their rooms and wander throughout the communal areas.

“By fundamentally rethinking the way in which the hotel could operate, we were able to reconfigure the building to create legible, open-plan spaces for guests to enjoy which are heritage-led and sympathetic to the original layout,” the practice told Dezeen.

Patrick Swanson / January 08,2020

Georgia Tech, IBM to Develop Software Stacks for Quantum Computers (via


Jan. 9, 2020 — The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced its agreement to join the IBM Q Hub at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to help advance the fundamental research and use of quantum computing in building software infrastructure and developing specialized error mitigation techniques. Georgia Tech will have cloud access, via the Oak Ridge Hub, to the world’s largest fleet of universal quantum computing systems for commercial use case exploration and fundamental research.

“Access to IBM machines will allow Georgia Tech to build software infrastructure to make it easier to operate quantum machines, create specialized error mitigation techniques in software – thereby mitigating some of the hardware errors – and develop algorithms and applications for the emerging noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) computing paradigm,” said Moinuddin Qureshi, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Access will also allow Georgia Tech researchers to better understand the error patterns in existing quantum computers, which can help with developing the architecture for future machines.”

Georgia Tech, IBM to Develop Software Stacks for Quantum Computers (via Tech has announced an agreement to join the IBM Q Hub at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to advance the fundamental research and use of quantum computing. Image courtesy of IBM.

Patrick Swanson / January 01,2020

Georgia Bulldogs’ QB Jake Fromm Says His Goal for 2020 is to ‘Lead People to Jesus’


 Georgia Bulldogs’ QB Jake Fromm Says His Goal for 2020 is to ‘Lead People to Jesus’

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm sits on the bench after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against LSU, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. LSU won 37-10. (AP Photo/John Amis)

When Jake Fromm, Georgia Bulldogs Quarterback, revealed his New Year’s resolution for 2020, the touching moment took ESPN reporter Holly Rowe by surprise. The Christian young man is dedicating his efforts to leading more people to Jesus!

As a junior at the University of Georgia, Jake Fromm is hailed as one of the top quarterbacks in college football. And his talents on the field are gaining him a lot of attention.

But there’s something else that truly makes Jake special — his love for Jesus!

And when Holly Rowe of ESPN heard Jake Fromm talk about his faith, the Georgia Quarterback left the sports reporter in tears!

For the New Year, let’s all be a shining light in this world like @FrommJake Honestly brought me to tears today with his positive, lovely spirit. Many blessings to this young man. @GeorgiaFootball should be so proud to have him leading this team.

— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) December 31, 2019


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