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UGA Grad Student Helps Connect Roswell Residents

ROSWELL, GA -- The City of Roswell is currently working with a University of Georgia graduate student to increase the number of residents who receive electronic communications from the City.

The goal of the project is to substantially increase the number of subscribers to NIXLE, Roswell Connections e-newsletter and the City's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A temporary call center and volunteers are working to telephone citizens and encourage them to sign up. The call center will be open until Nov. 19.

"Most of our communication comes in the form of electronic communications," said Julie Brechbill, community relations manager for the City of Roswell. "We want to make sure our residents are aware of the many ways we can communicate with them to help them stay in the know on a variety of topics."

To learn more about signing up for communicating with the City of Roswell, call 678-639-7600.

Troubled UGA Lab to Get $2.5 Million

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine is spending another $2.5 million to bring a laboratory in its Animal Health Research Center up to federal standards.

School officials say the upgrades will be phased in over a two-year period.

The research center opened in 2006. At issue is the part of the building designed to allow scientists to work with horses, cattle and other large animals under high-biosecurity conditions. In 2007, new government regulations governing high-containment research at BSL3-AG and above were released.

The new regulations tightened requirements for those facilities. The new funding will permit the university to upgrade their facilities to match those research requirements.

Dozens of researchers and students are already using other parts of the building and have been able to get more than $26 million in grants on the promise that they will have access to the high security lab.

UGA Prof Weighs in on NPR Uproar

ATHENS, GA -- Did he or didn't he do anything wrong? Depends on whom you ask.

NPR fired Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News, that he got nervous when he saw people in Muslim dress on airplanes.

Now there's a political backlash against National Public Radio, with Republican politicians threatening to yank the radio's federal funding.

"Juan is a commentator," said Professor David Hazinski, head of the Digital and Broadcast News Program at the University of Georgia. "He's not a journalist. He doesn't go out, he isn't expected to have an unbiased assessment of every story."

He says opinion is part of Williams' job.

"He expressed an opinion," Hazinski said. "It's not a popular one amongst people who are more liberal, but it's his opinion. I don't see anything wrong with that. I don't think he should have been fired."

UGA, DEA Join Forces to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

ATHENS, GA -- Drug enforcement officials in Georgia are teaming up with the University of Georgia to fight prescription drug abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Agency's Atlanta division and UGA's College of Pharmacy plan to hold a symposium Wednesday in Athens to discuss prescription drug diversion.

The federal agency and the school are teaming up to take proactive steps to fight prescription drug abuse, particularly among young people.

How 'bout that Dawg!

Athens, GA - Uga VIII, the latest in the legendary line of University of Georgia mascots, will be introduced to the Bulldog Nation Saturday, Oct. 16, during pre-game ceremonies of the Georgia-Vanderbilt game in Sanford Stadium.

The pre-game "passing of the collar" from interim mascot, "Russ," to Uga VIII will take place at mid-field in the presence of UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity, and members of the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family, long-time owners of the Bulldog line of mascots.

Uga VIII's registered name is "Big Bad Bruce" in honor of Dr. Bruce Hollett of the University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Hollett has been instrumental in the care and treatment of the bulldog mascots over the years and will also be present for the Saturday ceremony.

Uga VIII is a white male English Bulldog born Sept. 12, 2009. He weighs 55 pounds and is the grandson of Uga VI.

Bulldog RB Caleb King Arrested

ATHENS, Ga. - The arrests keep on coming for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Running back Caleb King became the school's 11th football player to be arrested this year. He was picked up in Athens for failing to appear at a court date in nearby Walton County to address a speeding ticket, school spokesman Claude Felton said Monday.

Felton added that coach Mark Richt was aware of the situation, gathering information and may have an update later in the day on King's status for this week's game against Vanderbilt.

The junior made his second start of the season last Saturday against Tennessee. He led the team with 58 yards rushing in a 41-14 victory that snapped Georgia's four-game losing streak.

UGA RB Caleb King Suspended Two Games

ATHENS, GA -- Georgia tailback Caleb King has been suspended two games by coach Mark Richt following King's arrest this week.

Richt announced Tuesday the suspension of the team's
second-leading rusher. King will miss Saturday's game against
Vanderbilt and the game against Kentucky on Oct. 23.

In a statement to 11Alive, Richt said, "I expect all our players to take care of their responsibilities on and off the field. When players don't do that it damages the reputation of the player, our team, and our university. My goal is for Caleb to learn a lesson and for other players to learn from his experience."

Washaun Ealey, who leads Georgia with 246 yards rushing, is
expected to start at tailback.

King was arrested on Monday and charged with failure to appear at a court date for a speeding ticket in nearby Walton County.

King is Georgia's 11th player to be arrested this year.

From staff and wire reports