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Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

Fayetteville Native to appear on "The Apprentice"

Are you ready for the new season of “The Apprentice”? If not, maybe you should be because Fayetteville native, Kelly Smith Beaty, will be a contender on the upcoming season of "The Apprentice” which features the first “civilian” cast in three years.

Recently named one of the city's “Power 30 Under 30”, Beaty is an avid supporter of "Living Water For Girls," which is a rehab center that rescues and restores abused girls. She serves as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization, and is a founding member of the "Next Wave Society," the young professionals auxiliary of the world famous Georgia Aquarium.

Beaty received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College and her Master’s in Public Communication from American University.

SAT Participation Increases, Scores Top State and Nation

With a gain in the number of students taking the test, Fayette’s 2010 high school graduates topped the average scores of both the state and nation on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), according to results released today by the College Board.

Fayette’s students posted an overall average score of 1547 – 94 points above that of the state and 38 points over the national average.

The breakdown of Fayette’s scores is as follows: 520 critical reading, 524 mathematics and 503 writing. Fayette outscored both the state and the nation in all test sections. The county’s score is 32 points above the state and 19 points above the nation in critical reading, 34 above the state and 8 above the nation in mathematics and 28 above the state and 11 above the nation in writing.

Nearly 3 percent more graduates took the test in 2010; participation totaled 1,358. The number of test takers has steadily declined since 2008.

Griffin Marine to be Buried on Anniversary of September 11th Pledge

GRIFFIN, GA - Hundreds of people lined the streets of Griffin on Tuesday to honor the sacrifice of 20-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Christopher Blake Rodgers.

Blake, as his family and friends knew him, died of combat wounds suffered in Afghanistan last Wednesday.

His combat tour, which began last March, was to have ended in two weeks.

Among those saluting the motorcade escorting Rodgers' body home was a former high school classmate, U.S. Army Private First Class Andrew Roberson.

He is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in December.

"It makes you think about the impression that I'm gonna leave whenever I do go over there, if something happens," Roberson said.

Blake Rodgers joined the Marines a few months after graduating from high school in 2008.

But his uncle says Blake committed to serve his country at a much younger age.

SCHS Receives Sportsmanship Award

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC) announced that Sandy Creek High is one of 38 GHSA-member high schools that will receive the 2010 Georgia EMC Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award honoring exemplary sportsmanship demonstrated during the 2009-2010 school year.

Up to 40 awards are presented each year, one for each of the five classifications within GHSA’s eight regions. Selected by GHSA region secretaries, the awards honor not only sportsmanship demonstrated by athletes, but also by fellow students, coaches, and spectators, making the award a tribute to the entire school community.

Representatives from the EMCs will present sportsmanship trophies to winning high schools within their service territories at presentations during fall athletic events.

Courtesy of Fayette County Board of Education

Atlanta Bread Among Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Options

SMYRNA, GA -- In the recently released 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey, which included 136 national restaurant chains, Atlanta Bread received top five distinctions in two key categories.

The survey's more than 6,500 participants voted Atlanta Bread among the top five large chains (places with less than 5,000 locations) in the Healthy Options and Facilities categories. This is the second straight year that Atlanta Bread placed among the top five chains in these two categories.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press

PREP FOOTBALL

Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14