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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.

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.

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

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
governor.
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Online:
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Fayetteville 'Windy' Boasts Huge 'Gone with the Wind' Collection

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- It's been 71 years since "Gone with the Wind" first lit up the silver screen.  Since then enthusiasm for the iconic southern movie has only gotten bigger.

A "Windy" is a term given to only the most dedicated "Gone with the Wind" fans.  Fayetteville's Cathy Bonner has earned that distinction.

From dolls to snow globes, commemorative prints to light switch plates, even toilet paper, if it has anything to do with "Gone with the Wind" Bonner will try to get her hands on it.  "As you look around, everything here has its original boxes.  My entire attic is full," Bonner said from her home Monday.

Even Quirky Campus Clubs Help College Students

(USA Today) -- Students at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University started school Monday, a week after the University of Georgia. In coming days all sorts of campus clubs will be courting the co-eds for membership, but they're not like the student groups their parents joined.

College experts say students today are attracted to clubs with activities that are more innovative - maybe even downright wacky. Some feed squirrels, pretend to be zombies and use science to whip up bacon-flavored cotton candy. 

Strange as that may seem, experts say students who participate in extracurricular activities are more engaged in the college experience, and benefits can be seen both in and outside the classroom. Kevin Kruger of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators says the students study more, have higher GPAs and are more satisfied with their social lives.