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Sunday
Dec162018

Only Two States Hope Clemson Wins National Football Title

Clemson football will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first round of the CFB Playoff in t-minus two weeks.

The Tigers will be looking to advance back to the National Championship game for a third year in the last four.

According to The Score, not much of the nation will be pulling for the Tigers to pick up their second National Title in the last three years.

Here’s a look at the map of what team each state is most likely to pull for, according to The Score.

The poll used “geotagging Twitter data” dating back to selection Sunday to see which school had the most support in each state, according to the poll.

Oklahoma leads the poll with 26 states. Alabama is second, followed by Notre Dame and then Clemson is last.

The only two states that had the most favorable support toward the Tigers included South Carolina [shocker] and Rhode Island. I’m not really sure how Rhode Island decided on Clemson football.

I guess they just don’t really care about College Football, so they’re pulling against the big brands.

This poll, in my opinion, just shows the power of some of those bigger CFB brands from around the country. Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Alabama are three of the largest fan bases in the country.

They’ve got fans all over the nation.

Clemson, because of the relative newness to the scene as a national power, doesn’t quite have that large of a fanbase compared to the other three, but make no mistake, that #ALLIN brand is alive and powerful.

People recognize that Tiger paw. Recruits want offers from Clemson because that’s a destination school.

If things continue over the next few years as they should, I think you’ll see this map start to slowly become more favorable to Clemson. As more and more people realize the staying power of Dabo Swinney and his program, you’re going to start to see people jump on the bandwagon.

If they don’t, it’s certainly a fun little way to create a chip for the shoulder at the very least.

Saturday
Dec152018

Charleston Rep. McCoy to Lead Special Nuclear Committee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When House Speaker Jay Lucas was deciding who should lead a special committee to address South Carolina's multi-billion dollar nuclear power debacle last year, he looked for a lawmaker he could trust to act thoughtfully but decisively.

He wanted someone who held the respect of other legislators, who had the work ethic to tackle a complex problem, the temperament to deal with the issue sensitively and the tenacity to confront some of the most influential companies in the state.

He chose state Rep. Peter McCoy.

Over the ensuing year, McCoy held dozens of hearings, grilled high-powered executives, listened intently to experts and ratepayers, and ultimately helped craft legislation that reformed the oversight process and temporarily slashed electricity rates for thousands of residents.

McCoy's stewardship of the House nuclear response served as both an audition and preparation for a job that promises to be even more challenging.

The Charleston Republican was elected last week as the new chairman of the powerful S.C. House Judiciary Committee, replacing longtime friend state Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

The new role will force McCoy to oversee some of the most polarizing topics that come before the Legislature each year, including abortion, guns, alcohol and criminal sentencing, among others. As McCoy put it, the promotion is a "big deal."

Friday
Dec142018

Del Monte Recalls Canned Corn in 25 States

Del Monte Foods is recalling more than 64,000 cases of incompletely sterilized canned corn that could cause life-threatening illness if consumed. Walmart and Target are among the retailers in 25 states and 12 countries that sold the recalled product, the food producer said.

The recall of 64,242 cases of "Fiesta Corn" seasoned with red and green peppers was due to under-processing, the company said in a notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The missed steps from the commercial sterilization process could result in spoilage and possible contamination with life-threatening pathogens, if eaten, Del Monte warned. There have not been any reports of illness as a result of the products, the company added.

A central concern with under-processing canned food is the potential growth of bacteria, including clostridium botulinum, which creates toxins that cause botulism poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, there were 205 confirmed cases of botulism in the U.S., with 29 illnesses, including two fatalities, resulting from tainted food, the CDC's figures show.

ucm628261.jpg Del Monte Foods is recalling more than 64,000 cases of incompletely sterilized canned corn that could cause life-threatening illness.DEL MONTE FOODS

The current Del Monte recall involves 15.25-ounce (432g) cans with the following UPC number printed on the label: 24000 02770.

The product will also have one of the following "Best if Used By" dates stamped on the bottom of the can: Aug. 14, 2021; Aug. 15, 2021; Aug. 16, 2021; Sept. 3, 2021; Sept. 4, 2021, Sept. 5, 2021, Sept. 6, 2021; Sept. 22, 2021, or Sept. 23, 2021.

It sold in 25 states: Alaska, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and North Carolina. Also: New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

It also sold in the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Uruguay, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia and Suriname.

Consumers who purchased the recalled product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange, Del Monte said.  Those with questions can call (800) 779-7035 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Thursday
Dec132018

Clemson Experts Say S.C. Ag Industry Looks Good for 2019

With a focus on economic development, the South Carolina agricultural industry is poised for positive productivity in 2019.

This was the message Clemson experts gave during the recent third annual Ag Outlook conference. Clemson agricultural economists Nathan Smith, Scott Mickey, Adam Kantrovich, Bernt Nelson and Steve Richards reported some of the more traditional crops – corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans – are expected to remain major players in the state’s agricultural economy. South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said industrial hemp, oysters and greenhouse crops also could make a strong showing in the future.

“The United States had a large cotton crop in 2017, coming in at 20.92 million bales,” Smith said. “The demand remains strong, although growth is slowing.”

The slow growth is contributed to events such as an early season drought that is expected to lead to the abandonment of  many acres of cotton in the Southwest. A report from the United States Department of Agriculture shows U.S. cotton production was down seven percent from October to November. The South Carolina yield is down due to hurricanes Florence and Michael, and the size of the crop is likely to get smaller with late and failed harvest.

Cotton prices for 2019 probably will remain around 75 to 79 cents per pound. Cotton acreage is expected to hold at around 14 million across the United States, with 300,000 acres in South Carolina.

Unlike cotton, where more acres were planted, fewer acres were planted in peanuts this year, Smith said. A total of 1.426 million acres were planted in peanuts across the U.S. in 2018, down 20 percent. South Carolina farmers planted 87,000 acres of peanuts in 2018, down from a record 122,000 acres planted in peanuts in 2017.

The yield for peanuts across the United States is expected to be better than average at 4,066 pounds per acre. The yield for South Carolina peanuts is estimated to be 3,500 pounds per acre, down about 10 percent due to the hurricanes and rain. Domestic use for peanuts is increasing, but the key will be exports. About half of the United States peanut exports go to Canada and Mexico.

China has become a big buyer, but currently is priced out of the market. Retaliatory tariffs from China could be a deal breaker for future United States exports to the country, Smith said. In a trade dispute, China and the United States have imposed new tariffs against goods imported from each country. Chinese tariffs on United States goods include soybeans. A total of 400,000 acres of soybeans were planted in South Carolina in 2017 for a value of almost $138 million. Because of tariffs, soybeans have not been moving, leading to an increase in supply.

“The soybean supply has been increasing while the demand has been flat,” Mickey said. “We need fewer acres of soybeans because with the current excess supply, it’s going to be difficult for South Carolina farmers to cash flow soybeans in 2019.”

Mickey said a positive impact on price can still be seen if the tariff situation can be worked out, adding some rally should be seen between now and May 2019. Kantrovich warned that if the tariff situation cannot be resolved, import duties eventually will be passed down to consumers and can create inflationary issues in some sectors.

Corn prices are showing an increase this year. South Carolina farmers planted 350,000 acres of corn valued at $188 million.

“The price spread is narrowing,” Mickey said. “But watch what happens with planting intentions.”

The outlook for livestock also depends on trade tariffs. Nelson said prices aren’t as good as last year and are seeing volatility. The demand for pork remains strong, but packer – livestock wholesale broker, dealer or distribution – margins are a bit tighter than last year. Nelson advised conference attendees to keep an eye on trade conflicts because U.S. pork and beef exports are substantial drivers in the current market situation.

The U.S. dairy market faces challenges, including too many cows producing too much milk, Kantrovich said.

As for the poultry industry, Kantrovich said broiler production is 3.3 percent higher than 2017. This increase primarily is because of higher average weights, he said. A 25 million-pound reduction is expected over the next few quarters, he said.

Goats and bees are emerging markets that could show promise for South Carolina farmers, Richards said. There is money to be made in goats, but marketing and processing are two hurdles state farmers face. Money also can be made in the honey market, if beekeepers can keep their bee colonies alive, he said.

Other topics discussed during the conference included an outlook on the southern timber market by Yanshu Li, a forest economist and taxation outreach specialist from the University of Georgia. Li said demand exists for timber products with recovery of the housing market, but a large inventory will continue to keep sawtimber prices down. Pulpwood prices are expected to remain strong but will feel downward pressure from increased lumber production.

On the issue of industrial hemp, Weathers said to make this market successful in South Carolina, industrial hemp grown in the state has to be of higher quality than that grown in other states. The South Carolina industrial hemp pilot program began in 2017-2018. For information about the South Carolina industrial hemp program, visit the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Hemp FAQ or Clemson Cooperative Extension Service’s South Carolina Industrial Hemp Program.

“I’m excited about the interest in growing industrial hemp in South Carolina,” Weathers said. “Industrial hemp is about crop diversity and new business for our farmers. As we continue developing this industry, we work towards a goal of expanding opportunities for our farmers so that South Carolina can truly compete on a national and an international level. Our goal for the industrial hemp market is to make the South Carolina market more different and better than all others.”

Wednesday
Dec122018

"Hamilton" a Dynamite Theatrical Experience at the Peace Center

By Paul Hyde/Anderson Observer

You can believe all the great things you’ve heard about “Hamilton.” The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical at the Peace Center is dynamite, a brilliant theatrical experience that lives up to its hype.

The national tour of "Hamilton" continues through Sunday at the Peace Center.It’s a very American story of an impoverished immigrant from the Caribbean who makes good in the land of opportunity.

It’s also a love story, and a love letter to our founding fathers and mothers.

And it’s the arts event of the year in the Upstate.

What you may not know is that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s remarkable, game-changing musical nicely balances revolution with tradition. The show tells the story of Alexander Hamilton – the fellow on the $10 bill and the creator of America’s economic system – through a virtuosic outburst of rap music.

Yet, the show also features traditional -- and highly appealing -- song and dance numbers in the styles of R&B, jazz, Britpop and good ol’ musical theater. Miranda, a dynamic wordsmith and theater pro, drops tasty references to Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan and “South Pacific,” among many others.

At almost three hours with intermission, the show, which also won the Pulitzer Prize, is a lot more substantial – but also funnier – than the usual blockbuster musical. Washington, Hamilton and Jefferson conduct war, compose the Constitution and outline the economic structure of a new nation.

The show’s dialogue, conveyed in often briskly-paced rap, approaches Shakespearean lengths. The large principal cast also puts one in mind of the breadth of Shakespeare’s plays or a Wagnerian opera.

“Hamilton” is crammed with words and, yes, it’s fair to say the show makes demands on a modern audience’s attention span. 

At the center of the story is Hamilton himself, the fast-talking, fast-writing man with a mission and overwhelming ambition. His friend and murderous rival, Aaron Burr, serves as an embittered narrator with a front seat to Hamilton’s meteoric rise to become the first U.S. secretary of the Treasury.

“Hamilton” certainly qualifies as the musical of the modern resistance, with its emphasis on the central role played by immigrants in our great Nation of Immigrants. Today, when refugees and immigrants are often shunned in our nation, “Hamilton” is a keen reminder of our roots.

The show’s most famous line -- “Immigrants, we get the job done” – inspired enthusiastic applause on the night I attended, as it does most anywhere the musical is staged.

With black and Hispanic actors in period costumes portraying white historical figures, the cast looks like America today rather than the American of 1776. The show’s diversity and hip-hop music remind an audience that the ongoing American revolution – and its vision of a more inclusive nation – belongs to the young.

Our hero Alexander Hamilton speaks in contemporary rap, but he achieves fame and influence the old-fashioned way -- by earning it: “by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter,” as the opening number makes clear.

I think history buffs will love the show, based on Ron Chernow’s sprawling 2004 biography of Hamilton. The musical gets the broad outlines of our nation’s story correct – particularly the shifting loyalties in an America founded on the sort of brutal factionalism that continues today. It’s a bit jarring, to say the least, to see Jefferson and Madison played as comic characters – but they’re certainly funny.

Miranda is not out to diminish the founding fathers. Quite the opposite: The musical is patriotic, awestruck by the achievements of the founders.

And it’s gratifying to see the revolutionary war hero John Laurens, who was born and died in South Carolina, occupying a prominent role in the story of “Hamilton.” Laurens was a good friend of Hamilton, maybe his lover. The city and county of Laurens in the Upstate is named after John Laurens’ father, Henry.

The electrifying, high-octane direction and choreography are by, respectively, Thomas Kail and Andy Blankenbuehler.

The cast is superb. Joseph Morales is sympathetic in the tour de force role of Hamilton, a mix of pluck and insecurity. Nik Walker, a commanding actor with tremendous charisma, plays Burr.

Jon Patrick Walker is a delight as King George III, who comments on the revolution with prissy petulance.

Shoba Narayan is beautiful in voice and presence as Eliza Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s wife. Ta’Rea Campbell, as Eliza’s sister Angelica Schuyler, soars in her numbers.

Marcus Choi is the formidable George Washington. Several actors do double duty, embracing their roles with gusto: Kyle Scatliffe (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Fergie L. Philippe (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Elijah Malcomb (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) and Nyla Sostre (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds).

Wonza Johnson, a graduate of the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, offers a solid contribution in three roles (Philip Schuyler, James Reynolds, the Doctor) – and substitutes for Hamilton in some shows.

The entire cast sounds magnificent in big ensemble numbers like “Yorktown.”

David Korins’ economical, rough-hewn set of planks, stairs and ropes suggests an 18th century port which, to the refugee and immigrant, must have been the symbolic equivalent of a Statue of Liberty in colonial America.

This dazzling touring production of “Hamilton” continues through Sunday. Some tickets may remain. Call the Peace Center at 864-467-3000 or see the website peacecenter.org.

Paul Hyde, a veteran Upstate journalist, writes about the arts for the Anderson Observer. Write to him at paulhydeus@yahoo.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @PaulHyde7.

Wednesday
Dec122018

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Wednesday
Dec122018

Study: Most Overdose Deaths Involve Multiple Drugs

Huffington Post - A new report analyzing the drugs involved in fatal overdoses once again emphasized fentanyl’s role in the United States’ opioid crisis and highlighted a point frequently made by public health experts: Most people who fatally overdose have more than one drug in their system.

In 2016, about 70 percent of fatal overdoses involving fentanyl or heroin involved another drug as well, and roughly 74 percent of fatal overdoses involving cocaine also involved one or more other drugs.

“We’ve had a tendency to think of these drugs in isolation. It’s not really what’s happening,” said Dr. Holly Hedegaard, lead author of the report and injury epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics.

More than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most reports on drug overdose deaths only determine what class of drugs were involved. The new report, published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, analyzed the text of death certificates and compared it with National Vital Statistics System data, drilling down to determine the specific drug ― not just the class of drugs ― involved in overdose deaths from 2011 to 2016.

What researchers found mirrored news reports in recent years. Oxycodone, which was the most common drug cited in fatal overdoses in 2011, was eclipsed by heroin from 2012 to 2015, and then fentanyl in 2016. On average, the U.S. death rate involving fentanyl increased about 113 percent per year from 2013 to 2016.

In most of these cases, the researchers found that more than one drug was used, and from those data they were able to identify the most common combinations of drugs that led to fatal overdoses.

Though it’s impossible to tease out what specific effect one drug had versus another used at the same time (or what other medical factors may have contributed to the deaths), better understanding these drug combinations “helps us identify potential areas of risk,” Hedegaard said. For instance, about 40 percent of cocaine deaths also involved fentanyl.

Hedegaard and her co-authors used the same death certificates that the CDC typically uses for overdose reports but went deeper in their analysis, scouring the records for drug misspellings, chemical names, brand names and street names recorded by coroners and medical examiners.

The amount and quality of information on the reports varied widely. Death investigations, resources and reporting requirements differ from county to county and state to state, and medical examiners and coroners are a patchwork of officials and an unregulated group. In some municipalities, coroner is an elected or appointed position, not necessarily a medical doctor.

Though reporting by medical examiners and coroners improved over the course of the report, Hedegaard noted, in 2016, 15 percent of drug overdose death certificates still didn’t include any specific drug.

After an in-depth analysis of the information, the researchers also found that certain drugs were more likely to be the cause of death in unintentional overdoses, while others were more likely to be implicated in death by suicide. In 2016, the street drugs fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were most frequently recorded in unintentional fatal overdoses, while prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including oxycodone, diphenhydramine, hydrocodone and alprazolam, were most frequently recorded in deaths by suicide.

Better understanding those patterns could help experts and policymakers who are working to end the nation’s suicide and overdose crises.

“For folks who work in prevention, having information helps them think about what prevention tactics to use or approaches that might be effective,” Hedegaard said.

Wednesday
Dec122018

Tennessee Earthquake Felt in Parts of S.C.

Some East Tennesseans got an early start to their Wednesday when an earthquake centered in Decatur rattled through the area. 

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake began at 4:17 a.m., the strongest reported in the area in 45 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Reports indicate the earthquake was felt in parts of Upstate South Carolina and in Atlanta.

About 13 minutes after the first earthquake, a 3.3 magnitude aftershock struck the same area of Meigs County and radiated through East Tennessee.

The USGS said a 4.4. earthquake can usually be felt indoors — and sometimes outdoors — and awaken many in the area. It said dishes, windows and doors may break and unstable objects may overturn during a sensation described "like a heavy truck striking a building."

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but some East Tennesseans awoken by the quake are offering their own descriptions of what the earthquake felt like. 

Judy Day, a University of Tennessee professor, took to Twitter to say she felt the earthquake this morning, but thought her washing machine had just started a vigorous spin cycle. 

Tuesday
Dec112018

AU to Award 287 Degrees Friday; Francis Crowder to Be Honored

Anderson University will award 287 degrees as part of Friday's graduation ceremonies at the Callie Stringer Rainey Fine Arts Auditorium. The 128 graduate degrees will be awarded beginning at 2 p.m., while the 159 undergraduate degrees will be awareded beginning at 5 p.m.

David A. Taylor, chief executive officer and president of the University Center of Greenville (UCG) will provide a keynote address for the graduate ceremony, and Dr. Bryan H. Cribb, Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Associate Dean of Christian Studies for the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University will speak at the undergraduate ceremony. 

Former Anderson County Councilman Francis M. Crowder, Sr., a long-serving member of the Anderson University Board of Trust, is receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humanities for his enduring commitment to the Anderson University family and service to the community. 

Crowder is the founder and former chief executive officer of Q.S. Inc., a software development, support and training firm based in Greenville, from which he retired in 1997. He earned a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Lander College and a master of public health from the University of Michigan, along with additional studies in business administration from both Clemson University and Furman University. A veteran of the United States Navy, Crowder served on the Anderson University Board of Trustees from 1997 until 2010, and again in 2017 and 2018. He held committee appointments that included finance and institutional advancement. Crowder was recently named a Lifetime Trusteeby members of the Board of Trust for his commitment and service to the University. Crowder is a Board of Visitors Emeritus at AU, as well as a member of the AnMed Board of Ambassadors and the Anderson Rotary Club.

Tuesday
Dec112018

AU Deal Offers Anderson Teachers New Advanced Degree Options

Pursuing a graduate degree just got easier for teachers throughout Anderson County due to a new partnership between Anderson University and Anderson County’s five school districts. 

AU officials and representatives of Anderson School Districts 1-5 signed agreement Tuesday that creates new pathways for professional educators who want to further their education and training by earning an advanced degree. Anderson University is providing tuition grants worth up to $550 per semester to Anderson School District teachers who qualify. Under terms of the agreement, Anderson University is now a preferred partner for higher educational services for the districts.

“This strategic partnership is great news for district employees, working professionals who’ve always wanted to continue their educational journey but could not find the time or resources to make it happen,” said Dr. Ryan Neal, Anderson University’s provost. “It’s an exciting development for AU as well; we are eager to include the unparalleled educators from Anderson County’s school districts as members of our university family.”

A total of 29 degree programs are available to grant recipients, including the graduate degrees in Anderson University’s College of Education: the Master of Education; the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology; and Master of Arts in Teaching. Degree programs for the AU Partnership Grant are not limited to those within the College of Education, and include master’s degrees across a range of disciplines: the Master of Business Administration (MBA); the Master of Organizational Leadership; the Master of Criminal Justice; the Master of Divinity; Master of Ministry; and Master of Music in Music Education, among others. Employees who have not completed their undergraduate degree or educators seeking a second bachelor’s degree are also eligible for the grant. 

Tuesday
Dec112018

Compromise Farm Bill Expected to Pass

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- After months of negotiations, federal lawmakers have compromised on a new farm bill, putting the legislation on track to be passed by both the House and Senate this week.

The compromise bill, unveiled Monday night, leaves out controversial work requirements for food stamp recipients that were part of the House version of the bill -- a key sticking point during negotiations. It also maintains conservation programs the House bill proposed eliminating.

"It seems to generally, with a few exceptions, maintain programs as they have been in the past," said Erika Dunyak, a clinical fellow at the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic.

The previous Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, after a joint House and Senate committee failed to compromise on the legislation. The House and Senate had passed strikingly different bills. After its expiration, dozens of programs went on hold.

Farmers and groups who rely on the programs feared they would languish another year if lawmakers didn't compromise during this year's lame duck session, before a new House and Senate start over in 2019.

Both chambers plan to vote on the $867 billion bill this week. If it passes, the bill will go to President Donald Trump for approval.

"There are some really great things in this bill," said Ferd Hoefner, a senior adviser for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

The bill gives greater support for the struggling dairy industry. It also legalizes industrial hemp production by removing it from the federal government's list of controlled substances, something sought by many Midwestern farmers looking for alternatives to increasingly volatile commodity crops.

A group of programs that support beginning and small farmers, local foods and organic research -- among other things -- receive permanent funding in the bill, Hoefner said. Previously, those programs had to find new money to operate every five years when the farm bill renewed.

"We've been beating this drum for a long time," Hoefner said. "It's still a tiny slice of the overall farm bill pie, but it's a permanent slice now, and it will probably grow over time."

On the conservation side, the bill directs more money toward soil health initiatives that will improve water quality and fight global climate change. However, funding for the conservation title as a whole was cut.

Tuesday
Dec112018

Jimmy Dean Recalls 29,000 Pounds of Heat 'n Server Sausage

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- CTI Foods has voluntarily recalled more than 29,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean Heat 'n Serve Original Sausage Links, over concerns about contamination by metal fragments.

CTI said the recall involves more than 2,800 cases and sausage packages produced at one plant on Aug. 4.

Officials said the affected packages have an establishment code of M19085 or P19085, a "use by" date of Jan. 31, 2019, and UPC number of 0-77900-36519-5. The cases were marked with lot number A638216800 or A638216801.

Concern over metal fragments turning up in some of the packages prompted the recall.

"A few consumers contacted the company to say they had found small, string-like fragments of metal in the product," Jimmy Dean said in a statement. "Though the fragments have been found in a very limited number of packages, out of an abundance of caution, CTI is recalling 29,028 pounds of product."

There were five complaints made to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. No injuries have been reported.

People who bought the recalled sausage are asked to cut the UPC and date code from the package and call 1-855-382-3101. The company said the sausage should be thrown away or returned to the store.

 

Tuesday
Dec112018

1,700 to Get Degrees at Clemson December Graduation

CLEMSON – Clemson University will award more than 1,700 degrees in Littlejohn Coliseum on Thursday, Dec. 20. For those unable to attend, the ceremonies will be streamed live online.

Undergraduates, master’s and doctoral graduates from each college will receive their degrees during one of two ceremonies:

9:30 a.m.

  • College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

1:30 p.m.

  • College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
  • College of Business
  • College of Science

A separate hooding ceremony will take place for doctoral students at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Brooks Center for Performing Arts. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony also will be available to view online.

CLEAR BAG POLICY

The university’s clear bag policy, which was first implemented during this year’s summer graduation, is still in effect and will be for all ceremonies moving forward.

The policy, consistent with the one put in place for basketball games in Littlejohn Coliseum, prohibits backpacks, artificial noisemakers, bags larger than 12 by 6 by 12 inches and non-clear bags. Attending students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged not to bring bags, but outlined below is what is permissible to carry in the coliseum:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 by 6 by 12 inches (Official Clemson Tigers logo clear plastic tote bags are available at local retail stores) or 1-gallon clear plastic storage bags, such as Ziploc brand.
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (no larger than 4.5 by 6.5 inches), with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the coliseum but will be subject to inspection.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after inspection.
  • Guests will be able to carry cameras and smart phones, but carrying cases will NOT be allowed.
  • Strollers will need to be checked upon entry.
  • Working media will be able to bring in items needed to perform their job duties, however they will be subject to screening and bag inspections.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: artificial noisemakers, backpacks, non-clear bags or purses, banners/flags/flag poles, coolers, outside food or beverages and weapons of any kind.

In addition to security teams searching bags at Littlejohn entrances, metal detectors will be stationed at every entrance. University venues across campus are implementing this policy to ensure the safety and security for all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

TRAFFIC 

Highway 93 will be open during the ceremonies, but drivers attending should still plan to use Perimeter Road, which can be accessed from U.S. 76 (Clemson Boulevard) or the recently opened Newman Road extension, and follow that around the south side of campus to get to Littlejohn Coliseum.

More information about graduation is available online.

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