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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Duluth, GA. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Duluth.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Duluth, GA? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Duluth. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Duluth, GA, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Duluth. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Duluth, GA

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

Your Residential Electrician

Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Duluth to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Duluth.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

Install-Surge-Protectors

Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Duluth, GA, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

Replace-Outdated-Light-Bulbs

Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Duluth

Bucs Celebrate SoCon Title in Triumph over Bears

Former Watauga High football player Zach West had eight tackles, including three solos and two tackles-for-loss.JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2021) – The ETSU Football team has officially been crowned CHAMPIONS of the Southern Conference. In a winner-take-all, de facto title match, the Bucs outlasted the Bears 38-35 in front of yet another William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium record crowd of 10,594 patrons. With the win, ETSU hoisted the trophy en route to its second SoCon championship in the Randy Sa...

Former Watauga High football player Zach West had eight tackles, including three solos and two tackles-for-loss.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2021) – The ETSU Football team has officially been crowned CHAMPIONS of the Southern Conference. In a winner-take-all, de facto title match, the Bucs outlasted the Bears 38-35 in front of yet another William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium record crowd of 10,594 patrons. With the win, ETSU hoisted the trophy en route to its second SoCon championship in the Randy Sanders era.

With the win, ETSU improves to 10-1 on the season and 7-1 in league action. Meanwhile, Mercer falls to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in SoCon play.

The game was not decided until the closing seconds as Mercer’s attempt at a game-tying field goal sailed wide left as the clock struck zero. Prior to the attempt, Devin Folser banged one off the right upright and in between the posts, but the Bucs called a strategic timeout.

In a game where the defense had its hands full, the Buccaneer offense continued to shine as it has done all season. Quarterback Tyler Riddell (Tampa, Fla.) completed a career-high 26-of-29 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Riddell connected with Malik Murray (Duluth, Ga.) for two touchdowns and 73 yards, while finding go-to receiver Will Huzzie (Duluth, Ga.) for 76 yards and one touchdown. Quay Holmes (Powder Springs, Ga.) continued to do his thing with 132 yards on the ground, becoming ETSU’s all-time single-season (1,431) and career (4,142) rushing leader.

The Buccaneer defense was able to force three turnovers for the fifth time this season, led by Alijah Huzzie (Franklin, Ga.) with two interceptions and Tyree Robinson (Gainesville, Ga.) with one interception. ETSU was led in tackles by veteran linebacker Jared Folks (Harrisburg, Pa.) with 11.

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UP NEXTThe Bucs earned the SoCon’s automatic bid into the upcoming FCS Playoff and will learn who, where and when they will be playing next. The FCS Playoff selection show will be tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Primerica, Inc.’s Senior Unsecured Notes

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “a-” (Excellent) to Primerica, Inc.’s (Primerica) (headquartered in Duluth, GA) recently announced $600 million 2.8% senior unsecured notes, due November 2031. The outlook assigned to this Credit Rating (rating) is stable. All other Long-Term IRs of Primerica and its subsidiaries are unchanged.The net proceeds from the senior debt off...

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “a-” (Excellent) to Primerica, Inc.’s (Primerica) (headquartered in Duluth, GA) recently announced $600 million 2.8% senior unsecured notes, due November 2031. The outlook assigned to this Credit Rating (rating) is stable. All other Long-Term IRs of Primerica and its subsidiaries are unchanged.

The net proceeds from the senior debt offering will be used to retire Primerica’s outstanding $375 million 4.75% senior unsecured notes maturing July 15, 2022, as well as approximately $125 million of borrowings outstanding under their revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2021. The remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. Following the issuance of the senior unsecured notes, Primerica’s financial leverage will temporarily rise with coverage metrics slightly declining, but will remain within the guidelines that support the current rating.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

Copyright © 2021 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Primerica, Inc. Prices Offering of $600 Million of 2.800% Senior Notes Due 2031

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Primerica, Inc. (NYSE: PRI) today announced that it has priced its registered public offering of $600 million in aggregate principal amount of its 2.800% Senior Notes due 2031 (the "Notes"). Primerica expects the offering to close on November 19, 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.Primerica intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes: (i) to redeem its 4.750% senior unsecured...

DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Primerica, Inc. (NYSE: PRI) today announced that it has priced its registered public offering of $600 million in aggregate principal amount of its 2.800% Senior Notes due 2031 (the "Notes"). Primerica expects the offering to close on November 19, 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Primerica intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes: (i) to redeem its 4.750% senior unsecured notes due July 15, 2022 (the “2022 Notes”), of which $375.0 million in aggregate principal amount was outstanding at September 30, 2021; (ii) to repay approximately $125.0 million of borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2021; and (iii) to the extent of any remaining proceeds, for general corporate purposes, which may include share repurchases.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which, or to any persons to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

This press release shall not constitute a notice of redemption under the indenture governing the 2022 Notes (the “2022 Indenture”). Any such notice, if made, will only be made in accordance with the provisions of the 2022 Indenture.

The Notes are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus filed with the SEC as part of the shelf registration statement. The offering is being made only by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. Copies of these documents can be obtained from Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 608 2nd Avenue South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Attention: WFS Customer Service, wfcustomerservices@wellsfargo.com, (800) 645-3751; Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, prospectus@citi.com, (800) 831-9146; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department, (866) 803-9204.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” with regard to the securities offering described in this press release. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. No assurance is given that the securities offering will be completed on the terms described, or at all. Completion of the securities offering on such terms, and the use of net proceeds therefrom as described in this press release, are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of Primerica, including, without limitation, general economic conditions, market conditions, legislative and regulatory changes that could adversely affect the business of Primerica, and other factors, including those more fully described in our filings with the SEC, which are available in the “Investor Relations” section of our website at https://investors.primerica.com. Primerica assumes no duty to update its forward-looking statements as of any future date.

About Primerica, Inc.

Primerica, Inc., headquartered in Duluth, GA, is a leading provider of financial services to middle-income households in the United States and Canada. Independent licensed representatives educate Primerica clients about how to better prepare for a more secure financial future by assessing their needs and providing appropriate solutions through term life insurance, which the company underwrites, and mutual funds, annuities and other financial products, which the company distributes primarily on behalf of third parties. Primerica insured over 5.5 million lives and had approximately 2.6 million client investment accounts at December 31, 2020. Primerica, through its insurance company subsidiaries, was the #2 issuer of Term Life insurance coverage in North America in 2020. Primerica stock is included in the S&P MidCap 400 and the Russell 1000 stock indices and is traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PRI.”

Contacts

Primerica, Inc. Investor: Nicole Russell, 470-564-6663 Nicole.russell@primerica.com

Media: Keith Hancock, 470-564-6328 Keith.Hancock@Primerica.com

Nine Newcomers Join Georgia Program For 2023 Season

ATHENS-----Georgia's Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin announced Monday that nine student-athletes will be joining the Bulldog baseball program for the 2023 season.This latest recruiting class will arrive from the high school ranks and features four pitchers, three infielders and two outfielders. Here's a look at the newest Bulldogs:Luke Boykin, OF, 6-1, 189, R-R, Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County HS) *Batted a team...

ATHENS-----Georgia's Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin announced Monday that nine student-athletes will be joining the Bulldog baseball program for the 2023 season.

This latest recruiting class will arrive from the high school ranks and features four pitchers, three infielders and two outfielders. Here's a look at the newest Bulldogs:

Luke Boykin, OF, 6-1, 189, R-R, Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County HS) *Batted a team-best .431 with 14 home runs, 39 RBI and 10 stolen bases as a junior for coach Justin McDonald *Led the Yellow Jackets to region titles in 2019 and 2021 while earning All-Region and Player of the Year honors plus was named All-State by the Georgia Dugout Club *A Georgia Certificate of Merit Scholar, a recipient of Heisman High School Scholarship and three-time honoree for highest GPA on the baseball team *Played summer baseball for Five Star National and Game On Vipers including winning 2018 BCS national title with Five Star plus earned multiple All-Tournament honors with Game On Vipers *Son of James and Cecilia Boykin "I've always dreamed of playing for UGA," said Boykin. "This opportunity provides a great education and an awesome coaching staff who have an outstanding reputation for player development." Coach Stricklin on Boykin: "Luke is a very good athlete with lots of power and capable of hitting to all fields. He plays with high energy."

Jarvis Evans, LHP, 6-4, 215, L-L, Buford, Ga. (Georgia Premier Academy) *Posted a 3-1 mark with a 2.10 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched for coach Gene Reynolds *Also earned letters in football and basketball for the Sox *Participated in 2021 Perfect Game National Showcase event and named to PG Underclassmen All-America team for the Southeast Region *Played summer baseball with the GBSA Rays and with Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team at the 2021 WWBA World Championships with fellow signee Leighton Finley *Son of Jarvis and Kim Evans "I've been a Georgia boy my whole life – I'm a Dawg," said Evans. Coach Stricklin on Evans: "Jarvis is a football/baseball player who has decided to focus on baseball. He is a left-handed pitcher with a very high ceiling, and the best is yet to come for him."

Leighton Finley, RHP/SS, 6-5, 214, R-R, Richmond Hill, Ga. (Richmond Hill HS) *Posted an 8-2 mark with a 0.80 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 56 innings plus hit .385 with 28 RBI as a junior for the Wildcats *Went 7-3 with a 1.30 ERA in 50 innings plus batted .385 with 23 RBI during his first two seasons on the varsity for coach Chris Jenkins *Named team MVP, Region Player of the Year and FCA All-Star in leading Wildcats to the sweet 16 of the state playoffs *Honor Roll student and recipient of Wildcat Pride Award *Played summer baseball for Game On Vipers that won a pair of titles as well on the Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team at the 2021 WWBA World Championships with fellow signee Jarvis Evans *Son of Mitch and Beth Finley "I am excited to play baseball at UGA because it is a very competitive SEC school which will challenge my abilities both academically and athletically," said Finley. Coach Stricklin on Finley: "Leighton is a big, strong, physical athlete that has the potential to be a two-way player for us. He is a high-velocity right-handed pitcher who also hits with a lot of power."

Blake Gillespie, RHP, 6-1, 180, S-R, Lula, Ga. (Medway HS) *Posted a 3-1 record and team-best 1.07 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 23 innings as a senior for the Cowboys who went 35-16 in 2021 under coach Scott Hubert *Batted .310 with two home runs, a team-best 46 RBI and 21 stolen bases combined during his sophomore and junior seasons on the varsity as the Cowboys went 42-32 *An Honor Roll student who attended Medway in Arva, Ontario before family moved to Georgia *Played summer baseball with the Ontario Nationals *Named to Perfect Game Underclass All-America Honorable Mention for Canada in 2020 and 2021 *Son of Shawn and Amy Gillespie "The coaching staff, the academics and the lifestyle made choosing UGA an easy decision," said Gillespie. Coach Stricklin on Gillespie: "Blake is a very projectable right-handed pitcher and a plus athlete on the mound. He has a chance to be a frontline starter."

Matthew Hoskins, RHP, 6-2, 210, R-R, Duluth, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS) *Tallied a 3-4 record, 3.90 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 26.1 innings in his first two seasons on the varsity for coach Tyler Collins *Batted .396 with a team-high three home runs and 20 RBI for the Lions *Played summer baseball with Team Elite *Son of Scott and Susan Hoskins "I chose UGA because it is a great school and has really good athletics," said Hoskins. Coach Stricklin on Hoskins: "Matthew is a big, strong physical pitcher who features a mid-90s fastball. We feel like he can be a future member of our starting rotation."

Tanner Knowles, INF, 5-10, 175, R-R, Perry, Ga. (Perry HS) *Batted .402 with a home run, 25 RBI and 24 stolen bases in his first two seasons on varsity for coach Denny Bryant *Helped the Panthers to a 22-9 mark and was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 *Outstanding student with 4.0 GPA and four-year member of the Honor Roll *Played summer baseball with 5 Star National *Son of Ricky and Chrissy Knowles "Georgia has always been my dream school growing up, and I knew if I ever got the opportunity to play there, I would," said Knowles. Coach Stricklin on Knowles: "Tanner is one of the fastest guys in the country in the 2022 class. He can play anywhere on the infield and could even play in the outfield."

Jonathan Little, INF, 5-8, 170, R-R, Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS) *Batted .425 with four home runs, 28 RBI and 42 stolen bases in his first two seasons on the varsity for coach Nicholas Pou *Helped the Patriots to a 26-18 record *Two-time First Team All-Region, All-State honors plus was named Freshman of the Year and Georgia Positive Athlete nominee *Played summer baseball with Foundation Sports and Arkansas Sticks Academy *Son of Stacy and Dorinda Little "I chose UGA because it was close to home for friends and family to come to watch, and the University of Georgia has state-of-the-art technology that will develop me to ultimately reach my goal of playing professionally," said Little. Coach Stricklin on Little: "Jonathan is a versatile infielder who can play second base or shortstop. He has a lot of bat speed and plays the game with a lot of energy."

Josh Tate, INF, 5-11, 167, R-R, Peachtree City, Ga. (Starr's Mill HS) *Batted .364 with a home run, 17 RBI and 33 stolen bases as a junior for the Panthers as they went 31-11 and captured the state championship *Batted .338 with three home runs, 38 RBI and 54 stolen bases in 41 games during his first two seasons on the varsity for coach Brent Moseley *Played summer baseball with Home Plate Chili Dogs and helped them capture the 2020 Perfect Game Southeast Fall World Series and invited to the National Showcase event *Son of Eugene and Rebecca Tate "I choose UGA because it was the perfect fit for me," said Tate. Coach Stricklin on Tate: "Josh is a really instinctive baseball player capable of playing anywhere on the infield. He can handle the bat and projects as a top-of-the-order hitter."

Justin Thomas, OF, 6-0, 180, R-R, Savannah, Ga. (Benedictine Military School) *Batted .455 with a team-leading 56 hits, five triples, 45 RBI and a .547 OB% as a junior in 39 games for coach Kevin Farmer *Tallied eight home runs and 16 stolen bases in 2021 plus saw action on the mound, posting a 3-1 record, 1.41 ERA and two saves in 13 appearances *Finished with 38 strikeouts and 12 walks in 29.2 innings *Helped the Cadets advance to the state finals in Class 4-A and a final record of 33-6 *A two-time All-Region 3-AAA selection as well as to the Savannah Morning News All-Greater Savannah baseball team and named 2021 All-State by the Georgia Dugout Club *Also earned All-Region and All-State honors on the gridiron as a two-way standout, tallying 34 touchdowns and more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for Danny Britt's squad that is ranked No. 2 in the state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution heading in to the quarterfinals of the 2021 Class 4A playoffs…Scored a career-high five TDs in 2nd round win over Luella *Received the Chuck Phillips Scholarship as an Outstanding Senior *Played summer baseball with Team Elite *Son of Justin and Jessica Thomas "It's always been a goal of mine to play college baseball at the University of Georgia," said Thomas. "I am very grateful for all of my coaches and teammates who have helped me achieve my goal to wear the Red and Black. Go Dawgs!" Coach Stricklin on Thomas: "Justin is one of the best athletes in the 2022 class, and he is a Division I football prospect. We're thrilled that he's chosen to play baseball where he projects as a centerfielder."

Georgia Baseball Recruiting Class For The 2023 Season Luke Boykin (OF, 6-1, 189, R-R, Jesup, Ga., Wayne County HS) Jarvis Evans (LHP, 6-4, 215, L-L, Buford, Ga., Georgia Premier Academy) Leighton Finley (RHP/SS, 6-5, 214, R-R, Richmond Hill, Ga., Richmond Hill HS) Blake Gillespie (RHP, 6-1, 180, S-R, Lula, Ga., Medway HS) Matthew Hoskins (RHP, 6-2, 210, R-R, Duluth, Ga., Peachtree Ridge HS) Tanner Knowles (INF, 5-10, 175, R-R, Perry, Ga., Perry HS) Jonathan Little (INF, 5-8, 170, R-R, Tyrone, Ga., Sandy Creek HS) Josh Tate (INF, 5-11, 167, R-R, Peachtree City, Ga., Starr's Mill HS) Justin Thomas (OF, 6-0, 180, R-R, Savannah, Ga., Benedictine Military School)

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The blistering housing market has investors calling homeowners with uninvited offers

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:It is a hot housing market, and lots of homeowners are getting texts, calls, even hand-delivered postcards from people offering to buy their house. Some homeowners say it's a nuisance. Others say it's worse. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Jennifer Folden-Nissen lives in Duluth, Ga. She has a three-bedroom, Victorian-style house with a gazebo nestled in among some trees. It is not for sale, in case you were wondering. But that has not stopped a guy who says his name is Henry (ph) from ca...

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It is a hot housing market, and lots of homeowners are getting texts, calls, even hand-delivered postcards from people offering to buy their house. Some homeowners say it's a nuisance. Others say it's worse. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Jennifer Folden-Nissen lives in Duluth, Ga. She has a three-bedroom, Victorian-style house with a gazebo nestled in among some trees. It is not for sale, in case you were wondering. But that has not stopped a guy who says his name is Henry (ph) from calling her at least once a week.

JENNIFER FOLDEN-NISSEN: Once a week - I want to buy your house. I'm willing to pay cash today. No.

ARNOLD: I guess when you go to buy a used car or something, like, the guys are like, yeah, you're going to buy it today, you know? Like - but it was kind of like that sort of thing or?

FOLDEN-NISSEN: Yeah, pretty much, but it was extremely pushy. I just let him leave voicemails. It was always, call me back, call me back, call me back, call me right now. I'm out front of your house.

ARNOLD: Wait. Out in front of her house? Folden-Nissen works at the local fire department, and she'd call home and ask her husband to see, like, hey, is the guy outside? But nobody ever was. Then, she says, whoever this was started pushing postcards through the mail slot - no stamps, so apparently hand-delivered - with photos of her own home on them saying, I want to buy your house.

FOLDEN-NISSEN: It was a little freaky because some of it was just like, OK, is the guy really outside? And why is he taking pictures of my house if I haven't given him the time of day?

ARNOLD: Part of the reason is that the market is hot, and there just aren't even enough homes for regular people looking to buy and live in houses. And on top of that, there's just this maelstrom of all sorts of investors who want to get in on the action. Big companies, little-guy speculators, realtors and some more predatory outfits are sending postcards and calling homeowners just on the very slim chance that you might be willing to sell your home to some random person calling on the phone.

LAUREN BARBER: They have just gotten increasingly worse in the past six months; six or seven calls every day.

ARNOLD: Lauren Barber lives in Columbus, Ohio.

BARBER: And if you know anything about Columbus, it's growing and it's hot. People want to live here.

ARNOLD: Barber bought her house 10 years ago for $155,000. She says now, it's worth more than twice that. Investors can go on the internet and buy lists of phone numbers for people whose homes have risen a lot in value, maybe more than they even realize; thus, the barrage of texts, postcards, letters and calls. Barbara works in human resources, so...

BARBER: I can't not answer my phone working from home because it could be one of our employees calling me with a question.

ARNOLD: She says she tries to block the calls, but then they always seem to somehow call from a different local-looking number. She says one of them even called her mother's house on purpose to ask if Barber wants to sell.

BARBER: Like, really? You're going to call my mom and ask her if I'm going to sell my house to you? Like, it was just the most absurd and amazing thing. But I told you no. Stop calling me. Don't bother my mom.

ARNOLD: So is this even legal? That's complicated. But Philadelphia recently passed a law to crack down on the sketchier homebuyers, and other cities may do the same. Gabriela Raimander is a homeowner and a realtor in St. Petersburg, Fla. She's been getting those homemade postcards with pictures of her own house on them, too.

GABRIELA RAIMANDER: I live on my own. That's just creepy as all get out. I don't want to have some stalkers stalking my property or, you know, essentially me. It just - ugh.

ARNOLD: Raimander also got a postcard that says in all capital letters, third notice, I hope I can reach you in time that, she says, looks designed to scare maybe an elderly person into calling the number back.

RAIMANDER: For whoever is going to fall for it, I guess.

ARNOLD: Legal aid lawyers say some of these guys trick people into signing away their home for half of what it's worth. They say, look, you're almost always better off selling your house the normal way, where you list it for sale, get a bunch of offers and you can pick the best one.

Chris Arnold, NPR News.

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