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Metro jobless rate exceeds Hall rate in January

Metro jobless rate exceeds Hall rate in January

ATLANTA -- State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.2 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.9 percent in December.

In Hall County, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January.

Statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor also show that metro Athens had the lowest rate among local areas in the state at 7.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the highest local rate at 12.7 percent.

Milton and McEachern are tops in the final Super 25

ATLANTA-- With class AAAAA state titles in hand, the Milton boys and McEachern girls top the charts in the final Super25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta.

The Milton Eagles claimed their second state AAAAA championship in the past 3 seasons, with a win over Savannah.Columbia,Miller Grove, Whitefield Academy, and Westlake make up the top 5 in the final boys poll.

The McEachern girls beat two-time defending champion Norcross to finish the season a perfect 33-0 and claim the class AAAAA crown. Wesleyan won the girls class A championship fpr the 5 straight year and finished second in the final poll with Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Hillgrove completing the top 5.

The Super 25 polls for metro Atlanta teams are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11 Alive.com.

 

 

FLOWERY BRANCH| Weems signs 3-year deal with Chicago

FLOWERY BRANCH| Weems signs 3-year deal with Chicago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have agreed to a three-year contract with special teams star Eric Weems.

Weems spent his first five seasons with Atlanta and was the NFC's special-teams selection for the Pro Bowl in 2010.

Signing Weems could help ease the loss of Pro Bowl gunner Corey Graham if he does not re-sign and it adds depth to the return game, with Devin Hester hobbled at times by injuries last season and Johnny Knox recovering from spinal surgery.

Weems has 41 career special-teams tackles, 77 punt returns for 815 yards and 113 kickoff returns for 2,896 yards. He also has 24 receptions for 205 yards.

He joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2007, when new Bears general manager Phil Emery was Atlanta's director of college scouting.

Hall County offices closed March 19

 

This is a reminder that Hall County's administrative offices, courts, community centers and libraries will be closed Monday, March 19, for an employee furlough day.

Atlanta Weather | 6:45 Radar Update

Atlanta Weather | 6:45 Radar Update

The storms that fired up just north of the metro area earlier that dropped some small hail in Buckhead and Decatur is moving SE at around 25mph... There are still some pockets of small hail in this storm as it heads towards Rockdale county. Nothing is severe.

 

Atlanta Weather | Here Come the 80's!!

Atlanta Weather | Here Come the 80's!!

Well, we thought it was warm this winter just wait for this week as we are going to be heading into the 80's big time!! Seriously, we are going to be a good 15 degrees above the normal all week long!

Short Term

The gorgeous weather we have had in place all day will remain tonight as well. There will be a stray shower or two mainly south of the metro area through the evening hours, then skies will go to mostly cloudy. Temps this evening will remain in the lower 70's through around 8pm then slowly fall off into the upper 50's overnight. Tomorrow morning will start mostly cloudy with temps in the upper 50's with a light breeze from the SW. 

Mid Range

Publix recalls beef stew mix

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- According to the Food & Drug Administration, Publix is recalling packets of Publix Beef Stew Mix because it may contain milk not listed on the label.

People who are allergic to dairy products may run the risk of an allergic reaction to this product.

The 1.45 ounce containers have a UPC code of 41415-03608, and a date code of BEST BY DEC 09 13 H. The product was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

The product can be returned to their local Publix store for a full refund.

Any questions can be directed to the Publix consumer relations department at 1-800-242-1227.