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Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan

Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan

ATLANTA -- Americans from Washington to California are marking Memorial Day with parades, barbecues and special tributes tied to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

An annual holiday honoring the nation's war dead was infused with new meaning this year, coming just months before the 10-year anniversary.

Memorial Day celebrants began filing into Marietta National Cemetery early this morning. As the noon commemoration approached, members of the Patriot Guard Riders lined the driveway, welcoming everyone to the event.

Governor Nathan Deal made an appearance, giving thanks to the brave men and women who have fought in every major U.S. conflict, from the American Revolution to the War in Iraq.

ACWORTH: 2 drown in Georgia lakes; 3rd person sought

ACWORTH, Ga. (AP) - Two people are reported to have drowned in Georgia lakes during the holiday weekend, and a third apparent drowning victim is being sought.

Cherokee County and state rescuers searched for a man after he disappeared in Lake Allatoona Friday night. The search was to resume Monday.

Acworth police say 34-year-old Gregory Edelin of Fairburn was swimming in Lake Allatoona Saturday when he disappeared for several minutes. They say Edelin was found and was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Hall County offices closed for Memorial Day and furlough day on Tuesday

Hall County offices closed for Memorial Day and furlough day on Tuesday

This is a reminder that Hall County’s administrative offices, courts and community centers will be closed Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day federal holiday, and Tuesday, May 31, for an employee furlough day.

Essential public safety and public works personnel will continue service as usual. The landfill and compactor sites will remain open.

Plane catches fire, passengers evacuated at Atlanta airport

Plane catches fire, passengers evacuated at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA - Passengers aboard an Atlanta-bound Delta flight were evacuated after the plane caught fire upon landing Saturday afternoon.

Flight #2284 from Pittsburgh landed at Hartsfield-Jackson airport at 4:14pm when the brakes overheated and started a fire, according to Delta Airlines representative Leslie Parker.

FAA officials report that a blown tire started the fire.

There were 43 passengers and 5 crew members aboard the MD-88 plane, but no major injuries reported. Four passengers were treated at the scene and released.

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

ATLANTA - When a Memorial Day weekend's forecast includes sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s - 9s on the WIZometer - there's a good bet people will be spending a lot of time outside. 

And when people spend a lot of time out by the pool or on the lake, there's probably alcohol around.

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have devastating consequences. So, it's always a good policy to drink responsibly, assign a designated driver and keep things safe when you're drinking. 

But, as anybody who's had a little too much to drink will tell you, the dreaded hangover is the most common consequence of over-drinking.

Hall unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

Hall unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in April 2011.

That's down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in March.

The rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs added in Metro Atlanta in April, mostly in leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

The lowest Georgia rate, at 7.1 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region around Dublin, with 11.5 percent unemployment.

Hall County had an 8.0 percent unemployment rate in April.

April 2011 marks the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

Raiders' Seymour Funds Trip To Train Alongside Falcons

BUFORD, Ga. -- Former UGA defensive lineman Richard Seymour invited some Oakland Raider teammates to town.  Actually he picked up the majority of the expenses for 34 of them.

Seymour felt it was time he and his teammates got together to train as well as bond, even though they don't know when the NFL lockout will end.  "We wanted to do this in an organized fashion."  He and teammate Jason Campbell, a former Auburn Tiger, coordinated the schedule with Chip Smith of Competitive Edge Sports, a Duluth based company that's trained hundreds of NFL players over the years.

They used the same field the Falcons use with Atlanta starting their player run session about a half hour after Oakland was done on Tuesday.  Julio Jones made his first appearance since being given medical clearance following foot surgery.  "He wanted me to go slow, especially with the lockout giving us extra time."