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Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

Missing Woodstock man found safe


WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Cherokee County man who disappeared from his house Tuesday afternoon is alive and safe.

Gerald Hickman, 63, left his Hardman Lane home at around 3 p.m. His family was concerned for his safety, as he suffered a stroke last week.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Hickman was found at around 5 a.m. Wednesday in the woods near Rock Springs Lane, not far from his home. He was conscious but disoriented and was taken to Northside Cherokee Hospital for treatment.


3 Cherokee students attend Federal Service Language Academy

3 Cherokee students attend Federal Service Language Academy

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three Cherokee County teens were invited to participate in the Federal Service Language Academy at the University of North Georgia over the summer.

The prestigious program, which is endorsed by the Georgia Department of Education, combines language immersion, fitness and federal service advisement. It offers tracks in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Korean and Russian.

Cherokee County's attendees include Julia Kochansky (Cherokee High), Gianna Samms (Etowah High) and Christopher Simmons (Sequoyah High).

Learn more about the academy at ung.edu.

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The Paleo Mom to launch new cookbook in Woodstock

The Paleo Mom to launch new cookbook in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Paleo Mom, also known as Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, will launch her second book at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The official launch party and book signing will be catered, with all things Paleo-related of course, and will kick off The Paleo Approach Cookbook publication.

"We're thrilled to bring Dr. Sarah Ballantyne with her new cookbook to Woodstock and the entire metro Atlanta area," FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said. "Sarah's cookbook will show you tips and give suggestions, recipes and tricks on how to go Paleo."

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Cherokee seniors to be honored at bowl game

Cherokee seniors to be honored at bowl game

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Northside Hospital - Cherokee will sponsor a bowl game for seniors in the Cherokee County School District later this year.

The Northside Hospital - Cherokee CCSD Senior Bowl will be held Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Etowah High School stadium. It is the first football game of its kind to be held in Cherokee County.

Senior football players, cheerleaders, marching band members and JROTC cadets will be honored during the game. The players will also receive commemorative jerseys, while the cheerleaders, band members and cadets will get medals.

"We're about giving our students opportunities to succeed and celebrating the achievements," Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said in a statement. "This wonderful event does both."

Tickets for the bowl game are only $5. The admission fee will be waived for anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy for the school district's holiday toy drive.