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Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries

(WXIA) -- Poinsettias, often known as The Christmas Flower, are holiday staples. These classic flowering plants add a dazzling, festive flair to any space. Whether they are used on mantels as beautiful displays or on dining tables as stunning centerpieces, florist-quality poinsettias add the perfect holiday touch to home décor.

In honor of National Poinsettia Day on Friday, Dec. 12, the garden experts at Pike Nurseries reveal fun facts and fresh care tips that will keep poinsettias beautiful all season-long!

Poinsettias have become a symbol of the Christmas season. Pike Nurseries offers fast facts to educate and debunk the myths associated with poinsettias.

History Lesson: This Christmas classic is native to Mexico and was first introduced in the United States in 1825.

Pike Nurseries hosts Williamsburg Wreath Make & Take classes

Pike Nurseries hosts Williamsburg Wreath Make & Take classes

ATLANTA -- The beautiful, festive wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg have become renowned front-door decorations that exemplify the historic town during the holidays.

To help customers add a traditional touch to their Christmas decorations, the experts at Pike Nurseries are hosting Make & Take Williamsburg Wreath classes on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

During the seminars, guests will learn how to craft their very own Williamsburg Wreath to adorn the front door. The finished product looks like a Christmas wreath from Colonial Williamsburg and can last for three to four weeks outside in cool weather!

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Explosion burns Bartow Co. house to the ground


ACWORTH, Ga. -- Neighbors reported explosions at a house that later burned to the ground.

Chief Dwayne Jamison with the Bartow County Fire Department told 11Alive News the house was vacant and under renovation. When firefighters arrived at the house on Rattler Road in Acworth, the house was fully engulfed in flames. While there were no explosions after they arrived, neighbors that called 911 reported hearing explosions before they spotted the fire.

Jamison said fire investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of the fire.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

MedZed expands service area into Cobb, north Fulton

MedZed expands service area into Cobb, north Fulton

(WXIA) -- MedZed, an innovative at-home pediatric care service in the Atlanta area, announced its expansion into Cobb and North Fulton Counties. MedZed’s growing business in Atlanta neighborhoods provides parents with an alternative after-hours healthcare option in the comfort of their home. With rapid growth in the Atlanta area, MedZed’s team has expanded its service area to include larger patient populations outside of the perimeter.  The new service area includes Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Vinings, Smyrna, Marietta, Kennesaw, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, East Cobb, Morningside, Druid Hills, Midtown, Decatur and Johns Creek.