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Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in Cobb County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Fire stations, stores and schools take in stranded storm drivers

(WXIA) - Thousands of people were stranded on roads and freeways overnight and school, churches and stores opened their doors to help warm their neighbors.

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AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Tim Lee is Cobb Citizen of the Year after clinching Braves

Tim Lee is Cobb Citizen of the Year after clinching Braves

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee, who quietly negotiated the Atlanta Braves' move to Cobb, is the Cobb Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year.

Lee was surprised with the award on Saturday at the Chamber's 72nd Annual Dinner.

The Braves said Nov. 11 the team would move to Cobb. County commissioners voted Nov. 26 to give the team $300 million in public funding for a new $672 million stadium.

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Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

(WXIA) -- Sign work, bridge maintenance and lane closures are all on the Georgia Department of Transportation's weekend agenda.

Work will continue on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. One right southbound lane will be closed between Lindbergh and Monroe drives.

Pacing will occur on Interstate 20 in both directions between Highway 5 and Liberty Road, just west of Atlanta. Drivers can expect brief delays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

One new project this weekend involves I-285 east at I-75 in Cobb County. Two left lanes and the ramp to I-75 north will be closed overnight, and ramp traffic will be detoured to I-75 south, Cumberland Boulevard and then back to I-75 north. GDOT said the ramp will be open during the day.

As usual, drivers can expect single lane closures around the Ga. 400/I-85 Interchange, especially on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- This week's installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. There is movement in the updated list, but the top two spots remain unchanged.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb ate 1 and 2 with Redan up to 3 this week. Parkview and Archer complete the top 5.Wesleyan , Hillgrove, Tucker, North Forsyth, and Buford round out the top 10. 

Columbia slides from 12 to 16 while Salem rises from 19 to 24.

Central Gwinnett check in this week at 24 while Duluth falls out of the Super 25.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports

 

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll is here. Look for changes throughout this week's rundown, but the Spartans still lead the way.

 Greater Atlanta Christian and  Allatoona are 1 and 2 again this week, with Wheeler up to 3 followed by North Gwinnett and Tucker. Miller Grove is 6, with Norcross 7, Hillgrove returns at 8, Clarke Central and Berkmar complete the top 10. 

Along with Hillgrove, Fayette County, Sandy Creek, Alexander, and Morgan County are new faces this week.

Columbia, South Atlanta, Jonesboro, St. Pius and Dacula drop out of the poll.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports