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RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

ATLANTA -- RaceTrac is hiring more than 100 temporary employees for the holidays.

The Cobb County-based chain of gas stations will hire two extra people at 66 Georgia locations to help promote Free Coffee Week.

Employees will hold signs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Dec. 17-21. Sign holders must be at least 18 years old and clean cut.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the positions is asked to reach out to Jason Brown at 404-604-2612 or jbrown@hopebeckham.com. Public relations firm Hope Beckham will also hold a RaceTrac job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at its office at 17 Executive Park Drive in North Druid Hills.

Police Christmas fund to help needy families

Police Christmas fund to help needy families

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Kennesaw Police Department is working to help needy families in Kennesaw and Acworth this holiday season.

The 35th annual Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund accepts donations of money, food and toys for the less fortunate in north Cobb County.

Food and new toys can be delivered to the Kennesaw City Jail. Money can be delivered or mailed to the Kennesaw Police Department. Envelopes should be addressed to Officer Scott Luther, 2539 J.O. Stephenson Lane, Kennesaw, 30144.

Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The police department will also take donations at Adams Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Anyone who donates at the park will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card to LongHorn Steakhouse.

Last year's Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund helped 86 families, including 242 children. The Kennesaw Police Department is optimistic that this year's movement will be just as successful.

Kangaroo Express offering 1-cent coffee on Sept. 29

Kangaroo Express offering 1-cent coffee on Sept. 29

ATLANTA -- Kangaroo Express is celebrating National Coffee Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 by offering one-cent cups of coffee to customers.

Guests can put their spare pennies to use by cashing them in for a 12 oz. Bean Street Coffee from 8 a.m. to noon.

"We love our guests and our guests love coffee. That's why National Coffee Day is the perfect time to show our appreciation with a cup of coffee that can be paid for with the least appreciated coin of them all -- the penny," Kangaroo Express senior VP of marketing John Fisher said in a statement.

The limit is one cup of coffee per customer, while supplies last.

Find your nearest Kangaroo Express at kangarooexpress.com.

Pike Nurseries to host gardening classes, sale

Pike Nurseries to host gardening classes, sale

ATLANTA -- Fall, the prime planting season, is right around the corner, and Pike Nurseries has everything homeowners need to beautify their yards.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, all Pike locations in metro Atlanta will host a free fall gardening class. Nursery experts will take attendees through the process of picking out fall plants and caring for them.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is free to attend.

Pike's Gardenfest event, where customers can enjoy complimentary refreshments while surveying a variety of plants and yard decorations, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Much of the merchandise will be on sale during Gardenfest.

Visit pikenursery.com to find your neighborhood Pike and to learn more about the upcoming fall events.

Walmart layaway is back, better this year

Walmart layaway is back, better this year

ATLANTA -- The Walmart layaway program will return just in time for Christmas, the company announced Monday.

This year's layaway will have plenty of new features, including more eligible items and a $15 Walmart gift card for those who pay for their entire layaway purchase.

Layaway begins on Sept. 16. Customers who like their local Walmart stores on Facebook beginning Aug. 28 will be able to start their layaway early, on Sept. 14.

Learn more about the program at walmart.com/layaway.

Georgia resumes annual Back-to-School tax free holiday

Georgia resumes annual Back-to-School tax free holiday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is offering parents a tax holiday on back-to-school goods for the first time since 2009.

The state will temporarily suspend its collection of the sales tax on Aug. 10-11 for general school supplies, some clothing and computers and computer accessories.

Retired engineer digs up big lottery prize

Retired engineer digs up big lottery prize

ACWORTH, Ga. -- An Acworth man has scored hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Georgia Lottery.

Roy Pulliam, a retired Lockheed Martin industrial engineer, won a $232,648 jackpot prize after matching all five winning numbers in the July 21 Fantasy 5 drawing.

"I'm thrilled," said Pulliam, who bought his lucky ticket at the Publix on Seven Hills Boulevard in Dallas.

The 71-year-old winner, who has four children and six grandchildren with wife Dianne, learned the good news when he checked the results on the lottery's website.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "I jumped up and down, hollered and screamed."

Pulliam said he created a checklist of projects that he will complete with his winnings.

Winning numbers from the July 21 Fantasy 5 drawing were 3-6-11-14-23.