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HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”

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Who has been burning dogs in metro Atlanta?


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating after two Rottweilers have been burned in less than three weeks.

The dogs were taken to the Fayette County Animal Hospital, where they are being treated for severe injuries.

You don't have to be a veterinarian to know that Jade the Rottweiler is in pain.

A lot of it.

"It's hurt, and it can't tell you how bad it's hurt," said Erin Meurer, a veterinary technician with the Fayetteville Animal Hospital. "And I think that's where a lot of people go wrong. They think, 'Oh, it's just a dog.' But it's not just a dog; it's a living breathing creature."

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Fayette County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

County chairman works to bring driverless cars to Ga.

County chairman works to bring driverless cars to Ga.

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. – A county chairman is trying to bring driverless cars to Georgia's roads.

Fayette County Chairman Steve Brown is working closely with the Georgia legislature to get Google's controlled testing driverless car technology to the county.

"They're smaller than a VW Bug and they are made out of lightweight plastic materials. They only go 25 miles an hour," Brown said.

Brown says Google is manufacturing 200 of the driverless vehicles and he'll take as many they'll send.

"They'll actually save road capacity," Brown said. "Instead of having to build another lane, since they will drive close to another, you won't have to build more lanes and you will have more space on the highways."

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Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Rotary Club has announced the 2014-15 lineup of its popular Elementary Grand Prix Race Series.

The series was started in 2005 as a way to curb childhood obesity in Peachtree City and Fayette County. Every elementary school in the county hosts a 5K to encourage students and their families to run and to lead active, healthy lives.

Last year's series raised about $100,000 for the rotary club and local schools.

Participants earn points at each race; the higher they place in their age groups, the more points they earn. The top three finishers in each age group will receive plaques and be recognized at a special rotary club reception in May.

This year's schedule includes:

Saturday, Oct. 4
Fayetteville Elementary 5K
(490 Hood Avenue)

Saturday, Oct. 25
Peeples Elementary 5K
(153 Panther Path)

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

2014 Reward Schools: Fayette County

2014 Reward Schools: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Fayette County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Inman Elementary School
* Oak Grove Elementary School

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Fayette County had no Highest Progress schools in 2014