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What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Peachtree City police to hold Coffee With a Cop

Peachtree City police to hold Coffee With a Cop

Peachtree City, GA -- The Peachtree City Police Department is inviting the community to come out and connect with their officers during a "Coffee With a Cop" event planned for Monday, March 23 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Starbucks in the Peachtree East Shopping Center off Highway 54. Police officials say the event will allow them to further open their lines of communications with citizens.

 

Algerians hijack newspaper's website


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga -- A local newspaper says its website was the victim of a cyber-terrorist from Algeria. TheCitizen.com was hijacked for nearly an hour, and attack that crippled the site and left a cryptic message behind.

The FBI is looking into a complaint from The Citizen that the hackers deleted critical software files, including archives and a backup to the archives.

Newspaper Publisher Cal Beverly said the hackers used an Algerian IP address. The message they left on the website was a pro-Muslim, anti-US and anti-Israel rant that included the flags of Algeria and Palestine.

The cryptic message said "Muslims Are Not Terrorists. Tell Your Gov, To Know About Palestine, We Will Continue Hacking The Sites".

Police warning shoppers about mother-daughter thieves


FAYETTEVILLE, GA (WXIA) -- Fayette County Police are warning shoppers all around the metro area about a mother-daughter duo they say have stolen more than a dozen wallets from unsuspecting grocery shoppers in at least three counties.

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Police said surveillance video shows the suspect, Carla Clifton, who authorities say is on the run. They arrested her 16-year-old daughter Thursday morning, and say more family members could be involved.

Police say Clifton is the ringleader in a string of wallet snatchings that date back to the fall – many of them caught on surveillance video.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations.

The recent rounds of winter weather that slammed much of the country forced the Red Cross to cancel more than 200 planned blood drives. It's the second shortfall this year; more than 26,400 donations went uncollected in early February, also thanks to weather.

"Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in," said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO of the Red Cross's Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Service Regions. "Donors who give now are just restocking our shelves; they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need."

Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation location and schedule an appointment.

The Red Cross has also planned a number of blood drives in Fayette County: