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Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

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

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Police recover guns and thousands of dollars from gambling ring


ALPHARETTA, Ga -- The doors to Pepperoni's Tavern are locked now as more details are emerging about a March Madness gambling ring that was busted Monday night.

Alpharetta Police said it was not your everyday NCAA Tournament office pool.
"
This is not about us knocking on somebody
'
s door because they waged on a tournament, it's not about office pools,
"
said Officer George Gordon.

23 arrested for illegal NCAA tournament gambling


ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Police arrested 23 people after busting an alleged gambling operation at an Alpharetta restaurant late Monday.

Specialized SWAT operators, undercover officers, uniformed officers and detectives took park in the surprise raid at Pepperoni's Tavern located on Old Milton Parkway.

Authorities said the gambling operation was based on the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Police said 65 people were detained in the raid; 23 were booked into Fulton County Jail on illegal gambling charges. The other personnel were interviewed and released possibly pending future charges.

Three handguns and an undisclosed amount of cash were confiscated.

Alpharetta Department of Public Safety conducted the joint operation with law enforcement personnel from the cities of Milton, Johns Creek and Roswell.

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

On February 4, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 4, to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

 

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine,” stated Commissioner Joan P. Garner. “This is an exciting time to be part of an endeavor that will enhance and connect the communities located along the BeltLine in District 4.” 

Members of the Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors shall initially serve staggered terms of two (2) years and after the initial terms have expired, serve for a term of four (4) years (subject to the concurrent service requirements set forth herein).

 

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nutrient rich soil makes it possible to have a beautiful lawn and blooming flowers. Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

“Cooperative Extension is able to help residents with their gardening questions,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are equipped to assist residents in having their soil tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension office.”

Alpharetta man indicted for stabbing friend's dog

Alpharetta man indicted for stabbing friend's dog

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A Fulton County Grand Jury has indicted an Alpharetta man accused of stabbing a pit bull mix nearly two dozen times.

Philemon Delouise has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals in the Feb. 28 attack on 2-year-old "Roxy."

The incident happened at the defendant's Village Green Way home. Prosecutors said Delouise, who was taking care of Roxy for a friend, held her down and stabbed her, then took her outside and left her to die.

Roxy's owner found her and took her to the vet about nine hours after the attack. The dog survived the stabbing and is receiving ongoing medical care.

Delouise, 27, was arrested at his home. A trial date has not yet been set.