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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.”

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.

Coweta County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.8 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.

3 injured in Newnan drive-by shooting

3 injured in Newnan drive-by shooting

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Three people were shot when suspects opened fire outside a Newnan house Tuesday night.

It happened at around 9:40 p.m. on West Washington Street near Wheat Street.

Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs said two men, ages 20 and 24, were sitting on a house's front porch when a burgundy car drove by. Someone inside the car fired several shots in the house's direction. Both men were hit, as was a 57-year-old woman in bed inside the house.

Riggs said the female victim was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, while both male victims were taken to Grady by ambulance.

The shooting is under investigation. Police have not yet named any suspects.

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

NEWNAN, Ga. (WXIA) -- The Northgate High School community recently reminded us all that teenagers don't always deserve the image they sometimes get as totally self-involved.

Last Friday, the student body chose two special needs students, Jessica Martindale and Anie Nevov as Homecoming King and Queen.

"One of the first times I've seen Northgate pull together as a whole and do something amazing," said Olivia Laaker, a senior.

Thao Nguyen initially spearheaded the idea to honor the pair by getting them on the Homecoming Court, but then a groundswell of support throughout the school.

Thao wanted it "in order to make it my best year, I wanted to make it someone else's best year, best senior year."

"At the pep rally I literally cried four times and at the game I cried because this is so amazing," Greta Taylor, who has known Anie since elementary school. "I love them so much and I was so happy for them."

Piedmont Newnan Hospital generates $220 million for local, state economy

Piedmont Newnan Hospital generates $220 million for local, state economy

NEWNAN, Ga. – In 2012, Piedmont Newnan Hospital generated nearly $220 million in revenue for the local and state economy according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association. The report also found that, during the same period, Piedmont Newnan Hospital provided approximately $10 million in uncompensated care while sustaining 1,754 full-time jobs throughout Newnan and the rest of the state.

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.

South City Winds Quintet to give free concert

South City Winds Quintet to give free concert

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The South City Wind Quintet will give a free concert at Coweta County's Centre for Performing and Visual Arts this weekend.

The group is made up of musicians from metro Atlanta, including Coweta County-based band director Rusty Wilson.

They will perform chamber music at the Centre on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Centre is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.