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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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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.

Clarke County's preliminary unemployment rate was 6.8 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.

UGA female students reacting to 'creepy' anonymous text

UGA female students reacting to 'creepy' anonymous text

ATHENS, Ga. -- For the second time in five days, there are some fears among the student body at the University of Georgia. On Tuesday, word spread about a bizarre text sent to a female student.

By mid-morning, University of Georgia campus social media sites were lit up with word of an anonymous text sent to a member of a sorority.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the message doesn't rise to the level of an all-out threat, but acknowledged it was "creepy."

11Alive News obtained a screen grab of the text. The anonymous sender writes:

Before you ignore me and tell someone I am messaging you you might want to know I know who you are.

The writer then goes on to list the female student's name, home address and even puts down her license plate number.

Student Cannon Lee said the text was the talk among young women on campus Tuesday, especially on sorority row.

Arrest made after social media threat at UGA


ATHENS, Ga. -- Police arrested a 19-year-old University of Georgia student in connection with a threat made on social media that led to the evacuation of a campus building on Friday.

The Zell B. Miller Learning Center on the University of Georgia campus was evacuated Friday after a threat was made against the building.

UGA Police said a threat of violence was made over social media. It warned students to stay away from the building on Friday afternoon.

Police evacuated the building while they investigated. Students received several text alerts, phone calls and emails about the situation.

Police say no violence occurred and no student was hurt or in danger at any time.

The all clear was given at around 1:10 p.m. and students were allowed to return.

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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: Clarke County

2014 Reward Schools: Clarke 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.

Clarke 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
* Clarke County had no Highest Performing schools in 2014

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
* Chase Street Elementary School
* Fowler Drive Elementary School

On The Border offering free queso Tuesday

On The Border offering free queso Tuesday

(WXIA) -- On The Border is celebrating Mexico's Independence Day by offering free queso.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, customers can take advantage of a free cup of Original Queso ($4.99 value), $3 House Margaritas and $3 Lunazul shots.

On The Border has five locations in the Atlanta area and one in Athens.

Grito de Dolores, the Mexican Independence Day, marks Mexico's independence from Spain in the 19th century.