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UGA's Richt among finalists for Dodd Trophy

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The Georgia Bulldogs' head coach, Mark Richt, has been selected as one of 12 finalists for the Dodd Trophy, an award given to the nation's top college football coach.

Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl said the Dodd Trophy is the preeminent Coach of the Year award and recognizes the head coach of a team that emphasizes the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership and integrity on and off the field – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd's coaching philosophy. Coach Dodd is one of only three people selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player.

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Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

UGA group holds vigil for missing Mexican students

UGA group holds vigil for missing Mexican students

ATHENS, Ga. -- Members of the Athens Immigrants' Rights Coalition are joining the call for answers in the alleged abduction and killings of 43 Mexican college students from Ayotzinapa.

The group organized a vigil last week in conjunction with the Undocumented Student Alliance and the Hispanic Student Association at the University of Georgia.

One of the students spoke about the fact that she hasn't been able to visit her grandparents for many years due to the instability in Ayotzinapa, the region where the missing students' teachers college was located.

"This really spoke to me, and I wanted to show my support in any way I could," said Reilly Lerner, a board member of HSA. "The vigil was an important step in informing people of the situation and what is going on away from home."

The vigil included a reading of the biographies of the students.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

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UGA, GA Tech students run 70 miles together

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Tech versus University of Georgia rivalry is deep, passionate and at its height this week. But that's Saturday. On Friday students from each school came together to travel from Atlanta to Athens ahead of Saturday's game. They made the journey on foot.

It's more than 70 miles. Members from each school divided up the distance and traveled relay-style, using a football as the baton

"Total it's about 10 hours," explained Georgia Tech student Gerald Demeunynck.

This is a journey the brothers of Phi Gamma Delta's University of Georgia and Georgia Tech chapters have done since 1998.

"Making sure we make the connection with the other chapter," explained Georgia Tech student Nima Vojdani.

Midway in Loganville they made the hand off, Tech to UGA

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules: