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UGA students protest Yom Kippur Homecoming


ATHENS, Ga -- More than 1,700 University of Georgia students signed a petition over scheduling Homecoming on Yom Yippur. It's one of the holiest days for the Jewish community.

"Because Homecoming was scheduled on Yom Kippur, it really eliminated a lot of students who would have had the opportunity to attend the game," UGA student Madeline Hill said. "I know I have family coming into town. My Jewish friends have family coming. It's a big deal."

The students recognized it was too late to change this weekend's game, but wanted to make sure UGA heard their protests and planned better for future games.

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ATF agent shot, suspect killed in Athens


ATHENS, Ga. — An agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was shot and a suspect was killed in Athens on Tuesday.

According to law enforcement officials, an ATF agent met up with two other men at 1955 Winterville Road in Athens. An altercation took place and gunshots were exchanged just 5 p.m. The ATF agent was injured and a suspect was killed. The other suspect was taken into custody, 11Alive's Jeremy Campbell reports.

The ATF agent was listed in intensive care and in critical but stable condition at Athens Regional Medical Center.

The suspect killed was identified as 20-year-old Javonta Darden. The man taken into custody is 21-year-old Steven McKinley. Both men are from Athens.

It's not clear who shot the agent, Darden or McKinley.

Darden's father, Randy, doesn't under stand how his son could get mixed up in something like this.

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.

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.

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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.

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.