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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

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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:

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Dawg fans cash in on Waffle House bet


ATHENS, Ga. -- In the Dawg Nation, we take our victory scattered, smothered, and covered.

University of Georgia fans lined up outside of an Athens Waffle House on Wednesday to cash in on a bet made on last week's football game.

Three Waffle House suppliers made the friendly wager on the outcome of the UGA-Auburn game. The Bulldogs won the game, 34-7.

As payment, fans are receiving free waffles, coffee and hasbrowns through 7 a.m. Thursday at the Waffle House located at 140 West Clayton Street in Athens, Ga.

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Weight control is possible during the holiday season. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge Blog will show you how. From the Monday before Thanksgiving until the first full week of January, you will receive 14 different tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active.

“This program is designed to help people recognize and control their eating during the holidays,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We received feedback from 2013 Challenge participants that the blog messages kept them aware and focused of their goal of not gaining weight over the holidays.”

Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge blog topics will include: