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Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia Tech student has been indicted by a Clarke County grand jury for allegedly hacking into University of Georgia's computer network prior to the Nov. 29 football game between the rivals.

Ryan Gregory Pickren, 21, is charged with felony computer trespass for posting on UGA's online calendar two days before the match-up, the Athens Banner-Herald is reporting.

The illegal calendar entry, which was added below the actual listing for the game, said: "Sat., November 29, 2014/ 12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT."

An investigation was launched by the UGA Police Department, which did not arrest Pickren. Instead, a prosecutor submitted evidence to the grand jury, which indicted the Georgia Tech student on Dec. 16.

A bench warrant was later ordered and Pickren surrendered at the Clarke County Jail. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

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Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Clarke County's November unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Last trainload of coal rolls to UGA campus

Last trainload of coal rolls to UGA campus

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will receive its last train shipment of coal this week.

The Athens Line is scheduled to bring the last shipment of coal for the university's coal-fired steam boiler, slated for replacement this winter, reports Athens Banner-Herald.

The train last week brought in five cars of coal, about 500 tons, from Virginia's Red River Coal Company, Tom Satterly, assistant vice president of UGA's facilities management division, told the paper. This week's expected shipment of another six cars with 600 tons, will provide the stockpile of just more than 4,000 tons to help heat Athens' main campus in the months ahead, Satterly said.

The university's old coal-fired steam boiler is used to provide steam for the vast network of pipes that snake through the university campus.

Consultants recommended an electrode boiler powered by Georgia Power Company electricity.

'Share a Moment of Love this Holiday' with a senior

ATLANTA -- Georgia's nursing home leaders are inviting the public to stop by a local senior community during the holidays this year and spend time visiting with residents living in one of the state's many skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities.

The Georgia Health Care Association's annual “Share a Moment of Love this Holiday” campaign, which helps people learn how the gift of time can be a wonderful present, is being celebrated until Sunday, Jan. 3.   

“We’re all so busy during the holiday season that sometimes it is easy to forget just how much it means to spend a moment with a special person,” said Jon Howell, president & CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association. “Chance are that we all know someone who does not need another 'thing', but the gift that would mean the most to them is a visit, a moment of love.”

“Giving the gift of time, along with a hug and smile, can mean the world to so many people,” Howell added.

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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

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.