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UGA to hold free finance workshops for entrepreneurs

UGA to hold free finance workshops for entrepreneurs

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is holding free personal finance workshops for would-be entrepreneurs across the state starting later this month.

The first workshop with UGA's consumer economics expert Michael Rupured will be Sept. 21 in Tifton. Others will be held Oct. 27 in Cumming and Moultrie, Nov. 9 in DeKalb County and Ellijay and Nov. 29 in Brunswick and Perry. 

Additional workshops in Atlanta, McDonough, Marietta, Griffin, Forsyth and other cities are scheduled for early next year.

The four-hour sessions are aimed at people who want to start a new business and want to get their personal finances in order.

For details, visit UGA's Cooperative Extension website.

Judge questions ex-UGA coach's settlement

Judge questions ex-UGA coach's settlement

MACON, Ga. -- A federal bankruptcy judge is raising doubts about a settlement agreement that a former University of Georgia head football coach brokered with a company that accused him of recruiting fellow college coaches to invest in a Ponzi scheme.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Smith said he was unlikely to accept the settlement Jim Donnan brokered with West Virginia-based liquidation company GLC Ltd.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.

Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dips

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate decreased to 10.4 percent in July, down from 10.5 percent in June and the same as a year earlier, according to the Georgia Department of Labor,

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said 14,000 more area residents were employed in July than in June.

RELATED: Plenty of announcements, but where are the jobs?

Hundreds hiring Thursday as Ga. jobless rate rises

Hundreds hiring Thursday as Ga. jobless rate rises

ATLANTA -- Thousands of jobseekers descended on the campus of Atlanta Metropolitan College on Atlanta's south side to attend a day-long job fair hosted by U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Hank Johnson.

Coca-Cola, Comcast and Gwinnett County Schools were among nearly 100 companies looking to hire at the fair at the fair, which ended at 5 p.m.

Traffic for the Congressional Black Caucus job fair stretched for blocks around the campus, and fire/rescue officials said at least eight people suffered from heat-related illnesses while waiting in line. 

People were not permitted to enter the campus for the job fair after about 2:30 p.m., according to the Atlanta Fire Department's Jolyon Bundridge.

UGA's first black business student to speak at school

UGA's first black business student to speak at school

ATHENS, Ga. -- The first black student admitted to the University of Georgia's business school will speak to faculty and staff from his alma mater.

Harold A. Black graduated from UGA's Terry College of Business in 1962 and was the first black male to live in a UGA residence hall. He has retired after 24 years as a professor of financial studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Black will speak Sept. 13 starting at noon at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization's annual scholarship luncheon. The event is at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. Tickets are $30.

Tennis center nearly $500K over budget

Tennis center nearly $500K over budget

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities say a tennis center planned for Athens is $490,000 above the project's $3.1 million budget.

The cost overrun is mainly the result of a two-year site selection process that involved community groups and tennis players lobbying for various locations for the center.

Officials say it cost time and money to analyze five locations that were finalists for the project.

Athens-Clarke Leisure Services director Pam Reidy said costs have also risen since work began on plans for the center in 2005.

County Manager Alan Reddish said he thinks the project will cost less than estimated once it is put out for bid. The $490,000 overrun is a worst-case scenario, he said.

The tennis center will include 12 lighted courts.