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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.

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Peanut acreage in Ga. hits 30-year low

Peanut acreage in Ga. hits 30-year low

ATHENS, Ga. -- A report by the University of Georgia says peanut acreage in the state has dropped to the lowest in three decades, but prices have risen.

A survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that farmers planted 480,000 acres of peanuts this spring. Georgia's peanut acreage has only fallen below 500,000 acres twice in the last 30 years, the last time being 2000.

The university's report says peanut acres are down nationally, with 10.5 percent fewer acres planted than last year.

The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service says more than 20 percent of the peanuts in Georgia are rated as poor to very poor.

The UGA report said last year's crop coming out of storage is selling for $750 a ton. The price earlier this year was $600 a ton.

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