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Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will hold its annual College and Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 90 colleges, universities and companies are scheduled to attend this year's event.

Everyone is invited to stop by the fair, which will be held at the North Metro Campus in Acworth.

Thirteen schools will be represented, including Brenau University, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Life University, Reinhardt University, Saint Leo University, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Polytechnic State University, Strayer University and the University of Phoenix.

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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.”

4 Cherokee students named National Achievement semifinalists

4 Cherokee students named National Achievement semifinalists

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Cherokee County high school seniors have been named semifinalists for the prestigious National Achievement Scholarship.

The prize is given annually to some of the top black high school students in the country. Officials whittle down 1,600 semifinalists to 800 scholarship winners.

Cherokee County's semifinalists include Austin P. Floyd (Cherokee High), Langston H. Leake (Sequoyah High), Ebony N. Scott (Cherokee High) and Felicia N. Williams (River Ridge High).

To become a finalist, each student must fill out a detailed application, write an essay and receive an endorsement from his or her principal.

Big rig overturns, spills garbage on minivan


CANTON, Ga. -- Two people were injured when a tractor trailer overturned and spilled its load onto a minivan in Cherokee County.

It happened on Cumming Highway at the Union Hill Road intersection in Canton.

Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Franka Young said the big rig, driven by 46-year-old Ronnie Lee Crane of Carrollton, was going too fast when it tried to turn onto Union Hill Road. It overturned on top of a Honda minivan driven by 37-year-old Deanna Langston Cannon of Canton.

The tractor trailer was carrying garbage, which spilled all over the minivan and the road. It also spilled some diesel fuel.

The drivers of both vehicles suffered minor injuries and were taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Investigators have not said if anyone will face charges.

Young said Union Hill Road is closed at the scene, but Cumming Highway is open to traffic.

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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.

Cherokee County's preliminary unemployment rate was 6.6 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.

1 killed, 1 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Cherokee Co.


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed and another person was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Cherokee County on Tuesday.

According to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Director of Public Affairs Tim Cavendar, the accident happened just after 5 p.m. on Highway 372 near Hogan Pond Lane.

The accident involved a red Hyundai and a black Lexus. The driver of the Hyundai, a 38-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, Cavendar said. The driver of the Lexus, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to North Fulton Hospital in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries. She had fractures to her right tibia and fibula as well as severe injuries to one of her feet, Cavendar said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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.