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Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

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3 Cherokee students attend Federal Service Language Academy

3 Cherokee students attend Federal Service Language Academy

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three Cherokee County teens were invited to participate in the Federal Service Language Academy at the University of North Georgia over the summer.

The prestigious program, which is endorsed by the Georgia Department of Education, combines language immersion, fitness and federal service advisement. It offers tracks in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Korean and Russian.

Cherokee County's attendees include Julia Kochansky (Cherokee High), Gianna Samms (Etowah High) and Christopher Simmons (Sequoyah High).

Learn more about the academy at ung.edu.

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

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Vulgar note, rope left on Canton apartment door


CANTON, Ga. – The Canton Police Department is investigating a vulgar note and piece of rope left on an apartment door. Police located four other residents of the same apartment complex who had the threatening notes taped to their door.

The notes were found on doors at the Lancaster Ridge Apartment complex on Hickory Knoll Drive early Friday. The rope was tied to a door knob where a 91 year old woman lives with her daughter.

"It shocked me," said Sarah Humphries. "We've been living here since 2008 and nothing like this has ever happened and it just scared me. Humphries lives with her mother Dolly Humphries, who is disabled. Humphries said she believes the rope was a noose.

"There's a whole lot of mean people in this world nowadays," she said. "I can tell you, because I see it on TV all the time."

Daughter comforts Trooper after heart attack

Daughter comforts Trooper after heart attack

CANTON, Ga-- Little girls think their dads can solve every problem, heal every bruised knee, comfort any hurt. Sara Walker captured a single moment when the roles were reversed.

Five-year-old Emily was dressed in scrubs, holding her dad's hand singing "Let it go" from Disney's Frozen. A memorable moment after a terrifying day.

"At 1:09 on July 10th, I received a phone call that changed my life forever," Sara Walker told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe.

Cherokee seniors to be honored at bowl game

Cherokee seniors to be honored at bowl game

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Northside Hospital - Cherokee will sponsor a bowl game for seniors in the Cherokee County School District later this year.

The Northside Hospital - Cherokee CCSD Senior Bowl will be held Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Etowah High School stadium. It is the first football game of its kind to be held in Cherokee County.

Senior football players, cheerleaders, marching band members and JROTC cadets will be honored during the game. The players will also receive commemorative jerseys, while the cheerleaders, band members and cadets will get medals.

"We're about giving our students opportunities to succeed and celebrating the achievements," Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said in a statement. "This wonderful event does both."

Tickets for the bowl game are only $5. The admission fee will be waived for anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy for the school district's holiday toy drive.