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Metro jobless rate exceeds Cherokee rate in January

Metro jobless rate exceeds Cherokee rate in January

ATLANTA -- State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.2 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.9 percent in December.

In Cherokee County, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January.

Statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor also show that metro Athens had the lowest rate among local areas in the state at 7.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the highest local rate at 12.7 percent.

Milton and McEachern are tops in the final Super 25

ATLANTA-- With class AAAAA state titles in hand, the Milton boys and McEachern girls top the charts in the final Super25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta.

The Milton Eagles claimed their second state AAAAA championship in the past 3 seasons, with a win over Savannah.Columbia,Miller Grove, Whitefield Academy, and Westlake make up the top 5 in the final boys poll.

The McEachern girls beat two-time defending champion Norcross to finish the season a perfect 33-0 and claim the class AAAAA crown. Wesleyan won the girls class A championship fpr the 5 straight year and finished second in the final poll with Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Hillgrove completing the top 5.

The Super 25 polls for metro Atlanta teams are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11 Alive.com.



Publix recalls beef stew mix

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- According to the Food & Drug Administration, Publix is recalling packets of Publix Beef Stew Mix because it may contain milk not listed on the label.

People who are allergic to dairy products may run the risk of an allergic reaction to this product.

The 1.45 ounce containers have a UPC code of 41415-03608, and a date code of BEST BY DEC 09 13 H. The product was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

The product can be returned to their local Publix store for a full refund.

Any questions can be directed to the Publix consumer relations department at 1-800-242-1227.

CANTON | Driver in fatal accident had BAC of .218

CANTON, Ga. -- A driver involved in a February car accident that killed a Texas couple had a blood alcohol content of .218, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.

Rick Dean Headen, 48, was driving a Ford Focus on Knox Bridge Highway near Canton on Feb. 5 when he crossed the center line and hit a Dodge pickup truck.

Headen and his passenger, 40-year-old Charlotte Ann Sedtal, were killed. The couple's two-month-old baby survived with a broken leg and brain injuries; the child is expected to make a full recovery, according to Cherokee Sheriff's spokesman Howard Baker. The family lived in Sour Lake, Texas.

The two women in the pickup truck survived as well and received treatment for their injuries.

A BAC of .218 is slightly less than three times the legal limit in Georgia, Baker said.

CANTON | Rabid kitten bites vet, dies

CANTON, Ga. -- A stray kitten that was taken in by a couple Good Samaritans has tested positive for rabies and died, but not before biting the hand that fed it.

According to North Georgia Health District officials, a young Canton woman found the gray-striped kitten near a Starbucks on the 1300 block of Riverstone Parkway last week. 

She took it home on Thursday, then in for a check up with veterinarian on Friday. The vet said the cat appeared to be in good health and took the cat into her own home in Lumpkin County on Saturday.

While the kitten was there, it bit the vet twice after being startled by her dogs.  

On Sunday, the vet found the cat dead. 

This week, the Georgia Public Health Lab determined the cat had rabies. 

CANTON | 1 killed in overnight wreck

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a two-car wreck that claimed the life of one person and seriously injured another.

PHOTOS | Fatal Cherokee County wreck

The wreck happened on East Cherokee Drive at Union Hill Road shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities say 48-year-old James Allen Pressley of Canton was ejected from his car and pronounced dead at the scene.

The other driver, 21-year-old Darrell Carl Smith of Canton, was transported to North Fulton Hospital with serious injuries. 

There were no passengers in either vehicle. The accident is still under investigation.