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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.”

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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.

Gwinnett County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.2 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.

More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett

More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Ten miles of new toll lanes are proposed for Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County. The new lanes would be constructed north of the existing I-85 Express lanes and be located entirely within Gwinnett County.

Lanes would begin on I-85 at Old Peachtree Road and would extend to Hamilton Mill Road.

A public meeting and open house sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Oct. 2.

"These lanes will be designed to improve traffic flow, increase options for motorists and transit and registered vanpool customers, provide reliable trip times, create jobs and bring economic benefits to the residents of this region," the Georgia Department of Transportation says on its website.

And like existing I-85 toll lanes, the new lanes would be managed by a variable priced tolling system.

Property taxes due Oct. 1

Property taxes due Oct. 1

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- It's that time of year again for Gwinnett County homeowners.

Property taxes are due Wednesday, Oct. 1. Residents have four ways of paying the tax -- online, through the mail, by drop box or in person.

Those who choose to pay online can do so at gwinnetttaxcommissioner.com. It is free to pay by check. There is a flat fee of $3.95 to pay by debit card, while credit cards have a 2.29 percent service fee.

Mailed-in payments can be sent to the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner, P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, 30046.

All tax commissioner offices have drop boxes where property tax payments can be left. Tax commissioner officers will also accept in-person payments.

For more information, call Gwinnett County at 770-822-8800.

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Johns Creek man picks up $1M Powerball prize in Buford

Johns Creek man picks up $1M Powerball prize in Buford

ATLANTA – A winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million has emerged in Gwinnett County for a lucky north Fulton County man. Dean Tapp of Johns Creek matched the first five winning numbers from the Sept. 20 Powerball drawing, tapping a $1 million prize.

The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, 4080 Buford Drive in Buford.

Tapp, 64, said he discovered that he’d won while checking his tickets at the store.

“On the last try, it came up that I’d won something,” Tapp said.

A grandfather of three, Tapp has two adult children and is the owner of a manufacturing company in Suwanee.

The lucky winner intends to help his children financially, donate a portion to charity and pay off his home mortgage.

Winning numbers from the Sept. 20 Powerball drawing were: 22-23-30-37-39 and the Powerball was 16.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $225 million to a single annuity winner.

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.

Woman charged in year-old Gwinnett murder

Woman charged in year-old Gwinnett murder

BUFORD, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have compiled enough evidence to charge an Oakwood woman with murder in a year-old case.

Amy Leann McGarity, 27, is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and concealing a death. She is already in the Gwinnett County Jail on unrelated charges.

Police are investigating McGarity in the death of 20-year-old Kayla Jeanne Weil, whose remains were found in Chestnut Ridge Park in Hall County on Oct. 24, 2013.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said investigators believe Weil was murdered at a house on Cloud Street in Buford. McGarity lived at that address at the time of Weil's death.

No other information has been released, as the death is still under investigation.