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Movies Under The Stars returns to Mall of Georgia

Movies Under The Stars returns to Mall of Georgia

BUFORD, Ga. -- The sights and sounds of free outdoor family entertainment are set to return to Mall of Georgia. The shopping center’s seventh annual Movies Under The Stars summer series, presented by AutoNation Mall of Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Gwinnett Braves, is back beginning Saturday, May 23. Local families and friends are invited to meet on the lawn at the Village Amphitheatre every Saturday evening through July 25 to enjoy a complimentary cinema and concert showcase.

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

(WXIA) -- All 22 Atlanta-area T.MAC restaurants will raise money for Christopher Sparkman this week.

Sparkman was working as a security guard at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April when he was shot in the abdomen. Since the shooting, Sparkman has undergone more than 30 surgeries. His wife Jamie Lynn quit her job to help take care of him.

Read more about Chris Sparkman's recovery

The Sparkman family faces enormous medical bills; Jamie Lynn has spoken publicly about the need for financial assistance.

T.MAC customers who want to help Sparkman pay for his treatment can do so on Thursday, Apr. 2. Diners can drop their receipts in designated collection boxes; 10 percent of their bills will be donated to the Sparkman family.

Man killed in single-car crash in Buford

Man killed in single-car crash in Buford

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed in a single-car crash in Gwinnett County Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at around 2 a.m. at Buford Dam and Shadburn Ferry roads near Buford.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said responding crews found the male driver dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The victim's name has not been released.

The accident investigation was turned over to Gwinnett County Police.

Blimpie offering 51¢ subs on Apr. 2

Blimpie offering 51¢ subs on Apr. 2

(WXIA) -- To celebrate its 51st birthday, Blimpie is offering 51¢ sandwiches this week.

The first 100 customers to visit any Blimpie location nationwide on Thursday, Apr. 2 will be able to order a regular-sized Blimpie Best sub for only 51¢. The promotion is limited to one sandwich per person.

Blimpie also plans to bring back its Hoboken Hero, an Italian sub created especially for last year's 50th anniversary celebration, in May.

Visit blimpie.com to find your nearest location.

Author Stuart Woods to hold book signing in Gwinnett

Author Stuart Woods to hold book signing in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods will hold a talk and book signing in Gwinnett County next month.

Woods, a Georgia native and University of Georgia graduate, has published more than 30 books. His latest novel is Hot Pursuit.

He will visit the Hamilton Mill Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library on Friday, Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of his books will be available for purchase courtesy of Eagle Eye Book Shop.

Book Atlanta provided a synopsis of Hot Pursuit, the latest addition to Woods's Stone Barrington series:

Stone is amazed when he meets a gorgeous pilot who is as comfortable with the jet-set lifestyle as he. They soon begin traveling together, which leads them from Wichita to Europe. However, close behind is some unwanted baggage -- his new acquaintance's ex-boyfriend, who happens to be a criminal.

Suspect sought in Buford smash-and-grab

Suspect sought in Buford smash-and-grab

BUFORD, Ga. -- Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect involved in a smash-and-grab at a Verizon Wireless store in Buford.

The burglary took place March 16 at a store located at 5965 Cumming Highway. The suspect is seen on surveillance footage smashing a front window with a sledgehammer and entering the store.

Police say he them stole some 15 items valued at more than $5,000.

Authorities believe the individual is possibly tied to similar crimes in DeKalb and Cobb counties.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.