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Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

ATLANTA -- Brian Frank, Managing Director, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the 10th annual Barron’s Top Financial Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and family relationships to portfolio management and retirement planning.

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Deputy survives spectacular crash caused by allegee DUI driver


NORCROSS, Ga -- A Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputy escaped serious injuries when a suspected DUI driver slammed into the back of his patrol car, causing a spectacular crash.

The crash happened on I-85 south between Indian Trail Road and Jimmy Carter Boulevard, shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. Deputy J. Lunt was idling on the inside lane with his blue lights on protecting a work crew when the vehicle slammed into his car.

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.

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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Netherworld opens this weekend

Netherworld opens this weekend

NORCROSS, Ga. -- It's back, boys and ghouls. Netherworld Haunted House will open for the season this Friday, Sept. 26.

The haunted house, often considered one of the scariest in the U.S., has two special attractions this year.

In Season of the Witch, ancient evils have sent the Dead Ones to destroy humanity. The witches think they can save the human race ... by making mankind suffer.

Spliced is a gory adventure involving zombies, human clones and a medical black market where organs, blood and tissue are sold.

Netherworld hours and ticket prices vary. Visit fearworld.com for the latest information.

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.

Funeral home fight in Peachtree Corners

Funeral home fight in Peachtree Corners

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. - So many people came out to Peachtree Corners' City Council meeting on Tuesday they ran out of chairs. That's very unusual.

So was the reason. It was a grassroots effort to stop a crematory from being built near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Christy Creedon lives nearby and now her neighborhood tour includes pointing out where Crowell Brothers Funeral Home hopes to build a crematory.

Creedon and dozens of others spoke asking city council to deny a zoning amendment, citing loss of property value and fears of unknown pollutants as reasons against the project.

"There are many communities that have passed laws requiring 500 feet buffer minimum between crematory properties and residential development. We're asking that our community do the same," Creedon said.

She asked developer Jeff Crowell to change his current plan.