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Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.0 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Saturday is Put Litter in its Place Day in Gwinnett

Saturday is Put Litter in its Place Day in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will host a county-wide cleanup day this weekend.

Saturday, Apr. 26 is Put Litter in its Place Day. All Gwinnett residents are asked to pick up trash at locations throughout the county -- parks, stretches of road, neighborhoods and so on.

Get more cleanup ideas and learn about the ways Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is working to keep the county green at gwinnettcb.org.

Demetria McKinney releases EP in Atlanta

Demetria McKinney releases EP in Atlanta

ATLANTA-- Actress Demetria McKinney, best known for her roles in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and the Rickey Smiley Show, hosted an exclusive invite-only dinner and listening session of her upcoming EP “Officially Yours” at Tree Sound Studios in Norcross.

Attendees experienced a private dinner with the up-and-coming songstress prepared by renowned chef, Chef Mali and were privy to being the first to hear McKinney’s highly anticipated EP.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

(WXIA) -- The 2014 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were held Thursday night, with one Fulton County school scoring the majority of the honors.

Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls crushed the competition. It won a whopping 13 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and all the acting prizes.

Milton High School's Legally Blonde won two awards, while Pebblebrook High School's Les Misérables and Wesleyan School's Into the Woods each took home one.

Six students also received special Shuler Scholarships at the ceremony, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

See this year's nominees. The winners are:

Apartment fire in Gwinnett County


NORCROSS, Ga. -- At least ten apartments were damaged in a fire in Gwinnett County Monday morning.

It happened just before 3 a.m. at the Reserve apartment complex on Ashley Run Court in Norcross.

A Gwinnett County Fire spokesperson says initial reports are the fire was accidentally set by a candle.

There no reports of any injuries.

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