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Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in November.

That's down seven-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.7 percent.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor said local employers added 14,300 jobs last month in such industries as trade, transportation and warehousing; government; leisure and hospitality; and education and health care.

The number of unemployed Atlanta-are residents dropped fron 190,266, considerably down from October's 208,877 and last November's 223,686.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate at 5.1. The highest was 10.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Boy gets wish for white Christmas, but cancer remains

CONYERS, Ga. -- All over metro Atlanta kids woke up Christmas morning, their faces beaming to see the presents under the tree. But Dylan Rosier found his Christmas present outside, scattered all across the lawn and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Tuesday night when Rosier went to bed his front lawn looked like any other.  But Christmas morning, bundled in a blanket, the 8-year old stumbled outside to find a winter wonderland.

"That's awesome, that's what I thought," said Rosier looking out at the lawn.

Rosier had told Santa he wanted snow, so he could do one thing.

"Slide down the hill and bust my face on the pavement," said Rosier apologetically.

It's the candid honesty of a boy who doesn't have time in life to lie.  That's because Rosier had two wishes for Christmas.

"My other wish was to be free of cancer. I have leukemia," he said.

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful receives Governor’s Circle Award

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful receives Governor’s Circle Award

CONYERS, Ga. Rockdale County government today announced that Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) is the recipient of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation’s new Governor’s Circle Award. Gov. Nathan Deal presented the award to KCRB on Dec. 9 on the steps of the Georgia Capitol during the Keep Georgia Beautiful Fall Conference.

“We’re proud of our partnership with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, and of the impact its affiliates are making in communities across the state,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, a major partner of Keep Georgia Beautiful.

“They are instrumental in helping create places that attract investment and enhance the quality of life for Georgia’s citizens and existing businesses.”

Chairman and CEO Richard Oden to deliver 2014 State of the County Address

Chairman and CEO Richard Oden to deliver 2014 State of the County Address

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County Chairman and CEO Richard A. Oden will deliver the State of the County Address to citizens, employees and community leaders on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rockdale County Auditorium, 903 Main Street..

The public is welcome to attend this free event.

With the theme, “Continuing to Move Forward by Uniting, Building and Energizing,” Chairman Oden will review successes County departments, staff and leaders achieved this year on the community’s behalf, as well as share his plans and goals for Rockdale in 2014.

Much of what he will cover also will be outlined in an illustrative booklet he traditionally provides the audience as part of the event to reference throughout the year.

Additionally, the winner of the illustrious Charles P. Cole Citizen Involvement Award will be announced at the event.

Several local elected officials and dignitaries are expected to attend the Chairman’s address.

Rockdale County thanks supporters of successful tree lighting event

Rockdale County thanks supporters of successful tree lighting event

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County, along with the City of Conyers, recently kicked off the holidays with a Hollywood theme, Lights, Camera, Action, Christmas, during the annual 2013 Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration on Dec. 7.

Event organizers with the County credit the wonderful support of several area businesses for the success of the Tree Lighting program it hosts every year. The County would especially like to thank the following:

Chairman Oden co-sponsoring walk and food drive

Chairman Oden co-sponsoring walk and food drive

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden has teamed up with Andy Peabody, Executive Director at Rockdale Emergency Relief, Senior Pastor Eric W. Lee and Minister Brian Russell of Springfield Baptist Church, and other civic and community organizations to host the third annual Walk By Faith event.

The 1.1 mile-walk will start on Sat., Jan. 4 at the Salem Gate Plaza parking lot in Conyers near Highway 138 and Old Salem Road and will conclude at Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Drive. The staging will take place at 9 a.m.

The group is asking participants to bring 5 or more dry or canned good items so that the community can fill the local food pantry shelves.

The Ray Davis Middle School marching band will play music while leading the walk to Springfield.

“This is a great first event of the year for the community to come together on one accord with positive, powerful energy” Chairman Oden said.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended road construction through the beginning of 2014.

GDOT announced Thursday that construction will stop at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and resume at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Although there will be no crews on major highways, drivers should still expect heavy delays near malls and popular shopping centers as Christmas approaches.