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Kmart closes Athens store for final time

ATHENS, Ga. - The Kmart store in Athens along Barnett Shoals Road closed for the final time Sunday.

The store was among a list of 120 stores nationally that Kmart's parent, Sears Holdings, said late last year they would be shuttering nationwide. Locations in Douglasville, Jonesboro and on Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta have already closed.

RELATED | 4 Metro Atlanta locations among Kmart stores to close

Employees in the store were offered the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart stores.

Kmart stores in Marietta, Covington, Canton, Mableton, Snellville, Hiram, Peachtree City, Cartersville, Carrollton and Rome remain open.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

Zombies are coming back to Georgia

SENOIA, Ga. -- It's pretty clear that zombies like the state of Georgia. If you watch "The Walking Dead" you have seen several Georgia locations where the popular television series was shot.

Now it appears that season three of the AMC hit will be shot here too. One Georgia city with a Hollywood-like reputation will benefit most. The city of Senoia has been told by the show's location manager that most of the upcoming season will be shot there.

The city's Main Street will be the main set for when the show starts shooting on May 31, 2012. Cast and crew could be in Senoia until November. "We've gotten used to how to direct traffic, how to deal with businesses," the city's Director of Downtown Development Scott Tigchelaar said.

Atlanta Architecture Firm tvsdesign Promotes Michele Grivno

Atlanta Architecture Firm tvsdesign Promotes Michele Grivno

tvsdesign recently promoted Michele Grivno of Peachtree City to Associate in their Atlanta office. The firm is noted for its award-winning designs in convention centers, corporate headquarters, workplace, hospitality, cultural arts, higher education facilities, retail and mixed use.

“We are very excited and proud to announce this promotion as it shows that not only do we hire superior people but we promote and nurture them in their careers,” said Becky Ward, senior vice president of practice. “One of the hallmarks of tvsdesign is the longevity of our staff providing our clients with personal and institutional knowledge on major projects worldwide.”

 

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Relationship Expert and Bestselling Author debuts Radio Show in Metro Atlanta

Relationship Expert and Bestselling Author debuts Radio Show in Metro Atlanta

In a world where casual hook ups, quickie divorces and open relationships are wreaking havoc on marriages, bestselling author, minister and radio show host, Kenny Pugh and The Chat Kafe Show, is a breath of fresh air and hope for those seeking advice and counsel on how to create relationships and marriages that will stand the test of time.

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.