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Fayette unemployment rises to 7.2 percent

Fayette unemployment rises to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in December, up from 8.0 percent in November.

In Fayette County, the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent. It was 6.8 percent in November.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rise was due to a number of factors, including an increase in first-time claims for unemployment insurance and an increase in the labor force as more people search for jobs.

Metro Athens had the area's lowest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region was highest at 11.4 percent.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

Atlanta, Ga.-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is here. This week's changes can be found in the top ten, but there is no change at the top spot.

The North Gwinnett girls lead this week's list followed by unbeaten Parkview, Norcross, Wesleyan and Columbia in the top 5.

Buford is 6th, with Stephenson, Tucker, Miller Grove and North Cobb rounding out the top 10.

This week Duluth moves up from 21st to 17th, while Creekview rises from 25th to 21st.

Woodstock and McEachern join the countdown this week, while McIntosh and Mill Creek fall out of the Super 25.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

Atlanta, Ga-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll is here. One of this week's big movers is in the third position, but no changes in the top 2.

The Columbia Boys are still on top, with Miller Grove 2nd, and Marist moving from 5th to 3rd this week. Greater Atlanta Christian and North Cobb complete the top 5.

Hillgrove is 6th this week, with Shiloh, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Eagle's Landing rounding out the top 10.

The Grady boys are big movers this week rising from 21st to 15th, while Morrow slides from 15th to 23rd.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll is computer generated and produced exclusivley for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive. Com  

49ers Promote Wesleyan Alum Hall for NFC Title Game

Atlanta--The San Francisco 49ers promoted WR Chad Hall from the team's practice squad.Hall (5-8, 187) was originally signed to the 49ers practice squad on November 27 and later released on December 15. He was re-signed to the practice squad on December 17.

Hall entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 11, 2010. He was later released by the Eagles on September 4, 2010 and signed to Philadelphia's practice squad a day later. The Eagles promoted Hall to the active roster on October 10, 2010, and he went on to play in eight games (one start).

Hawks Lou Williams suffers torn ACL

ATLANTA, GA -- Hawks guard Lou Williams experienced a right knee sprain during Atlanta's game last night at Brooklyn. X-rays taken during the game at the Barclays Center were negative. An MRI and examination today by Dr. Michael Bernot at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta revealed a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

"We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery," said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. "He has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation."


Ga. Dept. of Transportation prepares for winter driving

ATLANTA -- The Department of Transportation can rattle off its statistics. 25,000 tons
of salt. 36,000 tons of aggregate. 1,900 people on call.

But all folks in
Atlanta really want to know is if the plan in place will protect them from
black ice, during their morning commute.

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"There has to be an awful lot of communication and monitoring of it. We
of course have all of our operators from E911 out there, as well as all of our
cameras out there, and they will all be monitored closely," said DOT
spokesperson Jill Goldberg.

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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The new USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is here.

This week, there are changes in the top 5, but the name at the stop stays the same.

This week the nationally-ranked North Gwinnett girls solidified their position in the top spot with a convincing win over arch rival Norcross. Also nationally ranked this week are the Parkview girls, who move up to second this week. Norcross, Wesleyan and Columbia round out the top 5.

Buford, Miller Grove, Stephenson, North Cobb and Tucker complete the top 10 in this week's Girls Super 25.

Big movers this week include Redan rising from 24th to 12th, while Mountain View slides from 17th to 23rd.

New additions include Osborne, which joins the list at 19, and Creekview, which is 25th.

Defending state champion McEachern and state finalist Hillgrove drop out of the Super 25 this week.