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Fayette named Georgia's healthiest county

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Fayette County is the healthiest county in Georgia, according to a new study from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

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Georgia's counties were measured in several areas, including teen birth rates, number of primary care physicians, unemployment and access to green space, to determine their rankings.

Nearly all of Georgia's Top 10 counties are in metro Atlanta:

1. Fayette
2. Forsyth
3. Oconee
4. Cherokee
5. Gwinnett
6. Cobb
7. Columbia
8. Towns
9. Hall
10. Morgan

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

ATLANTA - It's spring break and most of the city has run from the beach or the mountains. The weekend forecast calls for bright skies and everyone left in the city will be soaking up the sun. Check out some of the events being held around the city.

Come out to Dad's Garage for live music, games and BACON! The 12th Annual BaconFest will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Inman Park theatre. BaconFest! is a celebration chock-ful-of bacon, PBR and Ale Yeah! beer; the event, also, features a silent auction, a wheelchair obstacle course and performances by Darling Norman. Tickets to BaconFest start out at $25 and are on sale to all Atlantans who are 21 and older. BaconFest will be held outside in the parking lots of Dad's Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C- 101. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA. 

Atlanta breaks another pollen count record

ATLANTA -- Friday marks the 15th consecutive day Atlanta's pollen count has topped 1000, a new record. Friday's figure is 1275, high for mulberry, oak, pine and sycamore trees.

Metro unemployment exceeds Fayette rate in Feb.

Metro unemployment exceeds Fayette rate in Feb.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to nine percent in February.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.

In Fayette County, the jobless rate was 8.2 percent in February.

Statewide, Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent -- the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the state's highest area unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at seven percent.

Gov. Deal outlaws synthetic marijuana

ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in the state.

Synthetic marijuana is made by mixing marijuana-like compounds with different dried plants. The substance is legal and is sold in gas stations throughout Georgia.

The new legislation, SB 370, was named Chase's Law in honor of Chase Corbitt Burnett, a 16-year-old honor student and soccer player at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City. Chase passed away in his parents' home after smoking synthetic marijuana.

Chase's parents attended the bill signing, as did Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan.

FAYETTE CO. | Students score at Hawks Poetry Slam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Five students from McIntosh High School have landed themselves in the the Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam Contest finals. 

The students wrote original poems to the theme of "Born this Way" and explained things that make their generation unique. 

Haris Aslam, Ellen Husted, Patrick Pietrzak, Morgan Ritson, and Andrea Vargas are among the 15 high school students selected to compete for one of three placements in the final round of competition.

Students will perform their selections on March 29 in front of a judging panel. 

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration ends Thursday

ATLANTA -- Thursday is the last day to register online for a chance to run the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to enter the runners' lottery. Entrants will find other whether they were selected on Monday, Mar. 26.