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T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

(WXIA) -- All 22 Atlanta-area T.MAC restaurants will raise money for Christopher Sparkman this week.

Sparkman was working as a security guard at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April when he was shot in the abdomen. Since the shooting, Sparkman has undergone more than 30 surgeries. His wife Jamie Lynn quit her job to help take care of him.

Read more about Chris Sparkman's recovery

The Sparkman family faces enormous medical bills; Jamie Lynn has spoken publicly about the need for financial assistance.

T.MAC customers who want to help Sparkman pay for his treatment can do so on Thursday, Apr. 2. Diners can drop their receipts in designated collection boxes; 10 percent of their bills will be donated to the Sparkman family.

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1,000 jobs up for grabs at Cumming career fair

1,000 jobs up for grabs at Cumming career fair

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Labor hopes to fill about 1,000 jobs through a Northeast Georgia Career Expo in Forsyth County.

The large job fair will be Tuesday, Mar. 31 at Lanier Technical College's Forsyth Conference Center. More than 60 employers have committed to attend the event. They include Baker Technical Services, Chick-fil-A, Daly's Truck Driving School, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Kids R Kids, North Georgia Medical Transport, TruGreen and Wells Fargo.

Organizers said hundreds of job seekers from the surrounding area are expected to visit the expo. Attendees are asked to dress in professional clothes and bring plenty of copies of their résumés.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lanier Technical College is located at 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Ga. health rankings: Forsyth County

Ga. health rankings: Forsyth County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Forsyth County ranks 1st for quality of life, 1st for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 9th for clinical care, 2nd for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 100th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Forsyth County:

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Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

CB Smith & Associates hires Anna Padus

CB Smith & Associates hires Anna Padus

CB Smith & Associates P.C., a Cumming, Ga.-based accounting firm, recently hired Anna Padus to assist with the growing demand of its services. Padus has filled a new staff position in accounting that will have an emphasis on payroll services. This announcement was made by Chris Smith, CPA and owner of CB Smith & Associates.

“I am enthusiastic about what Anna’s experience can bring to the firm and our clients,” said Smith. The accounting firm, which now has 11 employees, is affiliated with Reliance Payroll LLC, led by Mary D. Smith, SHRM-SCP, where Padus will spend equal time working.

Prior to joining the firm, Padus was a payroll processor at ADP where she earned a Fundamental Payroll Certification from the American Payroll Association. Other experience includes accounts receivables work at Domtar Corporation, a publicly traded paper manufacturer, and working with accounts payables, inventory management, and income tax preparation for other companies.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”