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Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

(WXIA) -- Spring is just around the corner, and Pike Nurseries is preparing to hire 250 people for one of its busiest seasons.

The nursery chain, which has locations throughout metro Atlanta, will hold a career fair on Friday, Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Roswell location (615 West Crossville Road).

Job seekers can also apply at any Pike Nurseries location. The stores are looking for anyone who is passionate about gardening.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

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Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

(WXIA) -- Zaxby's has been named America's "Most Craveable Fast Casual" restaurant for the second year in a row.

The Athens-based chicken chain received the honor from Technomic, a market research firm that focuses on the restaurant industry.

Technomic measures more than 60 elements of a guest's experience to determine the rankings. Zaxby's craveability can be attributed to its popular Chicken Fingerz and dipping sauces, especially the signautre Zax Sauce.

"We are continuously looking for new experiences and flavors to provide our guests, but it's also exciting for us to know that some of our very first menu items are still fan favorites to this day," Zaxby's CEO and co-founder Zach McLeory said. "We're delighted to know our guests have ranked us the most craveable for a second year, and will endlessly strive to provide them with exceptional flavors they can't get anywhere else."

Commuter Dude: Controversy over plans to widen Forsyth County road

CUMMING - Forsyth County Commissioners and some homeowners will clash Thursday night over plans to widen Castleberry Road.

Turning the two lane road into a four lane was first proposed as a part of a Special Local Option Sales Tax that voters approved in 2002. It has been discussed and debated ever since.

In November, 2012, Forsyth County Commissioners voted unanimously to shelve the project until 2016, and to conduct an additional traffic study.

Commissioner Todd Levent stated, "I do not believe the existing and projected traffic volumes on Castlebery Road justify the expense and impact of a four-lane Castleberry Road."

The county has already spent close to $9 million dollars on planning and right of way acquisition. The project would cost another $13 million.

Thursday night, Commissioners will vote on whether or not to scrap an additional traffic study, and move forward with the project immediately.

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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. McEachern maintains the lead as the state tournament begins.

For much of the season McEachern and Southwest DeKalb have been 1 and 2. That continues this week with Parkview, Redan, and Archer the top 5.

Next comes Tucker, Hillgrove, Wesleyan, North Forsyth, and Southwest Atlanta Christian making up the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports.

 

Alpharetta rower wins national title

Alpharetta rower wins national title

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A member of the Saint Andrew Rowing Club placed first in her age group at a recent major competition.

Isabel Castro won the 4-minute row for 12- and 13-year-old women at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship in Boston last weekend. She rowed 1,011 meters in those four minutes, beating the second-place finisher by 60 meters. See the results.

The 7th grader has competed in a number of regional and national rowing competitions, earning American and world records in her age group in the process.

Castro lives in Alpharetta and attends Piney Grove Middle School in Cumming.

Learn more about the Saint Andrew Rowing Club at standrewrowing.com.

Commuter Dude: Examining crash data along Georgia 400

ATLANTA - An examination of crash data shows accidents are up, but fatalities down from 2012 to 2013 on the 22 mile stretch of Georgia 400 through Fulton County.

Tony Peters drives 400 daily and has noticed the accidents seem more common, especially as he approached I-285

"It seems two or three days a week there might be something on 400 going on whether it's an accident or a fender bender," said Peters.

An 11Alive examination of two years worth of crash data revealed more than 1,800 accidents last year on Georgia 400 in Fulton County, slightly more than the year before. There were, however, half the number of fatal accidents, from four down to two.

A common area of concern is the Georgia 400/ I-285 interchange, where there were 164 accidents and 73 injuries in 2013, another slight increase from the previous year.