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Metro jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent

Metro jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent in September, down from a revised 8.8 percent in August.

In Fulton County, the unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in September.

Labor officials say the jobless rate declined primarily because of fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services.

Among other Georgia metro areas, the Athens area continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent. The Dalton area had the highest at 11.2 percent.

First Watch acquires two local restaurants, expands in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, First Watch Restaurants, announced on Thursday that it will acquire two company-owned restaurants in Atlanta-based J. Christopher's Restaurants.

J. Christopher's has locations in Johns Creek and Smyrna.

According to a spokesperson for First Watch, terms of the deal have not yet been announced. First Watch has also gained rights to purchase the brand, concept and all intellectual property.

Ken Pendery, President and CEO of First Watch said, "Acquiring these two high-performing J. Christopher's restaurants is an ideal way for us to establish an immediate, solid base upon which we can expand throughout not only Atlanta but Georgia and the rest of the Southeast."

Both local restaurants will be converted to First Watch over the next few months, the spokesperson said. Current management and staff will remain in place during the switch.

Ga. Tech professor blasts earthquake verdict

ATLANTA -- An Italian court this week sentenced six scientists to six years in jail on manslaughter charges for their failure to predict an earthquake in 2009 that left 300 people dead.

This surprise decision has sent aftershocks to scientists all around the globe including Atlanta.

One of the world's foremost experts on earthquakes serves as  chair and professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Reginald DesRoches is friends with one of the scientists sentenced. 

"I don't think he ever thought it could end up like this," he said. "I think he's shocked. His family is very upset."

The verdict is unprecedented and has been page one all across Italy.

Newspapers have run banner headlines about the country's most prominent seismologists and geologists. 

Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll by USA Today

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the Metro Atlanta Super 25 High School Football Poll is ready for you. After a shocking upset in Dekalb County and dominant performance by a defending state champion there is change within the top 5 this week.

The name at the top stays the same. Norcross leads the list again this week headed into this week's matchup with Peachtree Ridge. The Grayson Rams recorded their third straight shutout and moved up to 2nd. West Forsyth is next, with Lassiter and North Gwinnett making up the top 5.

Parkview, Sandy Creek, Gainesville, Lovejoy and M.L. King, Jr complete the top 10.

Stephenson drops from 7th to 19th after their loss to Miller Grove. South Gwinnett drops from 11th to 16th this week, while East Paulding rises from 25th to 14th.

North Cobb drops out of the poll while McEachern returns at 24th.

Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative on Homelessness to Host Public Sector Work Group Meeting

Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative on Homelessness to Host Public Sector Work Group Meeting

ATLANTA -- The Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative on Homelessness will be hosting the Executive Work Group Meeting on Thursday, October 25 from 2 p.m.  to 4 p.m. 

The meeting will be held at the Cornerstone Bank (Community Room - entrance on back of building) on Clairemont Avenue in Decatur. For more information, contact (678) 553-1480. 

The public is welcome to attend the meeting to gain more information on homelessness needs and services in our community that include the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County and Fulton County.

All meeting facilities meet ADA accessibility requirements.  Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations and communication in an alternative format, please contact the Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services at (404) 613-7944.  For relay-type service, dial 711.

Fulton County and Community Partners to Host Four ACTION Initiatives to Help Seniors

Fulton County and Community Partners to Host Four ACTION Initiatives to Help Seniors

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County Seniors in need of support services, financial assistance, advice and counseling can take advantage of four initiatives beginning November 1, 2012. The County’s four senior multipurpose centers will host four ACTION (Assisting Customers Through Information and Networking) Initiatives.  ACTION is designed to help seniors to identify and secure crucial services.

Seniors are advised to pre-register for the four ACTION Initiatives scheduled for the following times and locations:

Thursday, November 1, 2012      9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
677 Fairburn Road
Atlanta, GA  30331
Pre-Register for services Phone:  404-699-8580

Monday, November 5, 2012        9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy C.

The Reflecting Pool of the Atl. Dept. of Watershed

ATLANTA--It is one of Cheshire Bridge Roads true ironies.

No, no, this story has nothing to do with any of that.

Nope.

This is about the power of water and the power of government and how the two flow in the same direction but clearly are of a different tributary.

Cheshire Bridge Road and Liddell host a number of prospering businesses, including the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management motor pool with the emphasis on pool.

200 yards away, right in front- - - a leaking water main and pooling water.

A conga line of Cheshire Bridge Road vehicles hit the broken pipe and splash.