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Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

ATLANTA -- The garden experts at Pike Nurseries are helping customers start 2015 off right with refreshed container gardens and houseplants.

On Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, Pike Nurseries will host Potting Party Weekend at all store locations. Gardeners of all levels are invited to bring an empty pot from home or purchase a new one, as on-hand associates help them plant indoor or outdoor container gardens, houseplants and terrariums.

Pike Nurseries will also provide complimentary Pike Potting and Container Soil and E.B. Stone Sure Start for pots planted in-store.

With expert potting advice and a wide selection of plants available at Pike Nurseries, guests can welcome the New Year with the perfect container garden for any home.

Suit filed in Jacksonville against Jimmy John's, alleging unfair labor practices

Suit filed in Jacksonville against Jimmy John's, alleging unfair labor practices

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A federal class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla., against Jimmy John's, alleging that the sandwich chain illegally underpaid assistant store managers throughout the country.

According to the complaint, "Regardless of the number of hours worked, Jimmy John's fails to pay [assistant store managers] any overtime compensation."

The chain has 24 metro Atlanta stores.

The company requires assistant store managers to perform food preparation and provide customer service as their primary duty, but classifies them as "executives" exempt from the overtime pay provisions, the lawsuit alleges.

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond has been named to Georgia Trend magazine's latest list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Thurmond has served as superintendent since February 2013. He is the only public schools superintendent to receive the honor.

His recognition in the magazine says:

The former commissioner of labor inherited a mess when he took over leadership of the third-largest school system in Georgia (100,000 students, 14,000 employees and a $1.2 billion budget). He stabilized the troubled district, built a $30 million surplus, improved student achievement and increased graduation rates. Along the way, he has enhanced the reputation as a leader and public education advocate.

Mayor wraps investigation into Atlanta fire chief

Mayor wraps investigation into Atlanta fire chief

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has concluded his investigation into Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

Cochran received a month-long suspension without pay in November for publishing a book, Who Told You That You Were Naked? The book contains homophobic content, including referring to homosexuality as a "sexual perversion."

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

DeKalb County's November unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.