First-time unemployment benefit filings increased 11.9 percent in January from the previous month in Metro Atlanta, according to information released Wednesday from State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
ATLANTA - Turns out an unwilling governor wasn't the only obstacle to a vote on Sunday alcohol sales.
After breezing through legislative committees with no opposition from conservatives or liquor sales groups, the proposal seemed headed for quick passage in the Legislature after years of stonewalling by former Gov. Sonny Perdue.
One of the best ways for Covington residents to become involved in government is to join one of the city's several authorities, boards and commissions. These groups play an important role in shaping city development and provide direction to the city council.
The county has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, making it a challenge to choose only $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.
Dorothy Piedrahita, a 64-year-old Covington resident who was present when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the start of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 and who became the first black woman to run for mayor of Montgomery, will speak for free at the Newton County Public Library on Floyd Street at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.