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Teen basketball recruits say they were mistreated


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Four foreign national teenagers say they were mistreated at a now-defunct private high school in Stockbridge, Ga.

The four teenagers, who are from Africa and Serbia, came to the U.S. on student visas to play basketball and attend high school at Faith Baptist Christian Academy North. They say they were promised room and board but they ended up cold and hungry.

Faith Baptist Christian Academy North operated for a short time out of rented space at New Hope Church of God in Stockbridge.

The four basketball players told authorities they were housed in a crowded, cold apartment with no heat and little food over the winter.

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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.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 6.4 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: Henry County

Ga. health rankings: Henry 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.

Henry is Georgia's 21st healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 21st for quality of life, 28th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 22nd for clinical care, 17th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 130th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Henry County:

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.

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Stockbridge City Council votes to censure mayor


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – The Stockbridge City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to censure the city's mayor and launch an investigation of his conduct while in office that, if found to be in violation of the City Charter or Municipal Code, could lead to his removal from office.

The council called the special meeting Wednesday after an outburst by Mayor Tim Thompson during a private meeting with the council on March 5.

The mayor was heard on the council microphones shouting at council members during the meeting, which was just out of sight of the city hall camera.

Krispy Kreme welcomes spring with new donuts

Krispy Kreme welcomes spring with new donuts

(WXIA) -- Spring is right around the corner, and local Krispy Kreme restaurants will roll out three new donuts to celebrate.

Between Mar. 23 and Apr. 5, Krispy Kreme customers can order:

Chick: A yeast Kreme-filled shell dipped in yellow icing, topped with granulated sugar, and hand-decorated like a baby chick

Egg: A yeast egg-shaped shell filled with chocolate Kreme and hand-decorated with colored icing

Chocolate-Iced with Spring Spinkles: A glazed ring dipped in chocolate and topped with colorful sprinkles

Visit krispykreme.com to find your nearest location.

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.”