ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 8.0 percent.
“The rate dropped because there were 5,744 fewer unemployed people in September, according to the federal government’s monthly household survey, and we had fewer new layoffs,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
While the rate decreased, Georgia lost 7,300 jobs in September, as the total number of jobs dropped to 4,129,200. The net loss was mostly seasonal in nature, with the biggest reduction being the loss of 9,200 jobs in leisure and hospitality, as many students left summer jobs to return to school. Additional losses came in several sectors. Despite the overall loss, government gained 8,200 jobs, which were mostly in public schools, and other gains came in educational and health services and trade and transportation. (more…)
Bond was denied during a pre-trial hearing and arraignment Tuesday morning in Polk County Superior Court of the man who allegedly gunned down a former police officer in early August.
John Paul Jones has been in jail ever since his arrest on August 6, when police say he fatally shot Michael Robinson outside of Jones’ home on Fair Oaks Road in Cedartown.
In the hearing, emotional testimony was heard from family members of Jones, including his wife, who spoke on his severe alcohol problem. After hearing numerous witnesses, Judge Michael Murphy denied bond and proceeded to arraign Jones on charges of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm while trying to commit crimes.
“We’re pleased with the judge’s decision to deny bond in the case given the testimony and the facts that came out in the hearing,” said District Attorney Jack Browning, who will be prosecuting the case.
He says he expects the case will swiftly move to trial by early December.
Jones was represented by a public defender in his bond hearing and arraignment. Judge Murphy said that the case will be one of the first to come to trial on his December calendar.
Cedartown Police have arrested a man involved in a shooting on South Martiele Street Monday afternoon.
According to Police Chief Jamie Newsome, officers arrived at the residence at 3:30 p.m. Monday to find a man laying in the front yard of the residence with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome for treatment.
Investigators determined from witness statements that the gunshot victim was intoxicated and became irate and had threatened the residents at the home that he would come back and shoot them. When the man left and came back with a gun, someone in the residence shot him in self defense.
Brian Corn, 34 of 1810 Rockmart Highway in Cedartown, was treated and then released into the custody of Cedartown Police.
Corn was arrested and taken to the Polk County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault. He remains there with no bond set. Additional charges could be forthcoming.
TAMPA, Fla. — Motorists are beginning to find gasoline selling less than $3 a gallon at filling stations in the southeastern United States. The average price in Tennessee is $3 a gallon. However, the state averages remain well above $3 in Florida and Georgia.
“Gas prices declined dramatically last week and more discounts are on the way,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA The Auto Club Group. “It will soon be increasingly common for motorists to find gasoline cheaper than $3 a gallon. Demand is low and domestic oil supplies are high, putting downward pressure on the price of both oil and gasoline. State averages in Florida and Georgia could be flirting with the $3-mark by Thanksgiving.”
It is now easy to locate stations selling the cheapest gas in town by using AAA’s new “Fuel Price Finder” at AAA.com/Gas. Users can search prices at filling stations in all 50 states. The results are sorted by price and displayed on a map with the location of each station.
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.21, 9 cents cheaper than last week. Florida’s average price of $3.24 is 7 cents less than last week. Georgia’s average of $3.19 is 10 cents cheaper than last week. Tennessee’s average price of $3.00 a gallon is 9 cents less than last week.
Locally in Cedartown, regular unleaded is being sold at $3.09 a gallon at the Walmart and Kroger stores. Nearby in Alabama, several gas stations are selling regular unleaded for about $2.96 a gallon. The same can be said just across the Tennessee line.