Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia Department of Labor hosting job fair

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Labor is preparing to host a career expo featuring 45 employers in northwest Georgia.

Officials said in a statement that employers will be looking to fill immediate and future openings at the job fair on March 20.

Department of Labor officials say employers will be looking to fill positions in manufacturing, maintenance, retail, health care and more.

Officials say job seekers should bring resumes and be prepared for interviews.

The Walker County Civic Center is Rock Spring is hosting the event.

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Eastern European ambassadors to meet in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say ambassadors from four eastern European nations are scheduled to discuss their common economic interests during a luncheon hosted by the school's World Affairs Council.

Officials say ambassadors from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — also known as the Visegrad Group — will discuss several topics including security, regional energy needs and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Tuesday at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta.

Organizers say the ambassadors will also discuss the group's agenda within the European Union and will take questions on the situation in Ukraine.

School officials say former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe will introduce the panelists and President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Dennis Lockhart will serve as moderator.

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Georgia airport concessions overhaul making progress

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials at the world's busiest airport say the facility is on track to complete one of the biggest concessions roll-outs in North America.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials said in a statement that it's been nearly three years since the airport began boosting its number of dining and shopping offerings to passengers. Once the overhaul is finished, airport officials say the facility will have one of the highest numbers of concessions offerings of any airport in the world.

The airport's Interim General Manager, Miguel Southwell, says Hartsfield-Jackson is on track to have most of its 152 new dining and retail stores in place by the end of 2014.

Airport officials say the facility serves more than 94.4 million passengers annually, with nonstop service to 160 U.S. and 70 international destinations.

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Man makes off with 40 pairs of underwear at mall

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — Police are searching for a man who walked into a Victoria's Secret store dressed in all black clothing and made off with about 40 pairs of women's underwear at a suburban Atlanta mall.

Dunwoody police say the crime happened Thursday at Perimeter Mall, just north of Atlanta.

Police said in a statement that the suspect, who has two gold front teeth, concealed the undergarments in a bag and exited the store. The stolen items from the Columbus, Ohio-based retailer have an estimated value of $500.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact them.

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Cafe owner wants to rebuild after devastating fire

CLARKESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A businessman says he hopes to rebuild his cafe, which was destroyed by a large fire that swept through downtown Clarkesville.

Sweet Breads Cafe co-owner Lee Hull tells The Times of Gainesville that that he wants to rebuild it, though it will be hard to replace the character of the restaurant that was housed in an 80-year-old building.

Firefighters responded to the initial blaze at the Sweet Breads Cafe, housed in an old warehouse that dates to the 1930s, around 11 p.m. Wednesday. The flames quickly spread from the restaurant and damaged other businesses in the Habersham County town about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Habersham County Chamber of Commerce President Judy Taylor said the entire community is distraught.

Information from: The Times, 

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After remains found, ID of person still a mystery

COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have found some possible clues about the person whose skeletal remains were found in northeast Georgia, but the identity remains a mystery.

Three men panning for gold in a creek bed found the bones last month behind the Dandelion Inn at the Banks Crossing shopping area, about 24 miles north of Athens.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a cigarette light with "Marty" engraved on it was found near the bones.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a preliminary examination by an anthropologist determined the remains belonged to an adult male.

The Athens newspaper reports that it remains unknown whether foul play was involved in the death.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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New Jersey's Christie raises money with Georgia Gov. Deal

ATLANTA (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Georgia to raise money for Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election.

Despite political troubles over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, the Republican Governors Association chairman continues his fundraising tour for his colleagues.

Republicans are mostly mum about Friday's closed-door luncheon, as they have been about other Christie events since emails surfaced suggesting Christie aides ordered a traffic snarl as political retribution on a local official.

Georgia Democrats eagerly slammed both governors for ongoing investigations of their administrations and their roles in roadway melees. Deal's resulted in part from his administration's slow reaction to a January snow storm.

Deal is likely to face a stiff challenge in November from state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of the former president. Christie easily won re-election last fall.

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Morris Brown gets court's OK to sell some property

ATLANTA (AP) — Morris Brown College has gotten a court's approval to sell some of the property on its Atlanta campus.

The school on Thursday obtained the bankruptcy court's approval to market and sell its property through a real estate broker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The college intends to sell much of its 36-acre campus, and has already begun marketing the property. Facing about $30 million in debt, the cash-strapped historically black institution filed for bankruptcy in August 2012.

The proposed sale of most of the campus property comes after two failed partial property sales fell through.

Whatever the outcome of the planned property sale, Morris Brown intends to continue operations.

The goal is to find a buyer that could possibly donate or lease part of the campus back to the school, Anne Aaronson, the college's attorney, told the Atlanta newspaper.

Pending a March 21 deadline for any objections to the sale, the college would likely set an April 30 deadline for bids. If more than one qualified bid is received, the property would be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Another issue that's yet to be resolved: Challenges by former employees who say they lost their jobs when Morris Brown filed for bankruptcy in 2012 but say they are still owed wages.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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