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Kmart closes Athens store for final time

ATHENS, Ga. - The Kmart store in Athens along Barnett Shoals Road closed for the final time Sunday.

The store was among a list of 120 stores nationally that Kmart's parent, Sears Holdings, said late last year they would be shuttering nationwide. Locations in Douglasville, Jonesboro and on Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta have already closed.

RELATED | 4 Metro Atlanta locations among Kmart stores to close

Employees in the store were offered the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart stores.

Kmart stores in Marietta, Covington, Canton, Mableton, Snellville, Hiram, Peachtree City, Cartersville, Carrollton and Rome remain open.

Thousands of new jobs for Forest Park?

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- One of metro Atlanta's most economically depressed communities just got some great news.

Nestled just below Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Clayton County city of Forest Park has the area's highest unemployment rate, at just under 12 percent.

It also has the lowest per capita income, just under $15,000 a year.

But now this struggling town is getting word that it could possibly get thousands of new jobs.

"It's going to be incredible because these will be skilled jobs; these will not be just minimum wage jobs," said Fred Bryant, executive director of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority.

For the past six years, he and the city of Forest Park have been working to lure companies into the now mostly vacant Fort Gillem Army base.

Closed by the government a few years ago to save taxpayers money, Ft. Gillem first opened in 1941 as a U.S. Army Supply Depot.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

12 Metro Atlanta Food Lion stores closing

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Belgium-based Food Lion parent company Delhaize Group announced Thursday that it will close 113 Food Lion stores in the U.S., including 12 stores in Metro Atlanta.

The Metro Atlanta stores closing are in Carrollton, College Park, Conyers, Dallas, Douglasville, Fayetteville, Gainesville, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Marietta, and two stores in Newnan.

The company said the closures were part of an overall streamlining of the company's operations, focusing on the closing of underperforming locations. The stores were expected to close within the next 30 days.

Relationship Expert and Bestselling Author debuts Radio Show in Metro Atlanta

Relationship Expert and Bestselling Author debuts Radio Show in Metro Atlanta

In a world where casual hook ups, quickie divorces and open relationships are wreaking havoc on marriages, bestselling author, minister and radio show host, Kenny Pugh and The Chat Kafe Show, is a breath of fresh air and hope for those seeking advice and counsel on how to create relationships and marriages that will stand the test of time.

Sears announces 4 Metro Atlanta stores among those to close

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- At least four Metro Atlanta Kmart stores are among the 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores to close nationally, company officials revealed Thursday afternoon.

Sears Holdings initially announced the closings Tuesday, saying the closings were going to occur due to faltering sales during the holiday season.

In the information released Thursday, Sears Holdings announced closings for 79 locations, indicating that announcements of other closings would be forthcoming.

The company says same-store sales figures fell 5.2 percent in the eight weeks ending Christmas Day.  That came from a 4.4 percent drop in sales at Kmart stores and a 6 percent slide in sales at domestic Sears stores.