Our network


6 Georgians make 2012 Forbes 400 list

ATLANTA -- Six Georgia residents have made the latest Forbes 400 list of the richest people in America.

Anne Cox Chambers, the 92-year-old daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox, is No. 32 with a net worth of $10.7 billion. Chambers' nephew Jim Kennedy, 64, chairs Cox Enterprises and is No. 64 with a net worth of $5.4 billion.

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy cracked the top 100 this year; with a net worth of $4.2 billion, the 91 year old is No. 89 on the list.

The Home Depot co-founders Bernie Marcus, 83, and Arthur Blank, 69, are No. 151 and No. 311, respectively. Marcus has a net worth of $2.7 billion, while Blank, who also owns the Atlanta Falcons, is worth $1.5 billion.

Atlanta media giant Ted Turner, 73, came in at No. 239 with a net worth of $2 billion.

UGA No. 14 in football spending, Tech No. 47

ATLANTA -- Another season of college football kicks off Thursday night with teams vying to wrestle the national title away from the state of Alabama and the Southeastern Conference.

According to an analysis of Equality in Athletics data from the U.S. Department of Education, competing at the highest level of football comes at a steep price.

Auburn University, the biggest spender in Division 1-A college football in 2010, racked up $39 million in expenses on its way to a Division 1-A best 14 wins and a 2010 BCS national title. Like a Cam Newton fourth-quarter rally, Auburn went from the fourth biggest spender in 2009 to the top spending spot in 2010 and from an 8-5 record in 2009 to a perfect 14-0 in 2010.

Victim of Ponzi scheme: I lost everything

ATLANTA -- A Georgia banker who disappeared after writing a suicide letter has been indicted for Bank Fraud by a Federal Grand Jury in Savannah. It's an indication the federal agents searching for him believe he is still alive.

RELATED | $20,000 reward for missing Ga. banker

Aubrey Lee Price is accused of embezzling over $21 million from a bank in middle Georgia and is implicated in stealing more than $40 million from other investors in a Ponzi scheme.

One of those investors is Wendy Cross of Atlanta, who lost her life savings.

"I lost everything that I had worked for since I was about 21 years old," Cross said.

A college football championship in Atlanta?

ATLANTA - A BCS playoff system of sorts appears to be on the way.

A bracket system not unlike that used for the NCAA Basketball Tournament - but on a much smaller scale - may be on the way for a true college football playoff system as soon as 2014.

The traditional power conference commissioners - the SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10, plus the athletic director of independent Notre Dame, have apparently agreed to rotate the national semifinals among the four current BCS bowl games - the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls.

Let's say, for example, the upcoming preseason ranking -- #1, LSU; #2, USC; #3 Alabama and #4, Oregon - would become the four teams selected under this proposal. There is not a consensus on how the four teams would be selected, and the method still has to be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee which meets in five days.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

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."

Community Foods - $1.79/lb Chicken On Sale Now

Community Foods - $1.79/lb Chicken On Sale Now
Have you heard of Community Foods?

Last month I placed my first order through Community Foods.  It’s actually based in Cumming, GA but they offer deliveries throughout Metro Atlanta.  The overall concept is that they sell 3 products – Chicken (hormone free, no steroids, etc.), Ground Beef (all natural, no hormones, etc.) and Tilapia.  Now my ideal Tilapia would be wild-caught, this tilapia is farm-raised.  But it’s really “pretty” (ha!  that always sounds so funny to say about food).

Right, now chicken just became available for delivery.  Click here to learn more about Community Foods and their $1.79/lb chicken.