The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that 96,306 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in March, an increase of 126.3 percent from March 2008.
Andrew John Smith, 29, of Cleveland, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley in Gainesville to serve more than three years in prison on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank, wire and mail fraud arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.
Gov. Sonny Perdue said today that he has submitted the required certification on 67 road projects around Georgia that will be financed by the $787 billion federal stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama in February.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a mixed-use development in South Hall near the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, as well as disbanding the Civil Service Board and changing business licensing fees.