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Jobless Rate Above 10 Percent In 6 Metro Areas

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia labor officials say unemployment rates in the state's metro areas ranged from 12.1 percent in Dalton to 7.8 in Athens and Warner Robins.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler on Thursday announced the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rates for the state's metropolitan statistical areas.

The jobless rate in a half-dozen metro areas -- Albany, Atlanta, Brunswick, Dalton, Macon and Rome -- were above 10 percent.

In the metro Macon area, the unemployment rate is at 10.4%, that's down from 10.5% in July.

Statewide, 113 of Georgia's 159 counties had a jobless rate of
10 percent or higher.

The metro area and county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Earlier this month, officials announced that statewide, Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, the highest level in the past six months.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Georgia Golden Olympic Games Open In Warner Robins

More than 400 athletes from across the state poured into the International City Wednesday, for the start of the Georgia Golden Olympic Games. 

Warner Robins is hosting Georgia's senior games for the 10th year in a row.

The archery tournament was one of the first events in the four days of games. Archers 50 and older took aim at their targets.

Partcipants in all of the events compete for medals and bragging rights.

Organizer for the Golden Olympics Joyce Hutcherson says the competition shows getting older doesn't mean slowing down.

Make Your Picks for The Jones Zone: Week 5

Make Your Picks for The Jones Zone: Week 5

Ben and Lorra will pick the winners of three games this week, and at the end of the season, we'll see who has an eye for winners. Will it be Ben or Lorra who picks the most winners this year? Cast your vote for this week's selection of games. The Jones Zone will air every Wednesday during Eyewitness News at 11.

Vote for:

Mary Persons vs. Baldwin

Bleckley County vs. Dublin

Hawkinsville vs. Dooly County

Bomb Squad Clears Threat At Warner Robins Walmart

A Walmart in Warner Robins started letting shoppers in around noon Tuesday after someone called in a bomb threat, according to Warner Robins police.

A news release says Houston County E-911 received a call at 8:38 a.m. from Walmart at 2720 Watson Boulevard saying they had received a call saying a bomb was inside the store.

Houston County Sheriff's deputies, along with two bomb-sniffing dogs from Warner Robins Air Force Base and Dooly County, searched the store and surrounding area and turned up no explosives or suspicious packages.   

Changes to Warner Robins Voting Polls and Precincts

Warner Robins city leaders want to avoid confusion come election day.

They're asking voters to check-out the recently redrawn voting maps now, so there are no surprises November 8th.

Elections Superintendent Vida Rawls showed the new maps and outlined changes for voters at Monday night's city council meeting.

Rawls said the new lines affect about 20,000 of the city's 33,000 registered voters.

Some people will vote in a new polling place. Others will cast their ballot in an entirely different precinct than in past elections.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen said some voters will go to one polling place to vote in the city election and another for county races.

Bonaire Man Dies in Dirt-Bike Accident

A 47-year-old Bonaire man was killed in a dirt-bike accident this weekend.

That's according to Houston County Coroner Daniel Galpin.

He says Peter Nico was riding Saturday in a wooded area at the end of Dillons Trail, off Thompson Mill Road. He apparently ran off an embankment. Galpin says Nico's bike flipped over on top of him.

Galpin says Nico was pronounced dead from cranial cerebral trauma around 7:40 p.m.

Alleged Warner Robins Bank Robber Identified

Warner Robins police have identified the man they say robbed the CB&T bank on Friday.

According to a release, they are searching for 43-year-old Jay Dennis Aultman of Warner Robins.

Aultman is around 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds.
The release says Aultman handed a teller a note demanding money. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, and then he left. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on the case can contact Detective Mark Wright at (478) 929-6911, through the agency's website at WRPolice.org, or through Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330.