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Cheesecake Factory hosts #SayCheesecake contest

Cheesecake Factory hosts #SayCheesecake contest

(WXIA) -- Wednesday is National Cheesecake Day, and the Cheesecake Factory is recognizing the much-celebrated holiday with a selfie contest.

Customers who post photos with the hashtag #SayCheesecake will be entered in the contest. Preregistration is required; visit cheesecakefactory.com for more information.

The contest runs July 30 and 31. The public can vote for the best photos Aug. 4-10.

One grand prize winner will receive $4,000, while nine first place winners will get $100 eGift Cards.

The Cheesecake Factory will also offer half-price slices of cheesecake July 30 and 31.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Sign up for the Cobb County Senior Games

Sign up for the Cobb County Senior Games

Registration for the 2014 Cobb County Senior Games is open until Aug. 8. Events will include basketball (three point shot and free throw), billiards, bocce ball, bowling, field events, golf, pickleball, putting, swimming, table tennis and track events. Registration is $20 for Cobb residents and $25 for non-residents. Bowling has an additional fee of $5 and includes three games and shoe rental. Golf has an additional fee of $40 and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast and lunch. Opening ceremony will be held Aug. 20 and closing ceremony Sept. 16. There is a $10 guest fee for each ceremony. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheryl James at 770-528-1447.

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Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

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Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Police: Missing boy, father found


SMYRNA, Ga. -- Authorities say a 9-year-boy and his father were found safe after a two-day search.

Braiden Stow had last been seen Tuesday in Smyrna.

Investigators said the boy's father, Ryan Stow, who ordinarily has custody of Braiden on weekends, had planned to take the boy on a camping trip. The boy's grandparents -- with whom Braiden lives -- said they had found a note written by Ryan Stow that specifically mentioned "suicide by cop." Police said they were concerned about the safety of both Braiden and his father.

The two were located in Alabama on Thursday, according to
Edward Cason of the Smyrna Police Department. They were said to be okay. The father told authorities that he didn't have his cell phone with him and wasn't aware people were looking for them.

The case remains under investigation, police said.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.