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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."

3 new ALDI stores coming to metro Atlanta

3 new ALDI stores coming to metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Three new ALDI groceries stores will open across metro Atlanta in May.

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The discount grocer is known for providing quality items at unbeatable prices. When the three new stores open, the German chain will have more than 30 locations in north Georgia.

"As ALDI continues to grow in Atlanta, we are pleased to open these new locations to help more customers stretch their dollars even further," Thom Behtz, division vice president for ALDI, said in a statement. "As important as price is, there's only one way to attract and keep shoppers: you have to have quality products."

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be held at all the new locations on Thursday, May 3:

Roswell
600 Mansell Road

Sandy Springs
6336 Roswell Road

12 North Fulton seniors among National Merit Scholars

12 North Fulton seniors among National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Twelve students from six Fulton County high schools are among about 1,000 seniors nationwide to receive corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The winners qualified for the prestigious scholarship by earning exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They were also endorsed for the award by their principals.

These particular National Merit Scholarships are sponsored by corporations that grant the money to students with certain career goals, to the children of employees, or to certain residents of the communities in which the companies are located.

North Fulton County's 2012 winners are:

Alpharetta High School
Diane D. Lin

Centennial High School
George X. Tang

Chattahoochee High School
Manasa R. Bhatta
Sophia Chen
Lily Qiu

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

ATLANTA -- The 39th annual Chairman's Gala for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation from key Chamber speakers at 7:30 p.m.

"We are pleased to have such a distinguished list of guests for this year's Chairman's Gala," Chamber president and CEO Brandon Beach said in a statement. "Among those who will be joining us are U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Georgia State Senator John Albers, Georgia State Representative Lynne Riley and Fulton County Commissioners Rob Pitts and Liz Hausmann."

Tickets for the event are $175 each; it costs $1,750 to buy a table.

For more information, visit www.gnfccgala.com.

HOP into HoneyBaked Ham This Saturday and Meet the Characters from the Easter Film!

HOP into HoneyBaked Ham This Saturday and Meet the Characters from the Easter Film!

HOP into HoneyBaked Ham This Saturday and Meet the Characters from the Easter Film! Plus Enter to Win a $25 Gift Certificate

What: Fans of HoneyBaked Ham and the 2011 animated and live action film “Hop” are invited to stop by the HoneyBaked Ham location in Alpharetta to meet characters from the movie. E.B., Carlos, Phil and the Pink Berets will be available to take photos with guests while some will win door prizes including Hop DVDs, HoneyBaked Hams, or E.B.’s favorite dessert—delicious Carrot Cake. This event is free and open to the public. No purchase is necessary.

Where:
HoneyBaked Ham
7601 North Point Parkway, Suite A (South of North Point Mall)
Alpharetta, GA  30022

When:
Saturday, March 31 from noon to 4 p.m.

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Michael Merlin Named to Barron’s “Top 1000 Financial Advisors”

Michael Merlin Named to Barron’s “Top 1000 Financial Advisors”

ATLANTA, GA, March 14, 2012 – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Michael Merlin, an executive director of the Merlin Wealth Management Group in the Firm’s Atlanta office, has been named to Barron’s annual list of America’s Top 1000 Advisors: 2012 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1000 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Michael Merlin is representing Morgan Stanley Smith Barney on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

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.