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Jones County January Unemployment Rate

Jones County January Unemployment Rate

Jones County's unemployment rate for January was 9.4 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

That's compared to metro Macon's 9.9 percent unemployment rate for January.

But that's still less than a year ago, at 10.5 percent.

Sam Hall with the Georgia Department of Labor says the increases should not be cause for concern because seasonal workers leaving temporary holiday jobs play a major factor in the variation.

He says the important thing is the rate is lower than it was last year.

Free Weekend Christmas Events

Free Weekend Christmas Events
  • Downtown Macon's Friday Fest 2nd Annual Christmas Caroling. Anyone can participate! Meet in Third St. Park at 6 p.m.
  • Tennille Christmas on the Square, Friday Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Eastman Christmas Parade starts Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.
  • Gray Second Saturday Fest until 7 p.m. Santa is at the Carriage House from 2-7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Drive-thru nativity scene at Riverside UMC in Macon, open from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday [free admission]
  • Drive-thru nativity scene at Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sardis Church Rd. opens 6:30 p.m until 8 Friday and Saturday [free admission]
  • Drive-thru Bethlehem in Cochran, 6-8 p.m.Dec. 9, 10 & 11 [free admission] Bethany Baptist Church, 608 Ga. Hwy.

Tonight: Annual Lighted Gray Christmas Parade

Tonight: Annual Lighted Gray Christmas Parade

GRAY, GA.-- The Annual Lighted Christmas Parade brings the holiday cheer through Gray December 6 at 7 p.m. 

The parade starts at Ingle's Market, travels North on W. Clinton, turns right on Railroad St. and ends at Gordon ST. 

This year's "Festival of Trees" parade will welcome Santa, as well as support the Gray Jaycees as the organization celebrates its 20th anniversary in Gray.

Georgia Jaycee President and U.S. Jaycee President will ride in the luminary lights display.

Cruise-In With Toy Donations

Cruise-In With Toy Donations

Jones County Cruisers host a toy drive at their car, truck and motoryclce cruise-in Saturday, Dec. 10.

The toy drive is for kids in Jones County.

The event takes place from 11-4 on Saturday at Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant.

The registration fee is a new, unwrapped toy.

At the cruise-in, you'll find face painting for kids, door prizes and games for kids, and the cherry on top: Santa will be there!

Second Saturday Promises Plenty To Do

Second Saturday Promises Plenty To Do


Join merchants in Downtown Gray for SECOND SATURDAY FEST!
Shops on Atlanta Road, Madison Street & across the tracks at Kayden’s Place will open their doors for GREAT specials & family-friendly fun on the street! Activities on Madison Street are from 11am-2pm.

For November...

-At Kema's Hobby: Jones County History & Heritage will have Series Two of the extremely popular JC history book "The 107 Story".

Huddle House Agrees to Comply with Minimum Wage Law

Huddle House Agrees to Comply with Minimum Wage Law


ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has identified significant violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and has obtained remedies for them at 28 Huddle House restaurants in Georgia, Missouri and West Virginia. Corporate franchisor Huddle House Inc. has agreed to facilitate compliance among all its franchisee-operated restaurants as well as to assist the division in promoting industrywide compliance with the FLSA.

That's according to a U.S. Department of Labor news release.

In addition, minimum and overtime back wages totaling $60,594 will be paid to 128 employees. Finally, the division assessed $48,317 in civil money penalties for repeat and child labor violations.

Fried Green Tomato Festival Returns

Fried Green Tomato Festival Returns

The 12th Annual Fried Green Tomatoes Festival returns to Juliette October 22-23.

The whole Festival takes place on McCrackin St. from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, Pat Cook from the Juliette Council says.

When you head out to the festival, you'll find about 25 vendors, two restaurants, nine shops, a winery, arts & crafts and more.