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Marietta employees sentenced for Section 8 fraud

Marietta employees sentenced for Section 8 fraud

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two former City of Marietta employees are among four people charged with stealing from the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The program, also known as Section 8, helps low-income families pay their rent. Shantel Bowens and Debbie Bailey worked for Marietta's Housing Choice Voucher Program, which oversees local tenant and landlord participation.

Bowens and Bailey pleaded guilty in July and May, respectively, to conspiring with two landlords to steal money from the program.

According to federal prosecutors, Bowens, 43, of Atlanta, reactivated the closed accounts of former Section 8 tenants. She then altered computer records to link the tenants to two co-defendants, landlords Babatunde "Babs" Abass and Tunji "Chris" Imoukhuede.

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HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”

Prosecution rests in loud music killing case


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Prosecutors have rested in the first-degree murder retrial of a white Florida man who fatally shot a black teenager after an argument over loud music outside a convenience store.

State Attorney Angela Corey on Monday ended her case against 47-year-old Michael Dunn by interviewing the medical examiner, who discussed bullet wounds found on the victim's body.

Prosecutors say Dunn killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta by firing 10 times into an SUV occupied by four teens in November 2012.

Loud music trial continues


The trial for a Florida man accused of killing a Cobb County teenager over loud music resumes Monday in Jacksonville.

Michael Dunn is charged with first degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis.

Some of the most emotional testimony in his trial happened over the weekend when Dunn's ex-fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, took the stand. She was at the gas station with Dunn when he killed Davis, but she was inside the store when those shots were fired.

She said she went outside when she heard the gunfire, but Dunn didn't tell her what had happened, and she didn't realize what was wrong until she saw the news the next day.

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Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

ATLANTA -- Brian Frank, Managing Director, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the 10th annual Barron’s Top Financial Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and family relationships to portfolio management and retirement planning.

Cold case unit receives federal grant

Cold case unit receives federal grant

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Cold Case Unit has been awarded a $246,814 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

District attorney Vic Reynolds applied for the grant in May, and will use the money to test DNA evidence and put part-time investigators to work on cold cases.

Cobb County has 400 unsolved murder and sexual assault cases dating back to 1985.

"We are firmly committed to achieving justice for these victims and holding accountable the criminals who preyed on them," Reynolds said in a statement. "That's why creating this unit has been among my priorities, and we are so thankful for this grant to help us."

Reynolds' office said a case grows "cold" when the investigation has stalled for at least 12 months.

Cobb County's cold case tip line number is 770-528-3032.

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

ATLANTA –- As an official kickoff to the fall season, Pike Nurseries is hosting its annual Gardenfest event on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at all garden center locations.

While stocking up on autumn essentials, guests can take advantage of store-wide specials throughout the evening! All regular price items (excluding grills, propane, sod, pine straw, gift cards and services) will be 20 percent off. Customers can also enjoy complimentary wine tastings and appetizers.

Please visit www.pikenursery.com for local store information.