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Economist: 'Peach State job engine is humming'


Press release from 

Office of the Governor


Since taking office, Gov. Nathan Deal has budgeted conservatively, downsized state government, implemented real tax reform and created nearly 300,000 private-sector jobs as Georgia rebounded from the Great Recession. A prediction from a Georgia State University economist in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggests the governor's policies are working. Director of the Georgia State Economic Forecasting Center Rajeev Dhawan tells the AJC that Georgia’s economic growth will be solid in the coming years.  


More pests attacking hemlocks

Learn how to save them at class in Jasper September 10


needle blight hemlock

Needle blight is one of the additional pests attacking hemlocks.


By Donna Shearer

Save Georgia's Hemlocks

In spite of the harsh winter of 2013-14 that reduced the hemlock woolly adelgid population, particularly at elevations above 2600 feet, the invasive insect is making a comeback and continuing to prey on hemlock trees throughout the northern counties of Georgia. And now to make matters worse, two more pests are plaguing the trees as well.


More than 10,500 Enrolled at Chattahoochee Tech for Fall

 (Marietta, Ga. – August 18, 2014) More than 10,000 students carrying notebooks, pens, and textbooks arrived on campus at Chattahoochee Technical College Monday for the first day of fall semester. Seven of the college’s eight campuses welcomed back students for a 16-week term that will end in December. Chattahoochee Technical College was recently recognized again as the largest technical college in state in listing by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, which looked at annual enrollment numbers of schools in the Technical College System of Georgia.

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $144M for drawing



ATLANTA – Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $144 million to a single annuity winner.


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since July 1 and has rolled 13 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $144 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $85 million.


It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.


As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Aug. 15, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $144 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $85 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: July 1, 2014

Number of Rolls: 13

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 27, 2014 – $33 million (Texas) 

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)


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