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Macy's welcomes back Pink Pig ride


ATLANTA -- The Macy's Pink Pig has been a beloved Atlanta tradition for more than 50 years.

From its debut in the '50s as a children's ride at the downtown Rich's store, to its brief stint at the Egleston Children's Hospital Festival of Trees, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Macy's Pink Pig into the holiday season.

To kick things off this year, Marlie, a 6-year-old patient from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, will enjoy the first ride as this year's Macy's Pink Pig Very Important Patient (VIP). Earlier this year, Marlie was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia after she came home from school with a big bruise on her hip from falling on the playground. Since then, Marlie has been on Immunosuppressive Therapy for 5 months and receives blood and platelets as needed.

Georgia's most elegant homes: 1325 Monte Carlo Drive NW


From Buckhead to Johns Creek and all the way out around Lake Oconee, Georgians love their mansions. Homes inspired from traditional antebellum architecture, but showcase hip modern tech savvy features, can be seen in the Peach State's most elegant neighborhoods.

This week's home of the week is the contemporary Mediterranean gated estate at 1325 Monte Carlo Drive NW in Buckhead. It is currently listed by Debra Johnston of Engel & Volkers Buckhead Atlanta for $6.75 million.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

2 arrested for DUI after hitting police car


ATLANTA -- Two drivers were arrested after causing a three-car accident involving an Atlanta police cruiser.

It happened Friday at around 3:15 a.m. on Peachtree Road at Peachtree Battle Avenue in Buckhead.

Atlanta police said the officer was heading south on Peachtree Road right behind a GMC Sierra. A Toyota Corolla pulled out in front of the Sierra and the two cars collided.

The Sierra then sideswiped the officer's cruiser, according to police. The Sierra's driver traveled about a quarter-mile farther south before stopping.

Police said the drivers of both the Corolla and Sierra were suspected of DUI. They were taken into custody. No names have been released.

Nobody was hurt in the accident.

Tower of Talent raises $250K for CHOA


ATLANTA -- The Tower of Talent was held Wednesday night at the Estate in Buckhead.

Tower Package put on the fundraiser, which raised close to $250,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Nearly a dozen talented children -- most of them Children's patients who have recovered from transplants, strokes and other illnesses -- took to the stage to sing and dance. Several celebrity judges were also in attendance, including STAR 94's Cindy Simmons, boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Atlanta Alive's own Jaye Watson.

Every child performer was amazing, and the best part was the judges didn't have to pick winners -- all the kids got to perform.


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Shining apples for Atlanta teachers


ATLANTA -- Tuesday night, the Rotary Club of Buckhead thanked teachers in a very "old school" way -- by polishing red apples and getting ready to place them on desks.

The Rotary Club has done this for 41 years. About 100,000 apples later, they are still doing their part to remind teachers of how much they are appreciated for what they do for children.

More than 3,500 apples were polished this week.

"They're delivered tomorrow morning to every Atlanta school, along with our thank you to the teachers," Rotary Club president Elizabeth Gill said.

The apples will be on teachers' desks Wednesday morning.

The Rotary Club has also given more than $125,000 to literacy programs in Atlanta.


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$10M land sale in Buckhead Village threatened by property dispute


Veteran Atlanta developers are caught up in a property dispute involving a more than $10 million real estate deal in the heart of the Buckhead Village.

At stake is the sale of a high-profile site next to the historic Buckhead Theatre.

An affiliate of the The Loudermilk Cos. on Oct. 17 filed a complaint in federal bankruptcy court that claims Rohrig Investments L.P. and its owner George Rohrig is preventing the pending sale of a more than one-acre parking lot near the intersection of Roswell and Peachtree roads.

In August, Houston developer The Hanover Co. had put the site under contract for more than $10 million and just submitted plans to build a 351-unit apartment tower with street-level retail there.

But in its lawsuit, Loudermilk says a former parking agreement with Rohrig now is clouding the property title.