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UHY LLP adds Daniel Vazquez as staff consultant

UHY LLP adds Daniel Vazquez as staff consultant

ATLANTA -- UHY LLP announced the appointment of Daniel Vazquez as staff consultant. Vazquez will be based in the Atlanta office, serving UHY clients nationwide. He is responsible for enterprise optimization, management consulting, and finance transformation for UHY clients as part of the Management & Technology Consulting group and reports to UHY principal, Cindy Hannafey.

“Daniel Vazquez brings a first-class education in finance to the table, making him a highly qualified new addition to our UHY team,” said Hannafey.

Vazquez’s professional skills and qualifications include:

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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Gunman sought after fatal Sandy Springs shooting

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Authorities are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting at a student housing complex behind the Sheraton Hotel on Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs.

It happened Thursday afternoon at the complex, called The Hub, which houses students from the The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Police said 23-year-old Takeenen Williams, of Sandy Springs, was shot two times and ran to the hotel where he collapsed in a back parking lot. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta where he died Thursday night.


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Authorities remind drivers to 'Move Over' after recent accidents

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two emergency workers hit in two days has authorities reminding the public about the state's "Move Over" law.

Tamkia Woodson, 39, of Lithonia is charged with DUI and reckless driving after police say she hit a Sandy Springs police officer who was on the side of the road on Wednesday. It is estimated the impact pushed the officer's car in excess of 100 feet from a standstill position.

Sandy Springs police officer injured in crash

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - A Sandy Springs police officer hurt in a traffic accident while on duty is expected to recover from his injuries.

Sandy Springs police say the two-car wreck happened in the southbound lanes of Georgia 400 near Northridge Road in Sandy Springs shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said the officer was in the right emergency lane while completing an accident call when his vehicle was struck from the back by another vehicle, which had crossed over to the emergency lane.

Police say both drivers were taken to North Fulton Hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

No charges were immediately filed, and police have not identified the officer or the motorist.

Woman shot during carjacking

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police Department detectives are investigating a shooting which took place just after midnight Wednesday morning.

Monique N. Lassiter, 27, of Sandy Springs, was taken to North Fulton Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen during a carjacking on 6957 Roswell Road. She is in stable condition.

Authorities are looking for two black males. The shooter was described as early 20's, around 5-foot-7 and between 140 to 150 pounds. He wore a red shirt and a red bandanna over his mouth and nose. The second suspect was described only as a black male.

The description of the stolen vehicle is a yellow 2012 Chevrolet Camaro with black stripes and black wheels. The license plate on the stolen vehicle is Georgia PCX4436.