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Emergency Unemployment Benefits Go into Effect for Georgia

People who've been out of work for a while may be able to get more unemployment benefits soon.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that it will send out notices outlining how to file for benefits to those eligible for the additional Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

The E-U-C program was established in 2008 and allows benefits for those living in states where the three-month seasonally adjusted unemployment rate averages at least 9 percent.

The compensation is available to people who have used up all levels of emergency compensation and who no longer qualify for regular unemployment benefits.

Georgia's emergency unemployment insurance program goes into effect beginning Sunday.  The state's unemployment rate averaged just above nine percent for June, July and August.

Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

If you're looking to go green at your home or maybe just to save a little money, this weekend you're in luck.

The State of Georgia is allowing you to do both with a tax free holiday on energy efficient products.

From Friday through Sunday you can get a break on the sales tax.

Here's some of the products that qualify: Air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators and dehumidifiers.

The products must come with the Energy Star label or meet the Watersense criteria and cost $1,500 or less.

Home Depot is just one of the many stores in Central Georgia where you can purchase those products.

Appliance Specialist Dawn Musgrove says Energy Star and Watersense appliances save you energy and water, which also saves you money.

Nuwaubians Accuse Putnam Officials of Violating Their Laws

Members of a controversial religious group say local public officials violated their religious laws.

Notices were sent from Nuwaubians by certified mail to officials in Putnam County -- and one private citizen -- claiming that these individuals had broken the laws of the "United Nuwaupia Nation," the group's title listed on the notice's letterhead.

Regarding the letters, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says, "We've seen a flurry of that (sort of) activity within the last 60 to 80 days." 

The letter to Sills was sent from an Atlanta address.

The Nuwaubians were an Eatonton-based religious group whose leader, Malachi Z. York, was convicted in 2004 on charges of racketeering and child molestation.

York was sentenced to 135 years in prison, which he is serving in a federal prison in Colorado.

Prescription 'Take Back Day' Scheduled for Saturday

Prescription 'Take Back Day' Scheduled for Saturday

Central Georgians can rid home medicine cabinets of unused, potentially dangerous medications at four locations Saturday.


During the Drug Enforcement Administration's national Take Back Day program, drug disposal sites will be set up across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Participants can find the nearest site by visiting www.dea.gov , clicking on "Drug Disposal" and "Got Drugs?", and following the links to a database and entering their ZIP codes. The service is free and anonymous.


Warren County Boosts Security for Hancock County's Visit

It will be a tense Football Friday night in Warren County.

That's when the Screaming Devils will meet up against the Hancock County Bulldogs for the first time since last October.

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It's been almost a year since a brawl after the game in Sparta sent Warren County's football coach to the hospital.

Both teams maintain the other team started it, after Warren defeated Hancock.

At least two students got into a fight with helmets and Warren County coach Dave Daniel tried to break it up. He suffered crushed bones in his face and needed five metal plates implanted in his head.

Double Murder Suspect Indicted in Hancock Co.

The man charged with killing a Hancock County couple was indicted Wednesday, says District Attorney Fredric Bright.

Brandon Charleston, 20, faces seven counts, including two a piece for the murders of 34-year-old Darryl Scott and 31-year-old Dedria DeShay Green in their home at 141 Tommie Lane. 

Scott was shot with two different weapons--a pistol and a shotgun--according to the indictment. 

Bright says Charleston has also been charged with aggravated assault for a firing a pistol at Green's son, who then hid out in the bathtub at the house.

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Hancock Co. Judge Not Talking After FBI Seizure

The day after federal agents seized boxes of documents from the Hancock County courthouse details remain fuzzy.

Multiple witnesses told 13WMAZ Wednesday that the FBI targeted the office of Probate Judge Marva Rice in their hours-long search, but attempts to reach her failed.

13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet went back out to Sparta and found that Rice had taken the day off.

We went to her house for a comment, but she refused to come to the door and called the sheriff who asked us to stay off of her property.

The FBI offered no updates. Several attempts were made to reach Sparta Mayor William Evans and Hancock County Commission Chairman Samuel Duggan, but neither were available for comment.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates, we will continue to update you as this story develops.