Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the state Department of Economic Development has awarded more than $178,000 in grants to 13 agencies promoting fine arts and tourism throughout the state. Deal said Wednesday the Georgia Council for the Arts is distributing the funding as part of the state's Tourism Product Development Agreement program.
A tourist train running on the tracks of the old St. Marys Railroad is scheduled to fire up its locomotive and start bringing passengers aboard next month. St. Marys Mayor Bill Deloughy says he hopes the train rides will boost tourism in the area.
The College Football Hall of Fame will celebrate its new class of honorees Wednesday night in Atlanta, the hall’s new hometown. Officials said the hall remains on track to open a year from now, just ahead of the 2014 football season. The hall has been in the works for four years, since Atlanta lured it from South Bend, Ind.
State labor officials reported an 8.2% April jobless rate. That's down 0.2% from March and a full point from April of last year. The hospitality industry led the growth with a monthly gain of 10,000 jobs.