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Downtown Macon's 'First Friday' to be Every Friday

NewTown Macon announced Thursday that starting October 1st, every Friday will be a 'First Friday' in downtown Macon.

Among other things, that means open-container laws are relaxed and patrons can carry alcohol in cups from venue to venue.

Kris Hattaway with NewTown Macon, says they're calling the event "Friday Fest", and there will be live entertainment every Friday in the Third Street Park.

"We're going to have a variety of music and entertainment, something new and different each week, so that you know there's always something going on in downtown Macon on Fridays," says Hattaway.

The purpose, says Hattaway, is to attract more visitors to the area to support local merchants and restaurants.

There will also be cups and banners on Third St. and Cherry St. that feature the new "Friday Fest" logo.

The Macon Marriott City Center Hotel will also offer special overnight rates for guests that visit First Friday.

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Woman Dies After Macon Shooting

A woman died after a Wednesday night shooting in Macon.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says 20-year-old Terrilyn Williams was shot around 9:30 on North Atwood Drive.

A Macon police news release says Williams and a 16-year-old girl were shot at Westminster Apartments.

It says the teen was shot in the wrist and is in stable condition at the hospital.

Police say they have been called to the area in the past few days for an ongoing fight between two groups of young men.

Anyone with information can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Atlanta, Macon Unemployment Hits 10.4 Percent

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Department of Labor reports that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Atlanta increased to 10.4 percent in August.

That's up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1
percent in July. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased to 275,215, up 6,163.

Labor officials say that in metro Albany, the unemployment rate
rose by one-tenth of a point to 10.9 percent. The rate also rose by one-tenth of a point in Athens, to 7.8 percent, and by two-tenths of a point in Gainesville, to 9.2 percent.

In Macon, the rate increased by three-tenths of a point to
10.4 percent. The number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased to 11,654, up 252 from 11,402.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Macon-Bibb Crews Battle Woods Fire

    Macon-Bibb firefighters are battling what looks to be a major blaze in west Bibb County.

    It's in the woods on Dixon Road, off Eisenhower Parkway and Fulton Mill Road.

    Witnesses are reporting hearing what sounded like explosions and the fire is sending off plumes of black smoke.

    The burning woods are strewn with junk, including some abandoned cars.

    Fire dispatchers say they have no further information on the fire.

    On the scene, firefighters are hauling lines into the woods.

There's no word on the cause and, so far, no reported injuries.

    Check 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story tonight.

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