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      Albany employment challenge

      So far 165 jobs have been created

      After turning 10 people away from a job, Ole Times Buffet manager BJ Fletcher decided to take Albany's unemployment issue and do something about it. Fletcher not only hired people, she challenged Albany restaurants and businesses to follow suit.

      "Washington has their problems, Atlanta has their problems, but I know we can fix unemployment in Albany because this is the good life city" says Fletcher.

      Almost two dozen restaurants and businesses have hired new employees in response to BJ's challenge. Ole Times employees collectively agreed to give up their overtime in order to create new positions.

      To sweeten the competition, Fletcher promises to give one free meal a week for a year to the company who wins the competition.

      So far 165 people have found jobs, and Fletcher says she hopes Albany can pull together to meet the challenge goal of 500 new jobs.

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