Gov. Nathan Deal was joined Thursday by First Lady Sandra Deal, chief of staff Chris Riley and House Speaker David Ralston to unveil the official portrait of Gov. Deal and Mrs. Deal at the Georgia State Capitol. The portrait, painted by Thomas Nash, will be displayed outside the governor's office on the second floor of the Capitol.

The committee, chaired by state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, held its final meeting Dec. 27 and released its recommendation in an 11-page report.

Labor force and employed residents are also up over the past 12 months, Butler said in a statement Thursday.

Georgia motorists are saving nearly $10 on a full tank of gas, compared to what they paid in the summer. Sunday’s state average was also 9 cents per gallon less than what drivers paid on Christmas Day 2017.

Gas prices in Georgia declined fractions of a penny on Sunday, after dropping 1 to 2 cents a day for the past seven weeks, the club said. Average prices in most major metro markets around the state followed the same trend.

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Crude oil dove to eight-month lows last week, which means the slump at the pump should continue, the club said.

The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year, the auto club said.

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