From when he was big enough to carry a Christmas tree, Jeff Denson was helping his grandfather run their cut-your-own tree and wreath business.
And although his grandfather died last year at the age of 89, Denson is still helping. He bought the farm on St. Mary’s Road and is now running Smith’s Christmas Tree Farm & Wreaths with his family.
As part of planned demonstrations slated to be held around the country Thursday, activists and fast-food restaurant workers gathered in front of a McDonald’s Corp. restaurant on North Roxboro Street in Durham to call for higher wages.
Chanting “we can’t survive on $7.25” and “forward together, not one step back,” they walked from the restaurant to the site of where a 1957 sit-in was held in protest of segregation.
Unemployment in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro fell to 6.1 percent in October, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday.
The metro area’s rate was down from October of last year’s 7.3 percent, and was also down compared with September’s 6.3 percent, according to estimates from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division that were adjusted for seasonal fluctuations in employment.