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Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Investigators search for motive in Paulding Co. murder-suicide


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators are working to determine the motive behind an apparent murder-suicide that left a Paulding County sheriff's deputy and three members of his family dead.

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Teens charged as adults in Paulding County murder


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – Two teenagers are being charged as adults in the New Year's Eve murder of an 18-year-old man in Paulding County.

According to Cpl. Ashley Henson of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, 15-year-old Trent Jacobs and 16-year-old Randy Fredrick met 18-year-old Gage McGee on Brian Miller Road to buy marijuana.

The charges against the teenagers have changed as Frederick has now been bound over to Superior Court for Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Murder.

Meanwhile, Jacobs is still awaiting an update on his status.

Both are being held without bond at Marietta Regional Youth Detention Center.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Paulding County's November unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

No arrests made after SWAT standoff in Paulding Co.


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities thought they had tracked a murder suspect to a home in Paulding County, but it turns out, it was just a friendly dog.

According to Paulding County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Ashley Henson, a SWAT team and negotiators were on the scene at Peggy Meadows Way on Friday afternoon. According to a Paulding County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, they were searching for a murder suspect from DeKalb County, and had information he was staying inside the house on Peggy Meadows Way.

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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.