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Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Teen charged with making threat against Northgate HS

Teen charged with making threat against Northgate HS

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- A 17-year-old Coweta County resident was arrested for making a threat against Northgate High School.

Brandon Dale Hammond was charged with terroristic threats and disruption of public schools.

The threat was made Wednesday morning. Hammond was taken into custody that same evening.

Coweta County Sheriff's Capt. John G. Lewis said investigators believe the motive revolved around an "administrative incident" that occurred at the school shortly before the threat was made.

Students were evacuated to a nearby church while police searched the school building. No explosive devices were found.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Coweta County's December unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Golf cart decals: Rules for riding on Peachtree City's trails

Golf cart decals: Rules for riding on Peachtree City's trails

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The city of Peachtree City would like to remind all Fayette County residents that their golf carts must have Peachtree City decals before they are allowed on the network of paths.

Current decals are a reflective silver-white. They are valid through 2016.

The rules for driving carts on the trails vary for different parts of the county.

Peachtree City residents
Anyone who lives within city limits and pays Peachtree City property taxes simply needs to feature the decal on their golf carts.

Note: Some areas along Sumner Road, Redwine Road and Highway 74 south of Redwine are not within Peachtree City corporate limits.

Tyrone residents
Those who live within the city limits of Tyrone can use their Tyrone decals to ride on the trails in Tyrone, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and unincorporated Fayette County.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Newnan to open new Public Safety Complex

Newnan to open new Public Safety Complex

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The city of Newnan will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Public Safety Complex on Friday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.

The new 37,000-square-foot facility is located at 1 Joseph Hannah Boulevard. It will contain the Newnan Police Department and Municipal Court, as well as additional office space, a training room, a squad room, a fitness center and a secure evidence storage space.

Members of the public are invited to attend an open house for the new facility on Saturday, Jan. 31 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours and refreshments will be offered.

SPLOST money made it possible for the city to build the new complex.

"I would like to thank the citizens for supporting the SPLOST for the funds to build a new Public Safety Complex," Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows said in a release. "This will help us to provide better service to our community and will be more user friendly than the present department."

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.