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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Piedmont Newnan to hold final Walk With a Doc of 2014

Piedmont Newnan to hold final Walk With a Doc of 2014

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s final Walk With a Doc of 2014 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Carl Miller park, 70 Sewell Road in Newnan. Any member of the Coweta County community is invited to join up with other walkers for an hour of fun and fitness.   

Andrew Darlington, D.O., a cardiologist, will lead the walk. Dr. Darlington is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Cardiomyopathy. Dr. Darlington has a special interest in Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy.

Walkers are encouraged to gather at the main pavilion in Carl Miller Park by 8:15 a.m. as the walk begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Darlington will take about five minutes to talk about heart health before leading all on a walk through the park while answering questions from participants.

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twenty-seven percent of Georgia hospitals earned an "A'' grade in recently released ratings on patient safety. Several Atlanta-area hospitals are among those awarded high marks, but several scored a "C" rating, and Piedmont Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital scored a "D."

The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections, and are intended to help consumers choose a facility for health services, according to Georgia Health News.

Georgia's top-rated performers include large hospitals and small ones.

Tickets on sale for 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes

Tickets on sale for 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary’s 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes will feature a walking tour and a scavenger hunt to give participants a more interactive role as they take in some of Newnan’s most interesting, turn-of-the-century and early 1900s dwellings.  

The Tour of Homes will be held Friday, Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature six homes along a one-mile loop, allowing participants to walk the tour if they desire. The scavenger hunt will challenge visitors who match the house address to the correct architectural detail of the home to enter into a drawing for a gift basket from local vendors.

The featured homes will be the:

·         Salbide-Kestler-Pate Home at 32 Wesley Street

·         Salbide-Odom-Lee Home at 30 Wesley Street

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Newnan High students tested for TB


NEWNAN, Ga. -- More than 100 students at Newnan High School in Coweta County were tested for tuberculosis Friday.

The Georgia Department of Public Health sent letters to the parents of Newnan High students. The letter said one student is suspected of having TB, and an investigation identified others who needed to be tested.

On Friday, public health staff tested 118 students and staff at Newnan High School, along with bus riders from Smokey Road Middle School, for exposure to tuberculosis, according to a news release from the Coweta County School System.

Public health staff will return on Monday to review the results of those tests. Students will receive a letter with their results, and parents will be notified by phone to discuss the results and if any follow-up testing is needed.

Tuberculosis is treatable and curable, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.