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Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Piedmont's medical community supports Toys for Tots

Piedmont's medical community supports Toys for Tots

NEWNAN, Ga. -- This holiday season, Piedmont Newnan Hospital is teaming up with Piedmont Fayette Hospital and physician practices in Coweta and Fayette counties to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Piedmont “elves” have been busy delivering collection boxes throughout the two counties. So far, more than 100 boxes have been distributed to 70 locations where toys will be collected through December 16.  Toys for Tots is collaborating with local organizations in Coweta and Fayette to ensure these toys are distributed to local families in need.

“We’re excited to see our caregivers in Coweta and Fayette counties embrace the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. We’re especially grateful that all of the donations made at our hospitals and physicians offices will help provide a better Christmas for children right here in our own communities,” said Julie Hanson, manager of physician outreach at Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedmont Newnan Hospital.   

15 vehicles windows shot out over Thanksgiving


COWETA COUNTY, Ga -- Someone is driving around the North side of Coweta County shooting out windshields and windows of vehicles parked at residences.

The Coweta County Sheriff Office is investigating 15 cases of vandalism that happened on the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day and the day after the holiday.

Someone's idea of fun is causing a lot of heartache and costing victims a lot of money. "Well, it's put a damper on Christmas around here," said Rita McMillan, one of the victims.

Rita McMillan has the receipts to back her consternation. Her pickup trucks back window was damaged and had to be replaced, costing her around $400. She said her insurance wouldn't cover any of the damage.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

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.