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Kohl's stores open round the clock from 12/20 to Christmas Eve

(WXIA) -- Kohl's Department Stores announced Thursday that the for the first time, the chain's stores will stay open for more than 100 hours straight, from Friday, Dec. 20 through Christmas Eve.

"The holiday season is an eventful time for families, and Kohl's is making it easy for shoppers to wrap up their last- minute gift giving with 24-hour access to Kohl's stores right up to Christmas Eve," said Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief customer officer. "Not only does Kohl's have the hottest gifts at incredible prices, now shoppers will have the added benefit of being able to check off their lists, day or night, whenever it is most convenient for them."

The company's stores plan to open at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and remain open non-stop through 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Kohl's has 27 stores in metro Atlanta.

Atlanta unemployment jumps to 7.7 percent

Atlanta unemployment jumps to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 7.7 percent in October, up from 7.4 percent in September.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in October.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the reason for the increase is twofold: the number of layoffs increased, as did the number of unemployed residents.

Despite the unemployment numbers, metro Atlanta added roughly 2.4 million jobs in October, mostly in trade and transportation; education and health care; government; manufacturing; and financial services.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in October, at 5.8 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.9 percent.

Snow!

Snow!

(WXIA) -- From the mountains through the metro and down to LaGrange, snow flurries fluttered across north Georgia Wednesday morning.

11Alive received a number of snow pictures from viewers. Send yours to photos@11Alive.com or upload them to our photo gallery.

If you plan on traveling for Thanksgiving, be sure to check airport wait times and look out for flight delays before you leave the house.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

ATLANTA -- It's going to be cold in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, with temperatures expected to hover around 27 in the mornings and climb no higher than 45 during the day.

FORECAST | Thanksgiving week temperatures

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking homeowners to turn off sprinkler systems that are set to automatically run overnight.

"Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures," GDOT engineer Rachel Brown said in a statement. "They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning."

Gov. Sanders & the Assassin 11-22-63

ATLANTA -- It is the most repeated question of the week. "Where were you when JFK died?"

For those old enough to remember November 22, 1963, it is easily answered.

Governor Carl Sanders has never forgotten that day or the night.

As Georgia's 74th governor, he was JFK's friend, and a political ally. And he too was being threatened by a would-be assassin because of his connection to the president.

"President Kennedy was a good friend of mine and a good friend to the state of Georgia," said Sanders.

Hanging on the wall in his Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders, two pictures of the then 37 year old Georgia governor and the 44 year old president from November of 1962. Both men were young, handsome, stylish leaders who served bravely in WWII.

Their friendship was immediate.

"Every time I asked him to give us some help he responded positively."

Expect delays on these metro Atlanta roads this weekend

ATLANTA -- It will be another busy weekend of road construction around the metro.

As the tolls end on State Route 400 on Friday, the Georgia DOT will be focusing on moving motorists around the plaza until the actual structure is removed in early 2014. Beginning after evening rush hour Friday, crews will begin channeling traffic in both directions into the left lanes and around the plaza. The traffic shift should be completed by noon on Saturday, weather permitting.

TRAFFIC MAP | View construction delays and road problems

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.