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One school bus, carrying kids to two schools in crash


NEWNAN -- A school bus carrying students to two different schools was involved in a crash Thursday morning.

Originally, reports were the crash involved two buses, but a school spokesman confirmed it was one bus, traveling to two different schools. The bus was carrying students when it crashed at SR-16 and SR-34 in Coweta County. There were minor injuries, and some students were transported to the hospital.

Dean Jackson, a spokesman for Coweta Schools, told 11Alive News: "Coweta school bus #115-99 carrying Evans Middle School and Newnan High School students was involved in an accident with 2 passenger vehicles on Carrollton Highway (Hwy 16) near the intersection at Cofield Road."

Thirty students were on the bus at time of accident. Twelve students and a bus driver were taken to the hospital for evaluation. The other students continued on the trip to school.

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.

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.

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.

Goodwill offering free tax preparation

Goodwill offering free tax preparation

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Goodwill will offer free tax preparation services to families in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 20, taxpayers can visit the Goodwill Newnan West Career Center for help from the River Valley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition.

The service is available to individuals and families who earn less than $53,000 a year.

Free tax preparation hours include 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Last year, the IRS-trained volunteers prepared nearly 500 returns for local families.

The Newnan West Career Center is located at 228 Bullsboro Drive.