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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.

2 arrested in Coweta County double murder


COWETA COUNTY, Ga. – Two people have been arrested in connection with a double murder in Coweta County.

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Lt. Col. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office said two bodies were found at a home located at 360 Widgeon Drive.

Jarico Deshun Brown, 20, and Kenya Nneaka Sewell, 26, were taken into custody at around midnight at a Super 8 hotel on Highway 29 in Newnan. Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager said the suspects and victims knew each other, and both suspects have prior criminal records.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Coweta County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.8 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

3 injured in Newnan drive-by shooting

3 injured in Newnan drive-by shooting

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Three people were shot when suspects opened fire outside a Newnan house Tuesday night.

It happened at around 9:40 p.m. on West Washington Street near Wheat Street.

Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs said two men, ages 20 and 24, were sitting on a house's front porch when a burgundy car drove by. Someone inside the car fired several shots in the house's direction. Both men were hit, as was a 57-year-old woman in bed inside the house.

Riggs said the female victim was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, while both male victims were taken to Grady by ambulance.

The shooting is under investigation. Police have not yet named any suspects.

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

NEWNAN, Ga. (WXIA) -- The Northgate High School community recently reminded us all that teenagers don't always deserve the image they sometimes get as totally self-involved.

Last Friday, the student body chose two special needs students, Jessica Martindale and Anie Nevov as Homecoming King and Queen.

"One of the first times I've seen Northgate pull together as a whole and do something amazing," said Olivia Laaker, a senior.

Thao Nguyen initially spearheaded the idea to honor the pair by getting them on the Homecoming Court, but then a groundswell of support throughout the school.

Thao wanted it "in order to make it my best year, I wanted to make it someone else's best year, best senior year."

"At the pep rally I literally cried four times and at the game I cried because this is so amazing," Greta Taylor, who has known Anie since elementary school. "I love them so much and I was so happy for them."