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COWETA: Commissioners approve controversial cell phone tower

COWETA: Commissioners approve controversial cell phone tower

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Facing a crowd of opponents Tuesday night, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners approved the construction of a cell phone tower on Lower Fayetteville Road.

Residents who showed up to voice opposition to the tower were not given a chance to speak. One resident told 11Alive News she had a petition with 261 signatures of people who did not want the tower.

Some residents have put their homes on the market because they're so upset about the tower, which will be built by T-Mobile.

It will be located in the eastern part of Coweta County.

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

ATLANTA - Temperatures across the state of Georgia were above normal for the fourth straight month in May, according to the state climatologist's office.

In Atlanta, the average temperature was 1.1 degrees above normal, while elsewhere in the state, the difference was more pronounced with temperatures in Valdosta running has high as 2.7 degrees above normal. This made this spring the ninth warmest in Atlanta since 1878, when such records began being kept by officials.

Rain has been scarce across the state - so much so, that according to the state climatologist's office, a drought, which had been previously confined to the southernmost portions of the state, expanded northward. The south-central and southwestern portions of the state were the driest areas.

Much of the rain that did fall, came in the form of scattered thunderstorms, and the amounts that fell, were, much like the storms they came from, were varied and scattered.

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta is facing yet another day under a Code Orange smog alert on Sunday.

Under code orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged exposure during late afternoon or early evening hours when ozone concentrations are at their highest.

Motorists are advised to fill their tanks up early in the day, as later in the day, fill-ups can contribute to the additional ozone in the air. If you can at all avoid driving, you're advised to take mass transit to get to where you need to go, which will also lessen the smog in the air.

Temperatures in Metro Atlanta are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index figures approaching 100. Those conditions will continue to promote smoggy skies across the area through the weekend.

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta is facing yet another day under a Code Orange smog alert on Sunday.

Under code orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged exposure during late afternoon or early evening hours when ozone concentrations are at their highest.

Motorists are advised to fill their tanks up early in the day, as later in the day, fill-ups can contribute to the additional ozone in the air. If you can at all avoid driving, you're advised to take mass transit to get to where you need to go, which will also lessen the smog in the air.

Temperatures in Metro Atlanta are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index figures approaching 100. Those conditions will continue to promote smoggy skies across the area through the weekend.

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

ATLANTA -- Hot weather continues to bake Metro Atlanta and the Southeastern states as everyone hustles to find a way to stay cool.

Continued hot and more humid weather spreading into Georgia from the Gulf Coast could bring pop-up thunderstorms to the area Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Any storms that come up will likely be slow-moving and drench the areas affected. Those storms would also likely have vivid lightning and small hail.

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

ATLANTA -- Hot weather continues to bake Metro Atlanta and the Southeastern states as everyone hustles to find a way to stay cool.

Continued hot and more humid weather spreading into Georgia from the Gulf Coast could bring pop-up thunderstorms to the area Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Any storms that come up will likely be slow-moving and drench the areas affected. Those storms would also likely have vivid lightning and small hail.

Friends blame texting for teen's deadly car crash

Friends blame texting for teen's deadly car crash

BOWDON -- Family and friends gathered Tuesday to remember 16-year-old Taylor McKee.

McKee was driving along Bullsboro Road in Coweta County when she ran a red light and smashed into another car. The driver of that car, Linda Leflore, and McKee were both killed. McKee's other two passengers were hospitalized.

Friends say McKee was distracted by a text message.

"Taylor was very loving, friendly," said friend Cody Allman. "I just miss her. She was just so special."