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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.

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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.

Gwinnett County's December unemployment rate was 5.7 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.

Suspect arrested after he calls 911


BUFORD, Ga -- Police should always be so lucky. A Buford man was arrested for shoplifting after he called 911 himself.

Alfonso Aguilar, 42, of Buford was spotted by loss prevention officers at the Walmart on Buford Drive Monday night. They followed him out of the store after watching him steal several items.

When the employees identified themselves as loss prevention Aguilar pulled out a knife and
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swung it widely
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and ran, according to a Gwinnett County Police incident report.
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So he actually produces a knife in the course of this trying to resist these two guys who he claims later are trying to abduct him or assault him," Cpl. Jake Smith said.

$50,000 reward for information on missing Buford man


BUFORD, Ga. (WXIA) -- The family of a man who disappeared from his home in Buford three weeks ago increased the reward to $50,000.

Kelly Nash, 25, was gone when his live-in girlfriend woke up early on the morning of January 5.

His cell phone, wallet, keys, pickup truck, and other personal belongings were left behind. He is believed to have been wearing his pajamas, with tan Sperry shoes.

Since then, Nash's family and friends have searched for him, raised reward money, and distributed flyers.

They are now seeking volunteers to help distribute new flyers with the information about the updated $50,000 reward fund.

Nash has been working full time with his father's construction business, and attending college classes to earn a degree in accounting.

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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.

$5 Blueberry Crunchcakes at J. Christopher's

$5 Blueberry Crunchcakes at J. Christopher's

(WXIA) -- Wednesday, Jan. 28 is National Blueberry Pancake Day. All Atlanta-area J. Christopher's restaurants will celebrate the beloved holiday with a special on the chain's signature Blueberry Crunchcakes.

From Jan. 26-30, J. Christopher's will offer a short stack of Blueberry Crunchcakes for only $5.

Blueberry Crunchcakes are blueberry pancakes topped with fortified granola and more blueberries.

Visit jchristophers.com to find a location.

Valentine's Day donuts return at Krispy Kreme

Valentine's Day donuts return at Krispy Kreme

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Krispy Kreme donut shops will celebrate Valentine's Day with five limited edition pastries.

The new donuts will be available Monday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 15. They include a sprinkled heart, a chocolate iced heart, donuts in X and O shapes, and the new Luv Bug, a creme-filled donut topped with red and chocolate icing and a sugar ladybug face.

Visit krispykreme.com for more information and to find a location.