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Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

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Gwinnett's Labor Day trash schedule

Gwinnett's Labor Day trash schedule

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Government offices in Gwinnett County will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday.

As Labor Day is not a trash and recycling holiday, collections of those items are scheduled as normal for unincorporated Gwinnett.

Residents of Gwinnett's cities should call their trash and recycling providers to see if next week's pickup schedules will change.

County operations will resume as normal on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Simon Rewards Program Launches at Mall of Georgia

Simon Rewards Program Launches at Mall of Georgia

BUFORD, Ga. -- Simon has launched a new loyalty rewards program, available at the Mall of Georgia. Simon Rewards gives shoppers the chance to win instant prizes and earn points for visiting and shopping at the mall. Accumulating Simon Rewards points results in earning exclusive rewards and benefits, and members can also use their points toward chances to win prizes from gift cards to tablets and TVs.

“What’s great about the Simon Rewards program is that it isn’t retailer specific,” said Carol Cox, director of mall marketing and business development at Mall of Georgia. “Our shoppers can accumulate points for spending at any of their favorite mall retailers at our Simon center.”

Simon Rewards members can gain benefits in three ways:

Instant win. Each day, Simon Rewards members can play Instant Win for a chance to win prizes ranging from a complementary chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A to a watch from Invicta Watches.

J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

(WXIA) -- Sunday, Aug. 24 is National Waffle Day, and all J. Christopher's locations will throw a weeklong celebration to recognize the holiday.

From Aug. 25-29, J. Christopher's customers can order their choice of Red White & Blue, Belgian, Cinnamon Pecan, Bacon or Strawberry waffles for only $5.

Visit jchristophers.com to find your nearest location.

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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Police Department will hire new officers during a job fair this weekend.

The department said it is looking for professional candidates who are interested in improving the quality of life in Gwinnett, and serving and protecting the county's 800,000 residents.

Gwinnett officers earn competitive salaries, tuition reimbursements, health and 401(k) benefits, and access to take-home cars.

The job fair will be Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county's Police Training Center, which is located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

Those who are interested in becoming police officers can pre-apply at gwinnettpolicejobs.com.

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.