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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

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Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

A 10-year-old boy is in the hospital after being attacked by a large dog Tuesday afternoon.


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A 10-year-old boy is in the hospital after being attacked by a large dog Tuesday afternoon.

The boy, who had just gotten off the bus, was headed to his house at 6477 Holiday Road. When he realized he did not have his keys, he went to neighbor's house to call his mother.

When he was leaving that residence he was attacked by one of the Mastiffs that ran out the door of that home.

The boy suffered bites to his head and both arms. He was taken to Egleston Hospital for surgery. There are no charges filed as of Wednesday.

Animal Control took possession of the two dogs at the residence.

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

ATLANTA -- Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

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Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb host holiday events

Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb host holiday events

ATLANTA -- Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb invite Atlanta-area kids and parents to celebrate the season and spread holiday cheer at their Simon Kidgits Club's annual holiday celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 6 – sponsored this season by the popular animated movie “The Boxtrolls” coming this holiday season on Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Each mall’s Kidgits events are as follows:

Mall of Georgia – Kidgits Club Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Food Court

Town Center at Cobb – Kidgits Club PJ Party with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Upper Level JCPenney Wing