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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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Dunwoody mayor gets pie in the face from Chick-fil-A


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Chick-fil-A in Dunwoody has been a powerful partner in the community, donating more than 6,000 sandwiches to participating shelters and ministries in the region.

In honor of reaching that milestone, Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis volunteered to get a pie in the face from a Chick-fil-A employee.

The painless pie was made of whipped cream -- a sweet tribute to this season of giving.


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DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County's public school students are prepared for life after graduation.

According to the recently released College & Career Ready Performance Index, many of the county's elementary, middle and high schools demonstrated growth over last year.

The county's most improved schools include:

Elementary
* Indian Creek (+22.7 percentage points)
* Briar Vista (+22)
* Pleasantdale (+21.7)
* Chapel Hill (+19)
* Wynbrook (+14)

Middle
* Stephenson (+15.7)
* Columbia (+14.5)
* Salem (+7.8)
* Cedar Grove (+6.7)
* Druid Hills (+6.6)

High
* Towers (+8.1)
* Lakeside (+6.5)
* Lithonia (+6)
* Redan (+3.5)
* Chamblee (+1)

By comparison, Georgia's elementary schools saw a decrease of 5.2 percentage points, the state's middle schools saw a decrease of 1.4, and high school decreased by 3.4 points.

Attorney Rebecca Crumrine Rieder named to Legal Elite

Attorney Rebecca Crumrine Rieder named to Legal Elite

ATLANTA -- Rebecca Crumrine Rieder, founding partner of Hedgepeth, Heredia, Crumrine & Morrison in Atlanta, has been named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 2014 Legal Elite. In this prestigious professional recognition, the Legal Elite are nominated and voted in by their fellow members of the State Bar of Georgia.

Crumrine Rieder practices in all areas of family law, including divorce and separation. Additional past honors, recognitions and community service include:

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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.

The Lazarian sisters cut their hair today to make a donation to Locks of Love.


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- After tragedy took a classmate earlier this year, three sisters from Dunwoody – all less than 8 years old – have found their way to respond.

The Lazarian sisters -- 7-year-old Noa, 5-year-old Ella, and 3-year-old Mia -- cut their hair today to make a donation to Locks of Love.

They did so in honor of Jared Forman, a classmate of Noa's who passed away suddenly earlier this year.

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"He was a character," said Jared's father, Jordan Forman. "You couldn't ask for better than Jared."

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.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.3 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.