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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

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29-year-old DeKalb County woman missing

29-year-old DeKalb County woman missing

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Chamblee police are asking the public for help finding a 29-year-old woman.

Brandi E. Smith was last seen Sept. 28 and was reported missing by her mother on Oct. 1. She was being treated at Peachford Hospital in DeKalb County when she disappeared.

Smith is white, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 90 pounds, with brown eyes and dark-colored hair. She has tattoos on the inside of one wrist and a floral tattoo on her back.

The missing woman takes medication for seizures and may also use heroin.

Chamblee police received an unconfirmed tip that Smith may be with two black men, and one of those men assaulted her in a liquor store's parking lot on Oct. 11.

Anyone who sees Brandi Smith or has information about his disappeared is asked to call Chamblee Police Capt. Ernesto Ford at 770-986-5008.

True school spirit at Dunwoody's Homecoming


DUNWOODY, Ga. (WXIA) – At the Dunwoody High School homecoming Friday night, students showed true school spirit during halftime.

This year's Dunwoody High School senior homecoming court -- ten candidates for Homecoming Queen and ten candidates for King -- beamed like the sun under the Friday night lights.

That number included two special needs students their fellow seniors nominated: Hannah Keen, who has Down's syndrome, escorted by her big brother D.R.; and Gus Ashbury. He's a student with autism, escorted by his mother, Mamie.

It was two weeks ago when the whole school -- 1,200 DHS students -- voted for Queen and King, choosing from among all 20 candidates on the ballots.

The results were announced at halftime. It turns out the voting was not even close.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

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AP exam participation: DeKalb County

AP exam participation: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In DeKalb County, 4,857 students took 7,481 AP exams in 2014, and 2,955 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each DeKalb County public high school:

Arabia Mountain HS
289 students took 395 exams
114 passing scores

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County will hold its annual neighborhood summit on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tucker High School.

The event gives DeKalb residents an opportunity to mingle with local government officials and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the county.

This year's summit will feature Curbside Consulting, a rotating series of sessions where residents will be encouraged to sit down and ask questions about issues that matter to them.

Curbside Consulting will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will cover several topics:

* Community organizing/building
* Marketing/social media
* Fundraising/grant writing
* Meeting facilitation
* Volunteer/board management
* Program planning and development
* Neighborhood Nexus/community needs assessment

Atlanta man committed to feeding hungry


David Skoke is on a mission to feed the hungry in Atlanta.

The part-time actor drives around the city in a brightly painted minivan twice a week picking up extra unsold produce from four Whole Foods Market locations. "Whole Foods pulls food from the shelves three days before its expiration date, so it still has three good days left and probably more," he said.

Skoke said he averages about three tons of food per month. His delivers the fresh fruits and vegetables to five area soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries. On a recent Wednesday he delivered a shipment to Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church in Dunwoody, which runs a Free Food Store and a café for the needy.