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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.

Closed bridge stranding apartment residents may be open soon


EAST POINT, GA (WXIA) – A dangerous bridge at risk of collapse may soon be safe for drivers again. The bridge provides the only way in and out of the Lakeside Reserve Apartments in East Point.

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Deep cracks were discovered in the bridge, so the city had no choice, but to shut down the bridge Wednesday evening.

Cars could not drive in or out of the complex. Only pedestrians and golf carts are being allowed across during the repairs to the bridge.

South Fulton Career Center to host Manpower recruitment

South Fulton Career Center to host Manpower recruitment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The South Fulton Career Center will host an onsite recruitment in partnership with Manpower on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Manpower is seeking data entry specialists.

The South Fulton Career Center is located at 5710 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park. Business attire is required, with no jeans, T-shirts or sneakers allowed.

 Data Entry Specialist

Candidates will be responsible for a data entry quota of 10,000 keystrokes per hour. They will be entering medical information so accuracy is required. The successful candidate will be accustomed to working in a high volume/ fast-paced environment. Applicants who obtain positions will also be responsible for consistently practicing safety-conscious behavior in all processes and procedures and must be willing to work a full-time schedule with shifts that include the following:

2015 Atlanta coupon class

2015 Atlanta coupon class

ATLANTA -- You want to save money right in 2015, right? Saving money on groceies would be a great way to start.

Aimee Brittain also known as Pretty Frugal Diva, is teaching a coupon class on how to save money. This class will not just teach you about coupons, but also about apps you can use on your phone and tips and tricks to use to help you save money and even earn cash back with amazing apps. This class also has a shopping trip event afterward to get some hands-on training.

When asked why she was doing this, Aimee Brittain said, "I want to help my community. I live in Atlanta, born and raised. I want to help my community save to help families like I was able to,thanks to my frugal living skills."

Coupon class tickets can be purchased at www.prettyfrugaldiva.com/classes.

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development served over 41,163 job seekers in 2014, with 4,564 participating in onsite recruitment orientations and job readiness workshops.

The workshops teach participants how to set career and education goals, conduct job searches, develop strategies for making the best impression during the first interview and succeeding in any subsequent interviews. Job seekers also learn how to dress for success.

Specific services available for dislocated workers range from financial support to help in finding a job or retraining for a new career. Citizens considered dislocated workers include those who may have lost jobs because of terminations.  Some unemployed workers may have faced layoffs or received “notices of termination or layoff." Additionally, they are unlikely to return to their previous jobs or industry because of:

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.