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Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

(WXIA) -- The 2014 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were held Thursday night, with one Fulton County school scoring the majority of the honors.

Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls crushed the competition. It won a whopping 13 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and all the acting prizes.

Milton High School's Legally Blonde won two awards, while Pebblebrook High School's Les Misérables and Wesleyan School's Into the Woods each took home one.

Six students also received special Shuler Scholarships at the ceremony, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

See this year's nominees. The winners are:

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing at least two victims was arrested Monday at Greenbriar Mall.

Marquez Hodge, 21, was taken into custody by Atlanta Police.

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Dunwoody Police believe Hodge is one of three suspects accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint Sunday night at the Chateau at Dunwoody apartment complex on Tilly Mil Road. The victim's purse and car were taken, according to Dunwoody Police Officer Tim Fecht

Hodge is also accused of a Sunday evening carjacking in Sandy Springs. Fecht said police found two handguns and stolen items from both robberies in Hodge's possession when he was arrested.

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Help is available for unemployed workers who have been out of work for a long time because off layoffs or a need for new skills.

The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development provides employment search services. Additionally, job seekers who want to know more about obtaining that first opportunity for an interview or receiving information about making it past the first interview to the second interview can obtain the following services:

• Career advisement to help set career goals and education requirements
• Assistance with resume preparation
• Schedule participation in a job readiness prep workshop
• Learn appropriate ways to dress to file in-person applications or attend interviews and job fairs
• Obtain free training if the employment seeker meets eligibility criteria

Workforce Development services are available at the following locations:

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Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

(WXIA) – Motorists will face a number of lane closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

I-285 Northbound from Hollowell Parkway (US 78/278) in Atlanta to Paces Ferry Road in Vinings will have one left lane closed for sign replacement.

I-20 West and Eastbound will have two left lanes closed between Ga. 5 in Douglasville to Liberty Road in Carroll County for ongoing concrete construction.

Nightly lane closures will continue on the Downtown Connector, along with portions of I-75 and I-85 inside the Perimeter for overhead sign replacement.

Retaining wall construction continues on Techwood Drive between 16th Street and 18th Street in Midtown Atlanta.

Construction continues on I-75 Northbound between I-675 and Mount Zion Boulevard in Clayton County. Two right lanes are closed in that area.

Landscaping operations are continuing along I-285 Westbound near Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County.

 

Fulton County encourages residents to register to vote and update information

Fulton County encourages residents to register to vote and update information

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Department of Registration Elections and Elections encourages residents to register to vote and to update their information to ensure they will have a smooth voting experience.

In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, and also at a registration and election office or by mail.

East Point officials dispute 'most dangerous suburb' title


EAST POINT, Ga. (WXIA) – East Point has been named the "most dangerous suburb" in the nation, according to a new survey from the real estate blog Movoto.com. City officials in East Point beg to differ.

The site points to crime data for 120 suburban areas around the nation, and cites its earlier survey naming the most dangerous small cities around the nation, when comparing the regions of the nation where dangerous communities area.

In this ranking, the site looked at the FBI's 2012 uniform crime report for seven main types of crime – murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and vehicle theft.