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Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Commissioner Emma I. Darnell to Host Cedar Grove Community Meeting to Discuss New Fire Station

Commissioner Emma I. Darnell to Host Cedar Grove Community Meeting to Discuss New Fire Station

Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 6 and the  Fulton County Fire Rescue Department will hold a community meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Cedar Grove Community Center, 9285 Cedar Grove Road, Fairburn, Georgia 30213 to discuss the planned Design Build of a new Fulton County Fire Station #15 that will be located at 6351 Cedar Grove Road in Fairburn, GA 30213.

 

Attendees will hear from Fulton County Fire Chief Larry Few as well as other county employees dedicated to service in Unincorporated South Fulton. They will also have an opportunity to ask questions concerning fire safety and protection in their community.

 

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

On February 4, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 4, to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

 

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine,” stated Commissioner Joan P. Garner. “This is an exciting time to be part of an endeavor that will enhance and connect the communities located along the BeltLine in District 4.” 

Members of the Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors shall initially serve staggered terms of two (2) years and after the initial terms have expired, serve for a term of four (4) years (subject to the concurrent service requirements set forth herein).

 

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nutrient rich soil makes it possible to have a beautiful lawn and blooming flowers. Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

“Cooperative Extension is able to help residents with their gardening questions,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are equipped to assist residents in having their soil tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension office.”

Manpower seeks candidates for seasonal positions at Turner Field

Manpower seeks candidates for seasonal positions at Turner Field

ATLANTA -- Manpower will be onsite every Thursday in March at Fulton County’s Adamsville Career Center to recruit candidates for seasonal positions at Turner Field. Recruiters will conduct application sessions and orientation for event staff candidates who want to work at Turner Field during the 2015 Braves season.

The sessions will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday beginning March 5.  The Adamsville Career Center is located within the Adamsville Regional Health Center located at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Applicants must submit their applications prior to the onsite recruitments to be invited to an orientation.  Computers are available in the Adamsville Career Center Resource Room.

Recruiters are seeking candidates for three shifts.

• First Shift – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Second Shift – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (During the Game)
• Third Shift – 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.