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1st Atlanta Streetcar test goes smoothly


ATLANTA -- Overnight Wednesday intro early Thursday morning, the Atlanta Streetcar underwent testing to see if the project was ready to move forward.

It was the
first test of the streetcar using its own power. An earlier test in August towed the cars onto the tracks to test alignment. Sharon Gavin, who is overseeing the project, said there were engineers and planned to test through 7:00 am, but finished early around 3:00 am. Gavin said it was because the test went off without a single problem.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

DeKalb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County is calling on the community to help battle the abundance of illegal signs in certain neighborhoods.

The county's second annual Sick of Signs campaign aims to clean up the streets and sidewalks. Interim CEO Lee May and the county's commissioners will gather up the signs on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Illegal signs are a blight in the community and an eyesore, and potentially dangerous if they're too close to roadways," May said. "This effort aligns with DeKalb's priorities to develop and maintain sustainable neighborhoods, and enhance public safety."

Sick of Signs volunteers will meet at the Walmart at 5935 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.

Call 404-687-3947 to sign up.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

DeKalb County offering free pet adoptions

DeKalb County offering free pet adoptions

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Throughout the month of September, DeKalb County Animal Services will offer free dog and cat adoptions.

Animal services director Susan Feingold said as many as 30 pets enter the shelter every day, creating an urgent need for public support.

"By waiving adoption fees, we hope to see a record number of people coming into the shelter and giving our wonderful animals a new life," Feingold said.

The "Fall in Love" adoption promotion allows DeKalb County residents to take home a dog or cat of any age. All animals are spayed and neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Visit dekalbanimalservices.com for more information.

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Atlanta next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Friday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. It is only open to students in Atlanta Public Schools.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

DeKalb names early voting locations

DeKalb names early voting locations

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County residents have plenty of opportunities to vote ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

The county's Board of Registration & Elections has approved several early voting locations, three of which are open on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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They include:

Berean Community Center
2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Brookhaven City Hall
4362 Peachtree Road NE
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street
Open Sunday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.