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Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- Whether your weekend travels take you on the Perimeter, Interstate 75, Interstate 85 or Interstate 20, odds are good you'll run into road construction and traffic. Here's how to avoid getting caught in the mess.


I-75 SB from Old Dixie Hwy. (Exit 235) to Mt. Zion Blvd. (Exit 231)
9 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Saturday
2 right lanes

Alternate: Exit onto Forest Pkwy (Exit 237) and follow Westbound to Old Dixie Hwy. and turn right. Follow Old Dixie Hwy. across I-75 where it becomes Tara Blvd. Follow Tara Blvd. to Mt Zion Road and turn left. Follow Mt Zion Road to Mt. Zion Blvd. Turn left on Mt. Zion Blvd and follow back to I-75 Southbound.


Recyclebank Launches "Green Your Vacation Contest" for Summer

Recyclebank Launches "Green Your Vacation Contest" for Summer

ATLANTA --  A new green living challenge launched today by Recyclebank™ to help people in your community add a little green to their summer vacation (and their wallets!). Recyclebank’s Green Your Vacation Challenge is a nationwide contest launched today that aims to inspire people to make eco-friendly decisions while on vacation.

Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Breakfast

Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Breakfast



Contact:  Judy Brownlee




Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton Promotes Leadership

& Achievement at Youth Empowerment Breakfast Saturday, July 9!



Themed “Releasing the Power Within . . . Accepting the Charge!”, the Youth Empowerment Breakfast anticipates 400 attendees and features remarks by noted civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis.

Weekend Traffic outlook w/ Nina Brown 6/24 - 6/26

Atlanta --  Nina Brown in the Traffic Jam Center, gives us the weekend rundown and what to expect on the major highways this weekend.

More storms eye Metro Atlanta

More storms eye Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Another band of showers and storms will likely move into Metro Atlanta Thursday evening.  Showers and storms will become more widely scattered than Wednesday's storms, but a few storms will still be capable of packing a wallop with locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds, hail, and frequent lightning.

The forecast is calling for a general risk for a strong thunderstorm or two across northern and central Georgia.  However the Storm Prediction Center has placed a small portion of eastern Georgia in a slight risk zone for severe storms.

Forecast models indicate the possibility for new rainfall totals ranging from 1/4" to 3/4" rainfall and isolated spots receiving over 2 inches by Friday morning.

City pensions under consideration Thursday afternoon

City pensions under consideration Thursday afternoon

ATLANTA - For Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, there is no more important issue for the city than pensions. As much as 20 cents from every dollar goes to pensions in the city, and the city is finding it cannot afford them.

The ongoing wrangling over pensions has gone on since Reed took office, and now a deal may finally be in the works.

Two city council members have had separate proposals up to this point, but they have now come together with what they are calling a city plan, which they say will save the city about $215 million over the next ten years.

The NAACP and members of the Atlanta Fire Department came together last week on the steps of City Hall to voice their displeasure at the plans under consideration.

Two firefighters speaking during the public comment portion of Thursday's council meeting called the so-called city plan, the optimal plan for addressing all of the objectives that are on the table.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 10.1 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.