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Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Fulton County, the rate was 8.0 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

Early voting begins Monday in runoff races

Early voting begins Monday in runoff races

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County voters are encouraged to can cast their ballots early for the July 22nd Primary Runoff election. Beginning Monday, June 30th, voters will have three weeks to vote early prior to Election Day, July 22, 2014.

Early Voting Hours & Locations

HOURS

  • Week 1: Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (3 locations)
  • Week 2: Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (3 locations)
  • Week 3: Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (9 locations)

 

Early Voting Locations Monday, June 30 –  Friday, July 18

North Fulton Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Room 108, College Park, GA 30349

Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303

Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

9 recruits graduate to join Fulton County Fire Rescue Department

9 recruits graduate to join Fulton County Fire Rescue Department

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 12 for nine of its newest members to celebrate their successful completion of fire recruit training and their transition as firefighters to the field.

“We are thrilled to have the nine recruits graduate to join the service of firefighters,” said Fire Chief Larry Few. “They went through 12 weeks of rigorous training to join us in our service to educate, serve and protect the residents of south Fulton. It is an honor and a calling to serve as a firefighter. I welcome these firefighters to the Fulton Fire Rescue Department and look forward to their continued service to Fulton County.”

In addition to the graduation ceremony, a promotional ceremony was held to promote Battalion Chief Wesley Stubbs to the position of Deputy Fire Chief, and Captain M. Eddie Long and Captain Eric C. Willis, Sr. to serve as Battalion Chiefs.