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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

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Cobb crash kills author of 'Millionaire Next Door'

Cobb crash kills author of 'Millionaire Next Door'

MARIETTA, Ga. – Well-known author Thomas J. Stanley, author of The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind was killed in a crash in east Cobb County Saturday afternoon.

The wreck took place on Paper Mill Road at the intersection of Atlanta Country Club Drive just after 3 p.m.

Police say the driver of an Acura crashed into a Chevrolet Corvette. Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the Corvette slowed down to make a turn; the Acura came up from behind, cut to the left, crossed the double-yellow lines and collided with the left side of the Corvette.

The driver of the Corvette, 71-year-old Stanley, was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Police say they are planning to file charges against the driver of the Acura, 45-year-old Jeffrey Fettig. He was treated for minor injuries at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting undergoes another surgery

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting undergoes another surgery

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The FedEx facility guard injured in a shooting last April underwent another surgery on Friday.

Christopher Sparkman was placed in a medically-induced coma last week after an emergency surgery.

In April 2014, Sparkman was one of six people injured after a 19-year-old man opened fire at the Kennesaw FedEX facility. Sparkman was shot at point-blank range in the abdomen. The gunman went on to kill himself.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

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Pike Nurseries hiring for spring

Pike Nurseries hiring for spring

(WXIA) -- Pike Nurseries plans to hire about 300 employees for the upcoming spring planting season.

The nursery chain will hold a career fair Wednesday, Mar. 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all its Georgia locations.

Open positions include manager trainees, department heads, sales associates, operations personnel and cashiers. Planting enthusiasts of all skill levels are encouraged to apply.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information.

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia's two Six Flags theme parks had a combined economic impact of $194 million during their 2014 season, Cobb Tourism & Travel announced Tuesday.

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell and Six Flags White Water in Marietta directly benefited Cobb County in several ways; park visitors spent their money on local hotels, transportation, entertainment, food and more.

"Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water are powerful economic drivers and contribute significantly to tourism's overall impact in our county," Cobb Tourism & Travel CEO Holly Bass said in a release.

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Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting in medically-induced coma

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting in medically-induced coma

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April is in a medically-induced coma after emergency surgery, according to an online post from his wife.

On April 29, 2014, Christopher Sparkman was shot at point-blank range in the abdomen by a man identified by police as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer. Kramer went on to the shoot five other people before turning the gun on himself.

Sparkman was released from the hospital last August, but has continued to undergo medical procedures.