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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

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Walker School students begin school year with day of service

Walker School students begin school year with day of service

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Students from The Walker School in Cobb County kicked off their school year with a service project at Kennesaw Mountain.

About 80 sophomores spent the morning of August 15 doing trail cleanup and other service projects around the park.

As a part of its overall goal of building a well-rounded educational experience, the Pre-K(3) - grade 12 independent school encourages and provides opportunities for students to be active in community service projects.

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

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Cobb County SWAT situation ends


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A SWAT situated in Cobb County has ended peacefully.

The incident began as a domestic violence call at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said officers were dispatched to the house on Spring Mountain after a husband and wife got in a fight. The wife was injured and was transported to a nearby hospital; the extent of her injuries was not immediately known.

Bowman said negotiators worked to convince the husband to leave the house. Officers entered the house at around 8 a.m. and arrested the man without incident. No names were released.

Police escorted neighborhood children to their bus stops to help them avoid the standoff.

Missing elderly couple found safe in Marietta

Missing elderly couple found safe in Marietta

ROME, Ga. -- A Port Sulfur, La., couple reported missing in north Georgia have been found alive and well in Cobb County.

Pierre Demetrius Billot, 77, and his 83-year-old wife Willie Pearl were spotted at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. A driver saw the couple's car on North Marietta Parkway in Marietta and called 911.

Officials said the pair went missing in Floyd County while headed to Ellijay. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later issued a Mattie's Call for the couple, as both are in poor health.

Pierre and Willie were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for evaluation. Floyd County Police Investigator Mary Catherine Parris said both were confused and claimed they did not know how they ended up in Marietta.

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.