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Marietta High School 'rolled' on first day of classes

Marietta High School 'rolled' on first day of classes

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Students in Marietta City Schools are scheduled to return to the classroom Wednesday, and some pranksters decided to mark the occasion by "rolling" Marietta High School.

The campus on Whitlock Avenue was completely covered in toilet paper Wednesday morning.

The Marietta High School Class of 2015 seemed to take credit for the prank. A sign posted on the side of the building said "2015 THIS IS HOW WE ROLL."

Take a look at some of the students' handiwork.

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Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

First Ebola patient arrives in Atlanta


MARIETTA -- The plane carrying Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two Americans with the Ebola virus, landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base Saturday afternoon.

The Gulfstream plane landed just before 11:30 a.m. After pulling into a hanger at the base, Brantly was removed from the plane and into a specially equipped Grady ambulance.

The ambulance, along with a police escort, made its way from Marietta to the Emory campus, arriving at 12:30 p.m.

The plane took off from Dobbins around 12:15 p.m.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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State to improve 2 driver service centers

State to improve 2 driver service centers

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Georgia Department of Driver Services officials say the state is planning to improve two customer service centers in Cobb County.

Department officials said in a statement that the two new customer service centers are aimed at replacing and expanding ones that aren't equipped to serve residents in the area.

Officials say the customer service centers in Kennesaw and Marietta are expected to open in 2015. Department officials say the current Kennesaw location logs about 12,000 transactions monthly and the facility in Marietta notes 13,000 monthly transactions.

Officials say both centers will be about 10,000 square feet and are expected to include 20 service counters, 10 computerized testing stations and free customer parking.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.