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Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Man wanted for child abuse, trafficking marijuana

Man wanted for child abuse, trafficking marijuana

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Police are searching for a man accused of running a marijuana grow house in Marietta.

Jessie Lee Jr., 37, is also wanted for abusing a young child.

Marietta police and DFCS officers responded Nov. 18 to a house in the 1300 block of Banberry Road after receiving a tip about possible child abuse. When they arrived, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and secured a search warrant for the property.

Marietta Police Officer David Auld said investigators recovered 300 marijuana plants and a handgun from the house.

Lee, who is originally from Mississippi, was not home when police arrived and is still on the run. He is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He wears a patch over his left eye.

Lee may be driving a red 1990 Ford Mustang with Georgia license plate BVV 9630.

Thanks for Giving program aids Cobb Co. families


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – More than 80,000 pounds of food is being handed out to families in need in Cobb County.

Hundreds of volunteers with the "Thanks for Giving" program are gathering and boxin up food for the thousands of Cobb County families who need a little extra help this holiday season.

This is the 29th year for the program, which raises money and takes donations throughout the year and allows families to celebrate in the privacy of their own homes.

The Thanks for Giving program has raised $100,000 this year but is still hoping to get to their goal of $150,000 by the end of year so they can continue to help those in need.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Cobb Ethics Board dismisses charges against Tim Lee


MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) – Thursday night, all ethics charges were dismissed against Cobb County Commission Chair Tim Lee over the controversial Atlanta Braves stadium deal.

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The county's ethics board tossed out the case after weeks of controversy.

The allegations against Lee had to do with some of the ways he kept so secret his negotiations with the Atlanta Braves last year, to get the Braves to move to Cobb County. Even appointing an outside attorney on his own to conduct the negotiations in secret.

Ethics charges dropped against Cobb chairman Tim Lee


MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County ethics board dropped complaints regarding the new Atlanta Braves stadium against Commission Chairman Tim Lee on Thursday.

In the ethics complaint, Lee was accused of breaking rules by secretly hiring a private attorney to handle the negotiations with the team; and of using private email accounts to subvert the state open records law.

In its meeting on Thursday, the board first dismissed the charges that Lee used a secret email account to lure the Braves and that he ignored Open Records requests about the deal.

Tom Cheek, a Cobb County resident who brought the third complaint against Lee, then said that because the chairman apologized, he would drop the charge.

The ethics board then unanimously voted to dismissed that complaint.

Marietta apartments destroyed by fire


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A number of families were displaced after a fire ripped through their Marietta apartment building overnight.

The fire broke out Thursday at around 2:15 a.m. at the Marquis Place Apartments in the 1000 block of Franklin Road.

Firefighters said the building was a total loss.

One person suffered a sprained leg after jumping from a burning unit. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.