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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.

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

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

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.

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.

Aimee Copeland to inspire Cobb executive women

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Aimee Copeland will raise money for her charity and inspire others as a guest of Cobb Executive Women on Tuesday, August 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mansour Center on Roswell Road.

The eventis open to the Cobb County business community. Online registration has closed, but you can register at the door.

Missing Cobb woman found

Missing Cobb woman found

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A missing Cobb County has been found.

Cobb County Police said 65-year-old Janice Kay Whitted left her home in the 3200 block of Pete Shaw Road in Marietta on Thursday.

Family members said they believed Whitted was on her way to Town Center Mall in nearby Kennesaw. However, her credit card was physically used as a gas station in Monticello, Ky., at 4 p.m. She then called some loved ones from Crossville, Tenn., east of Knoxville, shortly before 9 p.m.

A Mattie's Call for Whitted was issued Thursday night. It was canceled Friday but details about her reappearance, including how she ended up in Tennessee, were not immediately available.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.