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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.

Harris attorneys want some evidence thrown out


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The defense attorneys for Ross Harris are asking for key pieces of evidence to be thrown out.

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Harris has been charged in the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. Police say he intentionally left his son in a hot car to die.

Along with malice murder, Harris is also charged with sexting a minor. Police say Harris sent graphic images to a 16-year-old girl.

Harris' attorney's argue including those charges is an "improper joinder of offenses."

His attorneys also filed a motion to suppress statements already made in the case.

1 killed in Cobb mobile home fire


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed in an overnight fire at a Cobb County mobile home park.

The fire broke out shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday at Fair Oaks Mobile Homes in the 1200 block of Atlanta Road SE.

Cobb County Fire spokesperson Denell Boyd said firefighters recovered the male victim's body in a bedroom inside the mobile home. His name has not been released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Boyd said three adults and a dog were displaced by the fire and required Red Cross assistance.