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Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Family refuses to allow children to take CRCT exam


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta family is refusing to allow their children to take the annual Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) exam

The exam used to measure their academic progress and determine if they pass to the next grade.

"We decided to stand up for our parental rights, and tell them that we do not want our children -- we refuse to allow our children to participate in standardized testing," parent Tracy Finney said.

Mary and Tracy Finney say they believe the annual standardized test puts way too much pressure on students. The Finneys don't believe the test should be the sole or even the primary of a student's academic performance.

"We have the option as parents to say enough is enough," Mary Finney said.

The Finneys informed West Side Elementary School that their children – 9-year-old Jack and 11-year-old Macy – would not be taking the annual test.

Women recovering after tree crashes into home


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Fire Department's Heavy Rescue Unit credit their specialized training and equipment with helping to rescue two women trapped under the massive trunk of a tree that came crashing down on their house.

Firefighters say their first task was making sure the house, which was heavily damaged by the downed tree, didn't collapse around them.

Once they'd stabilized the damaged structure, firefighters turned their attention to the trapped women.

Lt. Robert Hiller says the rescuers used specialized inflatable airbags to lift the trunk off the women's legs.

Firefighters say the rescue operation was a race against the clock. Lt. Hiller says typically people who have suffered a traumatic injury need to get to a hospital within an hour to give them the best odds of survival.

Driver charged after hitting Atlanta firefighter in New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) -- Police have booked the driver in Friday's fatal accident that took the life of a triathlete on Chef Menteur Highway.

Howard Vidrine, 34, was arrested and booked with negligent homicide, negligent injury, driving on a suspended driver's license and reckless operation of a motor vehicle, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Vidrine's car struck two triathletes who were taking a bike ride. Both were scheduled to compete in the weekend's Ironman race. The crash occurred along the course on Highway 90 near Venetian Isles Friday morning.

Frank Guinn, 36, a veteran firefighter from Atlanta, was killed and his 40-year-old brother-in-law was critically injured.

The Little House In The Yard. A Monument To A Daughter's Love.


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Sicily Kolbeck is just like any other 13 year-old doing her homework on a Friday night.

But unlike any other 13 year-old, she's doing it in the comfort of her own home. The one she designed and built from the ground up.

"My dad was a packrat, so he had all the tools we needed," she said. "We probably needed to buy like three tools."

The little house in Marietta, all 128 square feet of it, is called La Petite Maison. It started out as a homework assignment from her teacher, who's also her mom.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Man sentenced to life after 6th felony conviction

Man sentenced to life after 6th felony conviction


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted in his sixth felony case.

Calvin Bernard Hill, 36, was found guilty last week of armed robbery, theft, burglary and kidnapping in a February 2012 incident.

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According to information presented in court, Hill held a man at gunpoint inside the victim's home, tied him up in a bathroom and stole from the house.

Jurors deliberated just two hours before convicting Hill. He had four prior felony convictions in Fulton County and one in Houston County. Last Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.