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Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

ATLANTA -- WellStar Health System and Emory University have begun formal discussions about the possibility of creating a new, unified health system.

WellStar spokesperson Tyler Pearson said the new system would be formed by combining Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System. Discussions will continue for next 45 days, with a goal of creating an environment with the best of both community-based care and academic medicine.

"Our shared vision is to design one of the best health systems in the nation to serve local communities, the state of Georgia and beyond," WellStar Health System CEO Reynold J. Jennings said in a release. "The new system will be one of the most innovative and transformational healthcare systems in the industry."

A multi-step design process for the new health system will take about a year to complete.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Marietta Police looking for missing 15-year-old


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- Marietta Police are looking for 15-year-old Camri Johnson, who they said was last seen at about 6 p.m. Friday at the Wood Pointe Apartments on Burnt Hickory Road. Police said they think she left on foot.

She's described as 4-feet-8-inches tall, 145 pounds, wearing a gold or tan puffy coat. Police said they are concerned for her well-being, given the colder weather on Friday evening.

Anyone with information about Camri's whereabouts is asked to call Marietta Police at 770-794-5300.

Marietta Police looking for would-be kidnapper

Marietta Police looking for would-be kidnapper

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – A Cobb County teen is describing the scary moment when a man tried to abduct her as she was walking home with her dog.

Police have stepped up patrols in the Marietta neighborhood to find the suspect. The incident has the area near Darnell and Barber roads on high alert.

"I was pretty frightened," said Sarah McKelvie, 15.

Sarah says she won't take the walk without her dog Sassy again. Not after what happened Thursday morning as she came back from taking her younger sisters a few blocks to school.

"There was a truck pulled up next to a house, and at first, I thought he was picking up someone, but I guess that wasn't the case, and so I continued walking," she said. "Whenever he tried to open the door, he tried to grab me, and that's when the dog went crazy."

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Police: Dog saves girl from attempted abductor


MARIETTA, Ga. – Cobb County police say a man tried to abduct a young girl Thursday morning.

According to Cobb County Polcie Sgt. Dana Pierce, the girl was walking her dog on Darnell Road near Barber Road between 7 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. The girl said that a white, newer-model single cab truck drove by her and stopped. As she walked by, the man inside the truck got out and grabbed her by the wrist.

As he did, the dog bit the man's ankle, causing him to release her. The girl was able to flee. She told police that the truck drove northbound on Darnell Road.

The suspect is described as a middle aged black man, around 5'10" tall with a medium build. He was wearing a royal blue hoodie and a dark-colored ball cap with a green symbol on it. The truck he was driving had scratches on its right side and rear, the girl told police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Cobb County's December unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.