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State to improve 2 driver service centers

State to improve 2 driver service centers

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Georgia Department of Driver Services officials say the state is planning to improve two customer service centers in Cobb County.

Department officials said in a statement that the two new customer service centers are aimed at replacing and expanding ones that aren't equipped to serve residents in the area.

Officials say the customer service centers in Kennesaw and Marietta are expected to open in 2015. Department officials say the current Kennesaw location logs about 12,000 transactions monthly and the facility in Marietta notes 13,000 monthly transactions.

Officials say both centers will be about 10,000 square feet and are expected to include 20 service counters, 10 computerized testing stations and free customer parking.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Sign up for the Cobb County Senior Games

Sign up for the Cobb County Senior Games

Registration for the 2014 Cobb County Senior Games is open until Aug. 8. Events will include basketball (three point shot and free throw), billiards, bocce ball, bowling, field events, golf, pickleball, putting, swimming, table tennis and track events. Registration is $20 for Cobb residents and $25 for non-residents. Bowling has an additional fee of $5 and includes three games and shoe rental. Golf has an additional fee of $40 and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast and lunch. Opening ceremony will be held Aug. 20 and closing ceremony Sept. 16. There is a $10 guest fee for each ceremony. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheryl James at 770-528-1447.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

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Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

The case against Ross Harris: What's next?

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's been more than three weeks since a Cobb County father was charged in the heat-related death of his toddler.

Ross Harris remains locked up in the Cobb County jail without bond while investigators continue to look for evidence he deliberately left his son Cooper in the backseat of his car for 7 hours.

The tragic death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris and the arrest of his father Ross has captivated, horrified and mystified us.

Police must now complete their investigation and turn all of the evidence over to the district attorney's office. They are looking for evidence that cooper's death was premeditated or planned.

Step number two: the district attorney's office will launch an independent review of the evidence gathered by police. As part of that process, they will evaluate the strength of the case against Ross Harris.

Cobb Co. baby born with rare skin blister disease

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Like all newborns, Reid Davis Underwood is fragile.

But from the moment he was born in late May, his parents realized he was far more fragile than most.

"The doctors knew something was wrong, but they didn't know what," said Reid's father Brian Underwood. "They were pulling out textbooks."

It wasn't until the next day that Reid diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa, known as EB. It's a rare genetic skin disease that causes the outer layer of skin to break down and blister constantly.