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Wife of security guard injured in shooting asks for help


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Almost a year after a security guard was wounded in a shooting at a Kennesaw Fed Ex facility, his wife is asking for the public's help.

Chris and Jamie Lynn Sparkman were newlyweds when Chris was shot at point blank range in the abdomen while working as a security guard at the Fed Ex Facility in Kennesaw on April 29, 2014.

Christopher Sparkman, 29, has undergone more than 30 surgeries since the shooting.

"I never thought a human being could survive through so much pain," Christopher Sparkman said.

On a good day, Chris can stand and take a few steps, but he says the pain is too much to bare.

Pedestrian hit and killed on Powers Ferry Road


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A pedestrian was hit by a car and killed in a busy Cobb County intersection Thursday morning.

It happened at around 5:30 a.m. on Powers Ferry Road at Windy Hill Road.

The female pedestrian has not been identified. Cobb County Police said she was hit by a Mercedes E500 and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 62-year-old driver stayed on the scene and called 911.

Police do not expect to file charges against the driver, as the pedestrian was walking against the crossing signal.

Southbound Powers Ferry Road was shut down as police investigated the accident. It has since reopened.

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Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

UPDATE: Wheeler High allowed to enter national tourney

UPDATE: Wheeler High allowed to enter national tourney

UPDATE: The Wheeler High School basketball team will be now allowed to compete for a national sports title. A long standing rule had blocked any high school team in Georgia from competing for any national sports title. After a social media outcry and online petition, the Georgia High School Sports Association ruled on Wednesday that the team would be allowed to make the trip.

Pedestrian struck, killed in Marietta


MARIETTA – The pedestrian who was struck and killed in Marietta earlier this month has been identified.

Friday, a family member of the victim identified him as 42-year-old Corey Gordon of Marietta.

The crash happened just after midnight on Sunday, Mar. 1 on Windy Hill Road. Police said Gordon tried to cross the road when he was hit. He died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Police said they likely will not file charges against the 26-year-old driver who struck Gordon.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

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

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Police: No arrests made in Marietta home invasion sexual assault

Police: No arrests made in Marietta home invasion sexual assault

MARIETTA, Ga. – Authorities are still searching for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted at a Marietta apartment during a home invasion Tuesday.

According to Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin, the incident happened around 7:30 a.m.

A man dressed in a hoodie and wearing a mask entered an apartment through an unlocked door at 1250 West apartments in Marietta. The man "secured" four young children in a back bedroom and then sexually assaulted their mother, Baldwin said.

Police located a man who matched the description of the suspect, but he was questioned and released, Baldwin said.

None of the children were injured. The mother was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The management team at 1250 West issued a statement saying: