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Downed power lines close Marietta street

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Wednesday morning's severe weather is causing a major headache for some Cobb County commuters.

Marietta Police said Whitlock Avenue in Marietta is closed at Brookwood Drive due to a downed tree and power lines.

The tree and lines came down at around 5 a.m. The road is closed in both directions.

Dispatchers expect major delays in the area as they work to clear the scene.

For the latest traffic conditions in metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/Traffic.

Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

CLAYTON CO., GA (WXIA) -- Authorities captured escaped inmate Steven Bone without incident about two hours after he walked away from a state prison detail in Clayton County.

Officials said Steven Gregory Bone walked away from a work detail at Lovejoy Regional Park in Clayton County at about 12:15 Tuesday afternoon.

Bone was being held on a 20-year sentence for cruelty to an elder person in December of 2002, and on a 3-year sentence for terroristic threats and acts, both in Cobb County.

Clayton County school officials have lifted a lockdown put in place for Lovejoy Middle School and Lovejoy High School as a precaution.

Zaxby's data breach could affect more than 40 Ga. stores

Zaxby's data breach could affect more than 40 Ga. stores

ATHENS, Ga. -- Zaxby's Franchising Inc. says a computer data breach has occurred at a number of its stores, including more than 40 in Georgia, and that malware files could have been used to export guest names and credit and debit card numbers.

The Athens, Ga.-based restaurant chain said in a press release on its website that credit card processing companies identified certain Zaxby's locations as common points of purchase for some fraudulent credit card activity.

RELATED | Zaxby's named 5th largest 'fast casual' chain in U.S.

Affected locations include Zaxby's restaurants in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Braselton, Bremen, Buford, Canton, Conyers, Dacula, Dalton, Dawsonville, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Kennesaw, Lithia Springs, Lithonia, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Powder Springs, Roswell, Tucker and Villa Rica.

Flood Watch for parts of metro Atlanta through Wed. morning

Flood Watch for parts of metro Atlanta through Wed. morning

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning for the northern portion of Georgia from Atlanta northward.

The watch area includes Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Polk, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas and DeKalb counties; and includes the cities of Gainesville, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Carrollton, Douglasville, Rome, Dahlonega, East Point, Decatur, Cartersville and the city of Atlanta.

MORE | 11Alive Weather Information Zone

Gingrey's defense of Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments goes viral

ATLANTA -- Comments from US Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) started to go viral Friday, after he defended statements from now-former-US Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) during the fall election campaign. Akin came under fire when he talked about a "legitimate rape."

Gingrey answered questions from constituents at a Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Smyrna Thursday, mentioning several points that have been in the news, including gun control, which has been a hot topic nationally since last month's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. 

How to get a free smoke detector

ATLANTA -- By law, every Georgia home is required to have a working smoke detector, but many metro Atlantans can't afford them. 

If you can't afford a smoke detector, you can request one from your local fire department for free.  First Alert, working with the 11Alive Help Desk, has donated 5,000 of them to insure that every homeowner who needs a smoke alarm gets one.

"If you have a local station down the street, you can reach out to them, or you can call your city or county office and ask for the local fire department," said Glenn Allen, spokesman for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

If your fire department has a smoke detector available, they will come out and install it for you for free. If they do not have them, they will be sent the units for free.

Father, son provide Thanksgiving meals all year

MABLETON, Ga. -- Soup kitchens and food pantries overflow with volunteers and donations around the holidays, but many families need help beyond November and December.

So a Mableton father and son give away Thanksgiving meals year round.

"You get a box of food -- a frozen turkey, hen or or ham -- and side items like green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, rice, stuffing," said Reec Swiney.

He and his dad Gordon Maurice Swiney, Jr. run the nonprofit Positive American Youth (PAYUSA) and partner with Majic 107.5/97.5 for Thanksgiving Thursdays.

Every Thursday, Majic midday host Carol Blackmon invites listeners in need to call in for help. The first five callers receive a free Thanksgiving meal. PAYUSA also takes requests directly.