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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

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Six Flags casting for Fright Fest this weekend

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia will hold two casting calls for Fright Fest this weekend.

The Cobb County theme park hopes to hire about 400 seasonal employees to work as actors during its Halloween weekends, which run from Sept. 27 to Nov. 2.

Candidates must be at least 16 years old and should apply online before attending the casting calls, which will be Saturday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.

Those who cannot attend a casting call may still submit an audition tape to sfogcasting@sixflags.com.

This year's Fright Fest will include seven mazes, five scare zones, five shows and hundreds of monsters roaming the park.

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Six Flags to host NFL day for dads and daughters

Six Flags to host NFL day for dads and daughters

AUSTELL, Ga. -- To celebrate the NFL's Tweens/Juniors Apparel campaign, Six Flags Over Georgia will hold a special event next weekend.

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, the first 150 fathers and their tween daughters who arrive at the park wearing licensed NFL apparel will receive special wristbands. The wristbands will get them early admittance to the park and exclusive access to certain rides.

Selected fathers and daughters will also have the opportunity to participate in giveaways and games.

Visit sixflags.com for more information about the promotion, including where to buy the approved apparel.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

13 kids hurt in 2-vehicle wreck in Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Thirteen people -- mostly children -- were reported hurt in a two-vehicle wreck on Powder Springs Road near Smitha Middle School late Thursday afternoon.

The wreck happened at about 5:50 p.m., according to Cobb County Police Officer Dana Pierce. Pierce said the vehicles -- a Chevrolet Blazer and a large passenger van -- went off of the roadway and into the woods.

Pierce said 13 injuries were reported. Eight children and one adult were transported to a local hospital for treatment. According to Denell Boyd with the Cobb County Fire Department, none of the injuries were life-threatening. She says most of the kids in the van were not wearing seat belts, including one that should have been in a car seat.

Boyd said she did not have word on where the group was from or where they were going.

Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its Next Generation Mentoring Program.

The program is designed to build relationships between current and future business leaders in the county. Mentors will provide professionals in their 20's and 30's with the skills they need to grow their careers and achieve their business goals.

Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 2.

More information, including an application link and a list of participating mentors, can be found at cobbchamber.org.