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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.

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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.

Police investigate deaths of mom, 3 kids in Austell


AUSTELL, GA (WXIA) – An investigation is underway after police said a mother killed her three young children before killing herself on Tuesday.

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A maintenance man, coming to do repairs in the apartment where they were found discovered the grim scene.

Police: Mother kills 3 children, herself in Austell

Police: Mother kills 3 children, herself in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. (WXIA) -- Cobb County Police said an Austell mother killed three of her children before taking her own life on Tuesday.

According to Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department, officers found four bodies at the Walton Crossing Apartments on Mulkey Road in Austell on Tuesday morning.

Investigators believe 35-year-old Kisha Holmes killed her 10-year-old son, 4-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter before killing herself.

Authorities said they are waiting on autopsy results to determine how they were killed.

"I have three daughters myself, so I could never imagine harming my children or how it could get that bad," said neighbor Roland Milton. "I just pray for the family."

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Man killed in single-car crash

Man killed in single-car crash

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County police are investigating a single-car accident that killed an Austell man.

It happened Friday shortly before 10 p.m. on Riverside Parkway, just south of Hartman Road in Austell.

A preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala was traveling southwest on Riverside Parkway when it left the road, drove onto a grassy shoulder and hit a tree.

The driver, 21-year-old Jaquayle Wilson, was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A juvenile passenger was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident is under investigation.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services recently purchased 60 new thermal imaging cameras. The cameras will replace 42 old ones.

Firefighter Denell Boyd said the cameras help fire crews find victims in smoky structures with little to no visibility. They also allow firefighters to discover hot spots and hidden fires behind walls and ceilings.

The new cameras use advanced technology to produce sharper and brighter images than the old ones, according to Boyd.

The fire department used 2011 SPLOST funds to pay for the cameras.