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Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison

Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three members of a Mexican drug cartel have been sentenced for conspiring to deliver liquid methamphetamine to homes in Cobb County.

Gabriel "Negrito" Jimenez-Antunez, 39, pleaded guilty to acting as a distributor for the cartel. He lived in Mexico, but coordinated the delivery of shipments to Austell and Mableton.

DEA and IRS agents were already investigating Jimenez when in spring 2013, they learned he had recruited two people to carry out day-to-day activities of the drug trafficking, including receiving shipments and depositing the proceeds at banks. The other two defendants include Jimenez's brother-in-law, 38-year-old Pablo Saucedo-Aparicio of Mexico, and an associate, 49-year-old Martin Ascencio of Mableton.

Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The accident could have been deadly.

Cyclist Michael Held spotted them out of the corner of his eye as he rode by -- a roll of roofing nails covering the Silver Comet Trail in Powder Springs.

"They were set up across the trail, on the right side where most cyclists would be, face up," he said.

Held said his tire missed the nails by just an inch, and hitting them could have been disastrous.

"You hit that at 25 miles per hour and your front tire is going to blow," he said. "You're immediately on the tarmac, and someone could've been seriously injured."

When Held returned to remove the nails, he said it was clear that whoever put them there wanted to hurt somebody.

"It certainly wasn't an accident," he said. "They were placed there for a reason."

Held called 911, but as no one saw anyone laying down the nails, there was not much police could do.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Cobb County's November unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.