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Vote on Cobb Bus Rapid Transit system could be delayed

Vote on Cobb Bus Rapid Transit system could be delayed

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee -- long a proponent of creating a Bus Rapid Transit system in Cobb -- says his plan to bring Bus Rapid Transit up for a vote in 2016 might not happen.

Lee says he won't move forward on his proposal to create the system without support from commissioners.

County commissioners have had mixed feelings on the bus system.

The system was proposed in 2012 after a study recommended a bus line to run north and south along Cobb Parkway and connect Kennesaw State University and Midtown Atlanta. Lee said earlier this year the proposed bus line could be expanded to include east/west routes.

The expanded version of the BRT is estimated to cost $700 million, up from the original proposal's projected $500 million cost.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

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

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

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.

Thieves break through Target wall to steal electronics

Thieves break through Target wall to steal electronics

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Four men broke through a concrete wall at the back of a Cobb County Target to burglarize the business.

The crime happened Jan. 13 between 1:23 a.m. and 4:14 a.m. at the store in the 4000 block of Austell Road.

Cameras inside the store captured images of the men running down the aisles with merchandise. Cobb County Police said the suspects took Beats by Dre headphones, flat screen televisions, laptops, PS4 and Xbox game consoles, and tablets.

The suspects used suitcases, backpacks and trash bags to carry the stolen items out of the store.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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.

Cobb police warn parents about suspicious man


AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County police are warning parents to be on the lookout for a suspicious man.

Police said a girl was approached while walking Wednesday morning on Landmark Way in Austell, which is not far from Riverside Primary School.

The girl ran off after the man rolled down his window and asked her to approach him.

The man was in a small gold SUV or hatchback with a white stripe near the bottom, according to the girl.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call (770) 801-3470.