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Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

(WXIA) -- With warmer weather right around the corner, Bruster's is offering free ice cream to anyone brave enough to leave the house in pajamas.

The ice cream shop chain will hold its PJ Day promotion all day on Saturday, Mar. 7. Customers who wear their pajamas to any Bruster's in metro Atlanta will receive a free small waffle cone.

Visit brusters.com for more information.

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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Austell passes measure that pays employees to exercise

Austell passes measure that pays employees to exercise

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Austell City Council decided Monday night to pay city employees $5 for each day they exercise one hour at the city's 24-hour-a-day gym.

Mayor Joe Jerkins said he proposed the plan due to the city's rising health insurance costs. Healthcare coverage for 100 employees will cost the Cobb County city about $1 million this year, he said. He expects that as employees get healthier, they will be filing fewer health insurance claims.

The measure passed 5-0.

Jerkins said he doesn't expect all 100 city employees to participate and estimates the city's cost at $50,000 each year.

Currently, he said, about 40 of the 100 employees are using the new, $100,000 city hall gym.

The cash bonuses begin immediately, and will be paid in December of each year.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

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Fantasy 5 ticket worth $258K sold in Austell

Fantasy 5 ticket worth $258K sold in Austell

ATLANTA – A gas station in Austell has sold a winning Georgia Lottery ticket worth over a quarter of a million dollars. Shell Food Mart, located at 1355 Blair Bridge Road, is one of three locations in Georgia to sell a winning Quik Pik ticket worth $258,900 from the Feb. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing.

The other two winning tickets were sold in Cochran and Marietta.

Mbonjik Hall of Douglasville is the winner who purchased his lucky ticket in Austell. He claimed his prize Feb. 18 at the Georgia Lottery’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Fantasy 5 drawing were: 13-18-21-25-34.

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia's two Six Flags theme parks had a combined economic impact of $194 million during their 2014 season, Cobb Tourism & Travel announced Tuesday.

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell and Six Flags White Water in Marietta directly benefited Cobb County in several ways; park visitors spent their money on local hotels, transportation, entertainment, food and more.

"Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water are powerful economic drivers and contribute significantly to tourism's overall impact in our county," Cobb Tourism & Travel CEO Holly Bass said in a release.

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Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect Monday afternoon in Powder Springs.

According to Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened at 4817 W. McEachern Woods Drive and involved the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal's South East Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Michael Wayne Smashey, had warrants in Cobb and Paulding counties. He was wanted for an armed robbery and aggravated assault at a Subway in Hiram this past weekend, according to the Paulding County Sheriff Department, who was serving those warrants. Authorities said he was also wanted for armed robbery at a Waffle House in Cobb County.

U.S. Marshals were serving the arrest warrant for Paulding County and Cobb County authorities.