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Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Mother kills 3 children before committing suicide

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


According to the Cobb County Medical Examiner, Keisha Holmes died by hanging herself. Examiners are awaiting more test results to determine how her children were killed. There were no overt signs of trauma to the children.

Blood donation opportunities: Cobb County

Blood donation opportunities: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Cobb County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Cobb Donor Center, 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 205, Marietta
7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
WellStar Health Park, 4550 Cobb Parkway NW, Acworth
1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Race this weekend: Run for the Son

Race this weekend: Run for the Son

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Cobb County will hold a 5K and 10K fundraiser this weekend.

Run for the Son will be Saturday, Feb. 7. A 1-mile fun run is scheduled to start at 7:45 a.m., while the other two races will be off and running at 8 a.m.

All runners will receive colorful long-sleeve T-shirts. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers, male and female masters finishers, top three male and female finishers in each age group, and the top three runners in the Clydesdale division, for men who weigh more than 200 pounds.

Registration is $27 for each race. Children ages 10 and under can run for $15. Proceeds will benefit the church's Student Summer Mission Program and Eric Petty Memorial Graduation Scholarship Fund.

Visit bhradiate.com for more information about Run for the Son.

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.

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: 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."