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1 killed in wreck on C.H. James Parkway

1 killed in wreck on C.H. James Parkway

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- One person was killed in a fiery four-vehicle wreck in Powder Springs Monday afternoon.

The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. on C.H. James Parkway between Lewis and Garrett roads.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the incident began when a Mazda tried to pass a Toyota pickup truck.

Danielle Garcia, 26, of Douglasville was driving her Mazda B4000 south on C.H. James Parkway when she tried to pass a Toyota Tundra driven by 61-year-old Bobby Banks of Powder Springs.

Pierce said the front of Garcia's truck clipped the back of Banks's, causing him to lose control and swerve into the northbound lanes. The Tundra collided head-on with an Infiniti G35.

The Infiniti then swerved in front of a Freightliner tractor trailer driven by 28-year-old Alhassane Dansoko of Decatur. The two vehicles collided, and the Infiniti burst into flames.

85-year-old woman killed in Marietta DUI crash

85-year-old woman killed in Marietta DUI crash

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed an 85-year-old Marietta woman.

The wreck happened shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday on Terrell Mill Road just south of Waterfall Village Drive in Marietta.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the elderly woman, Kathryn LaPointe, was turning onto Terrell Mill Road out of a Walmart parking lot when her car was hit on the driver's side by a silver Hyundai.

LaPointe was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Hyundai driver, 45-year-old Cynthia Max, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Pierce said police determined she'd been drinking.

Max was arrested for DUI and taken to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Jail records show her bond was set at $1,320.

Six Flags hiring for 2014 season

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia is hiring nearly 3,000 people for the 2014 season.

The Cobb County amusement park is currently in the middle of a two-week hiring blitz leading up to opening day on Saturday, Mar. 15.

Anyone interested in working for Six Flags can apply online at sixflagsjobs.com. All applicants must be at least 16 years old. Those who are qualified will be contacted by a park representative for on-site interviews.

Six Flags' new Hurricane Harbor among new water park attractions for 2014

(USA Today) -- This winter's polar vortex, arctic blast, and Deep South snow have us yearning for days of summer. But until swimsuit season arrives, we can look forward to new water parks and attractions coming in 2014. These mild to wild additions include everything from a sublime float-through oasis, to highly themed indoor and outdoor resorts, to a high-speed drop taller than Niagara Falls.

Verrückt Meg-a-Blaster, Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas

The most anticipated new water attraction of the year is 17 stories high, taller than Niagara Falls, and steeper than any ski slope. Riders plummet at speeds of 65 mph in a four-person raft with a multistory uphill "water coaster" blast after the initial plunge. The deranged creators of this speed slide acknowledge how crazy the concept is - the name Verrückt is German for insane. Yes, seat belts are required.

Cobb Co. agrees to pay for sewer repair that ravaged home

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Riney family's Austell home was gutted by a Cobb County sewer backup more than a month ago. At this point, it has come down a matter of where the money is to make the repairs.

County officials have assured the family that they would pay for all the repairs but so far nothing has been done.

"They said there were going to make it whole," Leslie Riney said. "That was their policy. But they sent an adjuster out and he said they were going to depreciate everything."

For Riney and her family that meant a $40,000 repair bill being cut by almost $10,000 with the homeowners expected to shell out the difference.

"It was not our fault," Riney said, "It wasn't our liability. We are kind of stuck in the middle of this so we want to see it put back."

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Cobb County teachers to get bonus for ice storm duty

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School Board approved a reward for educators who stuck around to care for students during the January ice storm.

Hourly employees who stayed with students past 3 p.m. will get overtime and a $25 per hour bonus.

Salary employees will get a comp day.