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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.

I-285
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.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. The McEachern girls hang on to the top spot as the GHSA state tournament heads for semifinal weekend.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb are 1 and 2 again this week with Redan, Parkview, and Archer in the top 5.

North Forsyth, Tucker, Hillgrove,Wesleyan and Norcross round out the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

Storm topples trees in Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A falling tree nearly crushed an 11-year-old boy in Cobb County early Friday.

The tree was one of five that fell on Karen Gottschalk's home during the early morning storm. Gottschalk said her son covered his head and prayed when he heard the tree crack and fall through the roof into his bedroom. She said he was saved by his bedpost.

"His face was just covered in blood," Gottschalk said. "You couldn't see one piece of skin. It was just coated in blood."

Within minutes, Gottschalk was able to get her son and daughter out of the house before four more trees came toppling down on it.

"When you look at that, there's no way -- I can't imagine how he survived," Gottschalk.

There were close calls across the city this morning as severe weather ripped through Georgia. Six different homes were reportedly hit by trees, collapsing a roof in Marietta. 

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA-- With the state tournament set to begin this weekend, time to take a look at the latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll. The Spartans are still undefeated and still on top.

The Greater Atlanta Christian boys head into the state tournament a perfect 27-0. The Spartans are followed by Wheeler, Allatoona, North Gwinnett and Norcross make up the top 5.

Miller Grove, Berkmar, Tucker, Walton, and Stephenson completes the top 10.

The Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

Holly Springs teen found safe

HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holly Springs police have canceled a Mattie's Call for 18-year-old Breanna Schleusner.

The teen left her sister's house shortly after midnight Thursday. Her cell phone later pinged in the Smyrna and Austell area of Cobb County.

Early Thursday afternoon, Holly Springs reported Schleusner had been found and was safe.