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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

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Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

Brookhaven backtracks on toy policy at Ashford Park

Brookhaven backtracks on toy policy at Ashford Park

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Brookhaven has a toy story with a happy ending, but it was messy enough in the middle that the mayor had to intervene.

The setting is Ashford Park, where people have been leaving and donating old toys for other children to enjoy for years and years.

Even those who love the park call it the "toy graveyard."

"These toys are still in play. They're still in use," said parent Josh Zerkle. "The kids enjoy them. The parents enjoy them. It's a neat place to come and play with a bunch of toys you don't have at home."

The toys are such a draw that parents and caregivers were shocked when city workers came out on Friday and hauled them all away without any notice or warning.

It was part of a new safety screening program that was started after the City of Brookhaven took control of the parks from DeKalb County last week.

Residents jump to action to save boy trapped under deck

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Some neighbors in Brookhaven are being called heroes after they quickly sprung into action to rescue a young boy trapped underneath a concrete deck.

According to Dekalb County Fire Rescue, six to 10 people were barbecuing on the second floor deck at the Terraces at Brookhaven on Buford Highway, when the landing separated from the building. Everyone on the deck at the time fell to the ground.

Five people were taken to the hospital with mostly moderate injuries. However, one boy was seriously injured.

The City of Brookhaven's chief building inspector and fire marshal inspected the scene on Monday morning. Preliminary results of their investigation revealed a failure of a ledger beam and anchor bolts that attached the deck to the side of the building. Both the beam and the bolts were encased in concrete, and failed due to rust and weakening over 48 years.

GDOT to hold hearings on major highway project

GDOT to hold hearings on major highway project

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Members of the public are invited to attend one of several hearings about the Georgia Department of Transportation's plans to reconstruction the Interstate 285 and Georgia 400 interchange.

The proposed project would begin, on I-285, west of Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, and extend to east of Ashford Dunwoody Road in neighboring Dunwoody.

On Georgia 400, it would begin just south of the Glenridge Connector and extend north to the Hammond Drive interchange area.

Possible improvements to the roads include:

* Construction of barrier-separated lanes along I-285 and Ga. 400

* Reconstruction of existing ramps between the two highways

* Building new flyover bridges and reconstructing the existing ones

* Construction of braided ramps to eliminate conflicts between traffic entering and exiting Ga. 400

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.