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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

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Loophole lets thousands do the crime, but pay no fine


CUMMING, GA (WXIA) -- A recent Georgia Supreme Court ruling has left a legal loophole that's allowed tens of thousands of people to commit a crime, but not pay the fine. In Forsyth County alone, more than 821 people are now off the hook, including another ten released from jail.

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"Most of these misdemeanor warrants that were invalidated are of people who no longer live in this area. They've moved on, moved to a different state," said Deputy Doug Rainwater.

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

The Santa Experience at North Georgia Premium Outlets

The Santa Experience at North Georgia Premium Outlets

Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at North Georgia Premium Outlets. Children can visit and be photographed with Santa in the Food Pavilion.

The Simon Santa Photo Experience is again sponsored by Gymboree. Simon’s theme for Holiday 2014 is “Spread Love.” From the love of giving to those who matter, to children’s love of Santa, to celebrating love through holiday festivities with family and friends. Join Simon to experience the season’s good cheer with the best of holiday shopping and entertainment.

Shopper appreciation programs will take place throughout the holiday season and include random acts of giving, extended shopping hours, complimentary treats and more.

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Thieves in Forsyth Co. stealing packages delivered to front doors of homes


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Some people in Forsyth County, expecting packages to be delivered to their homes, never received them. They've reported the packages stolen from their front doorsteps.

Investigators say thieves have run off with thousands of dollars worth of computers and toys -- just picking up the packages from the front doorsteps in broad daylight, minutes after the packages were delivered.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, in just two days last week, December 9 and 10, thieves stole packages from nine homes -- seven of them in the Olde Atlanta Club subdivision, off of Old Atlanta Road, in south Forsyth County.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries

Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries

(WXIA) -- Poinsettias, often known as The Christmas Flower, are holiday staples. These classic flowering plants add a dazzling, festive flair to any space. Whether they are used on mantels as beautiful displays or on dining tables as stunning centerpieces, florist-quality poinsettias add the perfect holiday touch to home décor.

In honor of National Poinsettia Day on Friday, Dec. 12, the garden experts at Pike Nurseries reveal fun facts and fresh care tips that will keep poinsettias beautiful all season-long!

Poinsettias have become a symbol of the Christmas season. Pike Nurseries offers fast facts to educate and debunk the myths associated with poinsettias.

History Lesson: This Christmas classic is native to Mexico and was first introduced in the United States in 1825.