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Watch out for road crews this week

Watch out for road crews this week

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform roadwork this week on highways in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties.

Workers will be on the roads Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Mowing will take place along Keith Bridge and Browns Bridge roads in Forsyth County. Shoulders will be closed for crews.

One lane of Browns Bridge Road is also expected to close so workers can repair rutting that developed at the edge of the pavement.

Mowers will be along Buford Highway in Buford, and workers will pick up trash next to roads throughout Gwinnett County.

On Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, one lane will close for a crew to repair a drainage structure.

More mowing is expected to take place along Old Cornelia Highway and Clarks Bridge Road in Hall County.

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Race this weekend: We the Runners

Race this weekend: We the Runners

CUMMING, Ga. -- Not running the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race? That means you can participate in Forsyth County's We the Runners Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Sparkler Trot.

All races will be held Friday, July 4 at Fowler Park in Cumming.

Packet pickup and race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The half marathon and 10K will be off and running at 7:30 a.m.; the 5K will start at 7:45 a.m.; and the tot trot, open to children ages 10 and under, will start at 9 a.m.

Registration is $55 for the half marathon, $40 for the 10K, $35 for the 5K and $10 for the tot trot. All runners will receive T-shirts and race bags, while half marathon finishers will also get commemorative medals.

We the Runners benefits the March of Dimes.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Fowler Park is located at 4110 Carolene Way, off Atlanta Highway.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Police officer drowns at Lake Lanier

Police officer drowns at Lake Lanier

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities recovered the body of a man from Lake Lanier on Thursday night.

According to Forsyth County Fire Department spokesperson Jason Shivers, 32-year-old Canon Trent Callender was swimming in the lake about 35 feet from the shore when he got into distress around 5 p.m. People on the shoreline heard him calling for help and dialed 911.

Dive and rescue teams found Callender's body in about 10 feet of water at around 7 p.m.

A Lawrenceville Police dispatcher confirmed Callender was an officer with the department for eight years. He was not on duty when he drowned.

Related | 11Alive launches 'No More Drowning' campaign

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Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Forsyth County, the rate was 5.9 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

Officer shot in Forsyth County courthouse attack recovering


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An officer shot by a man attempting to assault a Forsyth County courthouse continues to recover.

Officials say Deputy Daniel Rush has been moved to a rehab facility where he continues to recover from a gunshot wound to his leg.

Deputy Rush issued the following statement on Wednesday:

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

(WXIA) -- In July of 1958, the very first International House of Pancakes opened in Toluca Lake, Calif. Today, IHOP has 1,627 restaurants in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several countries across the globe.

To celebrate its 56th anniversary, the chain will offer its signature buttermilk pancakes for less than they cost in the 1950s.

On Tuesday, July 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP customers can purchase a short stack for only 56¢. The pancakes cost 60¢ when the flagship restaurant opened.

IHOP claims it serves more than 700 million pancakes every year. Only one other flavor -- chocolate chip -- has been on its menu since 1958.

RELATED | IHOP rolls out summer menu

Visit ihop.com to find your nearest IHOP.