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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Forsyth County man charged with making explosive device


CUMMING, Ga. -- A Forsyth County man has been charged with possession of a destructive device after suspicious materials were found in his home.

Jeremy Ives, 24, was taken into custody Sunday at a house in Hall County.

Family members of the suspect called police after finding the explosive materials in their home, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's spokesperson Robin Regan.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the south Forsyth County home to identify and remove the hazardous devices.

Regan said investigators do not believe Ives had any immediate plans to use the devices, which he made.

The suspect is being held without bond in the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Storm-damaged Forsyth County road still not repaired


CUMMING, Ga. -- It's been almost a year and a half since a severe storm damaged Sanders Road in Forsyth County.

Now, emails obtained by 11Alive News indicate elected officials are nowhere close to deciding who's going to fix the road. Forsyth County and the city of Cumming are at odds over who should do the work. Elected officials haven't even discussed the issue in six months.

For kids, the torn-up road means an extra-long school bus ride. For adults who live near the unstable section of the road, it's where their tax dollars have fallen through a giant crack.

Heavy rains that fell last May were just the beginning of the storm. A nearby dam failed, damaging Sanders Road and washing silt into Lake Lanier.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Forsyth County deputy hit by car outside school


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy was hit by a car while directing traffic Monday morning.

It happened outside Coal Mountain Elementary School on Highway 369 in Cumming.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Sgt. Wesley Watson said the deputy suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and was taken to a nearby hospital. The driver who hit the deputy was not hurt.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.