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Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

(WXIA) -- Be careful, drivers -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be mowing in several areas of metro Atlanta this week.

Mowing typically only requires shoulder and median closures. However, workers will also patch asphalt on certain streets; patching involves a flagman or pilot vehicle directing cars through the work zone.

All projects will take place Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

These projects are scheduled to take place in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties:

Forsyth County
* Mowing alongside Keith Bridge and Browns Bridge roads
* Asphalt removal and repair on Buford and Browns Bridge roads

Gwinnett County
* Mowing alongside Buford Highway
* Roadside litter pickup throughout the county

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

357 dogs seized from Cherokee County home


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Animal Shelter is back open after taking in more than 350 dogs from a suspected puppy mill.

Joy Wise, the owner of Heavenly Kennels in Cherokee County, is charged with 264 counts of animal cruelty.

Officials say the dogs were being kept in unsanitary conditions, without adequate living space.

The shelter actually had to shut down on Wednesday to accommodate the large number of dogs and puppies.

The public wasn't allowed to see the dogs on Thursday, but that didn't stop them from flooding in with donations.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

Metro Atlanta firm using drones for business


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CUMMING, Ga. -- When you think of drones you probably think of images of wartime use. But more and more industries are using drones for everyday uses.

Last December, online retailer Amazon made shock waves when it announced it was exploring the use of drones for delivering packages. Last week Amazon asked the FAA for permission to test drones.

Closer to home, business is booming.

At Atlanta Hobby in Cumming, President Cliff Whitney says first customers need to realize there's a difference between drones used by the military and drones used by businesses.

Forsyth County child molestation suspect arrested in Mexico


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A man wanted for drugging and assaulting teenage girls in Forsyth County has been arrested in Mexico.

Kenneth Dustin Grant was wanted by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and sexual exploitation of children.

According to police, in November 2008, Grant drugged his children's teenage babysitter, then took photos of himself molesting her while she was unconscious. Investigators also uncovered pictures of a similar assault on the victim's older sister, as well as photos of other girls, in Grant's possession.

Grant was indicted in October 2009 and posted $75,000 bond in January 2010. He had a scheduled court hearing in September 2010, but did not attend. Police said Grant cut off his ankle monitor and threw it in Lake Lanier, then left the country.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound 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.