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Many N. Georgia residents still without power


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Thousands of people remained without power in north Georgia Thursday as residents prepared for more possible winter weather.

Power crews worked to clear roads and repair power lines damaged by Monday's ice storm.

Reinforcements from as far away as Arkansas arrived to help power workers struggling to cope with freezing winds.

In some areas, there are still some sporadic outages, sometimes in the same neighborhood. Neighbors, in some cases, were stringing extension cords to each other so at least a heater can be on in the house.

Sisters 'let it go' for snow day that doesn't happen

Sisters 'let it go' for snow day that doesn't happen

CUMMING, Ga. -- Kathy White David was working from home and was thrilled that her 9- and 14-year-old daughters were playing so well together.

Like most mothers who experience those rare moments of peace and quiet, she kept working, unaware that her girls were putting together a video about the snow storm that didn't turn out the way they had hoped.

Hannah and her big sister Meaghan shot and edited the video themselves, and then they showed it to Mom. In the video, the girls see the news about possible snow on the way, so they quickly get into their outfits from the movie Frozen, with Hannah dressed as Elsa and Meaghan dressed as Anna. They run out their front door to greet the snow, but there isn't any.

Their disappointment was shared by many kids across metro Atlanta. Their mom says the girls were still pretty happy because school was closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cumming teen killed in single-car crash


CUMMING, Ga. -- A Cumming teenager was killed in a car accident Wednesday night.

The crash happened at around 10:30 p.m. on Dr. Bramblett Road at Milford Trail. Caleb Ammons, 17, died at the scene.

Ammons was the passenger in a 1998 Honda Civic driven by 18-year-old Ashton Ciunowicz. Forsyth County Sheriff's officials said the car was heading south when it left the road while negotiating a curve. It traveled down an embankment and rolled several times, striking a tree.

Investigators said Ammons was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. Ciunowicz had to be cut out of his seat belt; he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at North Fulton Hospital.

The crash is under investigation. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Injured woman fights back against burglars


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forsyth County woman was hospitalized after being shot in her home during a burglary.

Police say the victim apparently got up Monday when she heard noises and surprised the burglars. They shot her three times, but police said she fought back.

The burglars – a man and a woman -- fled after the woman fired shots.

No names or ages have been released.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Forsyth County's December unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.