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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 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.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Woman killed in rollover crash on Ga. 400

Woman killed in rollover crash on Ga. 400

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed one person Wednesday evening.

It happened at around 7:40 p.m. on northbound Georgia 400 near Peachtree Parkway.

According to a sheriff's report, 51-year-old Lynn Herman of Flowery Branch was driving her Ford Explorer in the inside lane when she swerved off the road. She overcorrected and flipped the SUV, landing on the side of the highway.

Herman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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.

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.