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Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

(WXIA) -- Many colleges and universities will begin their spring breaks this weekend, which may contribute to heavier traffic than usual on metro Atlanta roads.

In addition to more people on the road, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out and about, working on scheduled projects.

GDOT engineer Shun Pringle said the largest project will be sign installation on Georgia 400 south between Peachtree Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. One right lane will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Work will also continue on the Ga. 400/Interstate 85 Interchange project. Several roads will be affected all weekend, including Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, three lanes in both directions of I-285 will be closed for sign replacements between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

3-year-old found dead, mom's boyfriend arrested

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A 3-year-old boy was found dead inside a Forsyth County house Tuesday morning.

The child's body was found shortly before 11 a.m. in the Bridgetowne subdivision off Browns Bridge Road in Cumming.

Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said investigators believe 25-year-old Christopher E. Truett, who was supposed to be watching the little boy, called the child's mother and said that something was wrong with the child. He also called 911, according to 911.

The mother, Dawn Schutts, rushed home, found the child and called 911. 

At that point, Truett fled. More than three dozen officers searched a wooded area and found him. He was then taken into custody and charged with cruelty to children and reckless conduct. Rainwater said more charges are pending the outcome of an autopsy.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. The McEachern girls hang on to the top spot as the GHSA state tournament heads for semifinal weekend.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb are 1 and 2 again this week with Redan, Parkview, and Archer in the top 5.

North Forsyth, Tucker, Hillgrove,Wesleyan and Norcross round out the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

Forsyth Co. lottery ticket printing plant to expand

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Scientific Games has expanded its Forsyth County lottery ticket manufacturing plant -- a move that will create 40 jobs and expand printing capacity by about 20 percent.

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Alpharetta-based Scientific Games has acquired a manufacturing system -- Alpha P-7 -- that can print 9 billion lottery tickets annually. Alpha P-7 is essentially 20 printing presses electronically networked together.

Scratch-off lottery tickets require an elaborate manufacturing process, said Jim Kennedy, chief of Scientific Games' lottery business. Every ticket is unique and requires "more than 20 layers of ink to create this electronically tracked piece of (paper)," Kennedy said.

Forsyth Co. authorities arrest 6 on burglary, drug charges

CUMMING, Ga. (WXIA) - The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested six people in connection with the burglary of three storage units and the distribution of drugs at a home.

In a release Friday, Sheriff Duane K. Piper said three storage units and a cargo trailer were burglarized at Sawnee Storage, just off of Georgia 20 West at some point between January 27 and 29. Investigators were able to identify a suspect - Joshua L. Williams, 20, of Sugar Hill, from surveillance video. A video was also identified from the video.

Williams was taken into custody after a short chase on February 5 along Settingdown Road in Forsyth County. Investigators said Williams tried to flee from authorities by driving in reverse down the roadway. Williams was arrested and charged with three counts of second degree burglary, three counts of felony theft and criminal trespass, as well as a number of traffic offenses.

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

(WXIA) -- Spring is just around the corner, and Pike Nurseries is preparing to hire 250 people for one of its busiest seasons.

The nursery chain, which has locations throughout metro Atlanta, will hold a career fair on Friday, Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Roswell location (615 West Crossville Road).

Job seekers can also apply at any Pike Nurseries location. The stores are looking for anyone who is passionate about gardening.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.