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School bus driver injured in crash in Cherokee County


CUMMING, Ga. -- An early morning crash between a school bus and a tractor trailer spilled 80 gallons of fuel on the road and shut down an intersection in Cherokee County.

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11Alive chopper video shows the collision happened between the front end of the school bus and just behind the cab of the tractor trailer. GDOT reported more than 80 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the intersection of Hightower Rd (SR 20) and Cumming Highway (SR 369).

Body found in burning Forsyth County house

Body found in burning Forsyth County house

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Firefighters say a lack of working smoke detectors may have contributed to a deadly home fire in Forsyth County.

The fire broke out at a single-story house in the 7700 block of Holyoke Road Monday morning. Responding firefighters found a body inside the structure. Monday evening, the victim was identified as 57-year-old Richard Hunt.

Neighbors said Hunt had lived at the home for about 18 months, and was a Vietnam veteran and a father. Hunt's body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy to help determine the cause of death.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials discovered that there were no working smoke detectors inside the home.

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The former Cherokee County elections director was arrested over the weekend for stealing from the county.

Janet Munda, 55, was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Saturday night. She was later released on $9,000 bond.

Munda, of Cumming, was charged with felony theft by taking after a six-month investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Munda is accused of using her county credit card to pay for personal items.

Munda was fired from her elections director position in July 2014.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Man killed in Forsyth County wreck

Man killed in Forsyth County wreck

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A 27-year-old man was killed in a wreck that shut down a Forsyth County intersection Thursday morning.

The single-car accident happened at around 5:30 a.m. on Samples Road at Samples Lane.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Sgt. Wesley Watson said the car crashed into a tree. Its driver, Forrest Bushong, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the car.

The accident is under investigation. Watson said speed may have been a factor.

For the latest traffic conditions in metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/Traffic.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Forsyth County's November unemployment rate was 5.0 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.