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Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Forsyth County, the rate was 5.9 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

Officer shot in Forsyth County courthouse attack recovering


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An officer shot by a man attempting to assault a Forsyth County courthouse continues to recover.

Officials say Deputy Daniel Rush has been moved to a rehab facility where he continues to recover from a gunshot wound to his leg.

Deputy Rush issued the following statement on Wednesday:

Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

Man accused of driving down street with dog tied to truck


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities arrested a man after he allegedly drove down the street with a dog tied to the back of his truck.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, a witness called 911 after seeing a German Shepherd tied to a pick-up truck driving down Ronald Reagan Blvd. near SR 41 around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

An investigator with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office saw the truck about two minutes after the 911 call. The investigator stopped the vehicle. Other deputies responded and took the dog to a veterinarian. The dog was treated for injuries to its front paws and bruising to its neck.

Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against 11 former sheriff's officials who claimed they were fired for political reasons.

In Monday's decision, Georgia's high court wrote that it dismissed the officers' appeal because they failed to ask permission to file it.

The two sergeants, four captains and five lieutenants worked for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. They were laid off in February 2013 during what Sheriff Duane Piper called a "reduction in force."

The officials appealed their firing, saying it was due to age discrimination and political retaliation. However, the Forsyth County Civil Service Handbook clearly states that county employees may be subject to reassignment, suspension and termination with no cause or right to appeal.

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

(WXIA) -- Road projects are scheduled to take place on Interstates 285 and 20 this weekend.

All work is weather permitting, but drivers should still look out for road crews and plan for possible delays.

Among the scheduled projects:

Cobb County
* Intermittent pacing will take place on I-285 at Atlanta Road from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Nightly sign construction will close two lanes in each direction of I-285 between I-75 and New Northside Drive

Douglas County
* Two westbound lanes of I-20 between Bill Arp and Liberty roads will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Fulton County
* Three eastbound lanes of I-285 between Riverside Drive and the Glenwood Connector will be closed nightly

911 calls released in Forsyth Co. courthouse shooting


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Forsyth County released the 911 calls from Friday's shooting incident outside the courthouse in downtown Cumming.

The 911 calls captured the chaos, the concern and the raw terror of the people caught in the middle of the shooting.

"A car ran into it. And shots are still being fired," one caller tells the operator.