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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.

Police officer drowns at Lake Lanier

Police officer drowns at Lake Lanier

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities recovered the body of a man from Lake Lanier on Thursday night.

According to Forsyth County Fire Department spokesperson Jason Shivers, 32-year-old Canon Trent Callender was swimming in the lake about 35 feet from the shore when he got into distress around 5 p.m. People on the shoreline heard him calling for help and dialed 911.

Dive and rescue teams found Callender's body in about 10 feet of water at around 7 p.m.

A Lawrenceville Police dispatcher confirmed Callender was an officer with the department for eight years. He was not on duty when he drowned.

Related | 11Alive launches 'No More Drowning' campaign

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.