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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Hall County's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

Former Hall County fire chief lashes out at firefighters


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Final Thoughts as Chief. That's the title David Kimbrell gave to one of the last email messages he sent out as Chief of Hall County Fire Services.

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In the email he praised firefighters for their dedication to the job and urged them to embrace the new Chief, Jeff Hood. But some firefighters have expressed frustration with his use of the term "cancer" to criticize questions raised regarding the safety of a fire truck recently purchased by the county. The Sutphen truck malfunctioned in July, sending three firefighters to the hospital.

Hall County names new fire services chief


HALL COUNTY, Ga. – Jeff Hood was named the new acting chief of Hall County Fire Services on Monday.

The news comes only weeks after three firefighters fell more than 40 feet during a training accident.


11Alive uncovered the fire truck involved had a troubled history
-- something the county should have known when making the decision to purchase it.

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.

Hall County to test alert systems

Hall County to test alert systems

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County Central Communications will perform tests on two alert systems this Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The severe weather warning system will be tested at around 10 a.m. The test will last for about three minutes. It will be canceled if severe weather moves through the area.

Officials will also test the Hall County Citizens Alert System, which notifies residents of severe weather, in-process violent crimes and other potential dangers.

Visit alerts.hallcounty.org to sign up to receive such alerts. Messages can be sent via cell phone, landline, email and text message.