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Free dental services for Georgia children

Free dental services for Georgia children

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Dental Association will offer free dental services to local children on Friday.

It's part of Give Kids a Smile Day, an annual event that raises awareness of the importance of good oral health. More than 350,000 children nationwide receive dental treatment on every Give Kids a Smile Day.

Several Georgia colleges and health centers will provide dental exams:

Fortis College School of Dental Hygiene
2108 Cobb Parkway SE, Smyrna

Lanier Technical College
2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood

Mercy Health Center
700 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene Clinic
4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta

For more information, visit gadental.org.

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Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Deputy sheriff arraigned for accepting bribes

Deputy sheriff arraigned for accepting bribes

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A Hall County deputy sheriff has been charged with accepting bribes and conspiring to distribute marijuana.

David Treadwell, 33, of Gainesville was indicted Jan. 28 by a federal grand jury.

He is accused of accepting money from a person he believed was a drug dealer, and also agreeing to alert the person if he learned the dealer was under investigation.

Acting U.S. Attorney John A. Horn said Treadwell accepted $200 or $300 from the drug dealer on five occasions in late 2014.

"I will not tolerate this kind of criminal action," Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a statement. "I am thankful for the duty-bound officers who brought these heinous activities to the forefront."

Treadwell's case is being investigated by the FBI and the North Georgia Major Offenders Task Force, which includes members of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

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Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Hall County's December unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Rabid skunk found in Hall County

Rabid skunk found in Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County confirmed its second rabies case of 2015 last week.

A rabid skunk was found in the Grove Street area of east Hall County. It made contact with at least two dogs before it was captured.

The skunk tested positive for rabies at the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur.

Positive alert signs have been posted in the area where the skunk was caught. Anyone who sees animals acting abnormally is encouraged to call Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.