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Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

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.

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71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

(WXIA) -- More than 1,400 UPS drivers worldwide were recently inducted into the Circle of Honor, an organization for employees who have achieved at least 25 years of accident-free driving.

Seventy-one of the inductees live in Georgia.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," Dwayne Meeks, president of UPS South Atlantic District, said in a statement.

Georgia's senior safe driver is Guy Haynes of Tifton, who can boast 43 accident-free years. The most seasoned Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., who has been driving for UPS for 52 years without an accident.

The latest Circle of Honor members from Georgia, by UPS work location, include:

Acworth (Center)
Robert Crumbley, Marietta

Albany (Center)
Tyrone Campbell, Albany
Robert Hammond Jr., Leesburg

North Georgia braces for more freezing temps


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Residents in northern Georgia are preparing for another blast of winter weather.

Gov. Nathan Deal extended the state of emergency by one day in Banks, Cherokee, Dawson, Habersham, Hall and Lumpkin counties.

On Wednesday, Hall County was still recovering from freezing rain earlier in the week. That storm brought down 1,000 trees and power lines, leaving more than 10,000 people in Hall County without power.

Parks and community centers to open late Wednesday

Parks and community centers to open late Wednesday

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- All parks and community centers in Hall County, with one exception, will have a delayed opening of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Laurel Park in Gainesville will be closed all day Wednesday due to a number of fallen trees.

Power outages plagued most of the county Monday night and Tuesday morning, and the lights still have not been turned back on in several areas.

Visit hallcounty.org for more information.

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Student arrested for North Hall High School bomb threat

Student arrested for North Hall High School bomb threat

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A North Hall High School senior was arrested for writing a bomb threat on a bathroom wall.

Emilio Junior Avalos, 18, faces a charge of making terroristic threats.

The bomb threat was discovered Tuesday afternoon, and the building was evacuated. According to Gordon Higgins of Hall County Schools, students and staff were taken to the school stadium.

Police conducted a sweep of the school campus, but nothing was found.

Parents were notified that they could pick their children up at the upper parking lot off of Mt. Vernon Road, Higgins said.

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens Sunday, Mar. 15 (Sunday, Mar. 1 for Atlanta Track Club members).

Most runners will undoubtedly want to be placed in the highest possible time group. The best way to do this is to enter a finish time from a USATF-certified race (5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, 10-miler or half marathon).

A number of official Peachtree qualifiers will be held in the coming weeks. Here are a few of them:

Saturday, Feb. 14
Mardi Gras (5K), Marietta
Location: Marietta Square
Cost: $30
Supports: Junior League of Cobb-Marietta
More information: marietta5krun.com

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork 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.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.