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Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Citizens’ University begins April 2 for the 11th consecutive year.

The 12-week intensive training program provides citizens with a close-up view of how their local government works. Participants can gain a better understanding of County government, the available services and the role of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, has taken the lead in continuing Citizens’ University, which is an initiative originally led by former Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards.

Citizens’ University students learn how laws are proposed, passed and amended and they personally interact with key management personnel. Participants are urged to take what they learn back to their communities to strengthen ties between communities and their government and encourage more collaboration to enhance the quality of life in Fulton County.

Alpharetta blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Alpharetta blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- An Alpharetta man was hacked to death in Bangladesh's largest city -- apparently an act of retaliation for a blog he wrote from his home.

Avijit Roy was from Bangladesh but has lived in Alpharetta for years. He wrote a blog in Bengali and in English which used science to debunk some of the doctrine of Islam. Islam is the official religion of Bangladesh -- and its extremist elements have become more visible and violent in recent years.

Thursday on a university campus in Bangladesh's largest city, men with meat cleavers attacked and killed Roy in front of countless onlookers. Friday his Atlanta area admirers are grieving.

"It is scary and especially in the place that this happened," said Jashim Uddin of the Bangladesh American Association of Georgia. "As a community, we condemn these kinds of acts, the barbarous and heinous act that was done by some miscreant in Bangladesh."

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

$100M hotel, conference center planned for Avalon


(Atlanta Business Chronicle) A more-than-$100 million hotel and conference center could anchor the second phase of Alpharetta's Avalon development, providing a needed amenity for the more than 600 tech companies clustered in the affluent city.

Atlanta-based Stormont Hospitality Group LLC has teamed up with Avalon developer North American Properties to propose the Alpharetta Conference Center and Hotel Avalon.

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.

Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition unchanged

Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition unchanged

ATLANTA -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition remains unchanged more than a week after she was found unresponsive in a tub at her Roswell home.

Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has been hospitalized since being found at her Roswell home on Jan. 31. Earlier in the week, she was transported from North Fulton Hospital to Emory University Hospital for treatment.

The 21-year-old remains in a medically-induced coma.

As reported on Friday, a warrant for Brown's arrest has been dismissed.

According to Officer George Gordon of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, the warrant was issued for failure to appear in court on a minor traffic violation.

Gordon said the arrest warrant was dismissed on Thursday. The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety said they send well wishes to the family.

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.