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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Armed robber hits Forsyth County gas stations


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Forsyth County Sheriff's officials believe one suspect is responsible for two recent gas station robberies on McFarland Parkway.

The first incident happened Oct. 7 at the RaceTrac in the 900 block. The second occurred Wednesday at the Chevron in the 700 block.

Surveillance cameras in both locations captured images of the suspect, described as a black man in his late 20's or early 30's. He is about 6 feet tall and 170 to 200 pounds. He wore track suits in both robberies.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 678-513-5920.

Fulton County to host Manpower recruitment at North Fulton Career Center

Fulton County to host Manpower recruitment at North Fulton Career Center

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The North Fulton Workforce Development Career Center will host an onsite Recruitment session in partnership with Manpower on Wednesday November 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The North Fulton Career Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

Manpower will be conducting application sessions and screening for Member Care Agents (Call Center/Banking), Maintenance Mechanics, Machine Adjusters, and Forklift Operators. The recruitment is a partnership between Fulton County and Manpower to find qualified employment candidates for available positions.  For more information, call 404-613-6381.
 
Position description and requirements include:

Member Care Agents (Call Center/Banking):  Location: South Atlanta
 
Employment Requirements

Fulton County is ready for Election Day

Fulton County is ready for Election Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday, Nov. 4, all 370 precincts in Fulton County will open to welcome voters. The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections is confident that pre-election preparations will result in an easy and pleasant voting experience for all electors. As always, administrative and technical support is available in the field and at the Election phone bank to address questions that may arise.

As of Oct. 30, 75,051 voters have cast ballots during early voting and 5,942 via absentee ballot.

Voters who plan to vote in person on Nov. 4 should keep the following points in mind:

Avalon mixed-use development holding grand opening


ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Thursday
is a big day for a major new development in Alpharetta. Avalon, an 86-acre mixed-use project just off GA 400 on Old Milton Parkway, will hold its grand opening.

The development features 65 retailers, 12 restaurants, 101 town homes and 250 apartments.

The project is anchored by a Regal Movie Theatre and a 48,000 square foot Whole Foods Supermarket.

Nine retailers and restaurants opening their doors at the Avalon are new to Georgia, while 17 others, like Vineyard Vines, are setting up shop outside of the perimeter for the first time.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends.

During the weekend of Oct. 18 -19, seven Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

During the weekend of Oct. 25 – 26, 19 Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

Fulton County is offering more weekend voting opportunities than any other Georgia County. Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the early voting period, including weekend voting.

“We hope that our expanded dates and locations for early voting will encourage more Fulton County registered voters to cast their ballots,” said Richard L. Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. "Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and is more convenient for voters."

Fulton County Early Voting Locations

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31