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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver to perform at Mill Town Music Hall

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver to perform at Mill Town Music Hall

BREMEN, Ga. -- Mill Town Music Hall is proud to host Bluegrass Hall of Fame musician Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Judge Talford will open the concert with their unique sound of bluegrass instrumental and rich vocal harmonies.

Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations to their credit and have produced nearly 40 albums. In addition, Lawson is the reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, seven-time recipient of the IBMA Vocal Group of the Year and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in September 2012. He has been called the ‘mandolin virtuoso’ with ‘perfectly silken harmony’ by the New York Times.  

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Trident Seafoods to hold job fair in Carrollton


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Trident Seafoods is looking to hire more than 50 employees for its brand new processing facility in Carroll County.

The company has teamed up with the Georgia Department of Labor to host a hiring fair next week at the Carroll County Recreation Department. It will be held Thursday, Dec. 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Trident Seafoods hopes to hire dry goods supervisors, safety managers, administrative assistants, electricians, refrigeration and maintenance mechanics, quality assurance technicians, seafood processors and forklift operators.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old. Specific requirements for each position can be found on the Department of Labor website.

The company plans to start production at its new facility early next year.

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Ring in the New Year with Billy Dean at Mill Town

Ring in the New Year with Billy Dean at Mill Town

BREMEN, Ga. -- Mill Town Music Hall will celebrate New Year’s Eve with Billy Dean and his band, The Steel Horses, on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. The New Year’s Eve Celebration will be highlighted with a performance by Dean, as well as an evening full of family-friendly events to ring in the New Year.

Prior to the concert, an optional dinner buffet catered by Events by Joshua D is available to concert-goers. Following the concert, there will be a dance party featuring 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music, viewing of Atlanta’s Peach Drop on the big screen, a dessert and coffee bar and a sparkling cider toast at midnight.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

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

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules: