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Graduation rates: Carroll County

Graduation rates: Carroll County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Carroll County's 2014 graduation rate is 74.5 percent. At 83.3 percent, Mt. Zion High School in Carrollton has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Carroll County include:

* Bowdon HS: 79.7 percent
* Central HS: 74.3 percent
* Temple HS: 78.2 percent
* Villa Rica HS: 69.7 percent

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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.

Carroll County's unemployment rate was 7.8 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.

4 Mill Town concerts on sale at once

4 Mill Town concerts on sale at once

BREMEN, Ga. -- Mill Town Music Hall is thrilled to host a single on-sale date for four different legendary acts. On Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m., tickets will go on sale for four upcoming concerts, including The Charlie Daniels Band, Amy Grant, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and Restless Heart.

“We’re excited to host a party at Mill Town Music Hall on November 11 to kick-off the on-sale dates with prizes, giveaways, music and more,” said Randall Redding, Co-Founder & CEO of Mill Town Music Hall. “For fans who desire tickets to all four of these Mill Town Music Hall events, we recommend that they consider purchasing season tickets. The season ticket package allows fans to reserve their seats prior to these individual shows going on sale to the general public.”

For more information about Season Tickets contact the box office. The four shows with tickets going on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 10am include:

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

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Factory offers teens school and job skills


CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- One Georgia company is not only turning around the high school dropout rate in the area, it's also preparing students for jobs as soon as they get a diploma.

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The program is called 12 For Life – to stress that the first 12 years of school are critical to everyone's future.

It looks like no other high school you've ever seen – outside and in, by design. It's part workplace, with plenty of classroom space.

"We have a factory and we built a schoolhouse inside the factory," said Stu Thorn, president and CEO of Southwire.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

AP exam participation: Carroll County

AP exam participation: Carroll County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Carroll County, 378 students took 525 AP exams in 2014, and 179 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Carroll County public high school:

Bowdon HS
68 students took 96 exams
17 passing scores