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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Carroll County's unemployment rate was 10.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Big rig, bus collide on I-20 west in Carroll County


CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- An accident involving a tractor trailer shut down all lanes of westbound Interstate 20 in Carroll County Wednesday morning.

The wreck was between a FedEx truck and a bus. It happened shortly after 6 a.m. just past Highway 61 in Villa Rica.

Georgia Department of Public Safety spokesperson Tracey Watson said the bus was rear-ended by the tractor trailer in the rightmost lane. Both vehicles left the road, overturned and caught fire.

A Life Flight helicopter was called to the scene to airlift the tractor trailer driver to Grady Memorial Hospital. The bus driver was transported by ground to Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica. No names were released.

The road completely reopened at around noon.

Race this weekend: No Place Like Home

Race this weekend: No Place Like Home

BREMEN, Ga. -- No Place Like Home, the West Georgia ALS 5K, will be held this weekend in Bremen.

The race will be Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Bremen Parks and Recreation Department Gymnasium. Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m., with the race scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

All runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is $25 through race day. All proceeds will benefit Georgia's chapter of the ALS Association.

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Visit bremenrec.org for more information and to sign up. Bremen Parks and Recreation is located at 417 River Circle.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

UWG Newnan campus receives renovation funding

UWG Newnan campus receives renovation funding

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia has received more funding to continue renovations of Newnan Hospital, where its Coweta County campus is housed.

The city of Newnan contributed $1.6 million to the project. The monies will go toward more parking lots, sidewalks and landscaping. A year-end fundraiser allowed the school to acquire an additional $1 million to equip its nursing and science labs.

RELATED | UWG acquires historic Newnan Hospital

Classes will be held at the Shenandoah Industrial Park while the campus undergoes renovations. The work is expected to be completed in August 2015.

"Together, we look forward to a new era of opportunity when this first-rate facility opens for classes next summer," UWG President Kyle Marrero said in a release.

2 Carrollton schools named Alert Schools

2 Carrollton schools named Alert Schools

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its 2014 list of Alert Schools, which includes two schools in Carroll County.

An Alert School cannot be identified as a Priority or Focus school under Georgia's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It must show a lack of progress on statewide assessments among all students over the past three school years, and is based on the lowest achievement of the "all students" group.

Carroll County's Alert Schools include Central High School (within Carroll County Schools) and Carrollton High School (within Carrollton City Schools).