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Mail Service Improves for North Georgia

Mail Service Improves for North Georgia

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Postal Service reports that nearly 100% of North Georgia residents received their mail over the past several days.

This is in spite of some of the most challenging weather conditions to impact the region in over a decade.

"Thanks to the many hardworking and dedicated employees, and with some cooperation from the weather, we were able to make more than 99% of all deliveries in ZIP Codes 300, 301, 302, 303, 305 and 306 over the past several days," said Atlanta district manager Kate F. Wiley. "There are some isolated areas where ice has not melted sufficiently to make it safe for delivery employees, so we have not been able to reach everyone. However, those locations are very few, and that situation is improving each day."

Wiley says to help get delivery options back on track, Postal personnel are making deliveries throughout Metro Atlanta on Monday, Jan.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy began recovering in 2010 from the deepest recession since the 1930s, but that recovery seemed to go in fits and spurts with no clear trajectory.

As for 2011, expect more growth, but with a continued pattern of uncertainty, said Bill Schaniel, an economist with the University of West Georgia.

"This year will be a year that will be remembered as being both not as good as some hoped -- there was no significant reduction in the unemployment rate -- but not as bad as many feared, as there was no double dip in the recession," said Schaniel. "This year did see the technical end of the recession, but for most people, the recession will end when there is significant job growth."

In 2010, the economy grew at a steady rate in the January-March quarter.

Georgia Football State Championship Recaps

ATLANTA -- The dust has settled on Georgia high school football season and only five teams claimed a state championship.

Class AAAAA: Brookwood 52, Colquitt County 38

Jamaal Cole ran for three touchdowns, Andre Sims had an 87-yard kickoff return for a score and Brookwood defeated Colquitt County 52-38 to win the Class AAAAA state championship Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

Nick Tompkins had 144 yards rushing and scored twice for the Broncos (14-1). The teams combined for 993 yards from scrimmage, with Colquitt County (9-6) amassing 609 yards and 38 first downs.

It was just the second AAAAA title not won by a team from south Georgia since 2003 and gave Brookwood its second state championship. The Gwinnett County school also won a state title in 1996.

Party Guest Shot At County Commissioner's Home

CARROLLTON, GA -- Zachary Sibley, 21, of Carrollton, is in the Carroll County Jail after allegedly shooting a fellow party-goer at District 5 Commissioner Kevin Jackson's home early Saturday morning. Sibley is charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct after he told Jackson's son he was taking the wounded victim to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton.

After driving around for a time, according to GBI spokesman John Bankhead, Sibley decided to leave the victim by the side of the road in an isolated area near a boat dock on Lake Seaton close to the intersection of Cross Plains Road and Hutchinson Ferry Road.

The victim was not found for another four hours and was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He remains in critical condition.

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

Georgia State Finals: Previews and Predictions

ATLANTA -- This weekend, 10 teams play for a state championship.

Four teams have been in this position as recently as last season; others have never played for a state title. Some teams are facing opponents their schools have never faced. Some schools were predicted to win a state championship before the playoffs started. Other schools were predicted to lose as early as the second round.

All 10 teams have taken different paths, but they are all in the same position now.

What should the fans expect to see? Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net previews all five games and the computer tool Massey Matchups predicts the exact score and point spread of each matchup.