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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:

Community pays tribute to Nizzear Rodriguez


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- For many people in Carrollton, Ga., the name "Nizzear" is becoming synonymous with change.

Nizzear Rodriguez had just turned 13 when he was shot to death while sleeping in his own bed.

Five people have been charged in the crime, but the community is now focusing on healing.

A once-dilapidated playground in Carrollton has undergone a makeover and now has a new name: The Nizzear Rodriguez Memorial Park.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Carroll County's preliminary unemployment rate was 9.0 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Doctor sues Tanner Medical Center, alleges false billing

Doctor sues Tanner Medical Center, alleges false billing

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Psychiatrist Randy Warner has sued Tanner Medical Center Inc. of Villa Rica, Ga., alleging Tanner falsely billed Georgia Medicaid for professional services he performed.

The lawsuit details 534 alleged false billing instances, from 2009 to 2012 that involved 178 indigent patients Tanner billed Medicaid for services Warner rendered. Civil penalties and damages are estimated to exceed $5 million.

Warner claims Tanner billed Medicaid and got payments for services he rendered at its Willowbrooke facility, even though he was not a Tanner employee. The medical facility had no authority to bill Medicaid but its actions consequently caused Warner’s legitimate billings to Medicaid to be denied, the suit alleges.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Police: Nizzear Rodriguez murder suspect intended to kill someone else


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A police detective said one of three suspects accused of murdering 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez meant to shoot someone else.

Carroll County Detective Blake Hitchcock revealed the information Friday during a hearing for the suspects. He said 17-year-old Malik Davis went to the Carrollton apartment complex with the intention of killing a rival gang member who lived next door to Rodriguez, but entered the wrong home. Police said earlier that Davis has had confrontations with other residents of the apartment complex.

Investigators believe Davis and Kenneth Wheat were inside the boy's bedroom when he died, while Jackquline Freeman acted as a getaway driver. All three are charged with murder.

New details emerge in killing of 13-year-old boy


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- For the first time Carrollton Police are saying how they believe 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez was killed.

Three people are facing murder charges. According to Carrollton Police Detective Blake Hitchcock one of the suspects, Kenneth Wheat, admitted to being in the house right before the fatal shot was fired.

"Ken goes up by the second step, thinks something is not right and turns around, goes back down the steps and walks out," Hitchcock testified in court Friday morning. "He says Malik is up the stairs at this point. Ken goes out the front door. At some point he hears the gun shot."