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Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

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12-year-old Cherokee County boy found safe

12-year-old Cherokee County boy found safe

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The missing 12-year-old Cherokee County boy police were searching for Wednesday morning has been found safe.

Tyler Bonds was last seen at around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night at his home on Shore Lane in Canton's Bridgemill subdivision. Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said investigators believed he ran away from home.

Missing Cherokee County man found safe

Missing Cherokee County man found safe

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies have found a missing Canton man.

David Lee Appleton, 61, left his home on Orchard Drive, off Hickory Flat Highway, at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. He suffers from a medical condition, and family members were concerned for his safety.

Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Appleton was found safe a few hours later.

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.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

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

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

ATLANTA -- Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores.

A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes card numbers, postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among U.S. retailers who got a government bulletin about the malware on July 31. The malware is not identified by current anti-virus software.

UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee says the company is not aware of any fraud related to the attack.

Atlanta-based UPS says it hired a security firm that found the virus in systems at stores in 24 states, about 1 percent of the company's 4,470 franchised locations.

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.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 6.6 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.

3 Cherokee students attend Federal Service Language Academy

3 Cherokee students attend Federal Service Language Academy

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three Cherokee County teens were invited to participate in the Federal Service Language Academy at the University of North Georgia over the summer.

The prestigious program, which is endorsed by the Georgia Department of Education, combines language immersion, fitness and federal service advisement. It offers tracks in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Korean and Russian.

Cherokee County's attendees include Julia Kochansky (Cherokee High), Gianna Samms (Etowah High) and Christopher Simmons (Sequoyah High).

Learn more about the academy at ung.edu.