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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.

Cherokee County's preliminary unemployment rate was 6.6 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.

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1 killed, 1 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Cherokee Co.


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed and another person was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Cherokee County on Tuesday.

According to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Director of Public Affairs Tim Cavendar, the accident happened just after 5 p.m. on Highway 372 near Hogan Pond Lane.

The accident involved a red Hyundai and a black Lexus. The driver of the Hyundai, a 38-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, Cavendar said. The driver of the Lexus, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to North Fulton Hospital in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries. She had fractures to her right tibia and fibula as well as severe injuries to one of her feet, Cavendar said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

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.

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

CANTON, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Cherokee County next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cherokee High School in Canton.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Cherokee High School is located at 930 Marietta Highway.

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Cherokee County teacher fights keep God in classroom

Cherokee County teacher fights keep God in classroom

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A controversial story about school and religion centers around a metro Atlanta teacher who says God should be in the classroom. As is usually the case, there are two sides.

Sequoyah High School students are rallying around John Osborne, who is no longer at the school after talking about God in class. School officials say it was his call to leave, not theirs.

Osborne tells 11Alive he left because he wasn't supported by administrators.

Cherokee County Schools released a statement, making it clear that the teacher left on his own and is still employed. The statement read:

School district addresses overcrowding

School district addresses overcrowding

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Recent growth in Cherokee County has caused a number of its public schools to become overcrowded.

Although no school is categorized as "critically overcrowded" -- where it exceeds 140 percent of its enrollment capacity -- 13 Cherokee County schools would operate at more than 100 percent capacity if portable classrooms were removed.

Those schools include:

Elementary: Bascomb, Carmel, Free Home, Liberty, Little River

Middle: Creekland, Dean Rusk, E.T. Booth, Mill Creek, Woodstock

High: Cherokee, Sequoyah, Woodstock

(The italicized schools are operating at more than 120 percent capacity.)