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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.)

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Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Race this weekend: Tortoise and the Hare

Race this weekend: Tortoise and the Hare

CANTON, Ga. -- Runners of all speeds and skill levels are invited to participate in a half marathon in Cherokee County this weekend.

Tortoise and the Hare Racing's goal is for all participants to cross the finish line at about the same time. Half marathon runners are asked to provide their estimate finish times while registering; their starting times will be assigned based on those predictions. Those who run at tortoise speeds will begin the race first, while "hares" will start last.

The race will be Saturday, Sept. 6 at Boling Park in Canton. Race organizers describe the course as smooth with some rolling hills.

All runners will receive race T-shirts, while finishers will be given custom medals. The top male and female racers will receive spots on the 2015 Tortoise and the Hare Race Team.

Online registration is $55 and closes Wednesday, Sept. 3. Race day sign-up will also be available.

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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

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)

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.