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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Roads to close for Cherokee HS homecoming parade

Roads to close for Cherokee HS homecoming parade

CANTON, Ga. -- Several Canton roads will close for about an hour Wednesday afternoon for Cherokee High School's homecoming parade.

Canton Police said the parade will begin at the school (930 Marietta Highway) and head north on Marietta Highway.

From there, it will turn right on Waleska Street, circle downtown Canton (East Main Street and North Street) and head back tot he school.

All the aforementioned roads will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 15 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Drivers who usually pass through the area are encouraged to find alernate routes.

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:

Big rig overturns, spills garbage on minivan


CANTON, Ga. -- Two people were injured when a tractor trailer overturned and spilled its load onto a minivan in Cherokee County.

It happened on Cumming Highway at the Union Hill Road intersection in Canton.

Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Franka Young said the big rig, driven by 46-year-old Ronnie Lee Crane of Carrollton, was going too fast when it tried to turn onto Union Hill Road. It overturned on top of a Honda minivan driven by 37-year-old Deanna Langston Cannon of Canton.

The tractor trailer was carrying garbage, which spilled all over the minivan and the road. It also spilled some diesel fuel.

The drivers of both vehicles suffered minor injuries and were taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Investigators have not said if anyone will face charges.

Young said Union Hill Road is closed at the scene, but Cumming Highway is open to traffic.

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.

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.