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Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board

Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Kelly Marlow has resigned from the Cherokee County School Board.

Marlow, who was found guilty last week of making false statements to police, handed in her resignation Wednesday morning. She will be sentenced Thursday and faces up to 10 years in jail.

"With considerable appreciation to my many supporters and the voters of District 1, and the parents and school children for whom all of my efforts were focused, the recent judicial determinations make it unlikely that I can effectively serve at any time in the foreseeable future," Marlow wrote in her resignation letter to Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

Jury finds Cherokee County School Board member lied to police


Canton, GA-- A jury has found Cherokee County School Board member Kelly Marlow guilty on two charges of making false statements to police.

Marlow was standing trial along with two friends- political advisor Trim Robert Trim and former Cherokee GOP secretary Barbara Knowles.

Jurors also convicted Trim and Knowles of making false statements to police and falsifying a police report.

Sentencing is set for Thursday at 9am. Marlow faces up to ten years behind bars.

"This was a complex case. We are pleased with the verdict and we would like to thank the jurors for their time and hard work," said Prosecutor Rachelle Carnesale.

Marlow waged a bitter battle with School Superintendent Frank Petruzielo and some other board members, even asking the SACS accrediting agency to investigate them for alleged mismanagement.

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

(WXIA) -- It's going to be a perfect weekend, weather-wise -- 11s on the WIZometer on Saturday and Sunday.

However, pretty weekend weather in metro Atlanta comes with a slight drawback: nighttime traffic projects.

"We are doing our best to limit daytime lane closures if possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to motorists," Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said. "However, some work just has to be done during the day."

One brief closure will be the loop ramp from Northside Drive north to Interstate 75 south in northwest Atlanta. It will be shut down Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. so crews can repair a guardrail. Drivers are asked to use Howell Mill Road to access I-75 south during that hour.

Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Jorelys Rivera's mom sues apartment complex that hired killer


ATLANTA -- The mother of Jorelys Rivera has sued the apartment complex that hired the man who abducted and killed her daughter in 2011.

Joselinne Rivera filed the lawsuit in Fulton County State Court, claiming the River Ridge Apartments in Canton and McCormack Baron Ragan Management Inc. were partly responsible for the death of her young daughter.

The lawsuit is identical to the one the mother filed in February, 2012. State Court Judge John Mather dismissed that lawsuit in August, 2013. Her attorneys re-filed it, making the same allegations against the complex and its management company.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.