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Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Cherokee County inmate dies

Cherokee County inmate dies

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- An inmate in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center passed away over the weekend.

Demetrie Jones, 32, of Ellenwood died Saturday. He has been in custody since Dec. 10, when he was arrested for probation violation.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Jones was under the care of the jail's medical unit at the time of his death. He had several medical conditions that required him to be kept in isolation. An autopsy completed Monday at 10 a.m. revealed he most likely died from complications of those medical conditions.

The GBI will investigate, as it does with every jail death.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Plane makes emergency landing on I-575 in Canton

CANTON, Ga. – A small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 575 in Canton Tuesday night.

The Beachcraft Sundowner landed on the northbound lanes, just north of Airport Road, around 7 p.m..

According to Tim Cavender of the Cherokee County Fire Department, a 38-year-old student pilot and a 53-year-old flight instructor were on board the plane.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Student, lunch monitor save choking 3rd grader

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cherokee County student and a lunch monitor are being called heroes for saving a third grader.

Bailey Johnson was eating lunch at Sixes Elementary School when she saw her classmate, Gia DiCarlo, choking and quickly alerted the lunch monitor Gloria Szopinski.

The lunch monitor performed the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food.

Principal Cindy Crews presented Bailey and Szopinski with the "You Make The Difference" star awards.

Gia also gave each of her heroes a special thank you gift.