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Harrison High band to perform at 2016 Macy's Parade


KENNESAW, Ga. -- A high school marching band from Cobb County is one of only 10 musical groups nationwide selected to participate in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Members of the Harrison High School Marching Band learned the good news Friday morning. It is the second time the band has been invited to perform in the iconic parade.

"Our students have worked incredibly hard for this opportunity. This is an outstanding reward for their dedication to our program and their pursuit of excellence in all that they do," Harrison High director of bands Joshua Ray said.

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Chick-fil-A supports Christopher Sparkman


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's been nearly one year since a gunman stormed a Kennesaw FedEx facility, shooting six people before killing himself.

One of the victims, 29-year-old security guard Christopher Sparkman, was struck in the abdomen. He has undergone more than 30 surgeries and continues to struggle both physically and financially. Jamie Lynn, Sparkman's wife, quit her job to care for him and has spoken publicly of the need for money.

Man pleads guilty in Kennesaw diamond heist


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 30-year-old Cuban citizen has pleaded guilty to his part in a $1.6 million diamond heist in Cobb County.

Osniel Labrada-Guillen admitted to burglarizing Diamonds R Forever on Wade Green Road in January 2010. Prosecutors said Labrada-Guillen broke through the store's roof, disabled its alarm system, drilled holes in two safes, and made off with jewelry. They do not believe he acted alone.

"This was not, or could not have been, a one-man job," Cobb County Chief ADA Don Geary said in court. No other suspects have been identified or arrested.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

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Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

Atlanta
* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.