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Wade Green Road to get new I-75 ramp

Wade Green Road to get new I-75 ramp

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will soon place a new entrance ramp from Wade Green Road to northbound Interstate 75.

The ramp will open Wednesday at 5 a.m. GDOT officials said it is about three-quarters of a mile shorter than the previous entrance ramp.

To prepare the road for the new ramp, GDOT crews will need to close the right shoulder and rightmost lane of I-75 north from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. Drivers should use caution when traveling through the area during that block of time.

The new Wade Green Road ramp is part of Cobb County's Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Comcast to hold job fair in Cobb

Comcast to hold job fair in Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Comcast is looking to fill about 125 positions through a recruitment event to be held next week.

The company hopes to find telesales associates to work at a call center in Alpharetta.

The job fair will be Friday, Jan. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Georgia Department of Labor Cobb-Cherokee Career Center.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. A year or more of sales experience is preferred.

Comcast representatives will conduct interviews during the event. Attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés.

Visit gdol.ga.gov for more information about GDOL recruiting events.

The Cobb-Cherokee Career Center is located at 465 Big Shanty Road.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Cobb County's November unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Driver found unresponsive in Cobb Co. identified

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - Police have identified a man who was found unresponsive in his truck after it veered from a road and into a wooded area.

Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman says the driver has been identified as 29-year-old Jonathan S. Baxley of Atlanta.

Authorities have said a white 2007 Ford truck was rolling down Barrett Lakes Boulevard in Kennesaw at a slow speed early Sunday morning before it veered from the road and continued into a wooded area.

Pierce says witnesses tried coming Baxley's aid but he was unresponsive. Pierce says Baxley was later pronounced dead at Wellstar Kenestone Hospital. Details on Baxley's cause of death weren't immediately available.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.