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Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

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Gas war has prices stuck at January lows


KENNESAW, Ga (WXIA) -- A competitive battle between three gas stations has been nothing but a win for consumers who are paying gas prices we saw six weeks ago.

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The gas stations are on Bells Ferry Road just off the I-575 exit. A RaceTrac, QT and Shell station were all selling regular unleaded gas for $1.93 a gallon. They have been selling at that price since all three reached that low in January.

FedEx exploring ways to help injured security guard


KENNESAW, Ga. -- FedEx is looking into how the company can support the family of a security guard who was critically shot while working on their property.

Christopher Sparkman was shot point-blank in the abdomen last April while on guard at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw. Since then, he's been in and out of the hospital for more than two dozen surgeries.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

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Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting faces 'important decision'

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting faces 'important decision'

KENNESAW, Ga. – The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April is facing a long road to recovery, his wife says.

On April 29, 2014, Christopher Sparkman was shot at point-blank range in the abdomen when a 19-year-old man opened fire at the FedEx facility. The gunman went on to kill himself.

Bank robbbed in Kennesaw

Bank robbbed in Kennesaw

KENNESAW, Ga. – Police are investigating the robbery of a bank inside of a Kroger in Kennesaw Monday.

According to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, a man entered the Fifth Third Bank, which is located inside of a Kroger on Cherokee Street, around 1 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding money.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the man fled towards the rear of the property.

The suspect is described as being between 40 and 50 years old. He was wearing glasses, a dark colored ball cap and a blue stripe shirt. He acted as if he had a gun.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call police at 770-499-3945.