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Parents concerned about threats at 3 area schools

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Threats at three area schools had parents and school officials on edge Friday.

School officials said 1,100 of 3,300 students stayed home after rumors of violence at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County spread on social media.

Collins Hill stepped up security after that threat and several fights at school earlier this week.

Other unfounded rumors kept students home from North Cobb High School, and earlier in the week Brookwood High School here in Gwinnett, when an email threatened violence.

Cobb County School District spokesperson Jay Dillon said someone threatened North Cobb High School in a message was posted between midnight and 5 a.m. Friday.

The school posted a message to parents and students on its website Friday morning:

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

Arrest made 14 years after hotel manager was killed

KENNESAW, Ga -- It has been 14 years since the night manager of a Kennesaw hotel was murdered during a robbery.

The family of Rodney Castlin finally has some solace because an arrest has been made in his murder. Castlin left an impression on everyone he met and was well loved at the hotel. On the night of December 7, 2000 two men wearing skull caps walked into the Wingate Hotel off of Barrett Parkway where he worked and robbed the hotel.

Castlin came out of a back room when he heard a commotion at the front desk. A clerk was being pistol-whipped and the robbers were demanding more money. Castlin told them there was no more and one of the robbers shot him in the chest, killing him.

ASO members hold free concerts at KSU

ATLANTA -- Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have found a way to perform despite stalled contract negotiations. They held free concerts at Kennesaw State University.

Months of negotiations failed to produce a contract everyone could agree upon.

Cold case unit receives federal grant

Cold case unit receives federal grant

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Cold Case Unit has been awarded a $246,814 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

District attorney Vic Reynolds applied for the grant in May, and will use the money to test DNA evidence and put part-time investigators to work on cold cases.

Cobb County has 400 unsolved murder and sexual assault cases dating back to 1985.

"We are firmly committed to achieving justice for these victims and holding accountable the criminals who preyed on them," Reynolds said in a statement. "That's why creating this unit has been among my priorities, and we are so thankful for this grant to help us."

Reynolds' office said a case grows "cold" when the investigation has stalled for at least 12 months.

Cobb County's cold case tip line number is 770-528-3032.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Cobb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.