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Georgia gay teen attacked by family

KENNESAW, Ga. (WXIA) -- At age 19, Daniel Pierce just had a feeling something bad was coming when his family suddenly began talking to him about coming out.



Cobb County detectives find and return a puppy stolen from a Kennesaw couple

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Taryn Ford and Jonas Speight happily take their 13-week-old puppy Heather out for a walk.

When 11Alive News talked with them last week, they were convinced they'd never see her again.

That was before a visit from a Cobb County police detective Friday night.

"When the detective knocked on our door, the puppy jumped out of his arms and ran to us. We couldn't believe our eyes," said Speight.

The couple is now convinced they were victims of an online scam.

"The case is still open, but this now looks like a premeditated scheme. We're being told the same people who sold us Heather are the ones also involved in stealing her," said Ford.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Kennesaw bans tobacco, e-cigs at city parks

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw City Council voted on Monday to ban tobacco use in all city parks.

The measure passed 3-2.

E-cigarettes are also banned.

Police say they will give out warnings, for the first few weeks before ticketing anyone.

'For those I love, I will sacrifice'

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- For most of us, it's been nearly four months. But for Chris Sparkman, it's been 109 individual days, each one its own challenge, as he continues to recover from that terrifying morning.


Day one: April 29.

A gunman entered the FedEx building in Kennesaw and opened fire.

Missing Cobb woman found

Missing Cobb woman found

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A missing Cobb County has been found.

Cobb County Police said 65-year-old Janice Kay Whitted left her home in the 3200 block of Pete Shaw Road in Marietta on Thursday.

Family members said they believed Whitted was on her way to Town Center Mall in nearby Kennesaw. However, her credit card was physically used as a gas station in Monticello, Ky., at 4 p.m. She then called some loved ones from Crossville, Tenn., east of Knoxville, shortly before 9 p.m.

A Mattie's Call for Whitted was issued Thursday night. It was canceled Friday but details about her reappearance, including how she ended up in Tennessee, were not immediately available.