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Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

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Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Gwinnett County's December unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Danny Sellers named Principal at Sterling Risk Advisors

Danny Sellers named Principal at Sterling Risk Advisors

DULUTH, Ga. -- Danny Sellers has been named a Principal at Sterling Risk Advisors. He has more than two decades of experience specializing in risk management for construction, trucking and manufacturing companies.

Prior to joining Sterling Risk Advisors in 2012, Sellers was senior vice president for J. Smith Lanier & Co., where he handled large, complex accounts, including large transportation accounts with both regional and long haul exposure. Earlier, he was executive vice president at Allied North America, where he produced and managed accounts including a major international manufacturing firm with $1 billion in sales.

Sellers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from Georgia Southern University. His professional affiliations include:

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

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$5 Blueberry Crunchcakes at J. Christopher's

$5 Blueberry Crunchcakes at J. Christopher's

(WXIA) -- Wednesday, Jan. 28 is National Blueberry Pancake Day. All Atlanta-area J. Christopher's restaurants will celebrate the beloved holiday with a special on the chain's signature Blueberry Crunchcakes.

From Jan. 26-30, J. Christopher's will offer a short stack of Blueberry Crunchcakes for only $5.

Blueberry Crunchcakes are blueberry pancakes topped with fortified granola and more blueberries.

Visit jchristophers.com to find a location.

Gwinnett Gladiators unveil jerseys honoring Atlanta Flames


DULUTH, GA (WXIA) – The Gwinnett Gladiators unveiled their 2015 alternate jerseys to the public on Wednesday. The jerseys pay homage to the historic Atlanta Flames, which was the first pro hockey team to play in Atlanta.

The National Hockey League team played their home games at the old Omni Coliseum from 1972 through 1980. The team moved to Calgary in 1980, where they continue to play as the Calgary Flames.

As part of the Gladiators' #PassTheTorch campaign, the team introduced the new jersey, which will be worn at all non-Sunday home games for the remainder of this season, beginning on Friday, January 23. On Sundays, the Gladiators will wear their traditional black uniforms.

Woman charged with stealing from Duluth HS booster club

Woman charged with stealing from Duluth HS booster club

DULUTH, Ga. -- The vice president of Duluth High School's football booster club has been charged with stealing more than $18,000 from the organization.

Christian Antonette Houston, 56, faces six felony and two misdemeanor counts. Police believe she took $18,700 from the Duluth High School Touchdown Club.

Gwinnett County Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said Duluth High's football coach approached school administrators to say he believed some money was missing from the booster club. An investigation revealed the money was spent through forged checks that paid for Houston's personal items.

Roach said Houston took the money between May 1 and Dec. 31 of last year. She was arrested Tuesday and booked in the Gwinnett County Jail.