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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.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Gwinnett house fire blamed on fireplace


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Fire officials believe a Tuesday morning house fire in Duluth began in the home's fireplace.

Crews arrived at the house in the 2800 block of Mockingbird Circle shortly after midnight, where they found flames burning in the attic and chimney.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the blaze had spread beyond the fireplace, burning into the attic and exterior wall. It damaged the chimney area and sent smoke throughout the two-story house.

Two adults were home when they fire began. They said they awoke to a popping sound and called 911 when they discovered the flames. Rutledge said the two occupants used the fireplace earlier in the evening.

No one was hurt in the fire. Its cause is under investigation, but Rutledge said it appeared accidental.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Georgia's most elegant homes: 2335 Sugarloaf Club Drive


From Buckhead to Johns Creek and all the way out around Lake Oconee, Georgians love their mansions. Homes inspired from traditional antebellum architecture, but showcase hip modern tech savvy features, can be seen in the Peach State's most elegant neighborhoods.

This week's home of the week is a country club European estate at 2335 Sugarloaf Club Drive in Duluth. It is listed by Sabrina Sharifali of Turnkey Realty for $3,999,999.

The 14,873-square-foot mansion sits on nearly two acres that overlook a lake and golf course. It was built in 2004 and has seven bedrooms, 10 full baths and two half-baths. It features a five-car garage, a separate in-law suite, hardwood throughout the home, a fully-finished basement with a full size bar, a wine cellar, a movie theater, a sauna, a steam shower, a billiards pool table, a karaoke stage, poker table area and a wrap around deck.