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Gwinnett County Schools to hire 800 teachers

Gwinnett County Schools to hire 800 teachers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools plans to hire 800 new teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.

The state's largest school system will hold a Certified Teacher Career Fair on Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

To attend, register at gcpsjobs.org. A limited number of interview times are available. Those selected for an interview will receive email confirmation, the school district said.

At this year's Career Fair, GCPS is searching for "highly qualified educators" who hold certificates or will be certified by the fall of 2015 in:

Small fire breaks out in Gwinnett hotel

Small fire breaks out in Gwinnett hotel

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A basket of rags caught fire in the kitchen of a Gwinnett County hotel Monday morning.

The fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in the 2000 block of Sugarloaf Circle.

Gwinnett County Fire Lt. Jerrod Barrett said the fire started in a basket of cooking oil rags. The hotel's sprinkler system extinguished the flames.

About 60 guests and hotel staff members were briefly evacuated from the building while firefighters investigated the source of the fire. Barrett said the guests were soon able to return to their rooms.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of the rags in their plastic cart.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Sikh boy's video shows classmates calling him 'terrorist'


DULUTH, Ga. (WXIA) -- A bullying video posted online by a Gwinnett County boy who wears a turban is approaching 1 million views -- people around the world seeing and hearing some of his fellow classmates taunting him, calling him a terrorist.

Gwinnett County Schools released a statement Wednesday saying that the students were calling each other names; it does not say the boy was bullied.

The Duluth Middle School students were on their school bus. The 12-year-old boy who recorded the cellphone video is a member of the Sikh religion. The turban he is wearing is called a patka, common among Sikh boys.

He sits facing forward in his bus seat throughout the video, which lasts less than 45 seconds. He simply holds the cellphone up to show his classmates sitting in the rows behind him; he does not himself turn around to face them.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Missing Ringling Bros. performer located

Missing Ringling Bros. performer located

ATLANTA -- A performer with the Ringling Bros. Circus who was reported missing in Atlanta earlier this week has been found.

A Feld Entertainment spokesperson confirmed 25-year-old Wei Cao was located.

She disappeared Feb. 23 at around 9 a.m. from the northwest Atlanta railyard where more than a dozen circus rail cars are parked. She told her coworkers that she was leaving to visit her boyfriend. She was scheduled to perform with the circus at the Arena at Gwinnett Center that evening, but never arrived for the show.

Details of the missing woman's recovery were not immediately available.

"We are extremely appreciative of the support and well-wishes we've received from the community," Feld Entertainment, the production company behind Ringling Bros., said in a statement emailed to 11Alive News.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

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.