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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

Teen with cerebral palsy takes mission trip

Teen with cerebral palsy takes mission trip

ROME, Ga. -- The next time you feel sorry for yourself or think you can't do something, remember Andrew Cook.

Andrew, an 18-year-old Rome resident, was born with cerebral palsy. He didn't learn to walk -- with the help of a walker -- until he was 10.

The teen worked hard this summer raising money so he could take a church mission trip to Nicaragua, where he could help deliver food and supplies to poor villages. Andrew can't read or write, but he dictated a fundraising letter for his family to send out.

Andrew's mother Karen captured a great moment during the trip. Her son, despite his unsteady legs, walked all the way across a ravine on a log.

Karen said Andrew was so proud and happy to make the trip, help people and challenge himself.

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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.

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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.

Floyd County's unemployment rate was 9.0 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.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

Missing elderly couple found safe in Marietta

Missing elderly couple found safe in Marietta

ROME, Ga. -- A Port Sulfur, La., couple reported missing in north Georgia have been found alive and well in Cobb County.

Pierre Demetrius Billot, 77, and his 83-year-old wife Willie Pearl were spotted at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. A driver saw the couple's car on North Marietta Parkway in Marietta and called 911.

Officials said the pair went missing in Floyd County while headed to Ellijay. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later issued a Mattie's Call for the couple, as both are in poor health.

Pierre and Willie were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for evaluation. Floyd County Police Investigator Mary Catherine Parris said both were confused and claimed they did not know how they ended up in Marietta.