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Inmate on the loose after walking away from work detail

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – Police are searching for an inmate who walked away from a work detail in Floyd County on Thursday.

According to Jerome Poole of the Floyd County Police Department, Garrett Terrell Shields was last seen on Sproull Road near Trimble Way off of Kingston Highway around 5 p.m.

The 44-year-old man was wearing white shirt and pants with one blue stripe on pants and blue collar on shirt along with an orange sweatshirt and orange toboggan.

Shields is in the second year of a 20-year sentence for several violent felonies, Poole said.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911. Authorities say do not approach him.

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

(WXIA) -- With warmer weather right around the corner, Bruster's is offering free ice cream to anyone brave enough to leave the house in pajamas.

The ice cream shop chain will hold its PJ Day promotion all day on Saturday, Mar. 7. Customers who wear their pajamas to any Bruster's in metro Atlanta will receive a free small waffle cone.

Visit brusters.com for more information.

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Berry

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hank Klibanoff will speak at Berry College later this month.

Klibanoff will talk about his work with the Civil Rights Cold Case Project on Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. His talk is free and open to the public.

The Civil Rights Cold Case Project investigates the more than 100 racially-motivated murders that occurred during the civil rights era. Learn more at coldcases.org.

Klibanoff is the director of the journalism program at Emory University. He spent 35 years as a reporter and editor for various publications, including the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Philadephia Inquirer.

A book Klibanoff co-authored, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History.

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.

Berry College to host seed swap

Berry College to host seed swap

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College will host the second annual Floyd County Seed Swap this weekend.

Farmers, gardeners and community members alike are invited to attend the event, which will be Saturday, Feb. 28. A seed saving seminar will start at 10 a.m., and the actual swap will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Berry will give out a limited amount of heirloom seeds. Those who do not have seeds or plants to share are still welcome to stop by and pick up gardening tips.

The seed swap is free and open to the public.

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.