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Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Police investigating Floyd County Schools spending


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – Police have opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Floyd County Board of Education employees made questionable purchases.

According to Major Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department, complaints made by Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaniel and other Board of Education employees led to the investigation.

Wallace said that the investigation is "labor intensive considering the volume of purchase information that has to be examined."

Woman accused of stealing pills from retirement home


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A Floyd County woman is charged with stealing pills from a retirement home.

Stacy Leanna Lowery is charged with four counts each of exploitation of the elderly and neglect to disabled persons.

The charges came after medications and pills were discovered missing from the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village in Rome.

Floyd County Police say the investigation isn't over and more charges are pending.


Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cave Spring woman faces eight felony charges after medications and pills were discovered missing from a retirement community.

Stacy Leanna Lowery, 38, has been charged with four counts each of exploitation of the elderly and neglect to disabled persons.

Floyd County Police opened an investigation after staff members at the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village in Rome learned that several residents were missing their medications.

Renaissance Marquis helped Floyd County Police in the investigation, which is continuing. More charges are pending.

Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- Author Chantel Acevedo will hold a fiction master class and a reading at Shorter University next week.

Acevedo is the author of Love and Ghost LettersA Falling Star and The Distant Marvels. She is an associate professor of English at her alma mater, Auburn University, and also edits the Southern Humanities Review.

Her master class will be Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 5 p.m. in Shorter's Price Learning Center.

"I wanted to give Shorter students the opportunity to learn directly from an accomplished novelist and editor," said Shorter assistant professor of English Renee Emerson, who was instrumental in bringing Acevedo to campus. "The chance to hear Chantel Acevedo is a unique opportunity."

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years

Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years

CAVE SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Floyd County Police Department says a truck driver being held without bond is connected to at least four rapes, but could be responsible for more.

Lester Pauley, 58, was initially arrested after a fight in Rome on November 25, 2014. During that investigation, Floyd County Police uncovered a series of complaints by women who said they were raped and held against their will by him. Police say the fight happened after one of his victims escaped. According to police, the woman knew the man and had a relationship with him. When things turned ugly, she tried to leave. Eventually, she was able to escape, but he went after her.