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Police: Remains found may be of missing Floyd Co. woman


FLOYD COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- The remains of a body found in Floyd County could be those of a missing mother of three.

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Family members of 24-year-old Ashley Jones say they have been looking for her since she went for a walk more than a month ago.

Jones was reported missing in early February. Police say a body was found Friday near where Jones was last seen – near a wooded area off of Kingston Road. A makeshift memorial was placed alongside the road of the five acre property where the remains of the body was found.

Fox Theatre revamps Friend of the Fox program

Fox Theatre revamps Friend of the Fox program

ATLANTA -- The Fox Theatre's Friend of the Fox program has extended its reach to help other Georgia theaters in need.

A nonprofit Fox Theatre Institute was founded in 2008 after a successful campaign to save Atlanta's iconic Fox Theatre from the wrecking ball. Now, FTI organizers want to pay the efforts forward.

"Because we at the Fox have been privileged to witness firsthand the enduring bond between a community and its historic landmarks, we knew we had to act," Fox Theatre community engagement manager Carmie McDonald said in a statement.

FTI is now working to restore the theater organ at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, the lobby at the DeSoto Theatre in Rome, and the marquee at the Holly Theatre in Dahlonega, among other projects.

Fox Theatre president and CEO Allan C. Vella said Friend of the Fox works hard to save historic theaters that time and technology have forgotten.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Floyd County's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Ga. health rankings: Floyd County

Ga. health rankings: Floyd County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Floyd is Georgia's 101st healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 119th for quality of life, 26th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 17th for clinical care, 55th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 89th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Floyd County:

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Authorities catch Floyd Co. murder suspect


ROME, GA (WXIA) -- Wednesday evening, authorities apprehended a 27-year-old Floyd County murder suspect Wednesday evening, along with a 19-year-old woman they were looking for.

Stevie Lamar Garner was arrested after members of the US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force were able to track Garner to a Silver Creek residence. Members of the task force, along with officers from the Floyd County Sheriff's Office and the Floyd Count Police Department were able to take him into custody without incident.

They were also able to locate Barbara Maegan Witt and take her into custody. She had been reported missing on Tuesday, and was believed to be with Garner.

Man dies after struggle with Floyd County Police


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation of a man who died after an struggle with Floyd County Police.

According to the Floyd County Police Department, Askari Roberts, 35, died after being subdued by officers.

Around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Ella Roberts called 911 to report that Askari Roberts was being held down by his 64-year-old father, Jackie Roberts, in order to "keep him from hurting them."