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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.

'Cotton Patch Gospel' opens Thursday at Berry

'Cotton Patch Gospel' opens Thursday at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's production of Cotton Patch Gospel opens this week at the school's E.H. Young Theatre.

The play, based on Clarence Jordan's The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John, sets the story of Jesus in rural Georgia and includes a country music soundtrack by Harry Chapin.

The production begins its run Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Key, who co-wrote the play with Russell Treyz, will speak after the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 22. He will perform a selection from his one-man show, C.S. Lewis On Stage, at the Berry Chapel at 7 p.m.

Cotton Patch Gospel will also be staged Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. each day; and Sunday, Mar. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased by calling the Berry College Theatre Company box office at 706-236-2263.

Berry College eaglet eggs hatch!


ROME, Ga. -- A new generation of Berry College Eagles has arrived!

At about 7:30 p.m. a new eaglet hatched in the nest watched by people the world over by way of a live camera.

Officials said viewers may catch a "chirp" if they listen closely.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

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

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Police chief: Elderly couple's death 'very personal'

Police chief: Elderly couple's death 'very personal'

ROME, Ga. -- It's been 10 days since someone broke through the screen door of a rural home in Rome and shot an elderly couple to death.

On Monday, Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett spoke one-on-one to 11Alive News about the double homicide investigation case that's produced few answers.

Shiflett says the victims are close family friends. In fact, Shiflett says one of them is the sister of his best friend.

"It's really sad to go to a scene like that, knowing the victim," Shiflett said.

He was one of the first at the crime scene along Terhune Road on Jan. 23. A neighbor noticed the screen door was broken. When the neighbor checked inside he found 69-year-old James Reeves and 71-year-old Myra Reeves shot to death. That's when he called 911.