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Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work 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.

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.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Floyd County's December unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Elderly couple shot to death in Floyd County

Elderly couple shot to death in Floyd County

ROME, Ga. – Law enforcement authorities in Floyd County are trying to piece together the deaths of two people in a home on Terhume Road on Friday.

James Steven Reeves, 69, and 71-year-old Myra Wilson Reeves were found shot to death in the home at about 3:10 p.m.

Rome Police Officer Jerome Poole says that while this is being considered a homicide, there is not an active search in the area for a shooter.

Neighbors in the mostly rural area near the home where the deaths took place said they learned of the incident from the news, not from local police. The neighbors said they were not warned of any danger in the area, despite no arrests having been made in the case.

Investigators from the Floyd County Police Department have been searching for evidence from inside the home. They have also been working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the case.

2 bodies found at Floyd Co. home


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- Two bodies were found at a home in Rome, Ga. on Friday.

According to authorities, the bodies were found at a home on Terhune Road.

Police say there is no active search for a shooter, and that the deaths are being treated as a homicide.


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Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome

Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome

ROME, Ga. -- A new exhibition at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will honor Sir Winston Churchill and his passion for art.

The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting opens Friday, Feb. 13 at the Rome museum. It will feature six of Churchill's paintings, as well as more than 100 artifacts that highlight his ties to Georgia.

Churchill began painting in 1915, when he was 40 years old. According to his writings, art helped pull him out of a dark time in his life and allowed him to become one of the greatest prime ministers in U.K. history.

"If it weren't for painting I could not live. I couldn't bear the strain of things," Churchill wrote.

Art historian Ernest Gombrich took it a step further, saying Churchill's "painting may have helped to save Western civilization."

Run a half in 2015 | Berry Half

Run a half in 2015 | Berry Half

ROME, Ga. -- If a half marathon is on your list of goals for 2015, Georgia will host several 13.1-mile races throughout the year.

This year's Berry Half Marathon will be Saturday, Mar. 28 on the world's largest college campus. The relatively flat course treats runners to views of Rome's forest land, Berry's historic buildings and the area's 1,200 deer.

Participants will receive goodie bags and short-sleeve technical T-shirts, while finishers will be given medals.

For those who aren't ready to tackle a half marathon, the Berry Half also offers 5K and 10K options.

Registration prices are:

Half Marathon
* $70 through Mar. 22, $75 after
* $80 on race day

10K
* $35 through Mar. 27
* $40 on race day

5K
* $30 through Mar. 27
* $35 on race day

Learn more and sign up at berryhalf.com.