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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Pike Nurseries to host holiday bulbs class

Pike Nurseries to host holiday bulbs class

ATLANTA -- Paperwhites and amaryllises are classic, beautiful flowers that show off the spirit of the season. To help customers grow their own holiday bulbs indoors and to ensure they will bloom just in time for Christmas, Pike Nurseries is hosting a free Forcing Paperwhite and Amaryllis Bulbs class.

On Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9 a.m., garden experts will offer step-by-step guidance to plant and care for these bulbs so they will display dazzling, festive blooms. After the class, guests can gather up the supplies and give their green thumbs a go at forcing bulbs to grow indoors with the help of Pike Nurseries garden experts.

The class will be offered at all Pike Nurseries locations.

Marge Hardenburg joins Sterling Risk Advisors as account executive

Marge Hardenburg joins Sterling Risk Advisors as account executive

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Marge Hardenburg has joined Sterling Risk Advisors as an account executive.

A 20-plus year industry veteran, her main areas of expertise are in professional liability and health care. She also provides insurance solutions across a diverse spectrum of other industries.

Sterling Risk Advisors is a full-service Atlanta-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm serving the commercial, professional and personal needs of clients across a diverse spectrum of industries.

Prior to joining Sterling Risk Advisors, Hardenburg spent 19 years at Potter Holden/Arthur J. Gallagher, most recently as a senior account manager. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR).

Hardenburg received her bachelor of arts in communication disorders from William Patterson University. She lives in Woodstock, Georgia, where she enjoys hiking, cooking, music and spending time with her family.

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Graduation rates: Cherokee County

Graduation rates: Cherokee County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

MORE | Ga. graduation rates up this year

Cherokee County's 2014 graduation rate is 82.1 percent. At 90.6 percent, River Ridge High School in Woodstock has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Cherokee County include:

* Cherokee HS: 71.7 percent
* Creekview HS: 89.2 percent
* Etowah HS: 82.8 percent
* Sequoyah HS: 87.3 percent
* Woodstock HS: 81 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.