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'Redneck' baker to visit metro Atlanta

'Redneck' baker to visit metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- "The American Baking Competition" finalist Francine Bryson has published her first cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen.

Bryson will be in metro Atlanta next week to promote the cookbook.

Blue Ribbon Baking is full of "Southern charm and sass," not to mention the coveted recipes Bryson learned from her "great-granny, granny, nana and mama." Highlights include upside-down apple pie, lemon squares and soda pop cake.

Bryson will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe (105 East Main Street, Woodstock) on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., and Books-A-Million in The Avenue at Peachtree City on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Learn more about Bryson at francinebryson.com.

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PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

CANTON, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Cherokee County next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cherokee High School in Canton.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Cherokee High School is located at 930 Marietta Highway.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

School district addresses overcrowding

School district addresses overcrowding

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Recent growth in Cherokee County has caused a number of its public schools to become overcrowded.

Although no school is categorized as "critically overcrowded" -- where it exceeds 140 percent of its enrollment capacity -- 13 Cherokee County schools would operate at more than 100 percent capacity if portable classrooms were removed.

Those schools include:

Elementary: Bascomb, Carmel, Free Home, Liberty, Little River

Middle: Creekland, Dean Rusk, E.T. Booth, Mill Creek, Woodstock

High: Cherokee, Sequoyah, Woodstock

(The italicized schools are operating at more than 120 percent capacity.)

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Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Teen places third in international art contest

Teen places third in international art contest

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock High School student placed third in an international competition for budding graphic artists.

Ryan Swiger's artwork was well received in the 2014 International Kepler Art of Discovery Contest. This year's theme revolved around planets that have not yet been discovered.

Thousands of students from around the world entered the contest.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.