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Cherokee County court reporters charged with theft

Cherokee County court reporters charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three Woodstock women were arrested for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Cherokee County.

Betty Petersen, 73, and Kimberly Probst, 50, have been charged with racketeering, theft by taking, theft by deception and giving false statements. They turned themselves in to police on Sunday.

The third suspect, 55-year-old Tammy Stine, turned herself in Monday. She faces the same charges.

Police began investigating the women in mid-July, when district attorney Shannon Wallace asked the sheriff's office to look into court reporter billing irregularities.

Baker said the suspects intentionally mis-formatted court records, then billed Cherokee County for non-existent pages. He said Petersen stole nearly $80,000, while Probst took almost $60,000. Stine is accused of stealing nearly $350,000.

Police discovered evidence of thefts as far back as 2006.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

ATLANTA -- Employment opportunities are in full bloom this fall for the nation’s largest independent garden retailer. Pike Nurseries will add approximately& 150 seasonal associates in the coming weeks.

Whether applicants are experienced sales professionals, retail managers or hobby gardeners, Pike Nurseries has a position for anyone who loves plants, people and playing in the dirt – no green thumb required! Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the Pike Nurseries Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lindbergh store on 2410 Camellia Lane NE or apply at any Pike Nurseries location.

The garden center is seeking applicants at every skill level, from high school students to those with a rooted background in horticulture. Employees must be prepared to proactively engage with customers, take the guesswork out of gardening, care for the store’s plants and more.

'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.

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.)