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Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Students help teacher after devastating home fire


WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Do you remember your second grade teacher?

A group of students in Woodstock certainly remember theirs.

When a local teacher's home burned down over the weekend, kids from elementary to high school came together to help a teacher they say gave them so much.

Kyle Pederson didn't waste any time setting up shop.

As soon as he heard his second grade teacher's home burned down, he and his sister knew they wanted to help.

"We got home and started cooking, started making the posters and the flyers, and it was all kind of a rush," he said.

Though he's in high school now, he says teacher Amanda Pingley has helped so many kids over the past 15 years, it was no problem finding other kids who wanted to help her.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Ga. Supreme Court reverses judgment against Cherokee County teacher

Ga. Supreme Court reverses judgment against Cherokee County teacher

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a high school teacher who was arrested for failing to report a relationship between a coach and a former student.

Kristin Lynn May, who taught at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, was arrested in 2011 after not informing police that a student had sex with paraprofessional and wrestling coach Robert Leslie Morrow.

READ MORE | Cherokee County educators charged with sexual misconduct

According to information presented in court, the student was 16 at the end of the fall 2010 semester, when she transferred from River Ridge to Roswell High School. During winter break, she began her relationship with Morrow.

Still searching for missing vet Chase Massner


WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Saturday, 200 volunteers fanned out to search for a missing father of two, who vanished without a trace three months ago.

Family and Friends gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church, not far from where 26 year old Chase Massner was last seen.

Some helping search had never even met him.

Massner's wife says he had been suffering from depression after being discharged from the army.

MORE: Chase Massner missing since late March

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Cherokee County, the rate was 6.2 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.