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Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Fayette County woman says she is outraged after becoming the latest victim of a troubling trend called "upskirting" -- in which someone uses a camera or cell phone to snap lewd photos under a woman's dress.

Audra Puckett says she was shopping in a JCPenney store when the suspect crept up behind her.

"I turned my head and I saw that there was a man behind me with his hand up my skirt," she said.

According to the police report obtained by 11Alive News, the man placed "an object under her skirt." Puckett then said she "observed a flash," as if "a picture had been taken."

Puckett says she confronted and chased after the man who tried to walk out of the store.

"I grabbed him," she said. "And I had my hands digging into him as he was trying to get away."

Single engine aircraft crash lands on high school field


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A single engine plane crash landed on a multi-purpose field at Starr's Mill High School Sunday afternoon.

According to Fayetteville Sheriff Deputy Alan Stevens, the plane departed from PDK Airport around noon on its way to Pine Mountain, Georgia. The aircraft lost oil pressure and diverted to Falcon Field in Peachtree City but crash landed at the high school.

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The male and female inside the plane were both conscious and alert when authorities arrived at the scene. The male was transported Fayette Piedmont Hospital while the female was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.

Who has been burning dogs in metro Atlanta?


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating after two Rottweilers have been burned in less than three weeks.

The dogs were taken to the Fayette County Animal Hospital, where they are being treated for severe injuries.

You don't have to be a veterinarian to know that Jade the Rottweiler is in pain.

A lot of it.

"It's hurt, and it can't tell you how bad it's hurt," said Erin Meurer, a veterinary technician with the Fayetteville Animal Hospital. "And I think that's where a lot of people go wrong. They think, 'Oh, it's just a dog.' But it's not just a dog; it's a living breathing creature."

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Fayette County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

County chairman works to bring driverless cars to Ga.

County chairman works to bring driverless cars to Ga.

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. – A county chairman is trying to bring driverless cars to Georgia's roads.

Fayette County Chairman Steve Brown is working closely with the Georgia legislature to get Google's controlled testing driverless car technology to the county.

"They're smaller than a VW Bug and they are made out of lightweight plastic materials. They only go 25 miles an hour," Brown said.

Brown says Google is manufacturing 200 of the driverless vehicles and he'll take as many they'll send.

"They'll actually save road capacity," Brown said. "Instead of having to build another lane, since they will drive close to another, you won't have to build more lanes and you will have more space on the highways."

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.

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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.