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Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

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Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Henry County's December unemployment rate was 6.4 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Locust Grove MS student wins Henry County spelling bee

Locust Grove MS student wins Henry County spelling bee

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- After cracking the top three during the past three school years, Kathleen Mabutin has finally won the Henry County Schools Spelling Bee.

Mabutin is in eighth grade at Locust Grove Middle School; this is her final year to compete in the bee, and she definitely saved her best performance for last.

Mabutin correctly spelled "paradox" and "angst" to beat last year's winner, Union Grove Middle School's Logan Witham. Luella Middle School student Anne Ocampo placed third.

All three finalists will compete in the Region 5 Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Sequoyah Middle School in Riverdale. They will face students from Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Griffin and Rockdale counties for the chance to move on to the state spelling bee in March.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

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10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

Valentine's Day donuts return at Krispy Kreme

Valentine's Day donuts return at Krispy Kreme

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Krispy Kreme donut shops will celebrate Valentine's Day with five limited edition pastries.

The new donuts will be available Monday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 15. They include a sprinkled heart, a chocolate iced heart, donuts in X and O shapes, and the new Luv Bug, a creme-filled donut topped with red and chocolate icing and a sugar ladybug face.

Visit krispykreme.com for more information and to find a location.

Aerosmith concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

Aerosmith concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Aerosmith fans are invited to a special screening of the legendary band's June 2014 performance at the Download Festival in Donington Park, U.K.

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be shown Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at three theaters:

Atlanta/DeKalb
Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 @ North I-85
3265 Northeast Expressway NE

Forsyth
AMC Avenue Forsyth 12
350 Peachtree Parkway

Henry
Regal McDonough Stadium 16
115 Foster Drive

The production features 19 of Aerosmith's most popular songs, including "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator" and "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."

Visit fathomevents.com for more information and to buy tickets.