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Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

Race this Weekend: Backpack Love

Race this Weekend: Backpack Love

OAKWOOD, Ga. -- Backpack Love, a Christian charity that feeds families in need, will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

The Backpack Love 5K will be Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 a.m. in Hall County. Runners can choose between 5K and Fun Run options.

Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers, top masters finishers and top two runners in each age group.

Both races will be held at Oakwood City Park, which is located on Railroad Street in downtown Oakwood.

Visit runnersfit.com for more information and to register.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Hall County's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Hall County to test alert systems

Hall County to test alert systems

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County Central Communications will perform tests on two alert systems this Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The severe weather warning system will be tested at around 10 a.m. The test will last for about three minutes. It will be canceled if severe weather moves through the area.

Officials will also test the Hall County Citizens Alert System, which notifies residents of severe weather, in-process violent crimes and other potential dangers.

Visit alerts.hallcounty.org to sign up to receive such alerts. Messages can be sent via cell phone, landline, email and text message.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

2 Hall schools named Alert Schools

2 Hall schools named Alert Schools

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its 2014 list of Alert Schools, which includes two schools in Hall County.

An Alert School cannot be identified as a Priority or Focus school under Georgia's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It must show a lack of progress on statewide assessments among all students over the past three school years, and is based on the lowest achievement of the "all students" group.

Hall County's Alert Schools include Oakwood Elementary School and West Hall High School.

Oakwood Elementary was also on the 2013 list of Subgroup Alert Schools, in the Hispanic subgroup. White Sulphur Elementary School was in the White subgroup in 2013, but was not featured on this year's list.

Lanier Career Academy was a Graduation Rate Alert School in the White subgroup in 2013.