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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)

Learn about natural gas production in Ga.

Learn about natural gas production in Ga.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tellus Science Museum's next Lunch and Learn will focus on the region's potential for future natural gas production.

Geologist John R. Absalon will speak at the Cartersville museum on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 12:15 p.m.

Absalon will discuss the methods of possibly extracting natural gas in northwest Georgia, as well as the safety and risks involved in the process.

Visit tellusmuseum.org for more information.

Lunch and Learn events are free for Tellus members and included in admission price for non-members. Attendees are welcome to purchase meals from the on-site cafe; no outside food is allowed.

Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Tellus Drive, just off Exit 293 on Interstate 75.

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.

Bartow County's unemployment rate was 8.4 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.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

History museum to host Civil War bus tour

History museum to host Civil War bus tour

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Bartow History Museum will tell the untold stories of the Civil War during a bus tour this weekend.

"War at Every Door: Bartow County, 1864" will be guided by Dr. Keith S. Hebert, a Bartow County native and an assistant professor of history at Auburn University. It will travel to historic sites in Adairsville, Cartersville, Cassville and Kingston, telling stories of the woes Bartow County citizens suffered during the Atlanta Campaign.

The bus tour will be Saturday, Aug. 23. It will depart the museum at 9 a.m. and return at around 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.

Tickets are $45 for Bartow History Museum members and $50 for non-members. Prices include charter bus transportation, admission to historic sites, lunch, snacks and a souvenir.

Call 770-387-2774 to reserve a space on the tour.

The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville.

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.