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Bibles distributed at Bartow County elementary school


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- Jessica Greene's fifth grader brought something extra back from Cloverleaf Elementary last Thursday. It has his mother concerned about the separation of church and school.

"Leo came home from school, and he said today they handed out Bibles," explained Jessica Greene.

"We were in class and our teacher said these people have volunteered to hand out Bibles. She said there's going to be a line in the library," said Leo Butler.

Butler says during the school day, every student in his class had a choice: take a Bible or walk ahead of the line to the other side of the room.

Leo took a Bible. The next day his mom made him return it. She says she considers herself a Christian, but does not believe Bibles have a place in school.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Bartow County's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Cartersville named to National Register of Historic Places

Cartersville named to National Register of Historic Places

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Cartersville Downtown Historic District has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The district made the list on Nov. 12. The City of Cartersville sponsored the nomination.

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Cartersville's historic district stretches roughly to Church Street to the north, Gilmer Street to the east, Leake Street to the south and Bartow Street to the west. It includes a commercial and government center that functioned from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.

Landmarks include an 1854 train depot, two historic courthouses, a former post office (1914), the former city hall (1916-17) and the Grand Theater (1924).

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Graduation rates: Bartow County

Graduation rates: Bartow County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Bartow County's 2014 graduation rate is 70.2 percent. At 75.7 percent, Woodland HS in Cartersville has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Bartow County include:

* Adairsville HS: 67.2 percent
* Cass HS: 67.2 percent