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Motor home hit and killed pedestrian on I-75


BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- The driver of a motor home who hit and killed a pedestrian will not be charged.

A spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol tells 11Alive News the motor home was traveling northbound on I-75 at around 3 a.m. Tuesday. The 69-year-old driver, David Slitti, was making a lane change from the center into the right lane. He did not see the pedestrian until impact and struck the pedestrian with the front of the vehicle. GSP says the pedestrian was walking along the side of I-75.

The pedestrian, 42-year-old Bobby S. Morris of Rockmart, was pronounced dead on scene.

GSP says there are no pending charges against the driver at this time.


GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Bartow County's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Worker killed at Cartersville plant


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – A 40-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident at a Cartersville business in northwest Georgia Tuesday.

Police say the employee was cleaning a plastics mixing machine at Syncot Plastics on South Erwin Street early Tuesday when he got caught and dragged into the machine. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.


Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Bartow County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Missing Acworth man found safe

Missing Acworth man found safe

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A missing Acworth man has been found safe and in good health.

Michael Slonina, 47, left home on foot Tuesday morning without taking his wallet or cell phone. His wife reported him missing Wednesday.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said early Thursday that Slonina had been found in nearby Bartow County.