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Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

1 killed, 6 hurt in Douglas County wreck

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- One person died and six others, including two children, were hurt in a single-car accident on Interstate 20 Sunday afternoon.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper said the driver of a Dodge Durango lost control of the vehicle on I-20 east between Lee and Thornton roads. The Durango reportedly rolled across several lanes, but did not hit any other cars.

Eight people were inside the vehicle. Two were ejected during the crash; one of those victims died.

Four adult victims were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious injuries; two had to be airlifted, according to the GSP. The two children inside the vehicle were transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

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.

Douglas County's unemployment rate was 7.4 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.

Local Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor makes bobsled history

(WXIA) -- It's an enormous accomplishment for a woman who came to the sport so late.

Georgia's own Elana Meyers Taylor is among the first two women to medal in an international four-man bobsled competition.

Meyers Taylor, of Douglasville, and Canadian Kaillie Humphries earned medals at the North American Cup in Calgary. Meyers Taylor teamed with fellow Americans Adrian Adams, Dustin Greenwood and Carlo Valdes to receive silver and bronze in the double four-man bobsled races.

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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.

Arrest made in death of Douglasville grandmother

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. – The man arrested in the death of a 75-year-old woman who died after being bound and gagged appeared before a Superior Court judge Wednesday.

Odes Dupree, 53, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony murder in the death of Florene Duke, according to Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack.


$1M of crystal meth seized in Douglas Co.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. – Douglas County deputies seized crystal methamphetamine with a street value of more than $1 million after a traffic stop on Sunday.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Deputy David Gray stopped a van driven by 64-year-old Jose Garcia-Contreras from Eagle Pass, Texas for a traffic violation on Sunday night.

A search of the vehicle uncovered 38 packages of suspected crystal meth in a hidden compartment in the vehicle.

Authorities detained Garcia-Contreras and his vehicle. Tests later confirmed the substance was crystal meth, according to the sheriff's office.

A total of 65 pounds of the meth was seized.

Garcia-Contreras was arrested and is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail charged with trafficking methamphetamine and false compartment in a motor vehicle with no bond.