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Collisions and claims from Atlanta storm

ATLANTA -- The ice may be gone but the headaches linger for motorists. The dents, bumps and fender benders, mean lots of claims and lots of work for body shops. 

We went to Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb Counties, visiting collision shops and business is way up, in some cases more than double. 

The guys at Classic Collision in Buckhead worked through the weekend. Chris Windish gave us a little tour.

 "Side impact, side swipe, a little quarter damage," he said, pointing to the Honda Civic that now sits in his shop.

The back lot filled up over the weekend with 60 more damages cars added Monday. 

"It's over there," Linda James said, walking to her damaged Subaru.  

She hit ice in a parking deck. 

"I was going forward but the back of the car didn't quite go forward and I just caught the pole coming out."

Fortunately the damage to her fender was minor.

Elana Meyers parents root for their little Olympian

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- They say it, because it's true.

"It goes by in the blink of an eye, it seriously does," said Eddie Meyers of Douglasville.

For an Olympic bobsledder, after four years of training.

"You're on the ice for four minutes," he said.

On Sunday, Meyers watched as his daughter, Elana Meyers, made the Olympics for the second straight time.

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"I've seen her work, I've seen her train, I've seen the amount of time and effort she's put into it," he said.

And both Meyers' remember how fast it all went the first time.

"It was pretty intense," he said. "I gotta tell ya!"

In 2010 Meyers arrived on the Olympic scene an unknown. She rode in back, and won the bronze.

"We were so thrilled and excited about it; it was unbelievable," her dad said.

Villa Rica Police arrests 3 following shootout

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Villa Rica Police Chief Michael Mansour says officers responding to a report of shots fired arrested three men Friday evening.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found two men in a car near the road. The officers arrested the pair, then, they said they saw another individual in the woods, who fired a gun at officers. The officers returned fire.

Mansour said up to a dozen shots were fired, but that no one was hit.

The officers chased the man and after a brief stand-off, took him into custody.

All three men were taken to the Villa Rica Police Station and were being interviewed Friday night. Mansour says some charges will be filed, but did not indicate what charges were tied to which suspect.

 

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. There are changes and new faces, but the name at the top in unchanged.

 McEachern leads the way with Southwest DeKalb second again this week. Redan, Archer, and Parkview make up the top 5.

Wesleyan, Tucker, Hillgrove, Norcross, and North Forsyth complete the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.

 

 

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA--The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is here. With region tournament time just around the corner, the name at the top stays the same.

 The Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian top the charts, with Allatoona, Wheeler, North Gwinnett and Norcross making up the top 5.

Miller Grove is next, with Hillgrove, Tucker, Berkmar, and Grayson climbing into the top 10 this week.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated, and is produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.

Will you have to pay if your abandoned car was towed?

METRO ATLANTA -- With so many abandoned cars during #snowjam2014 this week, communities are towing cars to get traffic flowing.

Here's the list of who will have to pay and who will get a pass if cars were towed off the road.

Atlanta:
The Atlanta Police Department said they will not begin towing vehicles until Sunday Feb. 2 at noon. APD will waive vehicle impound fees associated with the winter weather. If your car was towed call the Atlanta Property Unit at 404-546-4330.

DeKalb:
Towing fees will be reimbursed for stranded cars. Drivers have until Midnight Friday to claim towed cars. Contact the DeKalb Police Department's Permit office at 404-297-3934 to file for reimbursement. 

Unincorporated Fulton:
They are only towing cars to the side of the road where it was abandoned; they are not sending them to impound lots. If you cannot find your car call the police department at 404-613-5711.

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in Douglas County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.