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Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Fire destroys Flint Hill Masonic Lodge in Douglas County

Fire destroys Flint Hill Masonic Lodge in Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- A fire ripped through the Flint Hill Masonic Lodge in Douglas County Friday morning, destroying the historic building.

The blaze broke out at around 2 a.m. at the structure near the intersection of Bill Arp Road and Duncan Memorial Highway.

Douglas County spokesman Wes Tallon said the wood building was fully involved when crews arrived. He said the building had a rich history and may have one housed an old church.

No one was hurt in the fire, according to Douglas County Fire investigator Dewayne Johnson. Its cause is under investigation.

2 missing kids found, father taken into custody


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- Two children were located and their father was taken into custody after a Levi's Call was activated on Sunday.

Only 11 Alive cameras were rolling as authorities brought 1-year-old Cyrus Foster and 3-year-old Peyton Foster to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office with their mother.

The children were found just before 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of MLK Dr. and Lowery BLVD by MARTA police, their father, Born Uallah Foster, was arrested.

"Mr. Foster attempted to allude MARTA PD, but after a short foot chase he was apprehended," said Lt. Glenn Daniel with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

According to authorities, Foster was the abductor and took the children in his ex-wife's vehicle, which he allegedly stole.

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.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

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.

Douglas County's unemployment rate was 8.2 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.

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.

Douglas Co. High School football player taken off life support


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- Douglas County High School football player Zyrees Oliver was taken off life support Monday.

Oliver, 17, collapsed after practice last week. He became brain dead after drinking four gallons of water during football practice on Tuesday.