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Body found in Forsyth County identified

Body found in Forsyth County identified

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Two deer hunters discovered the body of a woman in Forsyth County on Saturday.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Rainwater said the body was found around noon near McFarland Parkway, west of Georgia 400. The remains had been in the woods for about two months.

Friday, the body was identified as that of 24-year-old Julia Miller of Douglasville. She was last seen in the area on Oct. 28, when she was involved in a shoplifting incident at a RaceTrac gas station, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Police officers responding to the shoplifting call found Miller's car abandoned at a nearby industrial park, about 500 feet from where her remains were found.

Miller had not been reported missing by any family or friends, according to investigators. She had an active warrant out of Forsyth County.

An autopsy will determine Miller's cause of death. Police do not suspect foul play.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Douglas County's November unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

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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