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J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

(WXIA) -- Sunday, Aug. 24 is National Waffle Day, and all J. Christopher's locations will throw a weeklong celebration to recognize the holiday.

From Aug. 25-29, J. Christopher's customers can order their choice of Red White & Blue, Belgian, Cinnamon Pecan, Bacon or Strawberry waffles for only $5.

Visit jchristophers.com to find your nearest location.

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.

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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.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 7.0 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.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

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Krispy Kreme coffee now available in K-Cups

Krispy Kreme coffee now available in K-Cups

(WXIA) -- Krispy Kreme coffee isn't just for the doughnut shop anymore.

The company announced Monday it is now selling its signature Smooth and Decaf blends in K-Cup packs for Keurig coffee brewers.

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"We are delighted to partner with Keurig to deliver the great taste of Krispy Kreme coffee to our fans in fresh and convenient K-Cup packs," Krispy Kreme Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Dwayne Chambers said in a statement.

The 12- and 24-count K-cup packs can be bought at Krispy Kreme locations, participating grocery stores and keurig.com.

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.

UGA football star Malcolm Mitchell joins book club

UGA football star Malcolm Mitchell joins book club

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is a star on the field. But he's a star with a secret passion -- for books.

Mitchell says he didn't read that much growing up, because he was always outside playing football. One day, on an outing to Barnes & Noble, he saw Kathy Rackley. She was holding a stack of books, and he thought she looked like she knew a lot about them. So he asked her for a book recommendation.

The two struck up a conversation and when Rackley mentioned she had just joined a book club, Mitchell asked her if he could join too. Mind you, this book club is all women, and they're all older than Mitchell's own mother.

Considering there were no other men in the group, Mitchell said he thought, "I don't have a chance." He was wrong.