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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.

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Dawg fans cash in on Waffle House bet


ATHENS, Ga. -- In the Dawg Nation, we take our victory scattered, smothered, and covered.

University of Georgia fans lined up outside of an Athens Waffle House on Wednesday to cash in on a bet made on last week's football game.

Three Waffle House suppliers made the friendly wager on the outcome of the UGA-Auburn game. The Bulldogs won the game, 34-7.

As payment, fans are receiving free waffles, coffee and hasbrowns through 7 a.m. Thursday at the Waffle House located at 140 West Clayton Street in Athens, Ga.

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Weight control is possible during the holiday season. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge Blog will show you how. From the Monday before Thanksgiving until the first full week of January, you will receive 14 different tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active.

“This program is designed to help people recognize and control their eating during the holidays,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We received feedback from 2013 Challenge participants that the blog messages kept them aware and focused of their goal of not gaining weight over the holidays.”

Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge blog topics will include:

Friends say Athens man imprisoned in UAE for taking photo will be freed


UPDATE November 17,2014 -- Friends of Dr. Black report that a judge in Abu Dhabi on Monday ordered him freed. They say Dr. Black is expected to leave the prison on Tuesday.


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(WXIA November 5, 2014) -- An Athens, Georgia man remains locked up in a prison 7,500 miles away in United Arab Emirates, apparently for snapping a photograph in a restricted area.

Dr. Robert Alan Black has been in that prison for more than two weeks, and counting.

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

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.

Investigation continues in Athens murder


ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County police have expanded their investigation into the death of a young woman whose burned body was found in a car last month.

Police said the victim, 23-year-old Darla Gibbons, most likely knew her killer. Her remains were found Oct. 23 in the 1300 block of Winterville Road.

READ MORE | Burned car with human remains found in Athens

Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Christopher Nichols said the investigation has evolved into a multi-county probe. So far, police have interviewed one potential suspect. He was arrested on an unrelated firearms charge out of Greene County.

Man charged in officer shooting says he has PTSD


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A man charged with shooting an Athens police officer with his own gun says he's a former U.S. Marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports an attorney for 28-year-old Michael Marcantonio is asking a judge to grant him bond so he can be treated at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. Attorney Edward Tolley says the Clarke County jail, where Marcantonio has been held since Aug. 31, doesn't allow some medications used to treat PTSD.

Officer Michael Ward was shot outside an apartment where a woman reported her ex-boyfriend was trying to get inside. Police say Marcantonio struggled with officers and grabbed Ward's gun in its holster, firing a shot into his hip and thigh. Ward survived and his since returned to duty.