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I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

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Canton teen wins 2014 Oak Leaf Church Scholarship

Canton teen wins 2014 Oak Leaf Church Scholarship

CANTON, Ga. -- Claire Jordan is the recipient of this year's Oak Leaf Church Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is given annually to a Cherokee High School senior who is plugged in to his or her community. It is co-presented by Oak Leaf Church and the Cherokee County School Board.

Claire has been a member of the Alphas, a service club, for all four years of her high school career; she is also a member of Leadership 56 and the National Honor Society. She has taken a mission trip to El Salvador, volunteered at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and lead a girls' Bible study. Claire will begin her freshman year at the University of Georgia in the fall.

She received her scholarship May 1 during a Cherokee County School Board meeting.

Opening statements begin in trial of former UGA coach


ATHENS, Ga. -- Opening statements began in the trial of former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan on Tuesday.

Donnan is accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars in what federal prosecutors call a Ponzi scheme.

Prosecutors said Donnan took advantage of wealthy friends, football players and coaches he'd connected with during his career as a college coach and sports commentator. Donnan was UGA's head coach from 1996 to 2000.

In just three years, prosecutors say Donnan's scheme took in $81 million in investments. Donnan is accused of using a small salvage business in West Virginia as front, promising returns from 50 to 200 percent and keeping millions for himself.

Trial begins for ex-UGA coach indicted in Ponzi scheme


MACON, Ga. -- Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday for former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan, who is accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars in what federal prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

The Securities and Exchange Commission in 2012 charged Donnan with running with an Ohio man an $80 million Ponzi scheme that included other college coaches and former players among its victims.

Donnan was UGA's head football coach from 1996 to 2000. He's accused of using his influence and connections to convince big names to invest, promising them returns of anywhere from 50 to 200 percent.

Valerie Fennell says she and her late husband were not famous, but they were victims, investing some $450,000.

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15 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

15 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A record 15 Gwinnett County high school seniors have been named 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars.

The honor is given annually to some of the top minority students in the U.S. It includes a full scholarship to the college of the student's choice and additional funding for graduate work.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates Millennium Scholars program in 1999.

Gwinnett County's recipients include:

Oluwatomisin Adelusi
Brookwood HS
Will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Micheline Amisi
Archer HS
Will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brian Chung
Peachtree Ridge HS
Will attend Dartmouth College

Jonathan Conde-Peraza
Meadowcreek HS
Will attend Emory University

Paula Deroseney
Dacula HS
Will attend Emory University

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

(WXIA) -- Drivers who plan to use Interstate 20 this weekend are encouraged to find alternate routes.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on several major projects this weekend on the interstate that cuts across Atlanta.

"We have three projects with significant lane closures on I-20 this weekend," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We are expecting long delays, particularly in Douglas and Rockdale counties, during the daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday."

This weekend's road projects, many of which come with heavy delays, include:

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.