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UGA, GA Tech students run 70 miles together


ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Tech versus University of Georgia rivalry is deep, passionate and at its height this week. But that's Saturday. On Friday students from each school came together to travel from Atlanta to Athens ahead of Saturday's game. They made the journey on foot.

It's more than 70 miles. Members from each school divided up the distance and traveled relay-style, using a football as the baton

"Total it's about 10 hours," explained Georgia Tech student Gerald Demeunynck.

This is a journey the brothers of Phi Gamma Delta's University of Georgia and Georgia Tech chapters have done since 1998.

"Making sure we make the connection with the other chapter," explained Georgia Tech student Nima Vojdani.

Midway in Loganville they made the hand off, Tech to UGA

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.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 5.7 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.