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Burned car with human remains inside found in Athens


ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) -- Authorities were investigating a burned vehicle with human remains inside, in the 1300 block of Winterville Road in Athens Wednesday afternoon.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were conducing a joint investigation into the incident.

After the scene has been processed, the remains will be taken to the office of the GBI's medical examiner for an autopsy and continued investigation.

Officials did not identify the victim by late Wednesday.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Tax Commissioner has issued a friendly reminder to all county property owners -- property taxes are due next Monday, Oct. 20.

Property tax statements were mailed in August. Anyone who did not receive one should call the tax commissioner's office at 706-613-3120.

Bills can be paid online or in person. Visit athensclarkecounty.com to pay a property tax bill online; click PAY ONLINE at the bottom of the screen.

To pay a bill in person, visit the tax commissioner's office, which is located in Suite 250 of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UGA could sue dealer for making Gurley break rules


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(WXIA) -- Bryan Allen is not only in big trouble with UGA fans; he could also be in trouble with the university… the kind they need seven figures and a decimal point to figure out.

If it's determined that Allen enticed star running back Todd Gurley by paying him to sign autographs and then snitched to the media that he did it, Allen could end up paying with both his checkbook as well as time in jail.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

UGA students protest Yom Kippur Homecoming


ATHENS, Ga -- More than 1,700 University of Georgia students signed a petition over scheduling Homecoming on Yom Kippur. It's one of the holiest days for the Jewish community.

"Because Homecoming was scheduled on Yom Kippur, it really eliminated a lot of students who would have had the opportunity to attend the game," UGA student Madeline Hill said. "I know I have family coming into town. My Jewish friends have family coming. It's a big deal."

The students recognized it was too late to change this weekend's game, but wanted to make sure UGA heard their protests and planned better for future games.

ATF agent shot, suspect killed in Athens


ATHENS, Ga. — An agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was shot and a suspect was killed in Athens on Tuesday.

According to law enforcement officials, an ATF agent met up with two other men at 1955 Winterville Road in Athens. An altercation took place and gunshots were exchanged just 5 p.m. The ATF agent was injured and a suspect was killed. The other suspect was taken into custody, 11Alive's Jeremy Campbell reports.

The ATF agent was listed in intensive care and in critical but stable condition at Athens Regional Medical Center.

The suspect killed was identified as 20-year-old Javonta Darden. The man taken into custody is 21-year-old Steven McKinley. Both men are from Athens.

It's not clear who shot the agent, Darden or McKinley.

Darden's father, Randy, doesn't under stand how his son could get mixed up in something like this.