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Police: UGA student died of alcohol poisoning

Police: UGA student died of alcohol poisoning

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 19-year-old University of Georgia student who passed away in January died of acute alcohol toxicity, UGA Police announced Monday.

Michael McClary, of DeKalb County, was found unresponsive in the back seat of a car Jan. 10, while returning to campus after a night out with friends. He was pronounced dead at an Athens-area hospital.

McClary's death has since been ruled accidental. His autopsy was performed at the GBI Crime Lab. His exact blood alcohol content has not been released.

During a January memorial service held at UGA's Reed Hall, where McClary lived, friends shared stories of "Big Mike" and remembered how he always made them laugh.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

UGA student found dead in dorm

UGA student found dead in dorm

ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) -- Authorities say a 21-year-old University of Georgia student was found dead in a dormitory on Thursday.

University police said they were called to Russell Hall just after 6 p.m. Thursday on a medical assistance call. When they arrived, they immediately began first aid efforts for the young woman. Authorities said they believe she was dead when they arrived.

The woman identified as Mikal Ghirmazghi.

The case is upsetting to students and also baffling to police. They said there was no obvious cause of death and no sign of foul play.

A preliminary investigation by the county coroner revealed no clear-cut answer to what happened or why.

Local authorities planned to continue their investigation through the night.

Man who creates art with his mouth target of thieves


ATHENS, Ga – A popular and inspirational artist who lost his arms as a teenager is getting help from his fans after thieves stole his supplies.

Michael Davenport has learned to create using markers clinched in his mouth. He is a common sight around Athens where he works his magic.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Clarke County superintendent named National Superintendent of the Year

Clarke County superintendent named National Superintendent of the Year

ATHENS, Ga. -- Clarke County School District Superintendent Dr. Philip Lanoue has been named the American Association of School Administrators' National Superintendent of the Year.

Lanoue was chosen as Georgia Superintendent of the Year in December. He has worked for the Clarke County School District since 2009 and was an administrator for the Cobb County School District before that.

Under Lanoue's leadership, Clarke County became a Title I Distinguished District and received a number of other statewide honors.

"I am incredibly honored to be recognized as National Superintendent of the Year, and am so proud to share this recognition with Athens and the Clarke County School District community," Lanoue said in a statement. "Together, as a community of learners, we have made a difference in the lives of our children, and I am so pleased that we have been recognized for this on a national level."

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.