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UGA student from Decatur passes away

UGA student from Decatur passes away

ATHENS, Ga. -- Campus police are investigating the death of a University of Georgia student who was found unresponsive in a car.

UGA police say 19-year-old Michael McClary of Decatur was in the back seat while returning home after a night out with friends early Saturday morning.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the friends tried to rouse McClary after pulling into an East Campus parking deck and called police at around 2 a.m. Saturday. McClary was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said there were no signs of injury -- foul play, accidental or otherwise.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

New program to keep pedestrians safe

New program to keep pedestrians safe

ATHENS, GA (WXIA) -- For the next six months the city of Athens will test a program aimed at keeping pedestrians safe.

It involves large orange flags at two busy crosswalks in town.

Solar farm proposed for University of Georgia

Solar farm proposed for University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- The state Board of Regents is expected to vote Tuesday whether to approve a small solar farm proposed by Georgia Power for the University of Georgia campus.

The solar farm, which would have a generating capacity of about 1 megawatt of electric power – enough to power an estimated 125 homes – would belong to Georgia Power, reports the Athens Banner-Herald. The proposed site is seven to 10 acres on South Milledge Avenue.

The project is termed "Solar Tracking Demonstration Project" in documents submitted to the regents.

UGA is not using the property and does not have immediate plans for the property, UGA Vice President for Research David Lee told the Banner-Herald.

Power generated would go to the state's power grid. The farm would benefit UGA researchers and students in engineering and agriculture, who could access the project for "learning opportunities," Lee said.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia Tech student has been indicted by a Clarke County grand jury for allegedly hacking into University of Georgia's computer network prior to the Nov. 29 football game between the rivals.

Ryan Gregory Pickren, 21, is charged with felony computer trespass for posting on UGA's online calendar two days before the match-up, the Athens Banner-Herald is reporting.

The illegal calendar entry, which was added below the actual listing for the game, said: "Sat., November 29, 2014/ 12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT."

An investigation was launched by the UGA Police Department, which did not arrest Pickren. Instead, a prosecutor submitted evidence to the grand jury, which indicted the Georgia Tech student on Dec. 16.

A bench warrant was later ordered and Pickren surrendered at the Clarke County Jail. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Clarke County's November unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.