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While Grady Jarrett waits for Draft call, his family's house burns


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- It was a life changing weekend for one local football player, in more ways than one.

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As Grady Jarrett and his family anxiously waited to hear his name called in the NFL Draft, a fire broke out in the family's kitchen, causing severe damage.

But less than 24 hours later, during the fifth-round of the Draft, Grady Jarrett found a new home in the Atlanta Falcons.

Jarrett entered the weekend with dreams of entering the NFL. He didn't imagine that he'd come home to examine damage from a fire that took out the side of his family's Conyers home.

Suspect arrested in Walgreens robbery


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have arrested a man they believe could be connected to a string of Walgreens robberies.

Deputies say Christopher Westmoreland, of Decatur, was arrested on Saturday.

Westmoreland is accused of handing a note to a clerk at a store in Covington that said he's been having a tough time financially and demanded cash.

Investigators believe he may be responsible for at least three other robberies: two in DeKalb County and one in Conyers.


Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful receives national and state recognition

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful receives national and state recognition

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County government today announced that Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) is the recipient for of two national and state awards for its unwavering efforts in making the community cleaner, greener and more thriving.

For the third year, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) awarded to KCRB its President’s Circle Award. KAB presented the award last month to qualifying affiliates during its 2015 awards dinner in Washington, D.C. Regionally, Gov. Nathan Deal and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGB) presented to local KAB affiliates for the second year the Governor’s Circle Award last month during KGB Day at the Capitol.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Veteran fights to fly flag at Conyers home


CONYERS, Ga. – A veteran is fighting to keep an American flag flying in front of his home.

Retired Army veteran Tony Cumberworth, 73, says the flag has been posted in his yard for 20 years.

However, this week, he received a notice from his homeowner's association telling him he had four days to remove the flag and pole or he's be fined $50 a day.

"I fought for this country, my son fought for this country -- I do not understand them trying to take away my rights," Cumberworth said.

Cumberworth combed the bylaws and the covenant and said he didn't find anything about flying a flag.

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GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.