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Police: 6-year-old boy brings BB gun to Rockdale Co. school


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities say a kindergarten student brought a BB gun to a Rockdale County school on Monday.

According to Cpl. Michael Camp of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, the 6-year-old brought the unloaded gun to D.L. Sims Elementary School in Conyers.

Other students saw the gun in the boy's book bag and alerted officials.

The students said there were no threats made by or against the boy, and there was no indication that the boy was going to use the gun.

A juvenile complaint was filed against the boy for carrying a weapon to school. The Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted and advised officials to release the boy to his parents, Camp said.

The school is determining what punishment measures to make and working on precautionary measures for the future, Camp said.

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Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Rockdale County's preliminary unemployment rate was 9.1 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Woman arrested for leaving child in daycare van

Woman arrested for leaving child in daycare van

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Conyers daycare worker is charged with felony child cruelty after leaving a 6-year-old boy unattended in a van.

Catherine Brown, 51, of Covington turned herself in to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office. She was charged with felony second-degree cruelty to children, felony deprivation of a minor and misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Police said that on Sept. 9, Brown picked up the boy at school to drive him to Eye on Your Child Learning Center on Irwin Bridge Road. The child fell asleep in the back of the van during the drive.

When Brown arrived at the daycare center, she didn't get the boy out of the van, according to police. The child was left unattended in the vehicle for 20 to 40 minutes until his mother arrived to pick him up.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

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Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful seeks Rivers Alive volunteers

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful seeks Rivers Alive volunteers

CONYERS, Ga. – Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) announces the return of Rivers Alive on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pine Log Park Pavilion, 1500 Ga. Highway 138, Conyers.

Created by the Department of Natural Resource’s Environmental Protection Division and Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Rivers Alive targets waterways as part of an ongoing statewide campaign to clean and preserve more than 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers and streams.

Volunteers in Rockdale will support the statewide campaign by helping prevent the pollution of the County’s rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, and wetlands. KCRB encourages civic and neighborhood groups, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout troops, churches, youth groups, individuals, businesses, and families to participate in the countywide cleanup.

PROBE College Fair coming to DeKalb

PROBE College Fair coming to DeKalb

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Lithonia next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Monday, Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mall at Stonecrest. Students from Rockdale and south DeKalb counties are invited to attend.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.