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Misunderstanding leads to Rockdale school evacuation

Misunderstanding leads to Rockdale school evacuation

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- An apparent misunderstanding led to an evacuation at Lorraine Elementary School in Rockdale County Friday morning.

It started with a fire alarm, which may have been triggered by heat from flash stands being used to take students' school portraits.

During the fire alarm, a student made a comment about a bomb to a teacher, according to Rockdale County Sheriff's Cpl. Michael Camp. The student's comment led to school officials declaring a bomb threat.

Camp said the student's father works for Rockdale County Public Schools and investigated a bomb threat at Rockdale High School last week. Police believe the student's comment about the father's part in the Rockdale High threat was taken out of context by the teacher.

The sheriff's office conducted a sweep of Lorraine Elementary, just to be safe.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 9.0 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Electronics recycling, paper shredding event planned for Rockdale County

Electronics recycling, paper shredding event planned for Rockdale County

CONYERS, Ga. – Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) celebrates its Recycling Month in September with an Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event, Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the parking lot of the Rockdale County Government Annex, 1400 Parker Road, Conyers, 30094.

The FREE, half-day event will provide the public a place to safely discard and recycle old documents and electronics, regardless of working condition. There is a maximum of 4 banker boxes per businesses for paper shredding. Professional electronics recycling and paper shredding companies will securely handle all items on site under the close supervision of government staff. People will simply need to pull up to drop off items that volunteers will unload.

Public invited to second Rockdale County trash collection town hall

Public invited to second Rockdale County trash collection town hall

CONYERS, Ga. – The community is invited to attend a town hall that Commissioner Oz Nesbitt, Sr. is hosting to discuss possible changes to the trash collection process in Rockdale County on TuesdaY, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson Park Recreation Center, 1781 Ebenezer Road in Conyers.

During the meeting, Commissioner Nesbitt will provide information and share his thoughts and goals for trash collection in the County. There will then be a public comment time for citizens to voice their opinions.

The public is encouraged to attend. No RSVP or preregistration is needed.

For questions or more information, please call the Board of Commissioners Office at 770-278-7001 or Commissioner Nesbitt directly at 770-278-7011 or email him at Oz.Nesbitt@rockdalecounty.org.