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Volunteers encouraged to sign up for 2015 Great American Cleanup

CONYERS, Ga. -- Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) announces the return of the Great American Cleanup (GAC) on Saturday, Apr. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pine Log Park Pavilion, 1500 Ga. Highway 138, Conyers.

The half-day event, which KCRB hosts in partnership with the City of Conyers and Rockdale County government, encourages citizens to pick up garbage, tires and other debris around the community, and teaches youth about the importance of litter prevention and recycling as much of the materials collected as possible.

KCRB invites civic and neighborhood groups, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout troops, churches, youth groups, individuals, and families to participate in GAC. Volunteers are encouraged to send a representative from their group to the park’s pavilion to check in and pick up supplies beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the cleanup.

Chairman and CEO Richard Oden to deliver 2015 State of the County address

Chairman and CEO Richard Oden to deliver 2015 State of the County address

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County Chairman and CEO Richard Oden will present to citizens, businesses and other community stakeholders a review of 2014 and his vision for 2015 at the county’s first-ever State of the County Breakfast that the Council for Quality Growth and Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will host.

Chairman Oden will address business stakeholders on Thursday, Mar. 5 at 8 a.m., in the Springfield Baptist Church atrium, 1877 Iris Drive, Conyers.

Then, he will address the community at large during a free event on Thursday, Mar. 12 at 6 p.m., at the J.P. Carr Services Community Room, 981 Taylor Street, Conyers.

The 2014 Charles P. Cole Citizen Involvement Award will be presented to a citizen at this time who Chairman Oden selects because of their dedication of time and energy to the Rockdale community.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

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

Questions surround motive for Rockdale CEO's new car


CONYERS, Ga. (WXIA) -- No one seems opposed to Rockdale Chairman and CEO Richard Oden getting a new car. According to the county, his existing vehicle, a Ford Expedition, is ten years old and has more than 111,000 miles on it.

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But when new board member Doreen Williams asked why he needed one that cost nearly $45,000, Commissioner Oz Nesbitt was quick to respond.

Public invited to Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners & Civic Associations meeting

Public invited to Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners & Civic Associations meeting

ROCKDALE, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners invites citizens to attend the upcoming meeting of the Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners and Civic Associations (RCHCA) on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the J.P. Carr Services Community Room, 981 Taylor Street, Conyers.

The meeting will bring together the leaders of local homeowner associations and civic groups, as well as interested citizens, from across Rockdale to share news and information and learn about county projects and initiatives.

Agenda items for this meeting include a presentation about special use permits, department announcements, ways to give your feedback about transportation-related issues and how to sign up for CodeRED, the county’s emergency notification service.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Rockdale County's December unemployment rate was 7.4 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.