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'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Twisted Twins: The Unseen Footage


CONYERS, Ga. – On Jan. 10, 2010, Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead killed their mother during a brutal morning fight, and then lied to police.

Their morning of terror turned tender as Tas kissed her sister and laid her head on top of her sisters. They even pretended that Tas had never seen her mother's body.

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Tas: Did you thought I saw the body?

Jas: I thought you did, I knew you came in the room, I didn't know you didn't come in the bathroom.

Tas looked right at the camera as she said, "I thought you knew I didn't see a body, that's why I asked you what it looked like."

Twisted Twins: Confessed teen murderers initially claimed innocence


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- It was a chilling crime. It is the story of two teenage twin sisters that viciously killed their mother and told police they were the victims.

Earlier this year, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead signed a plea agreement in their case. Their confession was exchanged for 30 years behind bars. But what came before their confessions case evidence shows was a twisted web of lies.

While their fate is sealed, their case file is not. Through an open records request 11Alive has obtained critical evidence that never made it to a courtroom: crime scene photos, interrogation tapes, surveillance video and, finally, the girls' taped confessions.

Twisted Twins: Teens' trail of lies begins to unravel


CONYERS, Ga. -- The crime was unfathomable and the trail of lies that came after was almost as shocking.

In the first part of a four-part series, 11Alive's Catie Beck showed never before seen evidence in the case of Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead, 16-year-old twin sisters who are now convicted of brutally killing their own mother.

The twins are each serving 30 years for the crime. At first, the girls claimed innocence, but as interrogation tapes show, their story slowly changed over time.

Twisted Twins: Teens confess to brutal murder of mother


CONYERS, Ga. -- It was almost exactly four years after the murder. The once fragile-looking 16-year-old twins -- now aged and hardened by incarceration -- give police yet another version of the story. Only this time, it's not another denial. It's a confession.

Jasmiyah and Tasimyah Whitehead are serving 30-year prison sentences after confessing to the brutal murder of their mother.


Twisted Twins (Part 1): Confessed teen murderers initially claimed innocence

Stage collapses during concert at Salem High School in Conyers


CONYERS, Ga. -- Two students were hospitalized after a stage collapsed during a concert at Salem High School in Conyers.

The accident happened just before 7 p.m. Monday. Rockdale County Sheriff's Cpl. Michael Camp said about 16 students were an area that had been added to the front of the stage.

Several were treated by EMS on the scene, while two were taken to Rockdale Medical Center. Camp said all injuries were minor.

The school system is looking into when that stage extension was built, by whom and why the portion failed.

School officials in Rockdale County released a statement Tuesday afternoon:

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.