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Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Conyers PD warns about tailgate thieves


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's office and Conyers police department say thieves have been taking tailgates in recent weeks.

This crime is new to the Conyers area, but the theft of Ford tailgates has been a nationwide problem for years.

Thieves are able to remove a trucks tailgate in less than a minute.

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Police jail two suspects for alleged road rage in Conyers involving a BB gun


CONYERS, GA -- Police say two Conyers residents are behind bars after a road rage incident along Interstate 20 last week.

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911 dispatchers received a frantic call July 14 at around 7 a.m. The victim said a driver next to her had fired shots of some kind at her.

"They wouldn't let a female motorist over into their lane, they flipped her off then fired a BB gun at her car," said Conyers Police Officer Kim Lucas.

The caller said they continued to follow the suspects and relayed a license tag number.

Teen charged in heart attack death


CONYERS, GA – A 16-year-old Rockdale County boy is behind bars, charged in the death of a 53-year-old man who died of a heart attack.

Rockdale County Sheriff investigators say the incident happened Friday night around 9 when the man's son was shooting basketball hoops in his driveway with some other teens.

The man, Michael Henderson, heard what sounded like a basketball hitting the side of the house and went outside to see what was happening.

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Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Rockdale MIS department honored by Project Management Institute Atlanta

Rockdale MIS department honored by Project Management Institute Atlanta

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County Department of Management Information Services (MIS) celebrated its commitment to deliver more efficient technology services at the Project Management Institute Atlanta Chapter’s (PMI Atlanta) Project of the Year Awards Banquet on June 9.

Rockdale was selected as an Honorable Mention recipient from among eight finalists. The top three finishers presented a summary of their projects at the awards dinner.

PMI Atlanta credited Rockdale County MIS for its Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Implementation – Phase I Project. The project enhances service delivery and customer satisfaction, and changes the way MIS views and provides IT services to its customers. As part of the project implementation, MIS obtained 100 percent staff ITIL certification, which is a first among municipalities in Georgia.