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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Pike Nurseries to host ‘Pumpkin Planters Make & Take’ class

Pike Nurseries to host ‘Pumpkin Planters Make & Take’ class

ATLANTA -- With the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to add a “pop” of pumpkin to get into the fall spirit!

On Saturday, October 18 at 9 a.m., the experts at Pike Nurseries are helping customers celebrate the season with a fun Pumpkin Planters Make & Take customer class. Participants will receive step-by-step guidance to plant a pumpkin filled with pansies, snapdragons, peppers and other fall favorites.

The class costs $30 for supplies, including pumpkins, potting soil and a variety of plants for guests to create their own personalized planter to take home!

Sign up in advance here.

LongHorn raising money for Pennies with Purpose

LongHorn raising money for Pennies with Purpose

(WXIA) -- Five Atlanta-area LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants will hold a Pennies with Purpose fundraiser next week.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., LongHorn diners can add a voucher to their bills. The voucher ensures 10 percent of their checks will go to the charity.

Download the voucher at the Pennies with Purpose Facebook page or request one at any of the participating restaurants:

Acworth
3366 Cobb Parkway NW

Austell
1355 East-West Connector

Douglasville
8471 Hospital Drive

Hiram
4800 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway

West Cobb
2636 Dallas Highway SW

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

SWAT team called to Cobb County home


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Two Cobb County schools were on lockdown Thursday afternoon as a SWAT team attempted to make contact with an elderly man.

Police say an 86-year-old man got into an altercation with his wife and daughter and fired a gun once. Police were called to the home and after they couldn't make contact with the man, a SWAT team came out.

Eventually, the man answered the phone and told police that he had fallen and hurt his leg. He was transported to the hospital. Once he's released, police say he'll be taken to Cobb County Jail and charged with aggravated assault.

AP exam participation: Cobb County

AP exam participation: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Cobb County, 8,023 students took 15,577 AP exams in 2014, and 10,529 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Cobb County public high school:

Allatoona HS
243 students took 341 exams
237 passing scores

Suspect wears no pants at school bus stop


ACWORTH, Ga -- It has happened twice in the past two weeks. A suspicious man is greeting young girls at a school bus stop in Cherokee County and he's wearing no pants.

Thanks to one of the young girls who saw him, investigators have a detailed sketch of the suspect they hope will help them identify him. "Anyone who would so this to an adult or to a child is concerning to law enforcement," said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff Office.

Investigators were impressed by the detailed description given to them by Jericka Kent, 12, who saw the suspect at her bus stop in the Cedar Mill Crossing subdivision in Acworth Tuesday morning.

With her father's approval, Jericka talked to 11 Alive News about her experience. "You know I was just walking down and as I got about 30 feet away I saw this guy standing there, totally pants less, no underwear, no nothing," she said.