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I-75 reopens at GA 120 Loop

MARIETTA, Ga. -- An overturned tractor trailer created a traffic nightmare for Cobb County commuters at the height of Monday morning's rush hour.

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Northbound Interstate 75 was shut down between the GA 120 North and South Loop after the 8 a.m. wreck.

Traffic was jammed past Delk Road.

The roadway reopened shortly before 9:15 a.m.


Earth Day weekend events

ATLANTA -- Half a million people are expected to pour into metro Atlanta for several festivals this weekend.

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However, the possibility of severe weather has organizers keeping their eyes on the sky.

Local Restaurant Receives Commendation

Local Restaurant Receives Commendation


Taste of Italy, located on Highway 92 in Woodstock, was recently awarded a Certificate of Commendation from The American Legion, Post 316.  This Commendation was awarded for Taste of Italy’s “outstanding assistance and support for the veterans and youth programs” in South Cherokee County.  Senior Vice Commander Rust presented Taste of Italy’s owner Gino Moriello with the Commendation and his sincere appreciation on behalf of all those that The American Legion, Post 316 serve. 

Police to host drug take-back day

Police to host drug take-back day

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Saturday, Apr. 28 will be a drug take-back day in Acworth.

All residents are invited to bring their old, unused, potentially dangerous drugs to the Acworth Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The drug take-back event is part of a nationwide initiative to help curb prescription drug abuse and theft.

Only pills will be accepted; the police cannot take back any needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, bloody and infectious waste, personal care products, inhalers and medical equipment.

For more information, call Acworth Police Ofc. Jeff Rose at 678-801-4073.

Chamber president caught with gun at airport

Chamber president caught with gun at airport

ATLANTA -- Authorities say the president of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce has been arrested after he carried a firearm into an unauthorized area of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

A local paper is reporting that David Wilson Connell was caught with a handgun inside of his carry-on briefcase before he boarded an airplane Wednesday morning.

The Cobb Chamber says Connell arrived at the airport to board a flight for a business trip.

Chamber spokeswoman Amy Shelby says Connell "inadvertently" took the wrong briefcase to the airport.

Connell was taken to the Clayton County Jail. His attorney Michael Maloof says bond was set for his client and expects Connell to be released later in the day.

Connell became president of the 5,400-member Cobb chamber in November 2010.

Rain clogs morning commutes

ATLANTA -- The much-needed rain that soaked metro Atlanta Wednesday morning caused several problems on local roads.

11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil says the rain should continue through mid-morning.

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Bartow County

A tractor trailer ran off the road on northbound I-75 near the Main Street exit. The Georgia Department of Transportation reported a diesel fuel leak and damage to a guardrail in this accident. The highway has since reopened.

Cobb County

Cobb County officials report slow-moving water on southbound I-75 at the ramp to eastbound I-285.

DeKalb County

Ga. high school students take longer to earn diplomas

ATLANTA -- A new method of calculating graduation rates reveals that more high school students are dropping out than had been previously counted and some of them are taking five or even six years to earn a diploma.

According to reports the new formula was released last week. It shows that Georgia's 2011 graduation rate dropped 13 percentage points using the calculation, to 67.4 percent.

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