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Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Celebrate Freedom Festival will kick off this year's event with a 5K and 10K race in Marietta.

Both events will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Jim R. Miller Park. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with the 10K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will be off and running at 7:40 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first finishers overall, the first masters finishers and the top runners in each age group. All participants will receive T-shirts, goodie bags and two tickets to Celebrate Freedom, a free Christian music festival featuring such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Montell Jordan and Tenth Avenue North.

The 5K costs $30 in advance, while the 10K is $35. The prices go up to $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K on race morning.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

Chamber to hold networking event

Chamber to hold networking event

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce and the Acworth Business Association will hold a networking event in Dallas next month.

August's Net After Work will be Thursday, Aug. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stars and Strikes.

The event is open to both chamber members and guests. Admission is $5, which includes pizza, soda, bowling, one beer coupon and networking with local businesses.

Visit pauldingcountychamber.com for more information.

Stars and Strikes is located at 2400 Hiram Acworth Highway.

Clever shoplifters use unique tools

Clever shoplifters use unique tools

ACWORTH, Ga -- Police believe they may have stopped a string of thefts when they arrested some pretty clever shoplifters. Acworth Police said they had all the tools, including one they have never seen before.

It all came about because of a very observant retired Cobb County Police officer. He noticed a man and woman inside the Best Buy on Cobb Parkway in Acworth who looked suspicious.

Captain Mark Cheatham said the retired police officer followed the couple into the parking lot where they got into a van with a driver. "He followed them outside and then followed them in their car and called police," Capt. Cheatham said.

3 charged with shoplifting from Best Buy

3 charged with shoplifting from Best Buy

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Three people were arrested last Thursday for shoplifting from an Acworth Best Buy.

The incident began when a retired police officer noticed a man and woman acting suspicious inside the store in the 3300 block of Cobb Parkway.

Investigators said the former police officer watched the man and woman climb into a tagless Dodge van driven by a second man. The officer followed the van down Cobb Parkway and noticed it suddenly began sporting an Illinois license plate.

The officer called Cobb County Police, who caught up with the van at a gas station. Several items were recovered from inside the vehicle, including electronic merchandise and about $7,000 in cash.

Acworth Police Capt. Mark Cheatham said police found a mechanism attached to the van's console; when activated, it would hide the vehicle's license plate. Investigators also discovered a small device used to block the frequency of alarm systems at retail store exits.