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1,300 Cherokee students take summer classes

1,300 Cherokee students take summer classes

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 1,300 Cherokee County School District students took advantage of the summer classes offered in June.

Roughly 300 high school students participated in a credit recovery program to retake the classes they did not pass during the school year. Another 450 high schoolers flocked to Cherokee and Woodstock high schools to earn credits by taking certain classes for the first time.

Canton Elementary School STEM Academy and Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy offered Title I program sessions, which were available to children from low-income families. About 200 elementary and middle school students participated.

Approximately 100 special education students attended a program just for them at Canton Elementary School, and more than 200 rising high school freshmen took advantage of a bridge program for remediation in core subjects.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right 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.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Cobb County, the rate was 6.8 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

SPLOST meetings to be held throughout Cobb

SPLOST meetings to be held throughout Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County residents are invited to weigh in on the proposed 2016 Special Local Option Sales Tax.

The county will hold several SPLOST forums next month, including:

Wednesday, July 9
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* East Cobb Senior Center (3332 Sandy Plains Road)

Thursday, July 10
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* South Cobb Community Center (620 Lions Club Drive)

Monday, July 14
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* East Cobb Library (4880 Lower Roswell Road)

Wednesday, July 16
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* West Cobb Senior Center (4915 Dallas Highway)

Thursday, July 17
* 10 a.m. to noon
* BOC Room (100 Cherokee Street, Second Floor)

Learn more about the SPLOST at cobbsplost2016.org.

Allatoona Lake drowning victim identified

Allatoona Lake drowning victim identified

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Authorities say a man drowned at Allatoona Lake on Saturday.

The man, said to be in his 20s, jumped off a tube into the water at a Tanyard Creek boat ramp and never came back up.

His body was recovered by Department of Natural Resources officials around 8:30 p.m.

Authorities do not believe the man was wearing a life vest.

On Sunday, authorities identified the man as 26-year-old Varun Krishnamurthy.

Last Friday night, 6-year-old Corday Duffy died after falling into Allatoona Lake around the Sweetwater Campground in Canton.

Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Staples customers have the chance to appear in a nationwide commercial for the office supply chain.

Staples is holding a Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents can enter by submitting their best videos of them doing the "shopping cart dance."

The contest winners will star in a national back-to-school campaign, and will also receive a $250 Staples gift card.

To enter, visit staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Entrants must film themselves dancing to the commercial song, which is available on the website.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, June 23 at 5 p.m.