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Mellow Mushroom opens in Acworth

Mellow Mushroom opens in Acworth

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Acworth residents have a new place to eat pizza.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open at 6121 Cedarcrest Road. The restaurant is owned by the husband and wife team of Todd and Felicia Rakestraw.

"We have been personally connected to this area since high school, where we met and became high school sweethearts," Felicia Rakestraw said. "This location is a perfect place for the community to enjoy great food, an inviting atmosphere and fantastic craft beers."

The couple created a Lake Allatoona theme inside the restaurant; the décor includes a map of the lake on the entire back wall and a kayak chandelier suspended from the ceiling.

All Mellow Mushroom restaurants feature the same core menu. Special menu items are available at certain locations.

Visit mellowmushroom.com for more information.

Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Keep Cobb Beautiful will hold a free paper shredding event for county residents this weekend.

Household documents will be accepted Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. The event will only take paper products -- cardboard, plastic and other such items will not be accepted.

Attendees may also bring shoes to donate. Pairs of shoes should be bound or taped together.

Visit cobbcounty.org for more information about the event.

Piedmont Church is located at 570 Piedmont Road.

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Covering the Bases begins Friday

Covering the Bases begins Friday

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Acworth Police Department's Covering the Bases fundraiser will begin this Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

Covering the Bases is a 24-hour effort to raise money for local programs allowing disabled children to participate in sports. Past fundraisers have netted more than $130,000 for the cause.

The event features a baseball tournament, with Atlanta Braves legend Tom Glavine throwing out the first pitch. Other scheduled festivities include a midnight kickball tournament, a silent auction, a screening of The Lego Movie and a cornhole tournament with a Big Green Egg as the top prize.

Visit coveringthebases.org for more information.

All events will take place at the Acworth Sports Complex, which is located at 4000 South Main Street.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

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.