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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Teen girl saves brothers from house fire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County middle school student has been credited with making sure her two young brothers safely escaped a house fire.

Ania Polk, 13, said one of her instructors at Shiloh Middle School taught her exactly what to do. Students in Pamela Scott's health class created home fire escape plans and checked their houses' smoke detectors just a few weeks ago.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the fire broke out just before 7 a.m. Thursday in the kitchen of the Polk house in the 3100 block of Hall Garden Road SW in Snellville.

Ania woke up when the smoke alarm sounded. After discovering the fire, she ran upstairs and woke up her two brothers, ages 7 and 10, and got them out of the house.

Parents fail to stop Gwinnett Schools redistricting plan

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (WXIA) – Thursday night, angry parents tried to stop the Gwinnett County School Board from adopting new attendance zones that would force their kids into different schools.


The parents tried, and failed.

In all, 14,000 students would be affected. Parents say the changes to the attendance zones that the Gwinnett County School Board adopted are serious, and life changing, and will hurt their children's futures.

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Suspect wanted for taking "up-skirt" photos

SNELLVILLE, Ga -- Police are looking for help to identify a man who is stalking unsuspecting women and taking pictures with his cell phone up their skirts.

Snellville Police are investigating two similar cases and looking at a third incident in Loganville. Sgt. Carey Roberts said there may be more incidents that haven't been reported. "W
e're trying to identify potential additional victims of the suspect and also see if we can solicit the public's help and identify him," he said.

Police said the first incident happened last April at the Walmart on Highway 124. Disturbing surveillance video from inside the store shows the suspect stalking a female shopper for more than 12 minutes.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Resident: Video shows mail carrier hit mailbox

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County resident says his mail carrier knocked his mailbox to the ground and kept going.

The first thing Marvin Vinson noticed when he returned home from visiting relatives at Thanksgiving was his downed mailbox.

There was no note on the door, no phone message.

"You would think someone would have the courtesy to take responsibility," he said.


Vinson was curious about who caused the damage. Luckily, his home security camera captured it all.