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Reminder: Save time and money by using Gwinnett's new water services online

Reminder: Save time and money by using Gwinnett's new water services online

Gwinnett County --  Save time on the phone and money on stamps and gas. Gwinnett County water and sewer customers can view and pay their monthly water bills, enroll in automatic payment, and sign up for e-mail notification of bills to opt-out of receiving paper bills, all from the convenience of home. 

Customers can also update their personal information or schedule a move-in, move-out, or transfer of service online.

Visit www.gwinnetth2o.com to take advantage of these features.

Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- Whether your weekend travels take you on the Perimeter, Interstate 75, Interstate 85 or Interstate 20, odds are good you'll run into road construction and traffic. Here's how to avoid getting caught in the mess.

Clayton

I-75 SB from Old Dixie Hwy. (Exit 235) to Mt. Zion Blvd. (Exit 231)
9 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Saturday
2 right lanes

Alternate: Exit onto Forest Pkwy (Exit 237) and follow Westbound to Old Dixie Hwy. and turn right. Follow Old Dixie Hwy. across I-75 where it becomes Tara Blvd. Follow Tara Blvd. to Mt Zion Road and turn left. Follow Mt Zion Road to Mt. Zion Blvd. Turn left on Mt. Zion Blvd and follow back to I-75 Southbound.

DeKalb

LAWRENCEVILLE: Monkey missing from research facility

LAWRENCEVILLE: Monkey missing from research facility

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Officials at the Yerkes National Primate Center at Emory University have reported one of their Rhesus monkeys missing.

The disappearance took place in an area thick with woods and brush -- with plenty of dark places to potentially hide from searchers.

The mug shot revealed an image similar to the escapee -- a two year old female rhesus macaque monkey. A head count a week ago at the Yerkes Primate research center facility alerted handlers to the missing macaque. A search of the 117 acre facility has been underway ever since.

Yerkes issued a statement saying the missing monkey "does not have the herpes B virus, something common to the species... The animal was not part of a scientific study in which it would have been infected with any disease."

More storms eye Metro Atlanta

More storms eye Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Another band of showers and storms will likely move into Metro Atlanta Thursday evening.  Showers and storms will become more widely scattered than Wednesday's storms, but a few storms will still be capable of packing a wallop with locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds, hail, and frequent lightning.

The forecast is calling for a general risk for a strong thunderstorm or two across northern and central Georgia.  However the Storm Prediction Center has placed a small portion of eastern Georgia in a slight risk zone for severe storms.

Forecast models indicate the possibility for new rainfall totals ranging from 1/4" to 3/4" rainfall and isolated spots receiving over 2 inches by Friday morning.

Gwinnett unemployment lower than Georgia rate in May

Gwinnett unemployment lower than Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 8.8 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Gwinnett County Water Restriction Reminder

Gwinnett County Water Restriction Reminder

Gwinnett County --  (submitted by Gwinnett Communications)  With the arrival of hot weather, Gwinnett County wants to remind residents that outdoor watering is allowed seven days a week but not between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm under both state law and county ordinances.

For all other outdoor usage such as filling swimming pools and non-commercial car and power washing, residents must follow the odd/even schedule. Even and un-numbered addresses may use water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, while odd addresses may use water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; no outdoor watering may take place on Fridays.

Applying more than an inch of water to a lawn in a single sprinkling is usually wasteful and most lawn grasses need only an inch per week. Be sure to program your irrigation systems to comply with current watering restrictions and the water needs of turf grasses.

GWINNETT: Police roll out Automatic License Plate Readers

GWINNETT: Police roll out Automatic License Plate Readers

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Police Department will have a new tool this week to catch criminals and persons of interest. 

They're unveiling their Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) on Tuesday. The readers act like cameras that can process up to 1,800 license plates per minute, day or night, in all types of weather.  

They capture images of license plates and instantly compare them with millions of police records.

The data collected by the devices can help officers identify vehicles that may be tied to crimes. Cpt. Edwin Ritter said the readers are not meant to track eveyday speeders, even though they can recognize plates on cars traveling upwards of 75 miles per house and accurately read letters, numbers and Arabic characters.

Gwinnett County used cash forfeitures from drug sales to purchase three ALPRs, valued at approximately $20,000 each.